HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound, realisable by controlling the confounding variables between tthe microphone and the listeners' ears.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

Identifying components for their system neutrality should, logically, start with the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance, as any and every deviation from a measurably flat frequency response at any point along the serial chain from microphone to ear is very likely to cause the total system to have an audible sonic personality. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, aiding the identification of audio components likely to maintain a faithful relationship between the recorded sound and the sound you hear. With our heritage of natural sound, HUG cannot be really be expected to guide in the selection, approval, endorsement or even discussion of equipment that is intend to introduce a significantly personalised sound to the audio signal chain. For that you should do your own research and above all, make the effort to visit an Authorised Dealer and listen to your music at your loudness on your loudspeakers through the various electronics offered there. There is no on-line substitute for that time investment in a dealer's showroom.

If you desire to intentionally tune your system sound to your personal taste, please consider carefully how much you should rely upon the subjective opinions of strangers. Their hearing acuity and taste will be different to yours, as will be their motives and budget, their listening distance, listening loudness and listening room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you.

Alternatively, if faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over your speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that objective is what this forum has been helping with since 2006. Welcome!"

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  • Congratulations for this User Group!

    Dear Alan,

    Friends around the world, Congratulations! Keep on contacting, exchanging, sharing, supporting and music-loving inside all our audiophile family!

    Mr. Shaw, indeed a great job you have done in re-organizing and grouping the Harbeth Community!

    Best Regards from a very sunny -although mid-winter- Athens,

  • #2

    Hello Thanos,

    Thank you and hello from a 0?C England!

    We have great hopes and plans for this little community. You are most welcome. (I wish I was in Greece right now!)
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK


    • #3
      Congrats Alan,
      it'll take a little time before I get used to the new system but it looks as if it'll be worthwhile, especially as it's under your control.
      Can we post attachments and if so, are there any size limits or rules you would like us to follow?

      regards to all Harbeth users


      "If all else fails, read the instructions"


      • #4
        Hello Paul,

        Always good to have experienced BBC sound engineers here! I know this new group looks a bit daunting, but we've turned off many unwanted features and left just the the useful bits.

        Yes, please do "post". We've made one of two tests but there is no reason why not to let rip! You might find that the ability to view an entire thread is especially useful.

        My colleague Ivan in Antwerp, Belgium - the mastermind behind both the web site and the HUG - has many years experience with the database engine underneath this group. I am therefore confident in its durability.
        Alan A. Shaw
        Designer, owner
        Harbeth Audio UK


        • #5

          It's encouraging to see Harbeth's commitment to this type of forum.


          • #6
            I'll do my best to keep up, but fundamentally it's *your* forum.
            Alan A. Shaw
            Designer, owner
            Harbeth Audio UK


            • #7
              That was fast!

              Great job Alan! You really moved quickly on the new newsgroup. Continued success with Harbeth and I'll be sure to point any Harbeth users to the new site.


              • #8
                Congratulations Mr. Shaw ! This is a superb venue for the Harbeth newsgroup !

                Kind regards,

                Robert Lantin


                • #9
                  Hello to Alan and to all:

                  I have missed my fix of Harbeth and general audio chit-chat.

                  I'm glad we're back together.

                  Could it be that it's time for a group HUG?



                  PS: It's great to have the edit feature.
                  Last edited by John Parkyn; 08-02-2006, 03:27 PM.


                  • #10

                    Looks great, Alan! Now if I can just figure out why I'm not getting instant e-mails of all the new posts . . . . Maybe I will now that I've posted once.


                    • #11
                      How to turn on email notification


                      I think that you will find that feature under your ** User CP ** (= User's Control Panel).
                      Alan A. Shaw
                      Designer, owner
                      Harbeth Audio UK


                      • #12
                        Congratulations on the "new" user group. It's looking very good already.



                        • #13
                          Congratulations !!!


                          Nice work with the new forum. All the best to you and Harbeth.

                          John Geisen (Harbeth Dealer)


                          • #14
                            How could I change the user name?

                            Good new forum, but had some difficulties to register, I would change my user name here, but do not know how.


                            • #15
                              Hello -

                              Have you now registered OK?
                              Alan A. Shaw
                              Designer, owner
                              Harbeth Audio UK