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I heard the lsa1 bookshelf monitors ($1000 retail) in my sys ... Tvad
The lsa 2s have excellent dynamics and a deep broad soundsta ... Anacrusis
Anacrusis: based on what else you heard, would you be able t ... Aktchi
Aktchi: i have not heard the above mentioned speakers so i ... Anacrusis
Is there confusion?
LS3-5a is the code name of a '60s BBC spkr design for monitoring inside recording vans.
LSA is a brand name used by "dk designs". They make amps and spkrs (asaik).
Gregm (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Yes! Rogers LS35as are nearfield monitors and are commonly referred to as BBC monitors. They are characterized by the use of a bextrene KEF B110 midbass driver and T-27 tweeter which was later replaced by a celestion tweeter, if memory serves. Many homes use these as their primary speaker (I know I sold them). They still have quite a following, I understand, and are still considered a reference standard by the faithful. Spendor, Harbeth and a number of other British manufactures have been licensed by the BBC to use the LS35a designation. I don't know what LS35a stands for but LSA stands for Larry Staples something or other; Larry Staples being the new owner of DK and presumably the designer of the LSA line. Though I wouldn't say that the LSA2s are the equal of the little BBCs within their limited frequency band, there is, to my ears, a characteristic similarity.
Driven by tubes like the Luxman 3045s or the Quad Mono Blocks, little else, short of Quad 57s could compare to the Rogers LS35sa in the day, and I imagine this is still the case. In fact I've been considering building a second system around the Cayin S A-88T/KT-88 and, now that you mention it, LS35as may be the to go. Any recommendations for a CD player? Thanks!
So yes, your exactly right but there is no confusion.
Anacrusis (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
OK, right. Didn't know the BBC LS is the dk owner. Thanks.
Gregm (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Yes, the LSA speakers are from DK Design. But I auditioned the LS2 at length at my dealer and they sound fantastic. The VS VR2s, which sit right next to the LS2s in the room, didn't sound as smooth or as open. I didn't get to compare them to any other speakers.
The cabinet quality of the LS2 is excellent and the rosewood finish is really classy but the drivers look just like the VS drivers...probably sourced from the same place but I can't say for sure. Arthur
Aball (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
YOU WERE RIGHT, "LSA is a brand name used by "DK Designs" who is now LSA Group and LS3-5a is the code name of a '60s BBC spkr design for monitoring inside recording vans".
LSA is in no way affiliated with any of the BBC licensed LS35as. I was just making the point that the LS35as are still around and in addition to their use in recording vans they are a classic reference quality nearfield home speaker.
By way of comparison only, I feel the DK Design LSA2s have a palpable, uncolored midband sonic character similar to LS35as (BBC Monitors), and a smooth sweet extended quality to the treble that reminds me of Avant Gardes. The primary difference is that they can jump jive and rock(perhaps in the way of an Audio Physic but with a warmer, bass reflex kind of sound). I'll also restate the fact that rather than "brutally revealing the weaknesses in the audio chain and source material" they seem to be very forgiving of the source and make everything you hear through them sound good. I'd be curious to know why this is.
Gregm, I apologize if I confused the issue earlier, your initial post to this thread was indeed correct.
Anacrusis (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
I bought a pair of LSA 1s last December after comparing them to the B&W DM603 S3s (which I had intended to buy when I went in my local dealer). To my ears they sounded much better (more realistic, with a broader soundstage, and better midrange and bass).
After listening to them for six months now they just seem to get better, and I have no regrets. I haven't heard some of the speakers referenced in this forum, but I think the LSAs are a great value.
The company is owned by a man named Larry Staples. LSA is located in Lexinton, KY. and their e-mail address is:
If you are in the market for a new set of great spekers at a resonable price I suggest that you contact then to find a dealer in your area. Unless you are really into ultra high-end speakers I don't think you will be dissappointed in the LSAs
Sorry - lsa is actually located in louisville, not lexington ... jazzeken@
1. LSA bought DK, not the other way around.
2. I also own LSA 1's, their "bottom of the line" bookshelf speaker, and I think it's wonderful. It has an uncanny life-like sound.
Artmaltman (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Heard lsas at a show. extremely high cost to performance ra ... Magnumpi205
Just demo'd ls1 signature and ls2 at my house with local dea ... Stuartk
Heard lsa ls 1 statement today and it's indeed quite a step ... Stuartk
I bought a pair of lsa statements from underwood hifi. proba ... Mickym
I have a pair of lsa-1 standards that i enjoy tremendously. ... Mike1000
I am very interested in this thread. i was thinking of buyin ... Rebbi
Well, i just pulled the trigger on a pair of lsa1 statements ... Rebbi
Rebbi, what happened? i thought you were all set with the oh ... Aktchi
I recommend the sumiko or iron chef set-up method. do a goog ... Tvad
Yes I had the Ohm Micro Walsh Talls and Ohm Walsh 100's for a total of about 18 months. They have many strengths, to be sure and there was a lot to love about them. But after trying a good pair of monitors at home (PSB Synchrony 2b's) and being wowed by them, I've drawn the conclusion that the whole pseudo-omni thing isn't a great match for my listening room, which is rather small and rather lively. So I've been researching monitors for awhile and decided to pull the trigger on the LSA1 Statements. I'm psyched.
I will do some research on those set up methods. Thanks for the tips.
The designer of of the original LSA1, Larry Staples (great guy, by the way) wrote to me that I shouldn’t do any really critical listening until the Statements have 100 hours on them. Beside the midrange driver, he said that the crossover components really need to settle in. And Walter at Underwood said that they start to open up at around 50 hours but will not have come fully into their own until about 200 hours of use. So maybe I'll try the wire-them-out-of-phase-facing-each-other method for breaking them in.
I have a couple of nice, all metal stands filled with sand for stability and resonance control. LSA sells a stand for use with the LSA1's, but they're not inexpensive and I'll see how my stands do first.
Rebbi (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
For those of you with the lsa1: what kind of speaker wire a ... Rebbi
Rebbi, the speaker was never meant to be single wired--it is ... Lrsky
Lrsky, thanks! i took the plunge and ordered some biwire ca ... Rebbi
I have had a pair of LSA1 Statements since hearing them at the RMAF in 2008. I wandered into John Tucker's room to hear his electronic and ended up buying the LSA1- Statements. At the time I had no need for them, but I was so shocked at their performance that I had to have them. Since then I have a summer home in the NM mountains and have decided to take them there.
These speakers have some link back to the speakers DK Designs had when LSA bought them. John Tucker is greatly responsible for the great improvements in the Signature and Statement versions. It is the Statements which are truly mindblowing. I have not hear any rack speaker that even approaches them.
Tbg (Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Tbg, excited about getting mine. they should ship wednesday ... Rebbi
Rebbi, good luck. what amplifier are you going to use? Tbg
Tbg, i've done some pretty effective "horse trading&qu ... Rebbi
Rebbi, face them together but reverse one set of speaker wir ... Tbg
Tbg, yes i've heard of that method before. i don't think i ... Rebbi
Probably. any break in disc you have is in mono or any old j ... Tbg
My statements are shipping out today! woo hoo! :-) Rebbi
Rebbi, remember, dont make any evals when they're new out of ... Lrsky
Thanks! i decided i am going to spring for the lsa stands, b ... Rebbi
Finally got to temporarily hook up the speakers. (temporaril ... Rebbi
Well, i've got around 25 to 30 hours on my lsa1 statement mo ... Rebbi
Nice, glad to hear it's working out. art Artmaltman
Thanks, artmaltman. do you have them, as well? Rebbi
I guess i'll add here that i am really, really enjoying the ... Rebbi
I've got lsa standard in my home theatre, along with the sta ... Artmaltman
More people should know about these, for sure! Rebbi
Well, the lsa1 statements continue to sound better and bette ... Rebbi
Coongrats??? is that a word? larry Lrsky
I have the lsa statements with about 25 hours on them. of th ... Bbchem
Bbchem, yeah, i was very taken with mine while i had them. ... Rebbi