The BBC LS3/5A

By popular demand, Graham Audio are proud to present the BBC-licensed Chartwell LS3/5A.

The LS3/5A was produced by BBC Designs Department in response to detail changes in the performance of the drive units that were originally chosen for the LS3/5 as designed by BBC Research and Development. It is the most well-known of all the BBC loudspeakers, and remains the compact loudspeaker of choice for many today.

As you would expect, our version - engineered by Derek Hughes - includes authentic details such as the perforated metal tweeter grille, thick felt pads surrounding the tweeter, and Velcro rather than our usual hidden magnets to secure the grille frame. The cabinet uses 12mm panels and a fixed rear panel, according to BBC Designs Department's specification.

As the only company to have ever manufactured the LS3/5, and now also the LS3/5A, audiophiles are now in the unique position of being able to hear for themselves the differences that these changes made to the design originally intended by BBC R&D.

Specifications

System 2 Way, sealed enclosure
Enclosure Thin wall construction, 12mm birch plywood
Finish Real wood veneer
Dimensions (w/h/d) 19cm by 30cm by 17cm
Weight 5.3kg
Frequency response 70Hz to 20kHz, ±3dB
Nominal impedance 11Ω
Sensitivity 83dB SPL (2.83V, 1m)
Maximum output 95dB for a pair at 2m
Bass/midrange 110mm
Tweeter 19mm Dome tweeter
Recommended amplifier power 25 to 50 watts unclipped programme

Downloads

PDF File IconBBC monitor user guide - contains recommendations for setting up, using, and caring for your loudspeakers.

Reviews

  • Tone Audio - February 2017

    “While the legion of LS3/5 owners, with numerous variations on the theme, might grouse at the thought of this, I prefer the new Chartwell LS3/5 to any of the originals I’ve yet experienced. And for what it’s worth, I’ve held the first LS3/5 in my hand, at the now defunct Kingwood Warren branch of the BBC, so you know I adore these little speakers. ...I suggest buying a pair. Right now.”

    Tone Audio - February 2017
  • Hi-Fi Pig - July 2016

    “I didn’t want to stop listening. As a child hearing my father playing Glenn Miller I was carted off back 40 years, and didn’t want to end my dream. The fun in “In the Mood” just made me smile. Each soloist, especially the saxophones that made Glen Miller sound so unique and the piano, too, was detailed and very authentic, and I never once felt that the lack of bass below 60Hz a problem. Indeed the pounding bass at 2’35” of “The Hunt of Baba-Yaga”, Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorsky, would put to shame many speakers at double the size.”

    Hi-Fi Pig - July 2016
  • Sound On Sound - June 2016

    “...Music is fundamentally about communication, and the LS3/5 is one of the great communicators among speakers. The LS3/5's ability to communicate the guts of music so effectively has its roots, I think, not only in the fundamental quality of its component parts and construction, but also in the care and attention to detail that was invested in the original desgin.”

    Sound On Sound - June 2016
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