Fountain Studios in Wembley, where the X-Factor is mixed and recorded, has installed a brand new Harbeth 5.1 system of monitors

ITV's X-Factor programme may not automatically have you thinking of top quality sound performance. But Harbeth, maker of British-designed and British-made loudspeakers, is doing its best to change that.

Thanks to a new 5.1 fitting for Fountain Studios, engineers in charge of some of our most popular TV shows will be using Harbeth monitor speakers to mix, balance and transmit audio.

A pair of Harbeth Monitor 40.1s is joined by a Monitor 30 for the centre channel and Monitor 20s at the rear. 

About 60-100 microphones are in use at any one time, controlled by sound supervisor Robert Edwards – and his Monitor 40.1s.

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"I have had Harbeth speakers at home for over twenty years", he said. "So why would I want anything less when I am working?" 

Take a look at the full range of speakers available on the Harbeth website. Though you may have to reign in your expectations compared to X-Factor...