The new Monitor 30.1 loudspeaker features a new, RADIAL2™ mid/bass drive unit; a new, top quality SEAS tweeter (as used on the flagship M40.1); and a redesigned crossover. There is now a more open sound, a smoother response with greater, more even dispersion which means less critical stand height and a more involving listener experience.
The original Monitor 30 was unveiled in 1997 as successor to the BBC’s medium-sized studio monitor loudspeaker, the LS5/9. It has remained in demand ever since. No other Harbeth model has been unchanged and in continuous production for as long. This validates the integrity of the original design.
Designer Alan Shaw said, “the refinements I was able to make 15 years later are possible because of the leap in computer modelling software. Modern simulators are far more sophisticated than the DOS-based systems I had in 1997. They allow for a levels of precision just not possible before, so I could hold a powerful ‘magnifying glass’ over the whole design and make precise and targeted improvements.”
The Munich High End show gave European visitors the first chance to view the M30.1 on the eve of the initial production. “A pre-production pair of the new speakers was made and shipped to Munich”, explains production manager Andy Sinden. “The first production will satisfy orders taken at the Show. World-wide shipping will then commence in June. as the new model is rolled out around the globe.”