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"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound, realisable by controlling the confounding variables between tthe microphone and the listeners' ears.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

Identifying components for their system neutrality should, logically, start with the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance, as any and every deviation from a measurably flat frequency response at any point along the serial chain from microphone to ear is very likely to cause the total system to have an audible sonic personality. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, aiding the identification of audio components likely to maintain a faithful relationship between the recorded sound and the sound you hear. With our heritage of natural sound, HUG cannot be really be expected to guide in the selection, approval, endorsement or even discussion of equipment that is intend to introduce a significantly personalised sound to the audio signal chain. 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 electronics offered there. There is no on-line substitute for that time investment in a dealer's showroom.

If you desire to intentionally tune your system sound to your personal taste, please consider carefully how much you should rely upon 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, listening loudness and listening room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you.

Alternatively, if faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over your speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that objective is what this forum has been helping with since 2006. Welcome!"

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New M40.1 unveiled in Vegas

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    Harbeth new monitor unveiled in Vegas ? January 2008

    The great British loudspeaker brand Harbeth is unveiling its long-awaited new reference model, the Monitor M40.1 at T.H.E. SHOW in Las Vegas during CES (Jan 2008). (Room 1508, Alexis Park Resort, 375 E.Harmon Ave)

    The new three-way builds on the very best of the original Monitor 40 which was designed as a broadcast monitor, being a direct drop-in replacement for the famous LS5/8 when it suddenly ceased production upon the demise of the UK brand Rogers.

    " The Monitor 40 has worked well in the ?dry? acoustic favoured by broadcasters", explains Harbeth's Alan Shaw. "And we have sold the speaker to the BBC and a host of commercial programme makers"

    The new Harbeth-design bass unit in the M40.1 has a low-frequency response perfect for more ?lively? environments, such as typical living rooms. It is the culmination of a twelve-month research programme initiated when the previous model's bass unit was no longer available.

    As part of the thorough design process, a prototype M40.1 was carefully evaluated in the BBC research department?s anechoic chamber at Kingswood Warren in Surrey. ?It?s important?, says Alan Shaw, ?to compare these measurements with those from our software simulator to be sure that the new model will behave as predicted in every room.?

    "The BBC?s facility is one of the best in the world, and gives us the confidence that the updated M40 will satisfy the most discerning customer at home or in the studio?, adds Alan.
    Harbeth's USA distributor, Walter Swanbon of Harbeth USA (Fidelis AV), came to England to work alongside Alan Shaw to verify that the new version monitor was completely acceptable to the discerning North American customers. Walter says ?The Harbeth Monitor 40 has become a legend in The States, and unquestionably the M40.1 will do great things - it?s a winner and I just hope Alan will keep pace with the orders.?

    "Listeners to the pre-production pair of the new M40.1, at a small hi-fi show in the USA recently, commented on a drier, tighter and more extended bass; noticeably increased sensitivity; easier amplifier load, and smoother overall balance", according to Shaw."
    Production of the M40.1 is starting in the New Year to meet a growing international order book. For more details on all of Harbeth's products visit

    UK - 20 December, 2007
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK