Announcement

Collapse

INTRODUCTION - PLEASE READ FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THIS FORUM!

"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 http://bit.ly/2FEgoAy may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"


Feb. 2018
See more
See less

Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

Collapse
This is a sticky topic.
X
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #61
    Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

    Alan, now that you have returned from THE show and production has (hopefully?) begun on the M40.1, can you provide an approximate time of when we will see the first batch of M40.1's in the USA? Here's hoping for a fantastic 2008 for you and Harbeth!

    Eric
    (patiently, but eagerly, awaiting in frigid Cleveland)

    Comment


    • #62
      Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

      YouTube interview with Alan moved here

      (Thanks to this member for finding the interview on-line).

      Comment


      • #63
        Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

        Alan,

        Since M40.1 has been launched already, why is the M40 page in Hi-Fi Speaker section not updated yet?

        Comment


        • #64
          Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

          It has been. But not on this version of the site.
          Alan A. Shaw
          Designer, owner
          Harbeth Audio UK

          Comment


          • #65
            Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

            Eric, I may be your closest Harbeth dealer. We are located in the Detroit area. I'm hoping to have a demo pair in a couple weeks. Fingers crossed. Your certainly welcome for an audition.

            Comment


            • #66
              Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

              Hi, thanks for the offer, but I actually have a pair of the M40.1' s on order since last spring (with the same dealer that sold me my M30's four years ago). Hence my anticipation for the launch of the M40.1 into actual living rooms!

              Comment


              • #67
                Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

                What's "SuperWide? stereo separation" that M40.1 presents?

                Comment


                • #68
                  Monitor 40.1 in Hong Kong

                  Here is the latest advert for the Monitor 40.1, from Hong Kong.
                  Attached Files
                  Harbeth PR,
                  Harbeth UK

                  Comment


                  • #69
                    Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

                    Hi Allan,

                    Does the M40.1 have provisions for tri-wiring ? not that I would want one. Or is it just a single speaker post like the new C7es3s ?

                    Regards
                    Ferdinand

                    Comment


                    • #70
                      Monitor 40.1 has (2) "single wiring terminals"

                      The M40.1 is 'single wiring' that is, it has one pair of rear terminals (red and black) just like the C7ES3.

                      I have consistently said here for many years that in my opinion, bi or tri-wiring brings no sonic advantage (to my ears) nor does it degrade the sound. But it does add to customer confusion and the potential for damage to an amplifier (or amplifiers in a multi-amp arrangement) if wires are inadvertently shorted. Multi-terminals were added by me about 20 years ago for one reason alone - customer choice, and looking across the industry I believe that most suppliers felt that way too. But the potential for confusion seems to exceed the flexibility so now is the time to simplify, and to legitimately save cost at a time of rising material prices.

                      I note with some surprise that some others have promoted their return to single-wiring as a rediscovery of the benefit to the consumer of 'enhanced sonic quality'. This is disingenuous coming from their their previously strong advocacy of the benefits of multi-terminal wiring. Our position has always been neutral.
                      Alan A. Shaw
                      Designer, owner
                      Harbeth Audio UK

                      Comment


                      • #71
                        Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

                        Thanks Alan, that's good to know on the single wiring for the M40s.

                        Comment


                        • #72
                          Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

                          Hi Alan,

                          I'm thinking of upgrading my speakers from SHL5 to M40.1. My room size is about L5.1m x W2.9m x H2.7m. and is treated with acoustic treatment. Is the M40.1 suitable for my room size?

                          Thanks

                          Comment


                          • #73
                            Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

                            Wow bro so fast ya.. If the 40.1 do arrive in your house, I'm sure your wife will be even more worried than u bringing a mistress home

                            Comment


                            • #74
                              Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

                              Originally posted by skinhead View Post
                              Wow bro so fast ya.. If the 40.1 do arrive in your house, I'm sure your wife will be even more worried than u bringing a mistress home
                              Bro, year end bonus is coming

                              Comment


                              • #75
                                Re: Harbeth Monitor 40.1 specific

                                Dear Alan,
                                I note your previous comment that the height of the speaker stands is not really as critical as some would say. I am about to acquire the 40.1s and need to fabricate suitable stands. Is there any sonic implication if the stands were to be made out of solid steel as compared to hollow elements filled sand, lead or any other material? Is there such a thing as an absolute minimum stand height below which detrimental interactions would occur between the bass driver and the floor?

                                Kalani

                                Comment

                                Working...
                                X