Dared Imports is now handling the distribution of Rogers Loudspeakers throughout Australia.
The company also imports the neat, select range of nicely priced, Dared valve hi-fi components.
The Rogers Speaker range is select comprising just two models: the legendary LS3 5/A mini monitor and the much loved slightly larger, LS 5/9 compact monitor. Both arrive as 65th Anniversary editions of those classic speakers.
We’ve had both loudspeakers in for listening sessions and can tell you Rogers founder, the late Jim Rodgers would approve.
Craig Wu, Dared’s owner told us it took four years for the English designers top find drivers that could be voiced top sound like the original KEFF drivers used in all LS3 5/a speakers, but are now out of production.
‘’With an ever slight modification to the crossover, fort all intents the 65th Anniversary models have the same voicing as the originals,’’ he said.
We agree. Having heard both, we promptly bought a pair of the LS 3 5/A. Soundmag reviewer Michael Main, who owns an original pair of 11-Ohm Rogers LS 3 5/A’s also bought a pair. His review can be read below.
If funds allowed, a pair of LS 5/9’s would have been added as well.
Price of the LS3 5/A is $2250 and a pair of LS 5/9’s is $4499
For more information: www.dared.com.au
Rogers 65th Anniversary LS 3 5/A – The Little Speaker That Could
By Michael Main
THE LITTLE SPEAKER THAT COULD
Melbourne’s Craig Wu, is the local importer of Dared Electronics manufactured in China and is also bringing in the 65th Anniversary LS3/5A speaker. I have always found Dared products interesting and good sounding. The 65th Anniversary LS3/5A’s cannot be exact copies of the original BBC design, because the original KEF drivers are no longer made. However, the sound has been replicated with wonderful faithfulness to the original. In every other respect, these are exact replicas with the same dimensions, specifications and materials. Two great contemporary hi fi reviewers, Martin Colloms and Ken Kessler, have pronounced the sound of the 65th Anniversary model virtually identical, or even slightly better than the original.
The original LS3/5A design was commissioned by the BBC primarily for monitoring duties in outside broadcast vans. Much has been written about the extreme micromanagement of the way this project was managed by the first class engineers the BBC employed. Every element of the speaker from the dimensions and the choice of the wood for the enclosures, to the cloth in the grills, the design and components in the crossovers, the choice of drivers and the “tuning” of the cabinets was obsessively subjected to experimentation and “optimised”. The result was that the LS3/5A design has been a worldwide success for decades with over 100,000 pairs in service. Second-hand pairs sell at a considerable premium over their original prices
Various manufacturers including Rogers, Spendor, Chartwell and Stirling were licensed to produce their own versions and there have been endless debates about which variant sounded better, culminating in Ken Kessler’s great milestone review “The Hi Fi News LS3/5A Shootout”.
The godfather of all hi fi reviewers, J Gordon Holt (of Stereophile fame) compared the midrange qualities of the LS3/5A favourably to that even greater legend, the Quad 57 electrostatic speaker:
“Optimally placed, and driven by similarly high quality electronics and signal sources, these are a perfect way of getting sound that is comparable to that from Quad electrostatics, at far lower cost and with added bonuses of slightly smoother top end, better stereo imaging, a broader listening area, and considerably greater apparent (that is, audible) size.”
Having a long history with LS3/5A’s myself, I was keen to get to grips with the 65th Anniversary version. As a fan for decades, I could not pretend to be objective. The characteristics of the LS3/5A sound have always suited me and my preferences for valve amplifiers, electrostatic speakers, female singers, jazz and small ensemble classic music.
After a lengthy AlB comparison with my 1990’s Rogers bi-wired version of the LS3/5A I found it too close to call. I would like to agree with Ken Kessler’s comment that the 65th Anniversary model goes a little deeper and a litter louder. I can’t be sure if I really heard that, or was simply looking too hard.
I have always clicked with the LS3/5A design because of its brilliant mid-range. The 65th Anniversary version brought back pleasant memories of my long association with this speaker, and what excites me even more is that they are now available brand new with an expected service life of a good 20 years. For a baby boomer like me, it qualifies as the last speaker I will ever need.
WAF (or, “the wife acceptance factor”) is probably now the most important criterion in selecting hi fi. Being small, neat and not drawing undue attention to itself, the 65th Anniversary LS3/5A takes up little space, delivers genuine hi fidelity sound, without turning the domestic environment into a pop-up hi fi shop. This is the “domestic compromise” that doesn’t feel like a compromise at all, and makes the 65th Anniversary LS3/5A the speaker I could happily live with into the indefinite future.