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HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

At its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition was to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless, independent of the observer and can be replicated. However, we live in new world in which objective facts have become flexible, personal and debatable. HUG operates in that real world, and that has now been reflected in the structure of HUG.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you, like us, have 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 Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be readily understood by non-experts and tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area 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. From Oct. 2016, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area will not be spell checked or adjusted for layout clarity. 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.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Jan. 2017}
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  • Mis-Info

    From the Little Wing Recording website (http://www.littlewingrecording.net/technotes.html):

    "Harbeth was founded in 1977 by a senior BBC Research Engineer, Allan A. Shaw, who designed the Circle 3 and 5 then marketed by HHB in 1996."

    Another example of wrong info on the net... :P And I can understand why the first version of the Audiogon interview video was with Mr Shaw's first name misspelt.

    mike

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    Re: Mis-Info

    Originally posted by eelekim View Post
    Another example of wrong info on the net..
    Thanks - I've emailed them and it's now been fixed.

    In my mind, we exist here for one primary reason - so that you can get the facts directly and reliably from us at the factory. Of course, our opinions are one of many, but we do have the advantage of being the designers and manufacturers! So much of what we read on the net is incomplete or inaccurate, often due to poor basic research which takes time and effort. In our new expanded History section of the Harbeth web site, I have trawled all available sources to try and get to the bottom of the question that has intrigued me for 35 years .... why did the BBC ever get involved in monitor speakers?

    I had no idea how complex this question was or how many avenues I needed to chase down to close-in on the answer, and this study is very far from complete. The first steps of my history research is here. Proper research takes time. It also needs a (relatively) curious and open mind.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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