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
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."
Read the article in full
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.
Harbeth's distributor in Indonesia, Victory Audio, showcased Harbeth for the 5th year in a row at the IHEAC (Indonesian High End Audio Club) Show between the 17th-20th November 2016. They proudly presented the M30.1 to a thrilled audience. Another successful show!
Visit our Facebook page for images from the show
Harbeth's German distributor, Input Audio, delighted visitors at the Klangbilder show in Vienna last week. With a room full of avid audio fans, some of who returned to hear the natural sound of Harbeth several times throughout the show, the SHL5plus was thought to be "very dynamic, refined and full of musical emotions," said Bernd Hömke, Input Audio.
To see some pictures from the show, please visit our Facebook page.
Read the review in full here.
Last weekend hifi came to the Big Apple at the New York Audio Show at the Park Lane Hotel. Our American distributor, Fidelis AV, reported great attendance by those who have a real passion for music and its reproduction.
Demoing the M40.2, visitors were treated to reportedly one of the best set ups at the show -
"Some of the very best sound at the show came from the Harbeth 40.2 speakers and VAC electronics in the Sound by Singer room. I reviewed the 40.2s late last year, but the sound was even better at the show than it was in my system! These speakers are so natural and highly refined it's actually hard to focus on the sound, I was too busy enjoying the music." - Steve Guttenberg, cnet.
Denmark distributor, Tekni-Fi, presented a fantastic set up with the SHL5plus at the recent Hi-Fi & Surround Show in Copenhagen. A popular show which was very successful for Tekni-Fi. Head over to our Facebook page to see for yourself.
Our Italian distributor, Hi-Fi United, reported a fantastic response to the "amazing and very British" sound of the M40.2 at recent hi-fi show, Sintonie. Listeners were reportedly entranced by the set up.
Our Australian distributor, Audio Magic, demoed both the M40.2 and the SHL5plus at last weekend's Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show. A successful show which saw visitors enjoying the natural sound of our flagship and most popular model.
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."