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Since its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition has been to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless. Knowledge is human independent and replicatable. However, we live in new world where thanks to social media, 'facts' have become flexible and personal. HUG operates in that real world.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you have, like us, a scientific mind and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual area of HUG is for you. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be easily understood and tried with negligible technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings sub-forum is you. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters regarding what appears here. That said, very few Posts are rejected. HUG Moderation individually spell and layout checks Posts for clarity but due to the workload, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area, from Oct. 2016 will not be. We regret that but we are unable to accept Posts that present what we consider to be free advertising for products that Harbeth does not make.

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New year, 2010!

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  • #16
    Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

    Very handsome boy David!!!

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    • #17
      New Year wishes and important news.....

      On behalf of the entire Harbeth network may I wish every one of you a healthy and happy new year. Let's make it our combined resolution to worry less about the equipment and more about the music in 2010. So much music to explore out there!

      Now, an announcement about this User Group. Nothing to worry about, but it's taxed us for the last few days. We have used 98% of the allocated database size on the server where the HUG actually runs. The hosting company, 1&1, the largest in Europe reportedly, have declined to increase our capacity as we are at the limit of what their Linux server offers. As this database is written in MyPHP, to convert it to another database format (such as MS PHP) would be a huge and risky task.

      Yesterday, we found another host company who confirmed that they could offer us MyPHP on Linux with at least 50% more data capacity and we signed up for it. Although Ivan, our webmaster worked through the night to make the data transfer, it quickly became clear that the new host had strict limits on file sizes, and database files do not easily divide down. He is now away for a few days break and I'm off to CES on 5th Jan 2010. In the meantime we inch closer to the 100% capacity. Whilst Ivan is away, I'm negotiating with the new hosts to try and get a special dispensation to allow bigger files for upload - even for a few days.

      I am going to have to lock the HUG for a few days soon, so we can make the transfer (if we can find a way of doing it). In the meantime, please do not attach any picture files as they use-up our remaining capacity faster than text. It's all in hand but we were not warned of this catch. There is no risk that data will be lost until we hit 100% capacity.

      Happy New Year and thanks for your contributions and orders in 2009.
      Alan A. Shaw
      Designer, owner
      Harbeth Audio UK

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      • #18
        Re: New Year wishes and important news.....

        Dear Alan,

        From one of your dealers in Florida, USA I wanted to extend a very warm Christmas and Happy New Year to your and your staff. I've felt privileged to represent Harbeth at my store and would like to continue doing so in the future. Walter Swanbon has done an excellent job supporting our dealer network. I hope to see you both at CES.

        Sincerely,
        John Geisen
        Wellington Audio

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        • #19
          Re: New Year wishes and important news.....

          Thank you Alan, and also wishing everyone a wonderful year ahead where your dreams or the journey of reaching are achieved. Hope everyone had a most pleasant and safe holidays.

          some holidays pictures...

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/2159563...7622994619427/

          the comment of giving attention to whats important in our lives is most important eg. music and also our families and our loved ones.

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          • #20
            Heaviest snow in UK for 50 years ....

            It wasn't snowing when Alan departed London for the CES earlier today, but now London Gartwick airport is closed .... he's arrived in the warmth in Las Vegas. Had he left a day later, as he usually does he'd have been stranded here. Snow

            So if you do have a chance to say hello sat the CES please do so!
            Harbeth PR,
            Harbeth UK

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            • #21
              Re: Heaviest snow in UK for 50 years ....

              Originally posted by harbethpr View Post
              It wasn't snowing when Alan departed London for the CES earlier today, but now London Gartwick airport is closed .... he's arrived in the warmth in Las Vegas. Had he left a day later, as he usually does he'd have been stranded here. Snow

              So if you do have a chance to say hello sat the CES please do so!
              Between the snow and the security, I'm glad to hear he even made it out!

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              • #22
                Re: Heaviest snow in UK for 50 years ....

                I can't believe how narrowly I missed the snow in London - seemingly the heaviest in living memory. Maybe I'll be trapped in Las Vegas forever wasting away propping up the bar at an endless circuit of night clubs. I tell you, this jet set lifestyle is a torture. What I have to put myself through for you, dear reader! (At least it's relatively warm here).

                Snow latest here and here and here 1000 cars trapped on a snowy motorway near Harbeth. British army called-in to help. These are truly unprescedented scenes. And more snow to fall.
                Also here.

                I'm sorry to say that for the fist time ever, the Harbeth factrory has been closed due to the weather. Production manager Andy abandoned his car attempting to get in.

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                BTW, if anyone has today's (6 Jan) The Times could you tell me the answer to yesterday's basic Times2 crossword, No. 5040, 15 down? 6 letters. Many thanks.
                Alan A. Shaw
                Designer, owner
                Harbeth Audio UK

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                • #23
                  Re: Heaviest snow in UK for 50 years ....

                  The UK is completely covered in snow .... 7 Jan 2010 satellite photo
                  Alan A. Shaw
                  Designer, owner
                  Harbeth Audio UK

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                  • #24
                    London Gatwick airport ....

                    Bad news - London's second airport and about 20 mins from the Harbeth factory is still snow covered. Unfortunately, none of our staff have been able to reach the factory this week so we have lost an entire week's production. Although I live walking distance from work, at this time I am still here in the USA.

                    This means that we will have to reschedule deliveries backwards, as soon as we can get into work and restart production.

                    Views of the airport, near Harbeth here and local villages here.
                    Alan A. Shaw
                    Designer, owner
                    Harbeth Audio UK

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                    • #25
                      Re: New year, 2010!

                      Fortunately, the 15cm we were threatened with for Saturday in the SE didn't materialise and the snow we have is now melting. Hopefully, we won't have any more.

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                      • #26
                        Re: New year, 2010!

                        A week after the snow, my colleagues have managed to get Harbeth UK open again. They were greeted by the attached picture of the entrance roadway to our industrial park. Anyway, the road has been cleared and if we can receive the 18 pallets of cabinets from our off-site store we can restart production again.

                        We've emailed all distributors explaining that we are doing our best but there will be some delays as you'd expect with an entire week's production lost.
                        Attached Files
                        Alan A. Shaw
                        Designer, owner
                        Harbeth Audio UK

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                        • #27
                          Re: New year, 2010!

                          A week after the snow first fell, my colleagues have today anaged to get Harbeth UK open again. They were greeted by the attached picture of the entrance roadway to our industrial park. Anyway, the road has been cleared and as soon as we can receive the 18 pallets of cabinets from our off-site store we can restart production again.

                          We've emailed all distributors explaining that we are doing our best but there will be some delays as you'd expect with an entire week's production lost.

                          UPDATE --- 13.1.2010

                          Yet more snow. The factory closed again as staff cannot get to work.
                          Alan A. Shaw
                          Designer, owner
                          Harbeth Audio UK

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