As a consequence, the LS3/5 is almost beyond criticism, because I think those who use it will never separate it from its ‘recreation of a historic artefact’ context. So, criticising the LS3/5 for not dealing well with a complex, rhythmic and dynamic music signal is a bit like having a dog which can bark the Finnish national anthem, but criticising its diction and intonation. But more than that, it’s like attacking 1970 for being 46 years ago!
I can’t say with any authority how close the LS3/5 reproductions are to the BBC originals, other than to say that Graham Audio is content, and it is clear that considerable trouble has been taken to recreate the design. The inherently flatter frequency response might imply that, had things been different at the time, the BBC would have continued to use LS3/5s and the LS3/5a might not have happened at all. I think the collectors would have still been very happy, and they will lap this up!
Type: 2-way standmounting/bookshelf design, 5 litre sealed enclosure made from 9mm birch plywood
Driver complement: One 110mm bextrene main driver; one 19mm dome tweeter
Crossover frequencies: 3.2kHz, 2nd order 12dB/octave low pass, 3rd order 18dB/octave high pass
Frequency response: 70Hz–20kHz (±3dB)
Impedance: 9 Ohms nominal
Sensitivity: 83dB (2.83V, 1Metre)
Dimensions (H×W×D): 190 × 300 × 170 mm
Finishes: Cherry, Rosewood
Price: £1,650/pair (cherry); £1,800/pair (rosewood)
Manufacturer: Graham Audio Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1626 361168