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.
Cherry – $5990, Eucaliptus – $6490, Rosewood – $6490, Tiger Ebony – $6690
|Transducer system||Vented 2-way monitor loudspeaker|
|Freq. response||50Hz -20kHz +/-3dB free space, 1m with grille on, smooth off axis response|
|Impedance||6 ohms – easy electrical load|
|Amp. suggestion||Works with a wide range of amplifiers – ideally from 25W|
|Power handling||150W programme|
|Connector||Two 4mm gold-plated binding posts|
|Dimensions (hxwxd)||460 x 277 x 285mm|
|Finish||Cherry, tiger ebony, eucalyptus, maple and rosewood|
|Space needs||Overall response optimised for use away from walls.|
|Stands||As necessary to bring tweeter to ear height.|
|Weight||13.4kg each without packing|
|Packing||Single speaker per protective carton|