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Graham Audio LS3/5 – Speakers with a rich history

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Pros

  • Organic, detailed reproduction
  • Easy to position
  • Endless, stress free listening sessions
  • Gets to the point of the music played

Cons

  • The matching speaker stands are expensive
  • You will turn into a couch potato
  • Choosing between the LS3/5 and 3/5A is hard

Price: € 2750

Build quality
Usability
Sound
Price
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The tuning of Graham Audio monitor speakers

The purpose of a monitor is to convey the recorded sound as clearly as possible to the engineer sitting behind the mixing desk, including sound in television recordings.

A designer can strive to render sound, and therefore music, as neutrally as possible. That is, with as little colouration as possible and without emphasising anything. One can also aim to render the sound with as much detail as possible, so that the smallest nuances are not lost. Or the designer may aim to render the sound as transparently as possible, as if the speakers were not there.

We see many devices that incorporate a combination of the above. Sometimes the outcome is a little better than usual. And very occasionally you get your hands on something that show you the spirit of music. The Graham Audio LS3/5 and the LS3/5A are incredibly transparent, but certainly not neutral. They are excellent at letting you hear the details, but always without losing relationship to the collective.

Nor are they speakers that make you sit and listen in tears time and time again, because the music grabs hold of you. But they make it oh so easy to listen to music endlessly, without ever feeling a trace of fatigue. The Grahams get to the heart of the music, every time, in all types of music.

You will understand, after these words, that this is going to be a very positive review. I will not succeed in dampening the enthusiasm and write something thoughtful and objective. And perhaps you shouldn’t try to either, because then it will read as something contrived.

Type test
Single Test
Speaker class
Monitor - bookshelf
Speaker type
Dynamic
Speaker system
Closed
Signal control
Passive
Frequency range
70 Hz - 20 Khz (-3 dB)
Crossover
2-way
Efficiency
83 dB
Impedance
11 Ohm
Dimensions
  • Width: 18.5 cm
  • Depth: 16.5 cm
  • Height: 30 cm
Weight speaker
5.3 Kg
Production country
UK

Winkels met Graham

Korte Jansstraat 11
3512GM Utrecht, NL
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6035 AD Ospel, NL

1 COMMENT

  1. OK, although this is an older review, I would like to point out one thing, I think very important, which nobody is addressing. Apparently deliberately. It’s about measuring speaker distortion.
    Why do we have at home amplifiers with 0.1 or 0.01 distortions and further electronic devices with similar parameters, when our speakers can have distortions even above 10%.
    That’s probably why nobody measure speakers, because the manufacturers would be obviously very angry to the editor or the journalist…
    Surely there is some norm for measuring loudspeaker distortion, almost certainly the DIN standard knows such measurements, but maybe there are also other norms.
    Wouldn’t it be worth to show the truth to the readers?
    I have found so far distortion measurement of the loudspeakers I own. It’s the DALI Menuet SE and here are the values : 63 Hz – 3,2%, 3 KHZ – 0,2% and 10 KHz – 0,2%

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