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What speakers at Munich show 2012

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  • What speakers at Munich show 2012

    i'm going to this year's hifi show in Munich and i'm a bit quriuos about your choice of speakers that will be used. I guess the new one, but will the be a chance that 40,1 and the monitor 30 will be displayed?
    Are you visiting this year Alan?


    Thomas

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    Originally posted by griffenfel View Post
    i'm going to this year's hifi show in Munich and i'm a bit quriuos about your choice of speakers that will be used. I guess the new one, but will the be a chance that 40,1 and the monitor 30 will be displayed?
    Are you visiting this year Alan?


    Thomas
    I can't wait to see the new speaker! I'm not sure what I'm looking forward to most - the new Alien prequel or the new Harbeth speaker. Very exciting!

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    • #3
      New Harbeth - when?

      On what date will we learn of the new Harbeth speaker?

      {Moderator's comment: the update will be announced at Munich next week}

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      • #4
        Munich

        i'm really looking forward to the munich show. We are 4 friends from my hometown in Norway that will arrive on Thursday.

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        • #5
          All excited ...

          The suspense is killing me. Maybe we could have a contest to guess what this new speaker might be and where it would fall within the product line.

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          • #6
            Gaps?

            the biggest gap is between the Shl5 and the Monitor40.1
            My guess is something priced between the both.

            {Moderator's comment: No, this is a model update.}

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            • #7
              My guess ....

              Originally posted by griffenfel View Post
              the biggest gap is between the Shl5 and the Monitor40.1
              My guess is something priced between the both.

              {Moderator's comment: No, this is a model update.}
              My guess: Super HL5 is becoming a 6 and going single-wire.

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              • #8
                Stands @ Munich

                Munich Show 2012.

                I am guessing that all Harbeth models will be on display.
                Wondering if visitors would like a free giveaway speaker stand?
                Some pics from last year, drag pointer over the pic for forward arrows.http://www.skylan-stands.com/reports.html

                Cheers,
                Noel.

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                • #9
                  Shl5?

                  I wonder if the SHL5 will have a RADIAL2 cone ...

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                  • #10
                    M30.1?

                    Hm...or M30.1?
                    "Bath with Music"

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                    • #11
                      Hints in Germany?

                      here in Germany i found some hints on a 30.1 in dealer advertisings.

                      best,
                      delgesu
                      Harbeth M40.1-Naim NAC52-Supercap-NAP 135-CDS2-XPS

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                      • #12
                        M30 update?

                        I feel that Monitor 30 has been updated. Probably M30.1? Or perhaps an M20.1?

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                        • #13
                          M20.1

                          Surely, the M20.1 is the P3ESR ?

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                          • #14
                            An upgrade!

                            i actually thought that it was a brand new speaker, and not just a upgrade for a existing speaker.

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                            • #15
                              Monitor 30.1?

                              It's the Monitor 30.1. I'm quite excited to hear it.

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