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Powering Britain's 'Best Soap'
03.07.2015
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
22.05.2015
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.
 
REDEFINING THE CLASSIC BBC LS5/8
14.05.2015
HARBETH LAUNCH NEW MODEL AND STAND RANGE AT MUNICH HIGH END
Hall 3 Stand F12

REDEFINING THE CLASSIC BBC MODELS, HARBETH ANNOUNCES THE M40.2

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.
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Happy 20th to RADIAL
10.04.2015
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....
06.04.2015
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”.
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Inadequacies of 'industry standard' speaker cones
03.11.2014
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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