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The Absolute Sound and Paul Seydor review: M40.2 "Masterpiece" Product of the Year

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  • The Absolute Sound and Paul Seydor review: M40.2 "Masterpiece" Product of the Year

    Good morning HUG!

    I'm thrilled to share that the M40.2 has been awarded a Product of the Year 2016 accolade by The Absolute Sound. Not only that, in the January issue of the magazine is a fantastic review of our flagship written by Paul Seydor.

    Due to copyright reasons we're unable to publish the entire review here however, I thought I'd give you some highlights!

    Paul begins by saying that he - "had a sinking feeling from the moment the speakers were delivered and I started listening, that it was going to be extremely difficult to part with them."

    "The M40.2 is a masterpiece..."

    "Despite the full, deep and powerful bass response, the Monitor 40.2, like other Harbeths, is easier to place for optimal performance in ordinary rooms than almost any other full-range dynamic speakers in my experience."

    "All Harbeths shine on voices, this one such that you feel you're hearing voices the way they really sound in reality."

    "Perceived levels of coloration and distortion are astonishingly low on this speaker..."

    "....this is one of the very few loudspeakers in existence that can without crossing your fingers behind your back be called a true full-range monitor ... a testament to the fanatical care Shaw has lavished upon the crossover."

    "...This is the one reason why so many people who hear this speaker are struck by the beauty of the reproduction."

    "....the Monitor 40.2 possesses that difficult to define but instantly apparent impression of authority ... truthfully, beautifully, and faithfully to the source as the current state of the art will allow."

    Paul concludes by saying that -

    "... my recommendation in the here and now would unhesitatingly be the Monitor 40.2"

    "The Monitor 40.2 is now my reference loudspeaker, and so it shall remain for a long, long time to come..."

    If you'd like to read the review in full a digital version of the magazine is available to purchase on The Absolute Sound website

    A great read!

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    Harbeth Audio Ltd. news section.
    Emma Smith
    Brand Manager
    Harbeth Audio UK

  • #2
    I haven't received my copy yet of The Absolute Sound yet but if Paul Seydor doesn't mention it the room he uses is 22x15x8 feet for anyone who is interested. Great praise indeed for the 40.2 - Paul's references in the past has been Quad electrostatics - he has owned the 63's, 988's and 2805's in the past.

    Happy Xmas everyone,

    Jim Birch
    Melbourne, Australia


    • #3
      Thanks Jim. A very Merry Christmas to you too!
      Emma Smith
      Brand Manager
      Harbeth Audio UK