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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'Monitor speakers and politicians ...' Alan writes for LineUp magazine

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  • 'Monitor speakers and politicians ...' Alan writes for LineUp magazine

    Alan's written an article published in the September/October 2008 edition of LineUp the magazine for members of The Institute of Broadcast Sound based in the UK. LineUp readers are professional recording, sound and editing engineers in film and broadcast in the UK and worldwide.

    As he says "Monitor speakers ... like politicians, you get what you deserve!". He comments on the shifting sands of public taste and how these impact on many speaker designers. He also comments on how little time and effort is put into proper evaluation of (monitor) speakers and how most contemporary monitors are horrendously colored and fatiguing - and would never be selected if they were properly evaluated by careful listening.

    Many thought provoking comments from Alan here.
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK