FALCON ACOUSTICS LS3/5a BBC SPEAKER SYSTEM

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Falcon Acoustics' version of the famous BBC designed LS3/5a monitor speaker system is about as close to the original BBC specification as its possible to get. Note the single wire connector.
Falcon Acoustics’ version of the famous BBC designed LS3/5a monitor speaker system is about as close to the original BBC specification as its possible to get. Note the single wire connector.

Falcon Acoustics, the name may not strike a chord with most audiophiles younger than half a century old but ask the ‘oldies’ and they will tell you it was (and perhaps still is) one of the U.K.’s most well known and respected supplier of DIY speaker components and enclosures.

Founded as FALCON ELECTRONICS in 1972 by Malcolm Jones whose claim to fame was as the senior development engineer for KEF Electronics, Falcon Electronics morphed to Falcon Acoustics two years later in 1974 when Malcolm left KEF to concentrate full time on his new found baby.

Over the years Falcon Acoustics developed a well earned reputation as the foremost supplier of components parts to the OEM as well as the rapidly growing DIY segment of the audio market.

Older audiophiles will recall the many Falcon Acoustics Speaker D.I.Y. speaker design projects published in virtually every British audio magazine with one of the most successful and popular being the Tabor which was also available as a kit system in many countries.

Today Falcon Acoustics is still growing from strength to strength and while capably helmed by Jerry Bloomfield is still aided by Jones who stayed on as its Technical Consultant.

Jerry Bloomfield (left) and Malcolm Jones of Falcon Acoustics seen here with the LS3/5a. Bloomfield is seen with the key components of the LS3/5a, the Kef B110 bass/midrange and the Kef T27 tweeter which was manufactured by KEF until 2000 when it stopped production. The B110 and T27 used in the Falcon LS3/5a are handmade by Malcom Jones himself! That explains the Falcon LS3/5a's limited production status.
Jerry Bloomfield (left) and Malcolm Jones of Falcon Acoustics seen here with the LS3/5a. Bloomfield is seen with the key components of the LS3/5a, the Kef B110 bass/midrange and the Kef T27 tweeter which was manufactured by KEF until 2000 when it stopped production. The B110 and T27 used in the Falcon LS3/5a are handmade by Malcom Jones himself! That explains the Falcon LS3/5a’s limited production status.

Throughout its near 50 years of existence Falcon Acoustics became well known for its OEM and DIY contributions to the speaker world and it has also been known for its contribution that lead to the development of the famous Nightingale Acoustics NM1 speaker system as well as the NM3, Lyrics and Enigma models that followed.

However its main contribution, which reflects Jones’ background as the engineer who was mainly responsible for the design of its component drive units, the Kef B110 and the T27 tweeter, must be the legendary LS3/5a. Falcon Acoustics today offers a complete build up LS3/5a speaker system build to the most stringent original specifications laid down by the BBC. It is also available as a DIY system with complete parts and components provided.

Brought into Malaysia by AV Designs through the participation of the LS3/5a Club’s Joseph Ki, the Falcon Acoustic LS3/5a is now ready for audition with the demo system critically put up by the maestro of sound himself, Jo Ki.

According to Jo Ki the Falcon Acoustic version of the LS3/5a is not only fully licensed by the BBC and hand assembled in Oxford, England, it is said to be the only LS3/5a now in production that is recognised by top audio reviewers to faithfully replicate the original design first published by the BBC in October 1976. Ki adds that Falcon LS3/5a are unique in the sense that they have been specially voiced to reproduce the famous sound of the early ‘gold badge’ era of the LS3/5a.

In explaining, Ki revealed that the Falcon B110 bass/midrange and the Falcon T27 tweeter, the key component drive units of the LS3/5a were originally designed by Malcolm Jones himself and is presented here in the original 15 ohms LS3/5a design laid down by the BBC! To ensure its true adherence to the originally specified LS3/5a design, the Falcon Acoustic LS3/5a is now available only in single wire connectors. Most post 1980s LS3/5a comes with by-wire connectors and a revised crossover network that results in a drop of impedance from the original 15 ohm to 11 ohms. In addition, all components for the Falcon Acoustics are handmade in the UK and are unique to Falcon. Also in keeping to the original LS3/5a specification the cabinets are also made to BBC specs and are available in a variety of natural wood veneers and comes with Tygan Cloth front grills.

The Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a measures 305 x 190 x 165mm and weighs approximately 5.4kg.

For further information contact:
AV Designs Sdn Bhd.,
Tel: 03 62411237, Tony Low: 012 2330771

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Dick Tan is one of the longest serving member of the audio-video industry having spent close to 45 years in it. Tan started in the mid 70s working in audio showrooms and writing for fledgling audio magazines in the country.

“I have been through turntables to open reel and cassette tape decks to amplifiers and speakers in that golden era of hi-fi to the sophistication of today's digital audio and AV components such as Bluray and UHD Bluray discs players to streamers and beyond. In the end they all have one common goal … to achieve audio and video in the best, most efficient way possible.”

The other 'hat' that Tan wears, at least once each year, is that of the organiser of the AV Show which started in 1994. The KL International AV Show has been consistently held every year since for the last 26 record breaking years.