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.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?
Hi Jason,Hi Keith
You will love the Harbeth Monitor 40.1 speakers, the same family sound of the C7 & SHL5...
Hi SebastienHi 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.
May I ask which amp you prefer to demo the M40.1 with? LFD?In my demo room, which has no bass treatment, the M40.1's are angled slightly towards the listener on Something Solid stands. The rear edge of the speakers is only 7-8 inches from the rear wall and the outside edges are around 15 inches from the side wall. Not an ideal situation, perhaps but here the speakers are clean and tight with not a trace of bloom. They sound wonderful.
I have also used them in a couple of other not ideal rooms and they always sound very good indeed. I wouldn't recommend them for small rooms but from my experience, they aren't over fussy at all.
Yes, I often use the LFD Integrated LE Mk.IV with the M40.1. Great sound and good value. Others I use regularly are Croft pre/power and now an integrated at £850, which is soooo good. Albarry have returned with a revision of their 30 year old design, the M608 and pre. Also EAR 899 and various Naim from the Nait XS upwards.May I ask which amp you prefer to demo the M40.1 with? LFD?