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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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Unofficial Service & Repair companies

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  • Unofficial Service & Repair companies

    We have recently been made aware of the existence of third-party servicing providers who will attempt to repair a damaged speaker. If the repair is to the cabinet then the results can be acceptable. However, some companies attempt to repair drive units and we strongly recommend that you take care when using non-approved parts.

    The facts are:

    1. The Harbeth 8" (200mm) woofer/midrange is made by us at the Harbeth factory from custom-made parts including the RADIAL cone, voice coil and magnet system. None of these parts are available oustide Harbeth.

    2. The tweeters are made to our design and although they may look similar to other catalogue tweeters they are significantly different. They may be more or less sensitive, have different damping characteristics, frequency response on/off axis and power handling capability.

    It is impossible to match my original design specification by using standard 'off the shelf parts'. If it were possible, we would not pay more to our suppliers for special parts when standard ones would suffice. We never issue piece parts, only complete, tested drivers as replacement units.

    Please expect that if you use a third-party service agent you will not return your speaker to the original performance.

    Please discuss your spares needs with your official Harbeth retailer or importer.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK
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