Harbeth Breathes New Life with Monitor 40.2

Posted on 14th May, 2015

Harbeth Breathes New Life with Monitor 40.2

Successor to the BBC’s old LS5/8 monitor loudspeaker, Harbeth’s new incarnation launched at Munich's High End show today has improvements on all fronts over the 1970's two-way.

Harbeth's Alan Shaw told StereoNET:

Boasting engineering excellence for the digital era, it is a significant upgrade to the award-winning Monitor 40.1 model.

Harbeth Monitor 40.2Such has been the runaway success of Harbeth’s Super HL5plus worldwide, that designer Alan Shaw took a close look at his M40.1, the BBC LS5/8 replacement. First made for the broadcaster in 1998, the Monitor 40 was a major leap forward in monitor loudspeaker design.

The three-way Monitor 40 solved the inadequacies of that old BBC model, which attempted to force a 12-inch polypropylene bass unit to behave as a midrange as well. An idea doomed from the start; no wonder BBC engineers struggled with the LS5/8’s  weird sonic balance.

Winning awards around the world, the Harbeth design has now been upgraded to a new generation with a totally revised crossover and increased sensitivity.

The new model is currently on display at the Harbeth stand where a new range of Bavarian-designed and built stands will also be unveiled.

Australian distributor for Harbeth, Audio Magic, has not yet announced local pricing or availability.

For more information, visit Audio Magic.

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