HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

The Harbeth User Group is the primary channel for public communication with Harbeth's HQ. If you have a 'scientific mind' and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - audio equipment decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and should be accessible to non-experts and able to be tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge. From a design perspective, today's award winning Harbeths could not have been designed any other way.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If you are quite set in your subjectivity, then HUG is likely to be a bit too fact based for you, as many of the contributors have maximised their pleasure in home music reproduction by allowing their head to rule their heart. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area only, although HUG is really not the best place to have these sort of purely subjective airings.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions, especially in the Subjective Soundings area, and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Oct. 2017}
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Naim and Harbeth

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  • Naim and Harbeth

    Hi, I bi-amp with Naim NAP200 & NAP250DR and a 282 pre CD5XS player, into JBL speakers. I am in love with the M40.2's and I'd like to ask if they would be a great match for my system.

  • #2
    I'm guessing you are aware the Monitor 40.2 only has a single pair of speaker binding posts so bi-amping is not possible. The minimum power spec is 35W/channel so you're Naim amps should suffice at normal domestic sound levels. I use a 150W/channel amp on mine and have never come close to clipping.


    • #3
      Hi and welcome. Where are you in the World and what music do you enjoy ?

      The NAP 200 and NAP 250DR will be a bit out of their depth with the M40.2. if you have a largish room and like to crank up the volume, you should look elsewhere for suitable amps but of course, your best bet is to try your amps with the M40.2 to hear if it is a suitable combination. Bear in mind that you can't bi-amp the M40.2.


      • #4
        Somewhere on the internet is a youtube video of Alan Shaw himself demonstrating a pair of M40.1s and the amplifier was delivering more than 500 watt per channel. Much depends on room size, type of music and listening level. If it were me I would prefer a really beefy ampliffier. Fortunately those do not necessarily cost a fortune (think pro audio amps).