Graham Audio LS5/8 BBC HiFi Monitor Loudspeakers Rare EX-DEMO pair!
The BBC LS5/8 Ex-Demo pair
This is a rare opportunity, our Demo pair of LS5/8s in perfect working order and sounding amazing! These are a huge saving on a brand new set and come with a 12 month warranty and free shipping (or you can collect in person which I would recommend for these even if you live a long way off!! They will not ship easily and I dread to imagine their welfare en-route!). There are a couple of scratches on one speaker that will wax up if matched properly - they will be an easy repair with care. Other than that this is a superb pair, fully boxed and with warranty!
The photos are a combination of official dealer photos and also photos of the actual pair (with me for scale - and our pair of LS5/9fs!) in our demo room.
These can be demonstrated at our premises.
The LS5/8 is the BBC's flagship design, and was developed because of the need for higher sound pressure levels and greater transparency and consistency than the ageing LS5/5 offered. This was the first BBC loudspeaker to use a polypropylene diaphragm which, being lighter than Bextrene, offered greater efficiency and lower colouration. A carefully researched cone profile enables the unit to work successfully well into the midrange.
After many months of intensive development, the Graham Audio LS5/8 refines the concept further. Designed in conjunction with Derek Hughes and Volt Loudspeakers and manufactured under license in the UK, it features a unique 12 inch bass/mid unit that is married to the same 34mm Audax tweeter that is used in the LS5/9.
As with all Graham Audio BBC monitors, the cabinet is a finely tuned structure that uses high quality birch plywood and hardwood batons. The 12mm panels are mass-loaded to move resonances away from the midrange region and Rockwool is used in preference to cheap foam for air damping.
The design retains the same midrange clarity and balance of the LS5/9, but offers an extended bass response and greater authority at high level in larger rooms. The continuity of sound quality between the two designs means that engineers can move between the two different loudspeakers with complete confidence during the recording and mastering process.
The LS5/8 was originally conceived as an active design, but Derek Hughes has designed a passive crossover that greatly improves on the resolution and imaging of the original design while still conforming to the demanding BBC specification.
|System||2 Way, reflex loading|
|Enclosure||Thin wall construction, birch plywood|
|Finish||Real wood veneer|
|Dimensions (w/h/d)||46cm by 76cm by 40cm|
|Frequency response||40Hz to 16kHz, ±3dB|
|Sensitivity||89dB SPL (2.83V, 1m)|
|Maximum output||Over 110dB for a pair at 2m|
|Bass/midrange||300mm Diaphnatone polypropylene|
|Tweeter||Son Audax HD13D34H|
|Recommended amplifier power||50 to 250 watts unclipped programme|
You are very welcome to contact us to discuss lead-times and demo capacity with regard to these speakers if you are considering a pair of these wonderful speakers! Graham Audio have been able to stay fully operational with safety measures in place and can manufacture these speakers to order in 4-6 weeks We have a range of Graham Audio speakers on demo in usual circumstances however this is dependent on any national or local restrictions at any one time due the the Coronavirus update. Alternatively you can place your order and be reassured that we will keep you fully informed of manufacturing times and expected delivery dates etc.
“The soundstage depth is stunning, as amazing is the ability of these two speakers, of still contained dimensions after all, to fill with music also very large spaces. All the people present at the Show in Munich in 2015 will be able to confirm this beyond any doubt. ...Also impressive is the speed of transient response. ...Let me also add one thing: if I had, for some reason, to change my reference speakers, I would replace them with these Graham LS5/8 for all the reasons that I have above mentioned. I cannot find any downside for these speakers even if I try hard to.”
Audio Activity - July 2016
“The Graham LS5/8 is a mighty fine loudspeaker. Those who value the mid-band and have a need for full-range (or nearly so) loudspeakers should investigate. Those who listen to a lot of vocals and classicals should do so too. The price is not cheap, but here is something that can convey atmosphere when most modern speakers fail to do so. If you know Maria Callas' inimitable and never surpassed Casta Diva, you will know this factor is critical. Enthusiastically recommended!”
Doctorjohn Cheaptubeaudio - December 2015
“The LS5/8 is extremely smooth across the midrange and bass, with an effortless dynamic range that only a big, easy-driving bass unit can bring.”
Hi-Fi Plus - October 2015
|Brand||Graham Audio / Chartwell|
|Speaker Type||Stand Mount Speakers|
|Connectivity (RCA/Optical/Bluetooth etc.)||Banana Plugs, Spade Connectors, Bare Wire Terminals|
|Power (RMS Per Channel)||50-250w|
|Warranty||Store Warranty (See Description)|