The first of his speaker creation was the Harbeth HL Monitor and was the first speaker to ever use a polypropylene cone. It didn’t take long for the hi-fi industry to follow suit, as the Harbeth’s new material was lighter, more damped, louder, cheaper to reproduce, and was easier to replicate in the manufacturing process when compared to its contemporary brethren, bextrene cones.
With an instant success Harbeth continued to manufacture speakers but as time pressed on, things slowed down for Harwood and his company. Then by chance Alan Shaw (the current owner of Harbeth) happen to meet one of his Harwood in 1986 and shortly thereafter bought the company.
Hitting the ground running Shaw had a lot of road to cover to make Harbeth synonymous with BBC monitor speakers. Lucky for us the young Shaw had a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and innovation; today Harbeth speakers are world renown and sought after by the most discerning audiophiles.
The Super HL5plus (and its previous versions) are the bestselling domestic speaker that Harbeth manufactures and for good reason. With its fluid and natural sounding midrange, its super tweeter, and impactful bass it creates a wonderfully musical experience for the listener. This is not only true for the SHL5plus, but also the P3ESR, the Compact 7ES-3, the M30.1 (rated as Class A speaker by the US magazine Stereophile), and the M40.2.
Harbeth speakers are widely used by hi-fi critics worldwide as their reference speaker. The Absolute Sound (US based magazine) have given every Harbeth speaker in their domestic range a 2016 Editor’s Choice Award. There something truly special about listening to your favourite music through a set of Harbeth speakers.