Harbeth celebrates 40th anniversary

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...

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Duet Media Technologies visit: part 1

Last month we visited Duet Media Technologies to gain an insight into their business. Duet, who use M40.2s as their refrence monitors in their editing suite, specialise in event recording, working closely with many of their local schools on large music events.

You can now watch part 1 of our visit, with part 2 coming soon.

Watch part 1 here

SHL5plus 40th anniversary model attracts music lovers at Guangzhou hi-fi show, China

Our Chinese distributor, Garner Co., proudly presented the SHL5plus 40th anniversary model at last week's Guangzhou hi-fi show. Kalson Chan of Garner Co. said that the limited edition model attracted "many music lovers to join our room who enjoyed the music from the Best of British combination."

The show, which ran between the 15th-17th September, is the biggest of its kind in China and attracted a large number of visitors over the weekend. Other models on display were the M30.1 and P3ESR.


P3ESR described as "a simply extraordinary loudspeaker" in SoundStage Australia review

The small but mighty P3ESR has been described by SoundStage Australia as "a simply extraordinary loudspeaker" in a recent review.

"Most mini-monitors by dint of their size and radiation patterns have the capacity to image well but few have such an even tonal balance. And even fewer have such convincing, realistic timbres....the P3ESR makes the electric guitar, for this listener, sound… well, chunky, organic and often quite real."

Reviewer, Peter Katsoolis, highlights the fact that this is a speaker that will not prove fatiguing over long-term listening sessions as - "it does not shout it at you. As transparent and open as the speaker is, the P3ESR is not “modern” in the sense of sounding lean, harsh or forward like some of the competition."

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Planet of Sound use M40.2 reference speakers at hi-fi university event

At the end of August, Canadian Harbeth dealer, Planet of Sound, launched their Level 1 Hi-Fi University event. This was an in-store event run to expand hi-fi enthusiasts' knowledge, covering "frequency ranges, what makes boomy bass, brightness, and soundstaging."

During the event they played back a live jazz performance on their Harbeth reference speakers, the M40.2s, with each attendee receiving a Level 1 Hi-Fi University diploma, certifing them as a Hi-Fi Master!

Planet of Sound said - "Everyone was enthusiastic and open to learning. It was our second highest attended event this year"

SHL5plus anniversary model makes Hong Kong debut

Our SHL5plus 40th anniversary model made its Hong Kong debut last weekend at the High End AV Show. Presented by our dealer, Garner Co., the room was filled with those eager to hear this limited edition model where they enjoyed a 'best of British' sound.

Duet Media Technologies use M40.2s as reference speakers

Last week, Harbeth MD and designer, Alan Shaw, and brand manager, Emma Smith, visited Duet Media Technologies in Kent, where they saw our flagship speakers, the M40.2s in action in their editing suite.

Meeting with MD and audio specialist, Paul Barton-Hodges, they were given an insight into why Harbeths were chosen as their reference speakers - "I first heard Harbeth speakers as a student at the Royal College of Music," said Paul, "where my lecturer had a pair. I was previously aware of the brand name, having scoured hi-fi catalogues as a boy, but to hear them in the flesh was something else!"

Duet Media Technologies specialise in event recording and work closely with many schools, including The King's School in Canterbury.

Watch this space for more from the visit in our upcoming August newsletter, which you can sign up to here.

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Part-Time Audiophile call M30.1 "magic" at LA Audio Show

Part-Time Audiophile's review of the LA Audio Show calls the sound of the M30.1 "magic". Writer, John Stancavage recalls experiencing Gene Rubin's set up at the show where "the 30.1 taxed my ability to find audiophile terms to describe its sheer musicality. It just had a “rightness” that is rare, even among much more expensive loudspeakers."

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Summer of Sound Competition

Calling all music creators! Are you or do you know a young, talented and enthusiastic music-maker who would love the chance of owning a pair of Harbeth speakers? We are running a competition to win a pair of our speakers this summer.

Entrants must submit an original piece of music, in any genre, that showcases a wide frequency and dynamic range and incorporates interesting and unusual sounds. Entrants must also document their process on social media using Twitter and/or Instagram using #HarbethSummerofSound.

1st prize - One pair of SHL5plus speakers
2nd prize - One pair of M30.1 speakers
3rd prize - One pair of P3ESR speakers

To enter, entrants must pre-register with their name, age, details of their Twitter and/or Instagram handle/s plus a brief bio about themselves to [email protected]. Final audio files and a brief description about what inspired the creator should then be sent via WeTransfer to the same email address above. Closing date - 27th August 2017. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 5th September 2017.

T&Cs: Entrants must be European residents, aged between 16-24 and those under 18 years of age must have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as our website for more details.

To enter, participants must submit an original piece of music that showcases a wide dynamic range and includes some use of interesting and unusual sounds. Songs will be judged equally on originality, melody and composition, as well as the entrants creative use of social media to document their process and share their inspiration behind the music. When sharing details about the project applicants should use #HarbethSummerofSound.

Please read our full terms and conditions here.

Super AV magazine review M40.2 40th anniversary model

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."

Stereophile reviewer falls "in love at first listen with Harbeth"

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."

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SHL5plus anniversary model and M30.1 sound "big" and "alive" at LA Audio Show

Harbeth US distributor, Fidelis AV, and dealer, Venice Audio, proudly presented Harbeth at last weekend's LA Audio Show. The SHL5plus anniversary model and M30.1 were both on demo.

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!"

Exclusive in-store Harbeth event at Hi-Fi Corner, Edinburgh

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.

Register here

SHL5plus anniversary model praised in Japan's Stereo magazine

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 press describe SHL5plus anniversary model as a "must keep treasure"

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."

High Fidelity awards SHL5plus anniversary model 'Best Sound' at Munich

Polish hi-fi magazine, High Fidelity, awarded the SHL5plus anniversary model 'Best Sound' at last weekend's High End Munich show.

Harbeth debut new anniversary model at High End Munich show

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.

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M30.1 described as "more ambient sounding than most others" by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine

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 features in Hi-Fi Pig's Great British Brands at Munich edition

To celebrate some of the fantastic British brands exhibiting at the High End Munich show this year, industry magazine, Hi-Fi Pig, have produced a special edition; Great British Brands at Munich.

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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Super HL5plus "soared to uncommon musical heights" at AXPONA, according to Positive Feedback

Creative forum, Positive Feedback, has described the Super HL5plus 40th anniversary model as soaring to "uncommon musical heights" at the recent AXPONA show in Illinois, USA.

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."

Super HL5plus wows at AXPONA

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."

Award-winning producer, Rick Rubin, says "nothings beats Harbeth"

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 review the SuperHL5plus

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."

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Harbeth proud sponsors of Hi-Fi Pig's Bristol Show coverage 2017

We are proud to sponsor Hi-Fi Pig's special edition Bristol show e-magazine for 2017. You can read the coverage of the show in full here and you will find our 40th anniversary feature on pages 51-53.

Read Hi-Fi Pig's Bristol show e-magazine

Sound & Vision The Bristol Show 2017

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.

On Top Audio review SuperHL5plus

On Top Audio have described the Super HL5plus as "remarkable cleanliness and clarity".

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Paul Seydor's M40.2 review now available online

Paul Seydor's review of the M40.2 and his Q&A with Alan is now available to read in full on The Absolute Sound website.

"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 Seydor

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Harbeth receive four accolades in The Absolute Sound Editor's Choice Awards 2017

We were delighted to learn that Harbeth have received four accolades in The Absolute Sound Editor's Choice Awards 2017. Featured models include the P3ESR, SHL5plus, M30.1 and M40.2.

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.

40th Anniversary models praised in Hi-Fi and Music, Poland

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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Harbeth sound enthralls public at Suono di Gusto, Italy

At the end of January, Alan journeyed to Florence, Italy, for Suono di Gusto - a hi-fi event at Italian Harbeth dealer, Dolfi Hi-Fi.

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."


SHL5plus awarded Hi-End Speaker of the Year 2017

A great start to the year, as not only does 2017 mark our 40th Anniversary, the SHL5plus has been awarded Hi-End Speaker of the Year 2017, by Polish hi-fi magazine, Hi-Fi and Music.

Many thanks to the publication and our Polish distributor, Audio System.