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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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  • New year, 2010!

    Dear All,

    Life gets shorter every day, that's why it becomes more precious, meaningful and finely detailed. Yet, more obvious as a whole. Exactly like Harbeth speakers! So, love each other, enjoy music, love your Harbeths. Then you are, we all are, RICH!

    Have a Lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year! With health and a flower-like soul above all!

    Alan, would you ever dress yourself up as Santa Claus amidst the snow and publish the photo for us all? So many years that you keep bringing presents to the music lovers of the world, so dress up once!

    Cheers with so many smiles from Greece,

    Thanos

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    Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

    Merry Christmas to all of you!
    "Bath with Music"

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      Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all at Harbeth & to all Harbeth users around the world.

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        Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

        Wishing all Harbeth users, non Harbeth users and in general all music lovers ---- A Merry Christmas and a wonderful year 2010 coming ahead.

        May we all retain in good health, good hearing to carry on with our enjoyment from Harbeth speakers for the music that we love listening to.

        May Alan and Team have a Merry Christmas for all the hard work done for the year 2009... to bring us such great enjoyment from a wonderful product, and may year 2010 be good and kind to you all!

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          Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

          We at Harbeth much appreciate your orders, support and contributions here, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Attached is a picture taken at our staff Christmas party last week of our small, tight-knit team here at Harbeth UK.

          We were very much conscious that not able to be with us are the hundreds of staff throughout our worldwide distribution network, and our direct salaried employees working overseas for us.

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          Alan A. Shaw
          Designer, owner
          Harbeth Audio UK

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          • #6
            It's Christmas - my first HD TV system

            This posting has been relocated here.
            Alan A. Shaw
            Designer, owner
            Harbeth Audio UK

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            • #7
              Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

              Sorry. Can't agree. The picture quality on Freeview is complete and utter garbage - the equivalent of MP3. It would be as the bit rate is so pitifully low. You must be sitting a long way away. The off-air UHF analogue signal is much cleaner, has sharper edges and has none of the ghastly blockiness and fast-motion tracking problems of Freeview. But, of course, the analogue signal uses a huge bandwidth into which hundreds of Freeview channels can be crushed.

              That Freeview is tolerated by the public on the ever-increasing TV screen sizes beats me. Anything above 32" and it is utterly ghastly, as a trip round your local TV store amply demonstrates. Freeview, as a social experiment is very interesting because it reveals just how tolerant the general public is of degraded picture quality. Exactly the same issue as the adoption of internet (MP3) audio - how quickly we, the public, forget just how high a standard we used to take for granted before consumer choice and diversity became the new mantra: quantity over quality rules.

              Freeview takes the standard of TV quality backwards to early 60s, the start of the colour TV era. In fact, it's far worse. The early colour pictures were soft but at least they were not blocky with staircase edges. That MPEG2 blockiness drives me nuts! To say nothing about the horrid colour cast (usually blue-red) that applies to most LCD TVs.
              Alan A. Shaw
              Designer, owner
              Harbeth Audio UK

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                Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                Alan, wish you merry christmas~, could you tell us who are in the picture? I think I know you, harbethpr and Andy.

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                  Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                  Ummm, the older gentleman (with glasses) who took the chopsticks is Derek?

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                    Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                    In the picture, back row nearest the wall, left to right ....

                    Samantha (Sam) Production supervisor
                    Andy (Production manager)
                    Marcus (hidden) Production
                    Vernon (good friend, clock restorer* and makes bi-wire links)
                    Derek Hughes (helps me in R&D, production engineering, CAD)

                    Front row, left to right:

                    Mark (Production, makes all 5", 8" and 12" woofers)
                    Me
                    Anne (Accountant)
                    Trevor (PR)

                    The most important persons are those in Production. Together, the production staff shown have worked at Harbeth for about twenty years.

                    *I have made a short video of visiting Vernon in the clock-repairing workshop on this page.
                    Alan A. Shaw
                    Designer, owner
                    Harbeth Audio UK

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                      Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                      Haha, dear Lao Alan, see I recognized Andy, Trevor (harbethpr here) and Derek!!!

                      About bi-wires links, the posts of my 25 anniversary M30s are in hollow, very difficult for bi-wires with spade plugs, and difficult for cables with spades. Finally the posts of my 30 anniversary ones are on surface!

                      Sorry, I thought Anne is your wife, hehe.
                      Last edited by Hu; 26-12-2009, 02:18 PM. Reason: forgot something

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                        Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                        Lao Alan, please say hello to people in Production, thank them to give us the chance to enjoy such pretty music!

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                          Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                          Will do! Between us we have about one hundred years of making speaker experience.

                          Anne has been our accountant for over ten years. She is very sharp. Our auditors congratulate her every year on her professional, neat, accurate book-keeping. They can find all records immediately. She also analyses the financial records of all suppliers, customers and even competitors so we understand the full supply-chain and competitive environment. We know our exact commercial position internally and relative to the market. As a single-parent she is very cautious and conservative and this means that we do not waste any money.
                          Alan A. Shaw
                          Designer, owner
                          Harbeth Audio UK

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                            Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                            Who was taking the picture and doesn't Trevor like brussel sprouts?

                            Don

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                              Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                              Well spotted Don! My youngest son, David, 21 back from university for Christmas and sitting on Trevor's right took the picture. Trevor is the pickiest eater I have even met. He's a vegetarian and seems to find reasons not to eat just about all and every food!

                              David is studying marketing at university and has a sneaking regard for what we've achieved at Harbeth. Not so much that he actually want to work for us, but never the less, a certain admiration. Ah well, he's young yet ... he is also dangerously fit through daily exercise and I find it best just to go along with whatever he says.
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                              Alan A. Shaw
                              Designer, owner
                              Harbeth Audio UK

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