News Recent News
Making music in Hamburg
The tenth annual Norddeutsch HiFi-Tage (also known as 'Hörtest) saw north German audiophiles flock to the Holiday Inn hotel in Hamburg for the three-day audio event. Entrance

Amid the usual gathering of valve amplifers and turntables (plattenspieler fans were in abundance), Harbeth's monitor loudspeakers were a much sought after brand. Room 1603, commanding a magnificent view from the hotel's 16th floor, was packed for the duration.

Harbeth's designer Alan Shaw and Trevor Butler from the marketing department were on hand and worked with Bernd Hömke (from Harbeth Germany) and local, enthusiastic Harbeth dealers Clemens Meyer from Sound & Vision in Hamburg, and Loftsound's Markus Kampschulte from Arnsberg (pictured below, left). Markus

"Together we made the room rock", said Trevor. "All the Germans left the Harbeth room with a big grin on their faces as they enjoyed the clear, natural sound which only a Harbeth RADIAL™ can produce.  Some came back several times, not believing what they heard."

The hugely popular show is organised by Hifi Show Bramfeld, a local dealership which knows how to attract a crowd interested in good sound.  Admission was free, always an incentive, and the venue easily accessible by public transport as well as having good parking close-by.

"This was clearly a very well organised show, professionally marketed to attract audiophiles and with a warm welcome for both exhibitors and visitors", adds Trevor. "It was great to meet so many loyal Harbeth customers as well as others who are hoping to upgrade to Harbeth; they were keen to hear more about our BBC pedigree and how we have taken those landmark BBC designs and added twenty-first century technology. There's no doubt that the audience felt we are do make the world's best-loved loudspeakers." 
Westward Ho! for the Bristol show
The first UK-show audition of Harbeth's latest model is something to make a noise about, and rest assured the legendary Sussex-based brand will be celebrating at Bristol during Sound and Vision at the city centre Marriott Hotel, 20-22 February.
Working alongside digital partners Computer Audio Design, Harbeth will be showcasing the Super HL5plus in room 232 with the award-winning P3ESR mini monitor next door in 234.

Harbeth is also delighted to be working with friends from REL Acoustics who will be using a pair of the new Super HL5plus loudspeakers for the main stereo pair plus Compact 7ES-3s for the rear channel and another Compact for the centre channel in a 5.1 surround presentation in Rooms 308/309, opposite the lifts on the third floor of the show.

Already receiving worldwide acclaim everywhere it's been shown, from Hong Kong to Moscow, the SHL5plus brings a level of clarity and resolution not before heard in two cubic-foot BBC-style design. Designer Alan Shaw will be on hand to demonstrate how he's combined the unbeatable Harbeth RADIAL™ technology with a crossover created using the very latest simulation software, to reach new levels of audio supremacy.


Enhanced transparency. Smoother response. More involving listener experience. Just three of the new model's attributes.

"This is a serious speaker for the serious listener", says the designer.

The seventh-generation of Harbeth's legacy model, the new design retains all the strengths of its predecessors yet takes the classic BBC loudspeaker concept to new levels of listener engagement.

'The ultimate domestic monitor loudspeaker' is a bold claim - but one you can judge for yourself in Bristol where it's making its debut at a UK hi-fi show.

We look forward to welcoming you to the show.
Global show tour
2015 promises to begin with a hectic round of audio events across the globe and Harbeth will be on the road to bring the world's best-loved loudspeakers to the widest possible audience.

Already confirmed in the diary are:...

The Norddeutschen HiFi Tage (also called by the organizer, HiFi Studio Bramfeld, "Hörtest") in the wonderful city of Hamburg between 7-8 February 2015. We look forward to welcoming you all to the Harbeth room where we will play with Croft electronics in room number 1604 in the Holiday Inn Hotel at the "Elbbrücken.  DETAILS

Then it's the UK's turn as Harbeth rolls-up to what's become the Number One audio event in Britain now.... Sound and Vision in Bristol between 20-22 February. We are teaming-up with digital the gurus from Computer Audio Design in Rooms 232 and 234 at the Bristol Marriott. Bristol will provide the chance for the Sussex company to demo its latest model for the first time at a public show in the UK. The Super HL5plus has already been received with high acclaim at venues around the globe as well as by international hi-fi reviewers. DETAILS

March sees a dedicated Harbeth weekend at Bavarian hi-fi specialist Hifi auf dem Bauernhof with a different Harbeth model on demonstration in every room. The event takes place between 14-15 March at the audio emporium in Altusried, Germany. DETAILS

And, don't forget to make a date for the internationally-important High-End show in Munich between 14 - 17 May at the MoC. DETAILS

We hope to see as many customers, old and new, as possible during the forthcoming shows.
Awards to round-off the year
Harbeth ends a bumper 2014 by collecting a clutch of audio awards.

A leading German magazine has awarded Harbeth's mini-monitor, the P3ESR,  "Best of LP" in its recent awards. LP is a popular magazine which focuses on excellence in vinyl and LP reproduction and a highly respected high-end magazine in Germany.  It was back in 2009 that the title gave the little P3ESR a stunning review.Award

Also added to the trophy shelf is the award from Hong Kong's 'Super AV Awards' Outstanding Overall Performance 2014 where the stunning M30.1 monitor loudspeaker has won the title of best 'bookshelf' loudspeaker. (The term is used to differentiate it from floor-standers)

These awards round-off a remarkable year for British-owned and run Harbeth which has marked a record year -- more happy customers in more countries than ever, whille taking technology to the fore with a brand new monitor design, the Super HL5plus.  The latest model has proven to be the company's fastest-selling model EVER.
Veterans appreciate support
Having read in the media about the chronic plight of ex servicemen and women in crisis this Christmas (Independent newspaper feature article 28 November, for example), Harbeth's MD Alan Shaw was determined to do something to help.

He read of a charity's marvellous work and thought Veterans' Aid a very dedicated and committed bunch of people who were working really hard to help those in desperate need by providing immediate and practical help, such as the way they knock on the door of Veterans' Aid and find solace. Cheqye
(The charity's CEO Dr Hugh Milroy is pictued with Harbeth's cheque)

Harbeth UK will making a guaranteed minimum donation to the charity plus an extra amount for every new, fresh pair of Harbeths sold by an authorised dealer - any model, any veneer - anywhere in the world to a member of the public until 31 December 2014 of £50.

Purchasers simply have to email the office confidentially with their valid serial number and purchase details. "It won't cost you or your dealer anything - we're funding this from HQ as our mark of respect for those who have fallen onto hard times", adds Alan.  "If you purchase but do not email us we will assume that you do not wish to be counted-in, which is entirely your prerogative and we perfectly understand and respect your position. There is no obligation whatever, just Register your speakers for Warranty as normal."
British to the core
A multi-national takeover has claimed another famous British speaker company. As news emerges that the major European loudspeaker brand is swallowed up by a Chinese conglomerate, it’s good to know that Harbeth is British through and through and remains true to those pioneering roots which create its world-class loudspeakers.
With most of the original British speaker names now in overseas ownership, Harbeth stands out as the one which is resolutely and steadfastly remaining true to its roots. Alan Shaw

“When you’re merely part of a huge conglomerate, just a small cog in a massive wheel, it’s hard, if not impossible, to maintain the maverick thinking that created the technological triumphs which became the BBC monitor”, says Harbeth’s MD Alan Shaw (pictured).

Such thinking and design needs the oxygen of creativity which does not conform to the rigid cost-driven necessity of a soul-less corporation.

“Loudspeaker design (and composing music)above all need uninterrupted concentration – both involve many refinements and neither are a linear path: they go in lurches; none of that lies comfortably with seasonal production runs and needless rehashing. Harbeth is completely master of its own destiny: we know what our customers want, we are good at making it for them and we’re here for the very long-term,” he adds.
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!
TV audio guru adores new Harbeths

One of the first UK users of the new Harbeth Super HL5plus monitor loudspeaker was the highly respected and award-winning Sound Director, Robert Edwards (seen here, on the right, at the factory watching his new loudspeakers being handmade). Robert Edwards (right)

After an evening with his new monitors, Robert reported, "Harbeth’s Super HL5plus are simply stunning. There is a real sense of musicality in the delivery”, he says. “Here is a sonic Tardis that fills the room space completely, from its modest-sized and lovingly-created enclosures.

“Harbeth should be really proud of its achievement in taking what was already a fabulous-sounding speaker (the SHL5) and further fine-tuning the ingredients: the Super HL5plus is a triumph of Alan’s special skills and dedication in bringing music alive in the room.

“This is the definitive hi-fi speaker for the twenty-first century. It really is a classic design brought bang up-to-date. If you were a Michelin chef, you would be given five stars and a rosette!”

©2015 Harbeth - Moose Web Design