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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."
Upcoming global shows
THERE are a busy few months ahead for Harbeth on the road as we attend a series of global audio events.

The first, this side of Chirstmas, is at Flemish dealer Gydotron which organises a Harbeth show over the weekend of 13-14 December. Details from our friends (pictured right) at www.gydotron.com who will make everyone most welcome.
The event is between 2PM and 6PM and will showcase the new Super HL5 Plus with Ayre electronics and lots of good music! They will explain the design changes in the new model and will also demonstrate the award winning Harbeth M30.1. The SHL5 Plus will be driven by the Ayre AX-5 integrated amplifier and QB-9 DSD USB DAC. The M30.1 will be fed by the CX-7eMP CD player and the AX-7e amplifier. Gydotron is sure of a tasty musical performance, confirmed by the serving of some exclusive Belgium beers! 
More information:
Gydotron Audio,Katrien Lammens,Turnhoutsenbaan 241,2110 Wijnegem
Tel:  +32 (0) 473/ 11 65 13

February 2015 sees both the north German show in Hamburg (7-8 Feb) and the major UK event in Bristol on Friday 20 to Sunday 22nd February.

Rest assured, we will be out in force and look forward to meeting you all.
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!”

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