The original Monitor 30 was developed in 1997 as a replacement for the LS5/9 BBC studio loudspeaker and has a well-rounded sound which has made this model the longest running Harbeth success. Compared with its big brother Monitor 40.1, the cabinet is only about half the height and a quarter the volume – yet the Monitor 30.1 achieves effortless clarity throughout the midrange with a well controlled bass that brings music to life in a wide range of listening environments.
The upgraded Monitor 30.1 has been produced in 2012, Harbeth’s 35th anniversary year. It features the RADIAL2™ mid/bass drive unit from the flagship M40.1, a newly refined SEAS tweeter and a redesigned crossover made possible thanks to advances in engineering simulation technology. These changes have resulted in a more open sound, a smoother response with wider, more even dispersion which means more flexibility over stand height and an enhanced listener experience than its highly regarded predecessor even off axis.
“Harbeths: resolving and ravishing… Timbres so true, and resolution, too. Whatever amp I used, the tonality was superb. Never, ever, fatiguing.” Sam Tellig, Stereophile (USA) December 2012