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Firstly the reviews may have driven you to this listing - the speaker is mind blowing But I am selling as I have a pair of Harbeth 30.1 sitting around and they are working well in my small lounge.... Tannoy ardens displaced them in the main HiFi system. As the review mention they are less good with d class amps - I can comment on this as only used with 15W valve amp.... A wee Leben cs300xs. If you run a valve amp then don't be fooled by high impedence 15ohm and sensitivity as valve amps see this load differently. Read this explanation https://www.dhtrob.com/overige/tubefriendly_lsp_en.php Big Blurb There is almost no point in discussing some parts of this loudspeaker. The BBC-designed LS3/5a is the stuff of legend, and in our little world as well-known, as ubiquitous, and as popular as the original Issigonis Mini. And, until recently, it was just as consigned to history as the original Mini. That’s all changed, and the Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a is a bold attempt to recreate the original design from scratch. The Falcon Acoustics Classic 15 ohm LS3/5a, fully Licenced by the BBC, and hand-assembled by Falcon in Oxford England. It is the only LS3/5a now in production that is recognised by top reviewers to faithfully replicate the original design published by the BBC in October 1976. The result of nearly 2 years development, the Falcon LS3/5a is a true British-made classic 15 ohm LS3/5a. It continues the long tradition of the genuine British BBC-Licenced LS3/5a stretching back to the 1960’s. The drive units are the renowned Falcon B110, and the Falcon T27 tweeter, both designed by Malcolm Jones, the original designer of the KEF B110 and KEF T27 that were specified in the original 15 ohm LS3/5a version designed by the BBC. Both drive units are handmade in the UK to ensure the highest quality, grading and consistency, and are identical to the original LS3/5a drive units. They are unique to Falcon. The matched 15 ohm BBC Specification FL6/23 filter networks are made exclusively by Falcon in the original transformer-style to BBC Specification and contain inductors specially made in Britain for Falcon to the original specification. The cabinets are made from specially selected graded Baltic Ply, and use Beech fillets Cabinets. They are British made to BBC Specification, and are available in a variety of natural wood veneers (see below for pictures of current veneers) with a Tygan Cloth front grille. Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a’s are sold in matched pairs only REVIEWS I've had the Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a's for several months and have powered them with every amp in the house. They played enjoyably well with all—with one exception. Class-D made these hyper-responsive, 15-ohm speakers sound dry, slightly hard, and more generalized than I like. Class-D amps awoke that napping bass bump and turned the slightly rising treble into a distraction. The LS3/5a has always been an exceptionally amp-friendly speaker, not because it makes mediocre amps sound good, but for quite the opposite reason: The LS3/5a excels at letting you hear exactly what your amp really sounds like. I doubt I'm qualified to fully answer that question—I haven't heard them all. But I do know that the Falcons make my old Rogerses sound a tad drowsy and fuzzy, like a cartridge with too many miles on it. (Perhaps I'm responding to a fresh tweeter with a slightly stronger response.) The Falcon is livelier and sings more clearly than any other LS3/5a I've heard. To my ears, this new, hypercrafted edition seems more "invisible," better toned, less "miserably" distorted or "peculiar" sounding, than any other moderately priced loudspeaker I've used in my home—ever. The Falcon LS3/5a has returned me to my roots, and served as a powerful reminder of the joys and beauties that a simple, accurate, easy-to-drive loudspeaker coupled to a charming low-powered amplifier can provide. Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/falcon-acoustics-ls35a-loudspeaker-page-2#1S1xGSxy2WlXQ4S7.99 http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/falcon-acoustics-ls35a-stand-mount-loudspeaker/ Falcon LS3/5a 15ohm (BBC Rodgers splendor King) loudspeaker speaker monitor. Condition is Used. Dispatched with Other 48h Courier.
Might be of interest to some ? Personally I can't see what all the fuss is about with these speakers - but some people seem to be obsessed with them ! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162365596036?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Will post internationally. These rare original Audiomaster LS3/5A BBC loudspeakers are a matched pair and are in very good condition apart from a few scuffs and marks as you would expect from a 40 odd year old speaker (see pictures). The drivers in particular are in excellent condition (see pictures) ; they still sound superb and, as a professional sound engineer, I have tested them with REW acoustic software and a measurement microphone and can confirm they have no issues at all . They have been in one office of a research facility for many years and most of their life have only been used for analysing spoken word recordings. This pair is very rare version of the Audiomaster and have a black back and a slightly different brown grilles. Along with Rogers Audiomaster produced the first version of the LS3/5A - they stopped production around 1981 - so these are older than many. If it's a dealbreaker I will open these up - but I'd rather not as a quick test revealed the screws are pretty firmly embedded and have almost certainly never been unscrewed and I would be worried about damaging them if I used too much force. I am very certain they haven't ever been opened up or tampered with in any way - the research facility simply would have chucked them out and got another pair back in the day rather than repair them.
Two interesting stories today on the Beeb. One on the continuing rise in vinyl sales with predictions of over 4m vinyl sales this year (2017). A lot of people were saying they liked the whole experience of vinyl as well as the lovely sound of vinyl. Not sure too many had turntables but I do not care as long as sales continue. The other story was on R4 on the rise of audio cafes. I went to Spiritland in Kings X and we listened to their £500K system. To be honest it was not that impressive. They were playing bland soul music at a low level. My wife was unimpressed. What has other people's experiences been at these venues? Would it be better to return in the evenings to get a better impression?
Here we have for sale my lovely LS3/5a speakers These are the Stirling Broadcast models which many consider as the very best sounding LS3/5a's available which might, amongst other things, be due to these speakers not being very old unlike other LS3/5a's These are in the more expensive Rosewood finish and can be bi-wired They have matching serial numbers and I have the original Owners Certificate I have just purchased, at a cost of more than £40, the original Stirling Broadcast packaging which consists of an outer box, and inner box and new plastic bags for the speakers These LS3/5a speakers have never been driven hard at all and have been very well cared for indeed and therefore are in mint condition. They are from a pet and smoke free home I will take some better pictures of the speakers and will post them here asap I'd like £850 for the speakers I can have these posted by Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm next day, which is my prefered method, for £42.20 (at cost) which is fully tracked and insured up to £1,000 They could also be heard and picked up from Portsmouth, PO2