Graham Audio Chartwell LS6 Loudspeakers (Pair)
The Chartwell LS6
The beautiful Chartwell LS6 is a natural development of the classic BBC lineage that gives us the LS3/5a and the LS5/9. The LS6 sits perfectly between both of these revered models and broadens the scope of useability of these existing BBC licenced monitor loudspeakers. The LS6 is a superb speaker, designed by Derek Hughes himeslf and hand made to order in the UK.
We are proud to be authorised Graham Audio/Chartwell dealers and always keep a range of these speakers on demo. We just love speakers built in this tradition. We have a history of collecting them, buying them, selling them and getting all sentimental about them!! In fact many of our best hours have been spent in front of a pair of LS3/5a or Spendor BC1 loudspeakers and we certainly do know how they sound and what incredible potential they have.
The LS6 is also available as a floorstanding model and is a perfect development of a classic design.
The Chartwell LS6
Following the success of the Graham Audio LS3/5 and LS5/9, Graham Audio were curious to discover what could be done with a cabinet that was sized somewhere between the two.
The result is the Chartwell LS6, designed by Derek Hughes. A custom built 6 inch long-throw bass drive unit mated to a compact 17 litre cabinet gives bass extension and power handling that is comparable to the LS5/9. The bespoke 19mm dome tweeter extends to beyond 20kHz. The overall response retains the smoothness of both the LS3/5 and LS5/9.
A large rear mounted port gives effortless bass, while allowing us to minimise the size of the cabinet to allow it to blend easily into typical domestic environments.
A sophisticated crossover network blends the two units and equalises the overall response for optimum performance in free space. A switch on the front baffle adjusts the tweeter level to +1dB or +2dB. This can be useful for situations where the listening position is off axis.
In common with all Graham Audio loudspeakers, the cabinet uses the classic BBC "thinwall" construction, where the panels are mass-loaded to ensure that resonances are moved away from the critical mid-range region, and a layer of Rockwool is held in place by fabric to provide air damping. Hand-matched veneers are applied and finished to a very high standard. The grille is carefully designed to minimise diffraction effects and is held in place by concealed rare-earth magnets.
|System||2 Way, reflex loading|
|Enclosure||Thin wall damped construction|
|Finish||Real wood veneer|
|Dimensions (w/h/d)||24cm by 37cm by 26cm|
|Frequency response||45Hz to 20kHz, ±2dB|
|Sensitivity||87dB SPL (2.83V, 1m)|
|Maximum output||Over 100dB for a pair at 2m|
|Tweeter||19mm dome tweeter|
|Recommended amplifier power||50 to 150 watts unclipped programme|
All Graham Audio loudspeakers are hand-built in the UK with the greatest of care and attention to detail. Each loudspeaker is tested and checked against our reference units, and is carefully auditioned before being packed and shipped.
All Graham Audio loudspeakers are guaranteed against defects in components and materials for a period of 1 year from the date of purchase. This warranty can be extended to 5 years at no cost once the loudspeakers have been registered with Graham Audio.
Within this period parts will be replaced free of charge provided that failure is not due to accident, negligence or misuse. Normal wear and tear is not included. Labour and carriage are not covered except by local agreement. This guarantee does not affect your statutory rights.
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. 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 Grahams won a first-round knockout – they got me more intimate with the performers, something readily apparent throughout extended listening. ...Partly because of that excellent low end the soundstage presented by the LS6s is panoramic. ...Vocals retain their characteristic warmth and there was detail aplenty meaning the LS6 places performers clearly within a large acoustic space. Ultimately with the right partners, the LS6 focuses us on performance nuance, not just its sound. ...Thinwall sound advocates can have their cake and eat it, the LS6s ceding none of the benefits whilst also sounding faster, dynamic, and more controlled. Their appeal will be much wider than that though, particularly given that they cover many music genres with aplomb.”
Darko.Audio - July 2018
“There's something uncannily realistic about the way the LS6 does voices. It's a quality that's reflected in the stereo imaging performance, too; voices hang there in space... This fabulous mid-range performance to me speaks not only of a very high-performance bass/midrange driver and skilful driver integration through the passive crossover, but also of a cabinet that's not significantly playing along with the signal. The LS6 is a win for thin-wall cabinet design. ...there's absolutely no reason why the LS6 won't provide exactly what's needed of a nearfield monitor.”
Sound On Sound - November 2017
“...after the LS3/5 review, I wanted to hear a similar, extremely direct and engaging sound, built on a naturally warm midrange. But... I also wanted the bigger Chartwells to give me the real, low bass and dynamics that the smaller monitors didn't have. So, have my dreams come true? Basically, yes!”
|Brand||Graham Audio / Chartwell|
|Speaker Type||Bookshelf Speakers, Stand Mount Speakers|
|Connectivity (RCA/Optical/Bluetooth etc.)||Banana Plugs, Spade Connectors, Bare Wire Terminals|
|Power (RMS Per Channel)||50-150|