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There are many icons of high fidelity audio, from all manner of vintage pieces to cutting edge tech from the ultra high end to the staples of entry level. In this week’s episode of PTA’s The Occasional Podcast Marc and Brian explore one of the tentpoles of British HiFi, the BBC’s LS3/5a loudspeaker.

For fans of the British mini monitor (it even has its own FB group) the speaker is known as one of the greats from an era that emerged as a result of a ton of awesome R&D from the BBC in the mid seventies. The sound has endured the test of time, still being licensed and produced by several companies including Falcon Acoustics. To help further explore and expand our knowledge the show is joined this week by Jerry Bloomfield who has spent the better part of his life studying, hoarding and producing various versions of the LS3/5a.  Season 6, episode 7 includes the history, the legacy and all the little nods to high fidelity that make this mini monitor so great, even 45 years after its inception.

The History And Continuing Legacy Of The LS3/5a Loudspeaker is a follow up to some of the cultural musings from earlier this year. If you would like to hear even more on the subject, check out S5E9 “What Is British Hifi?” for more input, opinions and observations from a variety of iconic audio voices.

The Occasional Podcast is hitting their stride mid season 6, with last week’s conversation with A Beginners Guide To Wireless HiFi, and earlier episodes like Axel Grell – Designer of the legendary Sennheiser HD 600, 650, 800 and Orpheus Headphone System  How Records Are Made plus A Guide To Tube Amplifiers and our season opener What Is Accuracy and Why Audiophiles Love Jazz? but don’t miss last season’s finale TOP’s Best Of Season 5 Awards Plus A Visit to Van Halen’s 5150 Studios or our revisited interview with the late legendary recording engineer Al Schmitt, and the interview with digital audio designer Mike Moffat from the season 5 opener. Also available for download is last season’s interviews with Heinz Lichtenegger, president of Pro-Ject. You can also check out Budgeting – From Entry Level To High EndGetting Started With Vinyl Playback, The Occasional Beginner’s Guide To Digital Audio. Season three had interviews with such audio legends as Jeff JosephBill Dudleston, Nelson Pass and even Rob Watts.

If you would like more from PTA staff writer and engineer Dave McNair, you can hear also him exploring all things Mastering and explaining The Loudness Wars, and if you haven’t checked out our beginners guide to reel-to-reel playback, it’s definitely worth a listen.

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Brian Hunter is the host of The Occasional Podcast by Part-Time Audiophile and the founder of Audio-Head.com.