HARBETH: M40.1 test review













Stereophile (Art Dudley) writes

The best, most enduring audio products have in their favor more than great sound: They have some sense of history as well. Particularly good examples abound from the British companies Spendor, Rogers, and Harbeth, some of whose products were actually commissioned into being by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Better that, I suppose, than existing to fill a price point.

Spendor is probably the best known of the three, and theirs is the typical story: In the 1960s, the BBC's engineering department declared that monitor-loudspeaker technology could not continue to improve without some alternative to the paper-cone drivers of the day. Consequently, the BBC set about developing their own plastic-cone drivers. One of the men on that project, a staff technician named Spencer Hughes, began making Bextrene (footnote 1) cones at home, more or less as a lark. But by 1969 Hughes had designed and built a complete loudspeaker that was good enough to be the standard for a whole new company. Thus was Spendor established, the firm's name derived from the Christian names of Hughes and his wife, Dorothy.

Dudley Harwood, a more senior technician in the same BBC engineering department, looked with interest at .....

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