Pick up a copy of the October issue of Hi-Fi News and you'll find a blast from the past in an article from their vault; The LS3/5A shootout, on page 124.
You might presume all models would sound the same, as they were built under licence to BBC specifications however, when tested against each other that was not the case. The Harbeth model came out on top!
"The love, care and attention that we put into our products goes above and beyond, as it should." - Andy Sinden, Production Manager.
The Super HL5plus was described as having a midrange that is "drop-dead gorgeous" with "the top end sweet and detailed. In sum, a reference-caliber component that always sounds like music"
Similarly the M40.2 was praised for reproducing the timbre of real instruments and voices beautifully, like no other speaker.
Audio Ingang, Benelux distributor for Harbeth, had a big presence on the X-fi Audioshow on the 24th and 25th September 2016, in 'De Koningshof', Veldhoven. They featured all their brands including Harbeth in three demo rooms.
The Harbeth P3ESR was combined with two Velodyne SPL-1200 Ultra subwoofers and electronics by Lindemann. The Lindemann musicbook:25 was able to stream all possible digital file formats and for analog duties, a beautiful Bergmann Magne turntable was used. A great little setup that really demonstrated the hidden powers of the P3ESR.
The Absolute Sound has awarded the P3ESR a Golden Ear Award 2016, judged by Paul Seydor, hi-fi critic and acclaimed Hollywood film editor who said - "Suffice to say that this is hands down the most accurate subcompact BBC monitor ever made and perhaps the only one that actually deserves to be called a monitor."
The Russian audio press have featured not one but two reviews of Harbeth speakers in recent months. What Hi-Fi? Russia reviewed the M40.2 calling them "excellent speakers for those who value quality sound above all", whilst Pro High End Magazine called the Compact 7ES-3 "one of the most unique systems the hi-fi market can offer today".
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Over the past few months, we have been hard at work planning for our 40th anniversary next year. Including our celebratory logo, which we are delighted to unveil to you.
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What Hi-Fi? Thailand have featured the M40.2 on the front cover of their June edition, describing it as "state-of-the-art." This is prior to a review in the pubication's July issue, which we look forward to reading next month.
Leading USA magazine The Absolute Sound has published a critical report on recent efforts to re-create 21st-century versions of the BBC’s LS3/5A speaker, saying that Harbeth’s approach to re-design the shoebox-sized monitor from the ground up was the preferred way forward.
In the May 2016 issue, respected journalist and film editor Paul Seydor (inset) concludes that modern reincarnations of the old LS3/5A are “manifestly limited, flawed, and certainly dated”. Little wonder, then, that he recommends the Harbeth P3, and in particular the current P3ESR as its successor.
Seydor commends Harbeth’s designer, Alan Shaw, for doing what he says the BBC should have done back in the 1980s, returning to first principles: “use what was valuable in the original design then do the job right and make a speaker that is vastly more uniform, reliable and accurate, as well as able to maintain its performance without material degradation over the long run.”