2017 marks a magnificent milestone for Harbeth as this year is our 40th Anniversary. To mark this historic occasion we are thrilled to announce our very special anniversary products...Read on
The M40.2 40th anniversary model in walnut produces "a real sound of any recording" according to China's Super AV magazine. The review continues by praising the "warm "British" sound" and "the thin-wall design and RADIAL woofer" which can "produce a real sound of any recording especially the vocal, violin, piano and Orchestra."
Sterophile reviewer, Jana Dagdagan, recently reported on the LA Audio Show where she lusted over both the M30.1 and SHL5plus anniversary model. Travelling from New York to LA for the show, Jana stated - "All right, LA Audio Show. You have me convinced: the next pair of speakers I buy will be Harbeths." Well worth the trip then!
In her review of her second day at the show, she praised the M30.1 recalling that - "Gene Rubin (of Gene Rubin Audio) played "God Bless the Child" on the album The Bridge by the Sonny Rollins Quartet. The honest realism of Sonny's dry, airy tone was refreshing. Systems—at hifi shows and otherwise—often make Sonny's—and many other saxophonists—tone sound more lustrous and liquid than he really is—and I can't stand when they do that. Hearing the 30.1s manage this so freely is what made me fall in love at first listen with Harbeth."Read the show report
Online hi-fi blog, The Audio Beatnik, reported that - "The Harbeth Super HL5 Plus to me represents the best of what I think of when I think of British Monitors, but they also have an alive sound," whilst when referring to the M30.1 said - "two things shock me; first how small they are and second how big they sound!"
We're excited to announce an exclusive in-store event at our Scottish dealer, Hi-Fi Corner, Edinburgh, on Thursday 29th June.
Alan Shaw, will be demonstrating our new SHL5plus limited edition anniversary model with a playlist of carefully selected tracks, each with sonic characteristics to showcase what Harbeth speakers are capable of. There will also be a talk on the brand's history and what goes in to making 'The world's best-loved loudspeakers.'
There will also be a Q&A session with Alan and every guest will receive a signed certificate of attendance.
Admission is free with drinks and nibbles also provided. There are limited spaces available so please register to attend.
The SHL5plus 40th anniversary model has received high praise in the June issue of Japan's Stereo magazine.
"The transparency of the sound has increased dramatically...the reproducability of the essential harmonics is also improved with music....the sound of strings and vocals is exquisite."
Within the same issue, there is a special mention to the "naturalness" of the mid-range. A beautiful memorial model.
Korean hi-fi magazine, Audio Journal, have reviewed the SHL5plus 40th anniversary model describing it as a "must keep treasure."
The review goes on to highlight the special qualities of this model, stating that this is - "not a simple upgrade from the conventional Super HL5. It gives real pleasures of listening to modern Harbeth speakers."
On the 18th May we were delighted to debut the latest model in our 40th anniversary collection - the M30.2.
Available in a stunning silver eucalyptus veneer, this next generation of our M30.1 model includes some special features; the latest WBT-nextgen binding posts, a new-look tweeter with silver hex grill, British-made audio grade poly capacitors, and Harbeth's 40th anniversary ultra-pure OFC internal cable.
Harbeth's flagship model, the M40.2, is also available in this stunning limited edition veneer as part of our milestone anniversary.See more
Australian Hi-Fi magazine have this month reviewed the M30.1, stating that - "investing in a pair of Harbeth speakers is an investment in a piece of British audio history."
The M30.1s were described as - "so much more ambient-sounding than most other speakers," with "its ability to reproduce vocals is uncannily good, such that every nuance of a singer’s voice will be delivered to perfection."
Harbeth are proud to be included and share some historic photos, an insight into our design and product development process as well as details of what's to come at the upcoming Munich show.
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Reviewer, Maurice Jeff, went on to say that they sounded - "superbly musical, detailed (but not exceedingly so), and oh-so relaxed, the Harbeth's pulled you into the performance. Greg Weaver, who joined me for the ride, put it best: the Harbeth's make you forget about audio and force you to focus on the music and the performance."
Last weekend, 21st - 23rd April, American Harbeth distributor, Fidelis, presented the Super HL5plus 40th anniversary model at AXPONA at The Westin O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.
Paired with Vinnie Rossi's LIO amp, the room was reportedly consistently busy with the set up described as sounding "incredibly natural and real. All this without the use of proper speaker stands". Quite, who needs stands when last minute hotel tables will do! Visitors returned "numerous times and just couldn't get enough of the system!"
In The Absolute Sound's show report, the Super HL5plus was described as "a clear standout....the Harbeth system was remarkably musical. Strengths here included especially faithful tone color and texture, with intricate yet undeniably accurate layering, soundstaging, and imaging."
We were delighted to hear from our American distributor, Fidelis AV, that world renowned producer, Rick Rubin, was a Harbeth fan.
Rick, who has worked with a wide variety of artists including the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, and Adele said -
"Nothing beats Harbeth speakers for listening to acoustic sounds. They are more like refined musical instruments than loudspeakers."
Part-Time Audiophile have awarded the "magnificent-sounding" SuperHL5plus an Editor's Choice Award 2017. In a recent review, Part-Time Audiophile writer, Scot Hull, described the speakers as "perfect for almost every style and genre of music I listened to, or cared to listen to. The immediacy and intimacy were pure electrostat. The size and impact was clearly dynamic. Very few speakers do both of them well....Better still, they’ll grow with you — the more you improve the gear feeding them, the more you’ll hear out of them. A gift that keeps on giving. As it was to your parents, so will a pair of Super HL5+ be to you — and to your kids"
Scot went on to say that he was "having a hard time thinking of another pair of speakers in anything near its price range that I’d rather recommend, much less, live with indefinitely."Read the review
Last weekend, 24th-26th February, we journeyed to Bristol for the 30th year of the Sound & Vision show. Thanks to a storm here in the UK, our usual 2-3 hour trip took triple the time on the Thursday - but we were not to be deterred!
Rooms 232 and 234 were our demo rooms for the weekend, with the P3ESR in our contemporary room - 234 and the 40th anniversary edition of the SHL5plus in our more traditional room - 232. Both speakers were set up with a Hegel amp and, to our visitors amazement, our music source was a portable audio player - the Astell & Kern Jr. Beautiful stands and racks were provided by our friends at Hi-Fi Racks, who are also celebrating a milestone this year - their 10th anniversary. Many congratulations!
Back to the show. Over the weekend there was a steady attendance from press, industry and public alike. We were thrilled to have a surprise visit from Denmark - our distributor, Tekni-Fi, as well as our Scottlsh dealer, Hi-Fi Corner and London dealer, KJ West One.
For many visitors the show was the first glimpse that they had had of the SHL5plus anniversary edition, which received many compliments. Not only regarding the walnut veneer, but the beautiful clarity of sound. So much so, that many returned two, three some four times to listen again!
The sounds of the likes of Pink Floyd resonated from the P3s next door, with listeners in awe at the sound these mini monitors produced. A successful weekend which left Harbeth owners and fans wanting more.
Were you at the show? We'd love to hear your feedback. Email us your experience.
"The Monitor 40.2 is now my reference loudspeaker, and so it shall remain for a long, long time to come: I choose the speakers I buy for my personal use very carefully and I do not change them capriciously." - Paul SeydorRead the review
The P3ESR is described as being "so cannily designed it almost transcends the limitations of its genre. Neutrality and natural tonal balance reign supreme," whilst the midrange of the SHL5plus is described as "drop dead gorgeous" and the top end "sweet and detailed." In sum - "a reference-caliber component that always sounds like music."
High praise indeed from Paul Seydor for the M30.1, which can be listened to "for hours without fatigue", as well as the M40.2 which is now his "reference when it comes to reproducing music in all its natural power and glory."
To read more, visit The Absolute Sound website to buy your copy.
Poland's popular hi-fi magazine, Hi-Fi and Music, have featured details of our 40th Anniversary models on their website stating that they are - "pampered in every detail, they look and will certainly sound classy."
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To the amazement of our co-exhibitors the Harbeth sound had the public enthralled for not a quick five minutes but typically one hour at a time!
Alan said - "It was great to be able to showcase Harbeths on everything from Opera through to Jazz and Funk. A great time was had by all and we are very grateful to our Italian distributors, Hi-Fi United, for planning and preparing this national event which drew visitors from all over Italy."
Many thanks to the publication and our Polish distributor, Audio System.
Flemish Harbeth dealer, Gydotron Audio, ran their yearly high-end show on the 14th-15th January in the beautiful town of Westmalle - world famous for its fantastic beer brewery.
Harbeth was among the brands presented in two of the six listening rooms. On the ground floor, a system consisting of the Super HL5 plus was making fantastic sounds driven by Analog Domain DAC and amplification. A Luxman CD transport, Bergmann Audio turntable and Revox reel-to-reel were used as sources.
In a room on the first floor the M30.1 was completely in its element, driven by Lindemann musicbook:25 source and musicbook:55 amplifier. A Transrotor Fat Bob turntable and ASR phono stage were doing the analog duties. Visitors found the M30.1 / Lindemann system one of the "most natural and musically convincing of the show".
January 2017 has started with a bang. Not only are we celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year with the launch of our limited edition products, we have received five Grand Prix Component of the Year accoaldes in Japan's leading hi-fi magazine, Stereo Sound.
"You read a lot of reviews talking about how a speaker “made music” or “touched my soul.” The 40.2 actually delivers on that kind of high-end hyperbole in a way I’ve never experienced."
We were thrilled to hear that our flagship, the M40.2, has been awarded Product of the Year 2016 by The Absolute Sound magazine. Winning the Stand-Mount Loudspeaker of the Year, it was described as a "masterpiece....the 40.2 takes any kind of music in its stride and reproduces it as accurately, faithfully, and beautifully as possible..".
Read more on page 82 in the January 2017 edition of The Absolute Sound. Out now.
If you haven't read the new issue of The Absolute Sound yet, make sure to download your copy now and devour Paul Seydor's review of the M40.2. There is high praise and pure love for the speakers throughout as Paul states that - "you feel you're hearing voices the way they really sound in reality" and "The Monitor 40.2 is now my reference loudspeaker, and so it shall remain for a long, long time to come.."
In this issue, you will also find an insightful interview with Alan on the "Genesis of the Monitor 40.2."
Get comfortable, you're going to want to take your time with this issue!
Harbeth's flagship model, the M40.2, has been awarded the Outstanding Popularity Award in China's Super AV magazine.
China's Harbeth distributor, Garner Company, proudly presented the award-winning brand flagship, M40.2, at November's Guangzhou AV Fair 2016 in Hong Kong. Garner reported a "room full of audio fans during the show" who greatly enjoyed the M40.2.