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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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  • Commercially Sensitive Information

    We are willing and able to discuss most hi-fi related issues, and those relating to British life which fills-out the background culture around Harbeth.

    For obvious reasons of commercial confidentiality, we are not able to reply to questions about specific production processes, costing, pricing, margins, exact availability in your area, quantity, quality, supplier, sourcing or any other information if we suspect that information could be used by a competitor or would-be competitors in the UK or overseas. Your local Harbeth outlet will certainly be able to supply appropriate information.

    Our decision in this matter is absolutely final in the interests of protecting our brand and company for the long term. We apologise if you are curious about what business people refer to as 'commercially sensitive information'. Where we feel that we can disclose information to a general audience we will continue to do so.

    Questions that ask for sensitive information will be declined, ignored and/or deleted. This is common business practice. Thank you for your understanding.

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    Commercially Sensitive Information

    This summarized description of definition extracted from the FOI [Freedom of Information Act] encompasses the above term which may be helpful to us who are still unsure what actually it means.

    The following are examples of information that may based on experience come within the definition of "financial, commercial, scientific or other information":
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    • statements of financial information containing audited balance sheets and profit and loss accounts of companies, information on costs of production, revenue earned, etc...

    • information as to a company's pricing structure

    • information in the nature of operating and financial information, future strategies, expected export market movements, selling prices and overseas customers

    . Some categories of information, such as current client lists, production costs, hourly rates to be charged by a contractor or statistical information relevant to licensing applications

    • Although the information itself has little or no financial value, would its release result in the person or business incurring a financial loss. For example, the knowledge in the market place that a particular business is thinking of diversifying, may cause the price of its shares to drop

    • information on the production costs and market share in an industry could be used by competitors in conjunction with what was already known, to advance their position in the marketplace

    • disclosure of the date of the licensing application would reveal at what stage in the production and marketing of a product, the company was. Competitors seeking to copy the product once available for sale, would be advantaged by being prepared ahead of time

    • were a competitor to know the details of a company's transfer pricing or its profit margins, that information could be used to prejudice that company's position in the market place

    More information.

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