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Stirling Broadcast LS3/5a V3 Review.

Discussion in 'classic' started by Martyn Miles, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Hi Fi Plus magazine has a review of the Stirling V3 in its April 2019 issue.
    It’s a positive review and in my opinion very well balanced.
    The only downside is the price, which is £2000 plus depending on the cabinet finish.
    All I need now is to hear a pair...
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  2. Panderos

    Panderos Active Member

    Thanks for this Martyn, I've been waiting for some news of the V3 - seems manufacturers' websites are often the last place to put up info on a new product...

    BTW - have you or anyone following heard the AB-2 bass extender, or the earlier Rogers AB -1 version, with either the Stirling V2, or an original LS3/5a, or a credible descendant? I wonder if the extenders are worthwhile, compared to just moving up to a larger BBC style speaker, such as an LS5/9 style...

    Off to get a copy of that review now...
  3. ampedup

    ampedup Lost in audio

    Regarding the AB-2 bass extender. Yes, I owned them with the Stirling V2. I think the result is good. There are various ways to hook them up and also to place them with respect to the V2. They can be run in series, using their internal crossover, as designed. They can be run parallel, as an overlaid bass component, avoiding their internal crossover. The bass extenders can be placed geographically independent of stand-mounted ls3/5a for room loading variations. Endless fun. The extenders do allow the ls3/5a to be placed well into the room, to avoid over-exciting their 'bass hump', and preserving midband transparency.

    I'm interested in the Stirling V3. I read the Hifi Plus review. I was puzzled by the reviewer's placement of the speakers just 18cm from the wall behind. With my V2s, that would have certainly resulted in boomy overhang and a muddled midband. Has anybody tried the V3 yet and can comment about placement?
  4. ampedup

    ampedup Lost in audio

    Martyn, did you manage to get your ears on a pair yet? You seem to have listened to most of the iterations of this type of speaker!
  5. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    No, and it’s rather annoying. I haven’t found a dealer who’s close enough.

    Doug Stirling told me that he’d supplied demonstration models of the V3 to overseas dealers.
    From what I can see, that’s where his main market is.
  6. ampedup

    ampedup Lost in audio

    The V2s remain one of the most nuanced and classy audio experiences I've ever had. I sold my pair a few years ago because I needed more bass in my room, but the room has changed now! I found the upper midband to be so accurate, particularly on string sound and micro details.
  7. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    You are correct about the midrange and string sound.
    It’s odd how people still pursue very old LS3/5as when a superb performance can be had from V2s,
    but then collecting old ‘3/5as isn’t about sound quality...
  8. ampedup

    ampedup Lost in audio

    Yes, I've also been puzzled by that. Brand new ls3/5a....and a slew of choices presently, are readily available. Who would have thought this could happen? There is no doubt that the design has a great deal of excellent qualities that remain desirable for those who listen to music. I remember carting around my V2s to various hifi stores to compare with high end current speaker offerings and it was no contest. V2s every time. I'm presently happily listening to MAD 1920S, a much more 'normally' balanced and very classy speaker. They are brilliant, but I think that the ls3/5a are irreplaceable. V3s sound compelling.....
  9. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    The MAD 1920S speakers are new to me. I shall have to track down a pair to listen to.
    At the present time I don’t own a pair of V2s, but the V3s are beginning to look very
  10. ampedup

    ampedup Lost in audio

    There is not much about them in the audio forums. I have to say that they are extraordinary. They can play all music, from Zeppelin to Brahms to Sade to Massive Attack with equal aplomb. They are fast, dynamic, detailed, tonally warm-ish, beautifully integrated, with real bass and no sense of being forward or shouty. I can pressurize my room with bass that I can feel, from a pair of boxes only slightly larger than the ls3/5a.

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