A History Of The LS3/5a Loudspeaker - Part Time Audiophile Article

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An interesting read/podcast on a classic BBC speaker.


Excerpt from the above article:
"For fans of the British mini monitor (it even has its own FB group) the speaker is known as one of the greats from an era that emerged as a result of a ton of awesome R&D from the BBC in the mid seventies. The sound has endured the test of time, still being licensed and produced by several companies including Falcon Acoustics. To help further explore and expand our knowledge the show is joined this week by Jerry Bloomfield who has spent the better part of his life studying, hoarding and producing various versions of the LS3/5a. Season 6, episode 7 includes the history, the legacy and all the little nods to high fidelity that make this mini monitor so great, even 45 years after its inception."

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I think for a market like India, where most of us have smaller listening spaces, the LS3/5a design works very well. Even for those with a big main setup, these would make for a very nice small second setup in a more near field listening space.

I am looking very closely at the Falcons as they seem to be very reasonable priced as well. The other LS3/5 that I have been looking at is the Graham Audio but pricing in India is way too high. I am looking at these for a second setup in my office cabin.



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I think for a market like India, where most of us have smaller listening spaces, the LS3/5a design works very well. Even for those with a big main setup, these would make for a very nice small second setup in a more near field listening space.

I am looking very closely at the Falcons as they seem to be very reasonable priced as well. The other LS3/5 that I have been looking at is the Graham Audio but pricing in India is way too high. I am looking at these for a second setup in my office cabin.



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If you are up to importing from China, here is an option. SoundArtist LS3/5a.
Cheers,
Raghu
 
If you are up to importing from China, here is an option. SoundArtist LS3/5a.

Cheers,
Raghu

The price is right but not sure if it has the quality I am looking for.
I just re-watched the review by the Zero Fidelity guy on Youtube.


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LS3/5A with Leak amplifier ( classic old tube amplfier) is made for each other. It is pleasure to hear the same at our member place mohdnaseer. Can't beat the mids however bass is lacking which is compensated by adding Rogers sub and it sounds mesmerising.

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Do consider these Nikhil, easier availability in India at sane prices without the nonsense markup of all other brands - all will sound similar with some pluses and minuses.
Cheers,
Sid
 
Do consider these Nikhil, easier availability in India at sane prices without the nonsense markup of all other brands - all will sound similar with some pluses and minuses.
Cheers,
Sid

This is 15ohm impedance speaker. Anything in particular to look for a matching amp?
 
This is 15ohm impedance speaker. Anything in particular to look for a matching amp?

The Falcon is an easy load (see the Stereophile specs by JA).
Almost any amp will be drive them but they are said to be special with tube gear.

Lots of options but for a desktop this Mini Line Magnetic caught my eye:



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Do consider these Nikhil, easier availability in India at sane prices without the nonsense markup of all other brands - all will sound similar with some pluses and minuses.
Cheers,
Sid

Thanks Sid. The SCM7 is definitely on the radar.


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Thanks Sid. The SCM7 is definitely on the radar.


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Sorry Nikhil, link wasn't accurate, I meant the spendor classic 3/5 which is now replaced by 4/5. The 3/5 is based on the classic bbc design. Of-course the scm7 is also superb but will sound entirely different from the bbc designs.
Cheers,
Sid
 
Sorry Nikhil, link wasn't accurate, I meant the spendor classic 3/5 which is now replaced by 4/5. The 3/5 is based on the classic bbc design. Of-course the scm7 is also superb but will sound entirely different from the bbc designs.
Cheers,
Sid

Sid,

I just recalled having heard the Spendor 3/5 at Vivek's place earlier this year.
Very nice little speaker. Absolutely perfect for intimate near field listening.


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Have had these Spendors Ls3/5a 11 ohms (late 80s) for about 6 months or so. Opening them up was a heart in mouth situation with the fear I might mess something up. Curiosity got the better and I am happy I got a peak.

The lycra that holds up the cloth (tygan) grill is a bia#*? to remove and then the wood screws come off but the front panel still needs to be pried off.. very happy all checked out ok inside.

No particular reason...just sharing photos..thanks for looking..
 

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