Harbeth’s Super HL5plus produces breathtaking transparency, a huge soundstage and total immersion in the performance. This speaker creates a rich bass and sweet midrange that brings acoustic music alive.
This is the latest generation of Dudley Harwood’s original HL-Monitor: the cabinet is still engineered in the BBC tradition of removable ‘thin-wall’ panels for a totally true-to-life sound.
Retaining the classic ‘two cubic foot’ proportions found in the very best BBC monitors, the HL5plus relies on the exclusive Harbeth-made 200mm RADIAL2‚Ñ¢ bass/mid driver. This produces a big, warm and powerful sound that underpins the incredible midband clarity.
The 25mm main tweeter is augmented by a 20mm SuperTweeter for an extended and even dispersion to the upper edge of the audio band.
|Impedance||6 ohms easy to drive.|
|Amp. suggestion||Works with a wide range of amplifiers, ideally from 25W/channel.|
|Power handling||150W programme|
|Connector||Four 4mm gold-plated binding posts for wires or plugs (biwireable)|
|Dimensions (hxwxd)||635 x 322 x 300mm (+12mm for grille and binding posts)|
|Finish||Cherry, tiger ebony, eucalyptus, rosewood.|
|Space needs||Overall response optimised for use away from walls.|
|Stands||To bring ears level with tweeters: typically 16-20 inches. (Tweeter: 475mm up from cabinet base)|
|Weight||15.8kg each, unpacked|
|Packing||Single speaker per protective carton|
Why fix something that isn’t broken? This is a question that can be universally transmitted and asked in many industries. It is a question that every hi-fi manufacturer should be asking themselves on a regular basis without concerns to increasing sales of a certain product or product range. It seems as though Alan Shaw questions himself with this regularly and it could explain why it has taken almost a decade and a half to bring out the seventh generation of the Super HL5 – turning into the Super HL5 Plus.
In Harbeth’s newsletter for the Munich High-End Show, Alan explains how only recent technological advances have allowed him to rework the crossover and add the RADIAL2‚Ñ¢ bass/midrange drive unit while retaining the best qualities from the last generation of the Super HL5, which so many people around the world love. So the question that begs to be asked is – Has Alan, and his team at Harbeth, been successful in creating another masterpiece?