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Old 8th May 2011, 03:09 PM   #21
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Old 8th May 2011, 06:47 PM   #22
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Charles: yes I mean LS3/5A rather than the other somewhat larger(?) monitors.

Sreten: Oh I can understand the reasons, at least partly, but I just dislike the noticebly 'boxy' bass, when pushed a bit. In many ways I like them alot. As P10 said earlier on, Its a kind of love/hate thing. Love what they achieve, but hate the drawbacks and lengths necessary to achieve them.
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Old 8th May 2011, 07:37 PM   #23
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I have never heard (listened) or seen a set of BBC LS3/5a speakers.
(only in magazines etc)
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Old 8th May 2011, 07:56 PM   #24
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Best I have listened to them was perched on a radio suite mixing desk replaying speech on quarter inch tape. Canon XLR input Rogers LS3/5A.
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Old 13th May 2011, 12:24 AM   #25
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Sreten: Oh I can understand the reasons, at least partly, but I just dislike the
noticebly 'boxy' bass, when pushed a bit. In many ways I like them alot. As P10
said earlier on, Its a kind of love/hate thing. Love what they achieve, but hate
the drawbacks and lengths necessary to achieve them.
Hi,

Indeed. What they can do is "sound" noticeably larger than one would expect,
but in comparison to larger speakers you can hear the artifice. And that is
what is is, artifice, but it worked in the professional monitoring context.

When pushed, as you say, not many people know driver Q's can/do increase.
(Specified driver parameters are nearly always measured small signal only).

I have some KEFs with the last version of the B110. It has a dual layer voice
coil but one layer is a lot longer than the other ... go figure ... not good IMO.

rgds, Sreten.
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Old 17th September 2011, 01:40 PM   #26
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They were designed to do a job for the BBC in the 1970's for which they worked well - monitoring in OB situations. Their performance is still respectable but they are expensive. I have just built a pair using the Falcon Acoustics kit and parts obtained from ebay so not identical but as clsoe as you get without spending 2k so there must still be a market for them - a nice small pair of loudspeakers and though the bass from a box 12" tall is surprising they will not do the impossible. Stirling produce the modern equivalent and I think still lunder licence.
I run mine alongside Spendor BC1's so I am slightly biased towards BBC monitors - also using rebuilt 33/303 so definitely vintage.
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Old 17th September 2011, 02:33 PM   #27
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I recently measured a pair of KEF "kit" LS3/5a's at a recent club DIY blind speaker contest. These are very flat and the pair match each other very well - I only saved one measurement.
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Old 17th September 2011, 02:35 PM   #28
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Old 17th September 2011, 02:45 PM   #29
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Since buiding mine and I am just testing at Present as I stilkl ahve to finish them I have not yet reverted to the BC1's
Currently listening to Michael Bubble.
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I had a pair of LS3/5a's in the "way back when" period - maybe the 70's - and was impressed by ... umm ... bigger speakers. Apologies to all their followers but they belonged to a different time and are now way (way) overpriced even given their quite extreme acoustic limitations. The Linn Kan(n?) had a big following also but again after trying and trying to live with them. My hi-fi dealer friend who is still going strong in the UK was one of the then few Linn dealers and highly recommended them - but then again he used Isobarik's himself I gave up on them as I did with LS3/5a's and went back to loudspeakers that were both easy to place and a pleasure to listen to on a wider range of music.
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