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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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My thanks to Harbeth

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  • My thanks to Harbeth

    I haven't even received my new SHL5's yet, but I felt it appropriate to post a thank you to Harbeth who couldn't have been more helpful when I called yesterday for a chat to sort out a few queries before placing my order. It was (Production Manager) Andy I spoke to. Despite being undoubtedly busy, time was still taken to describe the finishes available and to give advice on which might suit my requirements plus some advice on a speaker/room match.

    As someone who also runs a (small) audio related business, I was impressed by the friendliness and helpfulness of Harbeth, and you have made another convert. Its so refreshing to find that these important aspects of customer service are alive and kicking and in my experience seem especially healthy within the UK based audio industry. I have also been very impressed with the down to earth and honest common sense approach that Alan Shaw brings to loudspeaker design. It's a breath of fresh air to find a loudspeaker manufacturer that isn't 90% marketing and 10% substance!

    I very much look forward to my pairing of Croft amplification and Harbeth loudspeakers.
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