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Old 15th February 2013, 05:48 PM   #61
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Hi, in answer to your question go to falcon acoustics. It is a British site. They have brand new "B110" drivers at a price. They look like they ought to be really good if you want to reproduce the LS3/5a. I think T27s are not available or anything like them.
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Old 15th February 2013, 05:58 PM   #62
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Well, I don't know if this cabn be interesting, but perhaps the Focal Chorus 705V can be a cheap option:

Doctorjohn Cheaptubeaudio: Audio Reviews and More: HiFi Letter from New York 2009 (4): Focal Chorus 705V, Linn Kan
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Old 15th February 2013, 06:37 PM   #63
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That was an interesting review, raul_77. Interesting that the old LS3/5A clone, the Linn Kan, which used old Chartwell LS3/5A ply cabinets and B110 units, was so indistinguishable from paper cones. Let's remind ourselves that B110 units went downhill when fire-retardent was added to the bextrene mix.

I do think the 11L Troels Gravesen Paper PL14WJ design is a good modern contender:
Vifa PL14WJ-

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It's quite easy to build in the UK, since Wilmslow Audio have a cabinet and crossover PCB that is just PERFECT for 149mm bass and 104mm treble:
Mercury cabinets

In fact Wilmslow offer a driver + crossover kit using the similar (hell, almost identical...) Tymphany Scanspeak 15W-8434_G00 bass and ScanSpeak R2604/8320 tweeter.
MERCURY - Silver

Troels' selection is probably better since the Vifa PL14WJ is a vented bass, which is a good feature IMO. But Vifa and Scanspeak drivers both available at Falcon Acoustics.

IMO, the sliced paper Scanspeak 15W-8530-K00 is a bit overpriced. Why slice a cone, then repair it with glue? A 6kHz peak on the cheaper units is not hard to fix with a notch filter if you want to get fussy. Try 10uF, 0.1mH and 1.5R, and give the treble filter 4uF at the input.
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Old 15th February 2013, 08:14 PM   #64
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Originally Posted by system7 View Post
... Interesting that the old LS3/5A clone, the Linn Kan ....

the Linn Kan is about as far from a LS3/5A clone as you
can get using the same sealed cabinet and bass driver.

Horrible speaker, with no BSC and no midrange peak EQ. Still
it did have its fans - but diametrically opposed to LS3/5A types.

rgds, sreten.
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Old 15th February 2013, 09:03 PM   #65
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Originally Posted by speakerman19422 View Post
Last I checked the Vifa 5.5' were discontinued.
No still available just re-branded, the last ones I saw were labelled Peerless and probably by now relabelled again as Scanspeak and three times the price LOL

I have thought that the notification of their demise was a way of increasing sales, it made me buy 4 extra "Just in case"
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