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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
Alpha-Audio Approved

In conclusion

As you can see from the photos, we have the matching stands to the speakers available for review. They are pricey (€990 per pair), but it looks nice and well proportioned with the speakers. The stands are solid metal by the feel of it, which partly explains the price tag. The importance of good stands cannot be underestimated, they work audibly well with these speakers.

The price quoted is per pair and for the cheapest version of both the LS3/5 and the LS3/5A. These versions do not differ in price between them. The price depends on the chosen veneer of the speaker’s cabinet. The rosewood version of the LS3/5A as shown in the photos is €2950 per pair.

Combining with an amplifier will not be difficult. Despite their detailed reproduction, both speakers will not magnify the weaknesses of an amplifier. An amplifier with a rhythmic character will fit well. During the review period, it was noticeable that the LS 5/3A and the Naim Nait XS2 amplifier merged into one, freeing the listener from the impression that you are listening to a stereo set.

Despite their ‘vintage’ appearance, these speakers sound anything but nostalgic. They are small, powerful reproducers that let you hear everything in a recording without ever sounding tiresome.

The careless ease with which both Graham Audio LS3/5 speaker versions let music be heard, with their richly detailed and insightful reproduction that always sounds organic and alive, makes them stand out from the crowd. The listener feels a direct connection with the music. They are pleasant housemates to spend a lifetime with. Alpha Approved.

Conclusion

Graham Audio designs and manufacturers seriously good sounding speakers, following the original BBC LS3/5 and 3/5A designs. Their vintage looks is functional, it is part of what makes the sound of these remarkable little speakers.

The difference between both models can be expressed in two sentences:
The LS3/5 offers more detail, brings more bass and treble extension and projects a wider stereo image
The LS3/5A brings more fluidity to the sound and really draws you into the story told with the music.

Both reproduce music at a high standard and both put the music first and central, so it depends on preference and listening habits on one hand and the match with an amplifier on the other hand to make a choice between them.

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

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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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