This reference monitor takes the best of the original Monitor 40 even further – a tight, dynamic and incredibly revealing presentation at a moderate listening level.
The speaker is completely transparent and paints a 3D holographic sound stage which is totally addictive for its neutrality. (View videos of the speaker’s careful development in the Harbeth Research Centre.)
The flagship Harbeth was developed from the hugely respected Monitor 40 widely used in sound editing and broadcasting, and in homes around the world.
The inspiration of the design concept was the BBC LS5/5, the world’s first plastic-coned three-way loudspeaker. Although originally developed for professional use in BBC control rooms, the Monitor 40/40.1 has been adopted as a domestic reference system, and where space permits brings the ultimate in natural sound to the serious home listener.
the domestic version is crafted in real wood cherry, rosewood or eucalyptus veneer, and is fitted with two binding post terminals for simplicity and ease of connection. The best possible performance is achieved in a normal domestic room when the Monitor 40.1 is used on appropriately rigid stands in a moderately damped environment and as far away from the wall as possible. The in-room smoothness of response is excellent, and in a suitable room a controlled and realistic bass response down to 25Hz is possible.
It’s not easy to ascribe a sonic characteristic to the Monitor 40.1: nor does it have one. Perhaps the concept “three dimensional curtain of sound” says it all.
M40.1 was awarded a Golden Ear award in Absolute Sound magazine by Paul Seydor.
M40.1 is named TONE Auidio speaker product of the year 2009
M40.1 used at Fountain Studios, the largest TV studio in Britain, and home of TV’s hit The X-Factor, The Cube, Britain’s Got Talent – some of the biggest ITV audience shows.
M40.1 used at the British Library’s sound archives
M40.1 used at ITV Leeds to make the hugely successful soap opera Emmerdale
M40.1 used at BBC Cardiff to make Crimewatch
“Many are called, but few are chosen. It is a startling experience to sit in front of these large boxes and hear sound that has no box character at all.” ‘The Absolute Sound’ USA