LS3/5a buys LS3/5a's

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by ls35a, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. ls35a

    ls35a Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Eagle, Idaho
    I thought I was done with various versions of this. But then I read some comments about a Chinese version that's supposed to be very good and only $599. So I popped for a pair, just to pull out now and then for old times sake.

    Zero Fidelity is going to have a youtube review up soon.

    SoundArtist LS3/5A Monitor Bookshelf Speakers loudspeakers Pair : China-hifi-Audio online store, Yaqin,Meixing Mingda,XiangSheng,Line Magnetic Tube Amplifier, power amp, preamp,hi-fi CD Player high end audio for sale [MUIA9832320] - $599.00 USD
     
  2. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

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    I got to say you won't be getting an LS3/5A, just something that looks similar. The genuine ones are still made to strict BBC spec and licenced. Rogers were made in China but recently production moved back to UK so might be a clone of these. By the time you pay taxes might not be such a saving. You can get the proper parts and cabinet from Falcon Acoustics and build a genuine one for not a great deal more. I think there are better speakers out there for $600 these days due to stiff competition.
     
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  3. bhazen

    bhazen Magical Mystery Tourist

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    Hey, I'm intrigued! ... and yes, the price is the big driver. I'd love a set of Falcon or Graham LS3/5A, but ouf ... $$$$ ...

    Call me OCD but, the pic of the speaker sans grill, the felt tweeter surround isn't centered ... bugs me (sorry). Hope that isn't an indicator of Q.C. lapses ...

    Regardless, I'm eagerly awaiting your eventual review of your pair of LS3/5A's ... @ls35a! Hope all goes well!
     
  4. finn

    finn Forum Resident

    I love the description supplied in the ad, I wonder if there really is a happy ending after listening to them. I do wish however that they would choose a properly finished pair to photograph rather than one that looks it was put together by the owner's 13 year old nephew. The mitre cuts on one of them is reject material.
     
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  5. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

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    That is the issue - probably a production example and the drivers differ from the genuine article. Probably a $200 speaker for $600.
     
  6. TEA FOR ONE

    TEA FOR ONE Forum Resident

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    There have been a few LS3/5a knockoffs out of China over the years. A couple of years ago I watched a YouTube review of one of them.(I can’t remember the brand) It was given a pretty good review. If I remember correctly,the highs in the knockoff were rolled off compared to a licensed LS3/5a. For the price,very interesting indeed.
     
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  7. timind

    timind phorum rezident

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    Interesting. Did they make it look shoddy on purpose? You know, to give it an antique look like it has been sitting in a control booth for 20 years?
     
  8. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

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    Seems like a potentially excellent deal. The cost of any currently in production is very high- even the Salk "Bagby Continuum" knockoff is now $1500. The Falcon version is $2500. Crazy.
    If I were interested I would probably buy the driver kit of the continuum from meniscus audio and fit that to some available enclosures on ebay- total ~ $500 or so.
     
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  9. Soundsense

    Soundsense Forum Resident

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    Interesting.....I hope this version turns out to be great for you. The new and expensive Rogers version sports drivers that were made in 'Asia'. I wonder what the inter-relationship is, of all these Chinese versions which have appeared over time. I purchased the Stirling V3 and I'm very happy with them.
     
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  10. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

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    Fakes are never a good deal.
     
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  11. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

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    The company that own Rogers were making various LS3/5A versions in Asia. Recently production was moved back to UK. I'm sure the parts are still largely made in the far east but that goes for many UK made products. In fact certain UK designed brands sporting a Union Jack on the box or product are actually made in Taiwan or China such as Cambridge and Wharfedale.
     
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  12. patrickd

    patrickd Forum Resident

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    I hope you don't listen to them and, as they claim, 'regret the heart'...and find it 'difficult to normalize with bandwidth'..the pitch on the site is worth reading. Keep us posted.
     
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  13. Andy Saunders

    Andy Saunders Forum Resident

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    @ls35a Good find - yes please do report back, they look well put together.:)
     
  14. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

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    The Bagby Continuum (Jeff Bagby, RIP) is a well regarded "take" on the LS3/5A tradition that has a large following coming from winning an annual speaker competition.
     
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  15. Rolltide

    Rolltide Forum Resident

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    Do you suppose a guy who goes by LS3/5A and has a picture of the Falcon Acoustics as his avatar has never heard the real ones before?
     
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  16. Soundsense

    Soundsense Forum Resident

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    But if the owner loves them, that's a moot point. I'm looking forward to the review.
     
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  17. Dream On

    Dream On Forum Resident

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    Here is Sean's review of the Mistral LS3/5A.



    Basically, a good representation of the LS3/5A sound for the money. But a P3ESR will just sound better all around (not really surprising of course). I am expecting the SoundArtist to get a similar review but I suppose time will tell.

    If I was looking for this type of speaker for long-term use, I think I'd save up for the P3ESR (or Chartwell, etc., depending on what you want exactly). In the long run you will surely be happier and might even save some money. But it's obviously fun to try new versions of this fabled speaker (I think that's what the OP is doing), and I guess if under $1K is an absolute requirement it might be the best bet for someone.
     
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  18. noway

    noway Forum Resident

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    You need the "VIP model with real oil finish" for that.
     
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  19. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

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    Even more puzzling why he wants to chuck good money at these unless he is just a collector of all things LS3/5a like. Anyway in the current climate may be sensible to stay away from Chi Fi.
     
  20. ls35a

    ls35a Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Eagle, Idaho
    In 1977 I owned 15 ohm Chartwells.

    I've owned 8 ohm Spendors, Stirling Broadcast V2's (two pair), and 15 ohm Falcons, and a bunch of similar speakers (Spendor, Proac, Harbeth, etc).

    The Chartwell's and the Falcon's were my favorites.

    PS: My avatar picture is a Chartwell.
     
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  21. ls35a

    ls35a Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Someone asked Zero Fidelity (youtube site) if these were better than the Mistrals, answer? 'Hands down'.
     
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  22. ls35a

    ls35a Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I'm bored and a collector and it's cheap and now I have something to look forward to getting in the mail.
     
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  23. jonwoody

    jonwoody Forum Resident

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    Is it my imagination or is the front baffle affixed with staples?
     
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  24. Rolltide

    Rolltide Forum Resident

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    Oh that's the easier part to understand; we're all crazy. A couple of weeks ago I bought an amp I basically have no intention of ever using because I think its pretty and I enjoy staring at it.
     
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  25. bhazen

    bhazen Magical Mystery Tourist

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    Newcastle, WA
    By 'these' you mean the Sound Artists?
     
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