Graham Audio LS5/9 BBC HiFi Monitor Loudspeakers
The BBC LS5/9
The LS5/9 is a high quality studio monitor that was designed by BBC Research and Development and featured a brand new 8 inch bass/midrange drive unit that was developed entirely in-house and constructed using the best materials available at the time.
We are proud to be authorised Graham Audio/Chartwell dealers and we 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.
Designed for use by the BBC in smaller studios and control rooms, the LS5/9 is a close sonic match for the larger LS5/8. Equally at home in a domestic setting, the open and expansive mid-range reveals previously unheard details from even the most familiar recordings.
With Derek Hughes at the drawing board, the original BBC design has been recrerated. A new bass/midrange driver has been developed in conjunction with Volt Loudspeakers which uses a substantial die-cast aluminium frame and a massive motor assembly, allied to a diaphragm formed from a selected grade of polypropylene and matched to a high quality rubber surround. Each bass driver is hand-assembled and tested by Volt.
The tweeter is a selected version of the Audax 34mm soft dome, which is protected by a strong metal grille. A sophisticated crossover network blends the units together and equalises the overall response for optimum performance in free space.
The cabinet uses classic BBC "thinwall" construction, and is manufactured in the UK from high quality 9mm birch plywood. Hand-matched veneers are applied and finished to a very high standard indeed. All joints in the cabinet are reinforced with hardwood batons to ensure long life and total air sealing. The panels are mass-loaded to ensure that resonances are moved away from the critical mid-range region, and a layer of Rockwool held in place by fabric provides air damping. The grille - machined from a single piece of 9mm birch plywood - is held in place by concealed rare-earth magnets.
|System||2 Way, reflex loading|
|Enclosure||Thin wall construction, birch plywood|
|Finish||Real wood veneer|
|Dimensions (w/h/d)||28cm by 46cm by 27.5cm|
|Frequency response||50Hz to 16kHz, ±3dB|
|Sensitivity||87dB SPL (2.83V, 1m)|
|Maximum output||Over 100dB for a pair at 2m|
|Bass/midrange||200mm Diaphnatone polypropylene|
|Tweeter||Son Audax HD13D34H|
|Recommended amplifier power||50 to 200 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 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 Graham Audio LS5/9 is an unusual and impressive speaker. It does a startlingly good job of transcending its small size to present large-scale music convincingly. It has a balance very close to neutral and surprising dynamic capacity. ...It may be that you have a need for a small speaker; if so, the Graham Audio LS5/9 is surely an item of extraordinary interest. Few other speakers of its size offer anything like a comparable musical truth. Comes to that, rather few of any size do.”
The Absolute Sound - February 2017
“Listening to some piano and orchestra concerts - Mozart, the Lodron with Solti, Baremboim and Shiff for example - that pure timbre is enchanting and you almost see the instruments in the distance. The result is very natural with the lute music by Bach played by Hopkinson Smith on Astrée vinyl. The noise of the quick fingers on the keyboard are fascinating and well integrated and the sound results really natural. ...I am really happy that the LS 5/9 are back on the world market.”
Audio Activity - July 2016
“Vocal reproduction is a huge strength for the Grahams. Cover songs like Johnny Cash’s rendition of “Hurt” or Storm Large’s version of “Where Is My Mind” represent an experiential treat. ...Those who enjoy the subtleties of classical, jazz, and vocal music among other types of music, are likely to love the reproduction the Grahams provide. It’s a musically-balanced speaker that makes it easy – maybe too easy – to find oneself locked to a listening seat eager to hear "just one more" favorite album.”
Tone Audio - May 2016
|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)||50-150w|