BBC LS3/5a loudspeaker 1989 Review Context
This followed, with minor changes, that established for my previous loudspeaker reviews: Each pair was used with both a Krell KSA-50 and a pair of VTL 100W Compact monoblocks, connected with Monster M1 speaker cable, while the preamplifier was the Mod Squad Phono Drive/Deluxe Line Drive combination. Source components consisted of a Marantz CD-94 CD player, which was also used to drive the Sony DAS-R1 D/A converter unit reviewed by JGH in December, a 1975 vintage Revox A77 to play my own 15ips master tapes, and a Linn Sondek/Ekos/Troika setup sitting on a Sound Organisation table to play LPs. Interconnect was Audioquest LiveWire Lapis.
The miniature speakers sat either on a pair of 24" wooden Chicago Speaker Stands, with a sheet of Sims Vibration Dynamics Navcom placed between the top-plate of each stand and the loudspeaker, or on a pair of Arcici "Rigid Riser" stands, which have a height adjustable between 20" and 36". The loudspeakers were carefully positioned for optimum performance, and both stands and floorstanding speakers were coupled to the tile floor beneath the rug with spikes. In addition to a rigorous listening test, with no other speakers in the room, each pair of speakers was used for a period of everyday use.—John Atkinson