The Overall Picture
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. And its emphasis on the 50 to 100Hz region (just before its final roll-off) does a good job of providing a full sound, in spite of the near absence of the bottom octaves. Its imaging is simply correct, and its basic sound very much like actual music, with suitable sources.
The BBC had use for a smaller speaker that had dynamic power, a full sound, and an essentially neutral balance. Within the small deviations from absolutely smooth and flat response noted above, these goals are attained here. 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. As Spencer Hughes once said (according to legend), “Big speakers have big problems.” This little box sounds to me more like music than many a monster high-priced floorstander.
Specs & Pricing
Type: Two-way, bass-reflex stand-mounted loudspeaker
Enclosure: Damped thin-wall construction, birch plywood
Drivers: Diaphnatone polypropylene (developed and manufactured by Volt) mid/woofer, Son Audax HD13D34H tweeter
Frequency response: 50Hz–16kHz, +/-3dB
Nominal impedance: 8 ohms
Maximum output: >100dB at 2m
Recommended amplifier power: 50–200 watts
Dimensions: 11" x 18" x 10.75"
Weight: 14 kg (31 lbs.)
Price: $6799 (cherry finish), $7199 (rosewood)
Ringslade House, Ringslade Road
Newton Abbot, Devon
TQ12 6PT England