An engineer from the BBC described the LS5/5 as the best speaker that the BBC ever designed. It was replaced by the LS5/8 at the advent of the Rock era in the seventies, as the artists wanted speakers that could play louder. Derek Hughes 2019 version of the 5/5 has 9dB greater power handling due to the improvements over the past fifty years in magnets, glues, cabling, capacitors, coils etc. The wood slots covering the bass drivers control the dispersion and make the speakers easier to position in a room. ¾ of the volume in size of the 5/8, it has an 8” woofer for the midrange in its own sealed compartment. A more complex crossover accounts for much of the weight differential, the smaller speaker is some 20 – 30lbs heavier than its larger sibling.
“Sonically, the 5/5 has considerably more information across the midrange than the 5-8. There is a refinement present that many competitors could only aspire to but don’t have the resources to realize. The bass is tighter & better defined. There is no loss of the midrange magic (realism) that the BBC is justifiably proud of.” – Steve Williams, Whatsbestforum
The LS5/5 is available in Cherry. Optional Finishes available with tiered pricing.