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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™.
Many are called, few are chosen....
Two Harbeth models are listed among the very select few to create outstanding products worthy of  the coveted ‘Recommended’ status by international Stereophile magazine as it publishes its top 500 components for 2015. Stereophile 500

Both Harbeth’s P3ESR mini-monitor and the M30.1 monitor have heralded by Stereophile magazine.

 Only a select handful of components are picked each year as the ‘very best’ equipment available to audiophiles.

Commenting on the P3ESR, the magazine reminds its readers that, in the Editor’s opinion, it is “the best iteration yet from any manufacturer of the BBC LS3/5A mini-monitor concept”.

Of the LS5/9 replacement, Harbeth’s M30.1, Stereophile recalls how the compact monitor produces “ravishing midrange texture, tonality and resolution”.
Harbeth's at heart of new TV quiz
1000 Heartbeats is the new ITV daytime quiz show presented by Vernon Kay, that uniquely features a live string quartet in the studio.

Pictured is Sound Supervisor Tudor Davies with Sarah and Llinos from the quartet.

Tudor states that using Harbeth studio monitor loudspeakers was an important decision for this unusual Project:Heartbeats" When you are mixing a live string quartet you need to be very sure you are hearing the middle frequencies correctly, as this is where most problems are heard when closely miking string instruments. I knew that with the Harbeth reference monitors I was hearing something accurate, so could adjust the EQ accordingly."

1000 Heartbeats
can be seen on ITV at 4pm weekdays and is attracting a healthy audience. Players wear an electronic heart-rate counter device while answering questions in an attempt to win money. All the time, their heart-rate is monitored, counting down from an initial 1000. When the remaining number reaches zero, the game is over. During the game the contestant's heart rate is relayed to the live string quartet playing the soundtrack on set at the tempo of the contestant's heart rate (beats per minute) to maximise tension.
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.
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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