Many are called, but few are chosen. It is a startling experience to sit in front of these large boxes and hear sound that has no box character at all.
This reference monitor creates a tight, dynamic and incredibly revealing presentation at a moderate listening level.
The speaker is completely transparent and paints a 3D holographic sound stage which is totally addictive for its neutrality. (Videos
of development in the Harbeth Research Centre.)
Although originally developed for professional use in BBC control rooms, the Monitor 40.1 has been adopted as a domestic reference system and, where space permits, brings the ultimate in natural sound to the serious home listener.
The domestic version, crafted in real wood veneers, is fitted with two binding posts for simplicity of connection. The in-room smoothness of response is excellent, and in a suitable room a controlled and realistic bass response down to 25Hz is possible.
It's not easy to ascribe a sonic characteristic to the multi award-winning Monitor 40.1: nor does it have one. Perhaps the concept "three dimensional curtain of sound" says it all.
Golden Ear award from The Absolute Sound
Named TONE Audio
speaker product of the year.
Editors' Choice by The Abosulte Sound
Used at Fountain Studios, the largest TV studio in Britain, and home of TV hits The X-Factor, The Cube, Britain's Got Talent
- some of the biggest audience shows.
Used at the British Library's sound archives.
Used at ITV Leeds to make the hugely successful Emmerdale
Used at BBC Cardiff to make Crimewatch
REVIEWED by High Fidelity
REVIEWED by Jeff Dorgay in Tone Audio
REVIEWED by Art Dudley in Stereophile