I had both the LS5/9 and LS3/5 as well and have been trying them with various systems - Accuphase E600, E800 and Naim 52/SC/250.
The LS5/9 which is quite a bit more refined IMO works really well with the Accuphase amps and is a lot more delicate than with the Naim. On the other hand the LS3/5 needs a bit more drive and energy to come alive and I actually preferred them with the Naim setup. The Falcon LS3/5a is even better with the Naim . I would say the Naim 250 would be a perfect match; maybe a Supernait, Nova or Atom for a more compact setup…
That doesn’t sound good for me as I am planning to use the Naim 282/250DR with the Graham LS5/9. I currently have a Luxman L-590AXII with the LS5/9 and there is fear of getting the same experience after I make the switch to the Naim.
Thanks for the reassurance folks. I will be installing the Gaia footers under the stands of the LS5/9 by tomorrow. I’ve tried listening to the speakers with the spikes and the bass quality didn’t improve much.
The Naim amps are in another room and the Graham is supposed to go to that room. Nevertheless, the acoustics of the room is not good so I am currently trying the Grahams in the main system with the Luxman. I have Marten speakers in the main system and will attempt to use the Naim with the Graham in this room some time, and that means the Luxman and Marten speakers will need to go somewhere.
Mini-monitors can be very good speakers and much more revealing than the big ones. The LS3/5a is one of them. I used the LS3/5a:s as only speakers for almost 10 years and most of them with Naim 135. From my non-UK horizon they survived the 70s much thanks to american hi-enders like The Absolute Sound magazine. They will simply continue to respond to improvement in source (first) and power amp but unlike some speakers that is terrible without a powerful amp the LS3/5a:s sound fine with a simple amp.
Just installed the Gaias. I’m now a convert. They basically resolved all the bass issues I had with the LS5/9. Incredible. The mid bass which stuck out like a sore thumb and made music sound unnatural is all gone now. Improved separation and detail across the frequency spectrum as well.
I am still in the early phase of searching for electronics for my Graham Audio Chartwell BBC LS3/5 Monitors, but here are some products of interest to me…
Naim Audio Uniti Nova All-In-One
Moonriver 404 Reference Integrated Amplifier (I love the look of this amplifier)
Rogers E20a/ii Integrated Amplifier
Bryston BR-20 Streaming Preamplifier (now Roon Ready)
Hegel 390 or 590 Integrated Amplifier (now Roon Ready)
I will claim Tontraeger as „local“ furniture maker since I did grow up in Bavaria and had the pleasure to meet Eva-Marie in person earlier this year - wonderful and really dedicated and perfectionist in their work!!
I use the 30.2 Tontraeger stands which are perfect match to the LS5/9.
Hi Roger, looking good. I am sure they sound wonderful. I’m using a single sub with the LS5/9, placed in the middle of the room symmetrically between the speakers. It may not perform as well as a dual sub system but it does help in the bass, making the overall listening experience more enjoyable. I used the Harbeth SHL5+ for 13 years before this (without a sub), and going to the Ls5/9 the sub was required to even things out.
FWIW I find the Graham LS5/9 to be a better speaker than the Harbeth SHL5+ in areas of neutrality and engagement. It’s a bit more refined and has the ability to respond well with changes to the amp and source. The Harbeth, not so much as it imposes more of its character to the sound. In other words you hear more from the speaker than the other components.
It is good to note that the SN3 works well with the LS5/9. I’m currently using a Luxman with the LS5/9 and will make the switch to 282/250DR soon. It is a lot of work though as the rack needs to be configured for the additional components.