HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

The Harbeth User Group is the primary channel for public communication with Harbeth's HQ. If you have a 'scientific mind' and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - audio equipment 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 should be accessible to non-experts and able to be tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge. From a design perspective, today's award winning Harbeths could not have been designed any other way.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If you are quite set in your subjectivity, then HUG is likely to be a bit too fact based for you, as many of the contributors have maximised their pleasure in home music reproduction by allowing their head to rule their heart. 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 only, although HUG is really not the best place to have these sort of purely subjective airings.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions, especially in the Subjective Soundings area, and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Oct. 2017}
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2017 - Harbeth's 40th Anniversary

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  • 2017 - Harbeth's 40th Anniversary

    Well, here we are now in 2017. Forty years since Dudley Harwood retired from the BBC and created the Harbeth brand. In planning various events for the year ahead we are aware of how the world has changed this millenium, and of the uncertainty that has crept into so many lives. One thing we can be sure of is the constancy of good music delivered over fine equipment in the relative security of ones home. It's a private world of our own creation. We can spend as much or as little as we like on replay equipment - the important thing is the ability of music to soothe, excite and engage. Long may it have that positive power. This could be a golden age for home audio.

    The plans that we have for 2017 have been conceived inside Harbeth HQ as a recogniotion of what this brand has achieved over the last 40 years in bringing great sound to tens of thousands of homes around the world. We recognise that not only we, but you our customers, want to be part of this Anniversary. So we're going to make available memorable products keyed to our 40th. Yes, the standard products will continue to be available at their usual fantastic value for money, so you have a choice. It's entirely up to you.

    Information will start to roll-out over the next days and weeks, but suffice to say that when we made our plans known to our distributors just before we closed for the Christmas holiday, the response in pre-booked new orders proved that the trade believes in our strategy. This is set to be a very special year for us all.

    Peace, a contented 2017 to all Harbeth users and HUG members from the Harbeth UK team.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

  • #2
    I wish successful 40th Anniversary Year to Harbeth.I would like to thank you all achievement and wish you to be able to produce the wonderful Harbeth speakers so many more years.I wish you and all HUG members Happy New Year.


    • #3
      It would be interesting to try a get together some very early Harbeth speakers as part of the Anniversary. I had an early pair of HL monitors a while ago.
      Sadly now gone. Perhaps some early ML monitors. Someone must have a pair...

      I assume Harbeth holds examples of early models.