Graham Audio LS3/5 Stand-Mount Speakers


The original classic. The Graham Audio LS3/5 has surprising bass extension for a small stand mount speaker and an absolutely massive soundstage. An ideal near-field monitor that works exceptionally well in small to medium sized listening rooms.

Graham Audio steel speaker stands designed to perfectly fit your LS3/5 speakers.

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The original classic. The Graham Audio LS3/5 has surprising bass extension for a small stand-mount speaker and an absolutely massive soundstage. An ideal near-field monitor that works exceptionally well in small to medium sized listening rooms.

  • Two way sealed enclosure
  • Thin wall, internally damped construction
  • 110 mm Bextrene woofer and 19 mm fabric dome tweeter
  • 83 dB sensitivity and 9 Ω impedance
  • Exceptional midrange clarity
  • Available in a range of real wood veneer finishes
History of the LS3/5

The LS3/5A is perhaps the best-known of all the BBC’s monitor designs. The BBC needed a small monitor that was suitable for critical assessment of programme quality in cramped outside broadcast vehicles and control rooms, and nothing suitable was available commercially.

At the same time, a separate research project, an investigation into acoustic scaling of studios, had developed a miniature loudspeaker. BBC engineers realised that it could be adapted for monitoring use. After much development, the original LS3/5 was born.

Initially, twenty units were built in-house for field trials, but upon deciding to build another batch, it became apparent that KEF had altered both of the drive units. The new drive units were sufficiently different to the originals to affect the way the loudspeaker measured and sounded. As a result, significant re-engineering work had to be completed by the BBC’s design department. This was such a significant deviation from the original model that the A suffix was added.

The new B110 woofer needed to be decoupled from the baffle in order to prevent an interaction with the cabinet. Next, when fed from the existing crossover, the new high frequency unit exhibited significant colouration which required modifications to the crossover and the addition of the familiar protective grille and felt pads. The small number of loudspeakers from the original batch were now considered obsolete, and the true LS3/5 was never manufactured commercially.

The new classic

While the revised LS3/5A sounded very similar to the original, many felt at the time that the original loudspeaker was better. Could this version be recreated today?

Graham Audio presents the ultimate version of the most famous of all the BBC loudspeakers. The bespoke drive units and crossover networks are developed by Derek Hughes, working in conjunction with Volt and SEAS loudspeakers, to produce a fully licensed loudspeaker using the very finest materials available.

Additional information



Cherry, Ebony, Oak, Rosewood, Walnut

Operating Principle

2 way, Sealed

Speaker Drivers

1 x 110 mm Bextrene mid/bass, 1 x 19 mm dome tweeter


9 Ω


83 dB

Frequency Response

70 Hz – 20 kHz ±3 dB


9 mm birch plywood, Removable rear panel, Thin wall construction

Dimensions (WxDxH)

190 mm x 170 mm x 300 mm


5.3 kg


5 years

Frequently Asked Questions

The warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 5 years.

Your Graham Audio LS3/5 Stand-Mount Speakers will normally be delivered in 3-5 days.

Delivery is free on orders over £100. We deliver anywhere in the UK using premium tracked delivery services from DPD Local, UPS, TNT and Royal Mail.

When you by a product from us, you will have 30 days to decide whether or not you want to keep it. If you decide to return it for any reason, even if you just changed your mind, it will not cost you a penny. Just let us know that you want to return it and we will take care of the rest.

We will agree a collection date with you and send you a pre-paid shipping label for the return trip. You can have full refund or you can try something else instead. It is up to you. All we ask is that you take good care of the product, along with any accessories and packaging, while you are deciding whether or not to keep it.

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