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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    I sincerly hope that we do not have to make many entries here, but as a service to customers worldwide this seems an ideal place to start the hunt for wayward Harbeths that have sprouted legs.

    It goes without saying that stolen speakers carry no Warranty. We will not encourage or support crime and if we can identify a thief we will, and have, report them to the police. In one case that comes to mind, this led the police to a treasure trove of stolen electical equipment. It irritates me and my staff to think that we invest an hour or two of our combined effort into making a pair of speakers for them to fall into the wrong hands.

    MISSING IN TRANSIT #1: Feb. 2007

    HL-P3ES2 in maple s/number: 2716 L&R. Stolen en route to Harbeth Denmark from Harbeth UK. Harbeth Warranty has been cancelled and no after care will be provided for these speakers.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK