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"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!"

Jan. 2018
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The history of the BBC - Local Radio

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  • The history of the BBC - Local Radio

    When I was a teenager, my introduction to the BBC was as a Saturday assistant at BBC Radio Brighton in the mid '70s, some 45 years ago.

    The world that I was admitted into then is completely sealed-off now on a number of grounds and it is inconceivable that a youngster could be given practically unlimited access to studios.

    Here is a video recorded in 1971, just slightly before my involvement, and captures local radio of the ear. The set-up of BBC radio Brighton, one of the first batch of towns to have their own BBC local station, was practically identical in studio equipment as seen in the following video from about 14 mins onward.

    What might surprise readers is that I vividly recall that Brighton the single, mono 'monitor' speaker in the control room for Studio 1 (14 mins on) was a KEF Concorde, a domestic loudspeaker. Shown at BBC Radio Stoke was the huge BBC-designed LSU10 , shown on the right hand side of the control desk, which was relegated to the less well used studio on the above floor at Brighton.

    Also, just as Radio Brighton and shown at 19:15 in the video, in the Central Equipment Bay a bank of four Leak Troughline FM tuners, used to monitor the transmitter output and also to take a feed from Network radio for rebroadcast. The most memorable sensation was, and still remains in my memory, of the combination of the dead acoustic, and the hot sweet smell of tube equipment.

    Imagine the day in about 1975 when I entered the main control room and there were people standing behind the Studio Manager and admiring the new arrival sitting atop the control desk. We were present at the unveiling of the BBC-designed LS3/5a. It hooked me on loudspeakers. I had to know everything about the shoe box speaker. Who would have believed that I would succeed it's inventor himself.


    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK