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.

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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