"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound from microphone to ear, achievable by recognising and controlling the numerous confounding variables that exist along the audio chain. The Harbeth designer's objective is to make loudspeakers that contribute little of themselves to the music passing through them.

Identifying system components for their sonic neutrality should logically proceed from the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance. Deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to give an audible sonic personality to the system at your ear; this includes the significant contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be best advised to select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but any deviation from a flat response is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral among a plethora of product choices.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, getting at the repeatable facts in a post-truth environment where objectivity is increasingly ridiculed. With our heritage of natural sound and pragmatic design, HUG is not the best place to discuss non-Harbeth audio components selected, knowingly or not, to introduce a significantly personalised system sound. For that you should do your own research and above all, make the effort to visit an Authorised Dealer and listen to your music at your loudness on your loudspeakers through the various offerings there. There is really no on-line substitute for time invested in a dealer's showroom because 'tuning' your system to taste is such a highly personal matter. Our overall objective here is to empower readers to make the factually best procurement decisions in the interests of lifelike music at home.

Please consider carefully how much you should rely upon and be influenced by the subjective opinions of strangers. Their hearing acuity and taste will be different to yours, as will be their motives and budget, their listening distance, loudness and room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you. Always keep in mind that without basic test equipment, subjective opinions will reign unchallenged. With test equipment, universal facts and truths are exposed.

If some of the science behind faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over Harbeth speakers is your thing, this forum has been helping with that since 2006. If you just want to share your opinions and photos with others then the unrelated Harbeth Speakers Facebook page may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"

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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).