harbeth 40.1


The Monitor 40.2 redefines the term ‘Reference Loudspeaker.’ Built on the success of the multi award-winning M40.1, this new generation is the biggest leap forward in sonic supremacy since the design’s launch in January 1998.

More efficient, more adaptable to a wide range of listening environments, perfectly balanced and more transparent and engaging, the M40.2 takes the Harbeth sound to a new level.

With its mesmerising and addictive soundstage, Harbeth’s reference monitor produces a grand, dynamic and unforgettable sonic experience – far beyond conventional loudspeaker listening.



Transducer system 3-way vented: 300mm Harbeth bass unit; 200mm RADIAL2 mid; 25mm Ferro-cooled soft dome tweeter
Freq. response 35Hz-20kHz +/-3dB Free space, grille on, smooth off-axis response
Impedance 6 ohms – easy to drive
Sensitivity 86dB/1W/1m
Amp. suggestion Works with a wide range of amplifiers, ideally from 35W/channel.
Power handling 650W programme
Connector Two 4mm gold-plated binding posts for wires or plugs
Dimensions (hxwxd) 750 x 432 x 388mm (+12mm for grille and binding posts)
Finish cherry, eucalyptus, rosewood, tiger ebony.
Space needs Ideally free-space away from walls.
Stands To bring ears level with tweeters. (Tweeter: 660mm up from cabinet base)
Weight 38kg each
Packing Single speaker per shipping carton


I review a few dozen speakers each year, and listen to a bunch more. Most are pretty decent, a few are dreadful, and fewer still are truly remarkable. This year the ELAC Debut B6 bookshelf and Magnepan .7 panel speakers topped my list as terrific values, but the Harbeth 40.2 is the one I’ll remember 10 years from now. It’s that good.

I favorably reviewed Harbeth’s Super HL5Plus speakers earlier this year, so when the US importer Fidelis AV offered the new Harbeth 40.2 top-of-the-line speaker for review, I jumped at the chance. The 40.2 is unabashedly big, it’s 29.5 x 17 x 15.3 inches (750 x 432 x 388mm), and weighs a rather substantial 83.8 pounds (38 kg). The speaker has twin bass ports on its front baffle, and all-metal cable binding posts on its backside.

It’s big for a reason, there’s no way a smaller speaker could present music’s unrestrained dynamics, scale and power that come so easily from the 40.2. That’s why I couldn’t resist playing the 40.2s louder than usual, they sounded better and better the louder I played them. Read More