Harbeth started building loudspeakers in 1977. Their first product was the ancestor to the newest “Ultimate British Monitor Loudspeaker,” now dubbed the SHL5plus XD.
The SHL5plus XD combines Harbeth’s RADIAL2™ driver, which measures 200mm, a 25mm tweeter, and a 20mm super tweeter in a custom-built cabinet that is handcrafted in their factory in West Sussex, England.
These monitors are intended for use with a stand which I’ll discuss further in the review. They measure about 25 inches tall, 12.8 inches wide, and 12 inches deep. My review pair is finished in a beautiful cherry, with attention to detail so fine that the wood grain is matched between the two speakers.
Attention to detail is a hallmark of Harbeth speaker design and the SHL5plus XD is a testament to their long history of excellence. They combine a midrange with the quality of an electrostatic, but without that technology’s dynamic limitations. Bass extension is solid, especially for the driver’s size. These speakers deliver music at a level one rarely gets to hear outside a live performance.
The detailed review will discuss a wide variety of items, including how these speakers have evolved over the decades.