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M40.2 Global Launches
Launch events for Harbeth's new Ultimate Reference Monitor are taking place around the globe as the Monitor 40.2 is unveiled country by country.

With audiophiles in Hong Kong the first in the world to hear the new model (at their recent High End AV Show), launches are already organised in over a dozen other countries. M40.2 launch

Harbeth Germany held its successful weekend’s launch party at high-end dealer Profi Musik in Lüneburg (pictured, right).

The USA debut will be at the forthcoming RMAF (Rocky Mountain AudioFest) over the weekend of 2-4 October in Denver, Colorado. Harbeth USA are teaming up Red Wine Audio/LIO founder  Vinnie Rossi for the event.

Designer Alan Shaw is looking forward to attending the official UK launch at KJ West One in London on 24 October. He will also be at the Spanish premiere on 13-14 November in Barcelona. This is followed by sessions planned for Madrid and Portugal.  Then he’s off to Moscow for the high-end event (20-22 Nov).
The end of November sees two events in Australia, details to be confirmed.

Meanwhile Harbeth Beneluxe has an M40.2 Roadshow with the new loudspeaker visit each dealer in turn. The timetable is:

* 24 September - 30 September: Pink Noise (BE)
* 1 October - 7 October: Hifistudio It Harkstee
* 8 October - 14 October: Multifoon Hifi
* 15 October - 21 October: AudioTweaks
* 22 October - 28 October: Audio Life
* 29 October - 4 November: Gydotron Audio (BE)
* 5 November - 11 November: Audiomaat
* 12 November - 18 November: Audiofile
* 19 November - 25 November: Beter Beeld & Geluid Zevenbergen.
Details from www.harbeth.nl
UK Launch of New Monitor 40.2
Free tickets for the UK launch of Harbeth's best-even loudspeaker are now bookable online at eventbrite.co.uk
KJ West One
The event will be staged at prestigious high-end dealer KJ West One in central London on Saturday 24 October.  Come along and meet the designer, hear the new model which had been labelled 'the most musical monitor of all time' by German's illustrious Audio magazine.

In the Monitor 40.2, Harbeth has produced the biggest leap forward in sonic supermacy since the brand was formed in 1977.

With improved efficiency, a more transparent an engaging sound, the M40.2 takes the Harbeth experience to a new level in a wider range of listening environments.  Probably the closest you will come to 'being there'.

We look forward to seeing you - bring your favourite recordings and hear then like you've never heard them before.

KJ West One,
26 New Cavendish Street
London W1
Harbeth trio get top reward
America's Stereophile magazine has awarded no fewer than three Harbeth models with its coveted Hot Products recommendation. Stereophile 500

In a review of the top 500 audio, hi-fi and home theatre items, the magazine's editors choose the very best on offer.

With the Monitor 40.2 ultimate reference too new to be a contender, Harbeth's P3ESR mini-monitor, the compact Monitor 30.1 and classic BBC-inspired Super HL5plus designs are all listed.

"This is a major achievement and testimony to Harbeth's quest to take BBC designs to new levels of engineering excellence, making them fit for the twenty-first century", says the brand's marketing manager Trevor Butler.

Reminding readers of the Monitor 30.1's ability to "produce 'ravishing' midrange texture, tonality, and resolution...", it is commended with the endorsement, "If you're into classical and jazz, there is no other loudspeaker I can recommend so highly [at the price-point]".

The highly popular P3ESR mini monitor was originally said by Editor John Atkinson to be "the best iteration yet from any manufacturer of the BBC LS3/5A mini-monitor concept". Further evaluation by the magazine team has confirmed the speaker's pedigree.

With the editor finding that Harbeth's Super HL5plus to be technically "beyond reproach", the loudspeaker is also recommended for its "easy clarity" and the "good degree of touch and force with which it reproduced notes in the bass range".

Full details online at the Stereophile website
Another Golden Ear for Harbeth
It’s a golden tribute for Harbeth’s Super HL5plus loudspeaker as The Absolute Sound magazine awards the  hand-crafted British model a coveted Golden Ear Award in its latest issue (Sept 2015). Golden Ear logo

This is the fourth time in designer Alan Shaw’s career that Harbeth has been rewarded with the audio industry’s prestigious award for audio excellence.

The magazine’s Paul Seydor is busy reviewing the loudspeaker for the next issue. “The Super HL5plus has won a succession of international awards since it was released last year,” says Harbeth’s Trevor Butler [see story below]. “To collect a fourth Golden Ear for the Harbeth Monitoring Series is truly awesome.”

The news comes as awards flood in for the Super HL5plus loudspeaker which is only a few months into its production. The model is being honoured by audio writers around the world as award after award is bestowed on the model, from America to Russia and Japan to Germany, as it delghts and entertains.
Powering Britain's 'Best Soap'
Britain’s Best TV Soap has used Harbeth speakers (in its studios north of London) for many years. 30.1 powered

Now the winner of the 2015 title at the British Soap Awards is upgrading its studio loudspeaker monitoring as  part of an engineering refit.

“We’ve re-introduced a powered version of the multi-award-winning Monitor 30.1 for them (pictured right with Harbeth MD Alan Shaw)”, explains production manager Andy Sinden.

“It has proved immensely popular with the programme makers who love the clean, natural sound of Harbeth”.

The news comes on the heels of Harbeth-balanced The X-Factor winning a prestigious BAFTA Craft Award for its engineering excellence.

So, the era of studios cost-cutting on vital loudspeaker monitors may be over, thankfully. The health and well-being of professional sound engineers has to be first and foremost whilst they are at work.
Hours sitting in front of fatiguing monitorloudspeakers can [and does] take its toll. It’s clear that Harbeth monitors create the natural sound that engineers crave, yet often the accountants running the studios fail to appreciate the importance of high-quality loudspeakers.

Read the full story in July's Newsletter HERE.
Harbeth balance wins prestigious BAFTA Award
Ace sound director Robert Edwards received a coveted BAFTA Television Craft Award for his Robert Edwards BAFTAwork on The X-Factor which is entirely mixed and balanced on a Harbeth 5.1 surround system.

He is pictured with the award in front of his Harbeth monitors in The X-Factor sound gallery.

In a TV interview after receiving the award Edwards said, “our sound production uses the best of British technology: Harbeth are very much part of that success”.  Congratulations to the talented technical team which were honoured with the prestigious Entertainment Craft Award at the ceremony held to celebrate the most talented people working in British television.
Hall 3 Stand F12


MUNICH: 14 May 2015....
Successor to the BBC’s old LS5/8 monitor loudspeaker, Harbeth’s new incarnation launched at the Munich High End has improvements on all fronts over the 1970s’ two-way. Boasting engineering excellence for the digital era, it is a significant upgrade to the award-winning Monitor 40.1 model.

M40.2Such has been the runaway success of Harbeth’s Super HL5plus worldwide, that designer Alan Shaw took a close look at his M40.1, the BBC LS5/8 replacement. First made for the broadcaster in 1998, the Monitor 40 was a major leap forward in monitor loudspeaker design.

“The three-way Monitor 40 solved the inadequacies of that old BBC model, which attempted to force a 12-inch polypropylene bass unit to behave as a midrange as well.” says Harbeth’s Alan Shaw, “An idea doomed from the start; no wonder BBC engineers struggled with the LS5/8’s  weird sonic balance.”

Winning awards around the world, the Harbeth design has now been upgraded to a new generation with a totally revised crossover and increased sensitivity.

"The M40.2 is more sensitive, more efficient, works with small amplifiers, has greater power handing, creates a more open and transparent sound - its three drive units are perfectly integrated and the whole experience even more engaging and, as always, sweet and clean", adds Alan Shaw.

Therefore, the new model is as happy in both broadcast studios and home listening rooms, straight out of the carton. All this thanks to a ground-up redesign of the crossover network, using the latest software simulation tools and measuring systems. Production is due to begin shortly at Harbeth's Sussex factory. The expected UK retail price will be around £12,000 for cherry veneer.

The new model is on display at the Harbeth stand in Munich (Hall 3, F12) where a new, bespoke range of Bavarian-designed and built stands will also be unveiled.
Happy 20th to RADIAL™
Celebrating two decades of Harbeth's unique cone material ...

Since creating RADIAL™ twenty years ago now, Harbeth has not looked back. Its world-leading cone material is simply unmatched by anything else for purity of sound and accurate reproduction of speech and music at home and in the studio. RADIAL™ driver

The RADIAL™ cone project followed Alan Shaw’s appeal to The Science and Industry Directorate of the British Government and allowed him to continue the research started by Harbeth’s founder Dudley Harwood. The entire work was continuously and thoroughly (even sometimes uncomfortably) peer reviewed. The five man-year programme was carefully documented, running to over 2000 A4 sheets, and has now been carefully scanned and collated.

“What that work did meant that we never looked back”, says Alan Shaw. “It allowed Harbeth to create a world-leading loudspeaker cone material which remains at the heart of every model we make. It is what transformed those old BBC designs to create Harbeth speakers fit for the 21st century.”

Happy Birthday RADIAL™.
Inadequacies of 'industry standard' speaker cones
It is little wonder that loudspeakers with mere polypropylene cones can’t match the open and dynamic sound of a Harbeth RADIAL™ drive unit. As a new video on the Harbeth User Group clearly shows, shampoo-bottle plastics just don’t have enough rigidity. Cone video

Stiffness is a key attribute for a loudspeaker cone if it is to produce a good sound, yet as the new video demonstrates, most cones are pretty feeble.
While even the smallest (110mm) RADIAL™ cone will easily withstand the weight of a house brick (see above), a similar size polypropylene cone simply buckles and is squashed to destruction.

“The Harbeth cone even withstood the weight of a hefty 4.9kg steel billet”, explains Harbeth’s MD and designer Alan Shaw.

“It’s no accident that the super-clear Harbeth sound is the product of our wonderfully rigid cones. You can think of Harbeth RADIAL™ technology as a reinforced plastic which solves numerous engineering challenges.  Unless cones behave in a pistonic way across the entire audio range, as RADIAL™ ones do , it’s impossible to achieve a really natural sound. “

A ten minute audition at your local dealer will reveal all the strengths of the Harbeth drive-unit technology!
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