Graham Audio's LS5/8

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I installed a factory fresh pair of LS5/8 in our living room yesterday and was gob smacked by their performance. All of the wonderful qualities of the LS5/9 are there: midrange magic, timbral accuracy, three dimensional soundstage. But the bigger brother plays so much bigger, it almost makes its sibling sound polite.
Currently driving the LS5/8 with a pair of Luxman B-1000f Anniversary monoblocks. The living room is approx. 1,200 sq ft on the ground floor and 1,800 sq ft on the second floor, so those 12" woofers are moving a lot of air. I am amazed that a $12,500 pair of speakers could fill our living room and do so with utter grace. Hats off to Derek Hughes & the Graham Audio team. Video links to follow.

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Magnetically attached grills

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True to its professional roots, the HF can be adjusted =/- up to 2dB, very handy in an overly bright or dead sounding room.
 
#3
Agreed Dan, there is a lot of $$ snobbery in this hobby. If its not expensive, it can't be taken seriously. Can't wait to hear them in two months time, once they are more broken-in.
 
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steve williams

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Philip was kind enough to invite me over on Saturday to hear the LS5/9 and LS 5/8

I was interested in Philip's comments about being gobsmacked by how good the sound was from the LS5/8


I did hear the LS5/9 several months ago in an oak finish and I was quite surprised at how good these little book shelves sounded then and again on Saturday. The speaker was powered by a small Luxman tube amp. I have to admit that for $6800 one could build a very interesting system around these speakers. They were sitting on a pair of racks designed specific for the speaker and these were $600 for the pair.

The LS5/9 we heard on Saturday was in a rosewood finish

The real magic happened when Philip took me downstairs to hear the TOL LS5/8 which retails at $12,500 in oak finish. Philip's were in ebony which boosted the price to $15000.

What shocked me was how good these speakers sounded. They too were on a rack designed specific for the speaker also retailing at $600 for the pair

Philip powered these with his big Luxman SS amp and the source was tape and digital files. Many of the songs Philp played I was very aware of how they sounded in my system

When he played Depeche Mode, Welcome to my World the deep bass was terrific. A Leonard Cohen favorite, You Want It Hotter was played on a digital file and it was like having him in the room with us
I was interested that you can also tune the treble up or down by 2 Db's in 0.5 db increments. I wondered if a 0.5 db boost would add a bit more presence to the music so I a looking forward to hearing these speakers again

All in all I was shocked at how good the LS5/8 sounded. The deep bass was tight and forceful and the top end was also very good. For me however the magic to these speakers was in the mid range. I was thoroughly entertained and very impressed

I also wondered if the type of wood chosen for the cabinet would sound sonically different from those in other finishes. Suffice it to say that these speakers in Ebony lit up my ears

Like Philip I too was gobsmacked

Kudos Philip. Thanks for an enlightening wonderful afternoon and best of luck with this new Graham line. For the price they are needing to be heard as a terrific system could be built around the LS5/8
 
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Philip was kind enough to invite me over on Saturday to hear the LS5/9 and LS 5/8

I was interested in Philip's comments about being gobsmacked by how good the sound was from the LS5/8


I did hear the LS5/9 several months ago in an oak finish and I was quite surprised at how good these little book shelves sounded then and again on Saturday. The speaker was powered by a small Luxman tube amp. I have to admit that for $6800 one could build a very interesting system around these speakers. They were sitting on a pair of racks designed specific for the speaker and these were $600 for the pair.

The LS5/9 we heard on Saturday was in a rosewood finish

The real magic happened when Philip took me downstairs to hear the TOL LS5/8 which retails at $12,500 in oak finish. Philip's were in ebony which boosted the price to $15000.

What shocked me was how good these speakers sounded. They too were on a rack designed specific for the speaker also retailing at $600 for the pair

Philip powered these with his big Luxman SS amp and the source was tape and digital files. Many of the songs Philp played I was very awarenesses of how they sounded on my system

When he played Depeche Mode, Welcome to my World the deep bass was terrific. A Leonard Cohen favorite, You Want It Hotter was played on a digital file and it was like having him in the room with us
I was interested that you can also tune the treble up or down by 2 Db's in 0.5 db increments. I wondered if a 0.5 db boost would add a bit more presence to the music so I a looking forward to hearing these speakers again

All in all I was shocked at how good the LS5/8 sounded. The deep bass was tight and forceful and the top end was also very good. For me however the magic to these speakers was in the mid range. I was thoroughly entertained and very impressed

I also wondered if the type of wood chosen for the cabinet would sound sonically different from those in other finishes. Suffice it to say that these speakers in Ebony lit up my ears

Like Philip I too was gobsmacked

Kudos Philip. Thanks for an enlightening wonderful afternoon and best of luck with this new Graham line. For the price they are needing to be heard as a terrific system could be built around the LS5/8
There are actually models above the 5/8 too.
 
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Bill,
We are planning the N.American launch of the LS5/5 (3-way, retail $15,000) in Montreal on 19 Sept. at Art et Son. The production version will be veneered not painted and constructed from the birch plywood that the BBC preferred for their cabinet construction. The folks at the Graham factory are raving about its performance. Have no experience of the lens around the woofers, so no way of knowing how it changes dispersion.

BTW, the original LS5/8 had a lens around its woofers and the design department thought it would be more acceptable / saleable without.

Happy listening,
Philip
 

Audiophile Bill

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Bill,
We are planning the N.American launch of the LS5/5 (3-way, retail $15,000) in Montreal on 19 Sept. at Art et Son. The production version will be veneered not painted and constructed from the birch plywood that the BBC preferred for their cabinet construction. The folks at the Graham factory are raving about its performance. Have no experience of the lens around the woofers, so no way of knowing how it changes dispersion.

BTW, the original LS5/8 had a lens around its woofers and the design department thought it would be more acceptable / saleable without.

Happy listening,
Philip
They are great natural sounding speakers, no doubt. Wishing you great success with these. Music lovers speaker imo. Sit back and enjoy the music and forget about the world.
 

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steve williams

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The published specs suggest they are bass light
Is that the case?
This is what I heard

When he played Depeche Mode, Welcome to my World the deep bass was terrific
All in all I was shocked at how good the LS5/8 sounded. The deep bass was tight and forceful and the top end was also very good. For me however the magic to these speakers was in the mid range. I was thoroughly entertained and very impressed
 

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