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  • My second pir of M40.1

    hello everyone,

    today i am proud to announce that i received my new pair of m40.1. it is my second pair as i had to sell my first one due to familiy reasons which are now solved. this pair now is in rosewood finish and simply stunning (the first was in cherry). the only problem is that the custom made stands will not arrive before next week so i have to put them meanwhile on the floor...
    here is picture right out of the box:


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

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    • Lift M401 off the floor! Urgent!

      Awesome, great picture! But don't put them on the floor, man. Cover some cinder blocks with towels, put them on the boxes they came in, anything to get them around a foot off the floor.

      Enjoy!

      {Moderator's comment: yes, Harbeth speakers are *not* designed to be used on the floor. On the floor there will be too much bass and not enough treble: you need to get them onto stands, home made or bought.}

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      • Custom made stands on order!

        yes, indeed. as i said: i am waiting for custom made stands which are promised to me next week...

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

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        • The king (M40.1)!

          ah.......awesome the KING!! Sure one day I will own a pair in my hall !!
          "Bath with Music"

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          • My stand disaster!

            hi,

            after a disaster with ugly wooden stands for my 40.1 i commissioned a locksmith to customize metal stands. these are made of welded hollow steel profiles lackered in dull black colour. coupled to the floor via pieces of hard rubber + anti-rubber foil / blu tack between stands and speaker. very very rigid construction.




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

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            • wow....congrats :-)
              Pls don't use blue tack. Read the threads about blue tack in the HUG.

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              • Use BluTak PLUS a slice of foil

                hi jmohd,

                no, the blu tack does not have any contact to the speaker. there is a small slice of anti rubber foil below the speaker that covers the blue tak.

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

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                • M40.1 - tight, crips clear ....

                  Originally posted by A. E. View Post
                  When I was new at photograpy hobby, I was trying to find out the optics which gives sharp images, vivid colors etc., then I have realised that composition and the light is more important to get a good image. Probably I'm looking at wrong directions for listening music at the moment... what do you (as a long term user) think a newbie should look for when choosing amp and source for M40.1?
                  As a user of the M40.1 for more than one year now, i can confirm that timbre and vocals are fabulous ... but that's not all: somehow they sound very clear , crisp, effortless, coherent while being very communicative at the same time. Very good timing and flow. Bass is deep, fast, tight, yet not overdamped. Cannot understand Jeff day's comments.. i guess it's all down to correct placement, which should not be taken lightly or for granted by even a professional reviewer. Each time i thought there could be a slight margin for improvement, it was down to the recording, or some minor tweaking (toe in, minute placement, rake ...). Never made complex musical lines and musicians's intentions as much sense as through these speakers .... in think i now "get" Coltrane at last.

                  I tried many electronics ( Naim, LFD, Rega osiris and elicit, YBA, Prima Luna, Audiomat, Manley, Unison, Accuphase ...) with them, and maybe i was lucky because the sound was always at least very good. However, best and incredible results were with LFD (any one of their different integrateds was great) and with Audiomat Opera, wich was very slightly better still, but very similar sound. For convenience (no power valves) i bought the LFD NCSE and use it with EAR acute with nos valves.

                  The system defenitely betters my full YBA1 + Spendor S-100, and also the YBA1 + Sonus Faber Amati i had tried.... thought also it bettered, but still in a very similar style, a valve mac intosh + Quad 2905 system i tried in the same room ....

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                  • M40.1 allowe me to listen to Mahler .... without a break

                    what i found out besides all that sonic pros is that i never ever had a speaker that made me feel comfortable at long time listening. i finally managed to follow the complete recording of "götterdämmerung" by wagner without a break - only with my M40.1.

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

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                    • Endurance test

                      Originally posted by delgesu View Post
                      I finally managed to follow the complete recording of "Götterdämmerung" by Wagner without a break - only with my M40.1.
                      Anybody who listens to Götterdämmerung without a break deserves a medal, IMHO ;-)

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                      • My C7 and SHL5 ... 3-4 hour listening sessions

                        Thank you very much Haddock and delgesu for the wonderful feedback.

                        I always listen Bizet, Puccini operas, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky full Ballet or Mahler symphonies and all other composers from single disks as long as 80mins plus to multi-disks as long s 3 to 4 hrs plus thru my C7 or SHL5 without a break...One day I must do this thru M40.1 of mine....Looking forward to the day...saving hard now...
                        "Bath with Music"

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                        • I await my M401 and own M30 and SHL5

                          Hi Keith
                          You will love the Harbeth Monitor 40.1 speakers, the same family sound of the C7 & SHL5 that you have but bigger and more ease to the music flow.
                          I have a new pair of the Monitor 40.1 coming soon & I can not wait to set them up, I have the Monitor 30 and SHL5 already.

                          Well worth saving for I am sure you will be really happy with the Harbeth Monitor 40.1, this is a speaker system for life and my reference loudspeaker.
                          Cheers Jason.
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                          Thanks Jason.

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                          • M401 + xa100.5?

                            Hi Jason,

                            Have you try the M40.1 with the XA100.5 yet?
                            I'm looking forward for your views.

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                            • Damping reflections

                              Originally posted by Jason View Post
                              Hi Keith
                              You will love the Harbeth Monitor 40.1 speakers, the same family sound of the C7 & SHL5...
                              Hi Jason,

                              As I can see by the two pictures you provided, there are few things you can try to improve the sound in your room:

                              1) place a carpet on the floor to reduce the first reflections on the floor;

                              2) cover the windows with some heavy curtains to reduce the reflections at these places.

                              Sebastien

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                              • M30 + pass LAbs XA100.5

                                Hello Jmohd
                                No I have not had the chance to have them both together yet in my system, I will have this combination soon once my new Harbeth Monitor 40.1 arrive.
                                I have the Pass Labs XA100.5 running my Harbeth Monitor 30 at the moment and the sound is wonderful.
                                Thanks Jason.
                                Thanks Jason.

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