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HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

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.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Nov. 2016A}
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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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