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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Veneers, wood and the variations we expect

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  • #16
    The black features are completely natural. They are where small branches, 'shoots' grow sideways out of the tree. We consider them to be normal since trees are natural and each one is different.

    As stated above, please discuss this with your dealer.


    • #17
      Hi A.S.
      I recently bought a second hand pair of Monitor 30 in Cherry, and feel concerned about the numbers they bear : just one figure different, 2165L and 2166R. Is the mismatch affecting soundwide ? or only veneer sensitive? I wonder what happened to the remaining pair of separated twins.

      {Moderator's response: There should be no detectable difference between adjacent serial numbers. Which country are these speakers in now?}


      • #18
        In France, Paris to be exact; they were bought in 2005 at David Manley's shop by the previous owner. They're in really nice shape.

        {Moderator's response: That agrees with our records. Made about four years ago}