Rogers and BBC Loudspeakers

I've been a fan of Rogers speakers since I first repaired an LS3/5a back in 1989. My obsession was started by a combination of build quality, the helpful attitude of their late service department, and of course the sound quality - this was long before I understood the significance of the BBC association.

Every speaker I've direct experience of has its own page here, and some of the other most commonly encounted models are described briefly on another page. Please bear this in mind before contacting me - there's no point asking me what I think about models I haven't heard!

  • BBC LS3/5a

    BBC LS3/5a

    The classic mini-monitors that reached cult status many years ago. Amazingly Rogers are making them again. And the LS3/5A V2 is available from Stirling Broadcast.

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  • BBC LS5/8

    BBC LS5/8

    The largest BBC-designed monitor loudspeaker, developed in the late 1970s and still in use in some parts of the BBC. This page provides details of how I "cloned" the specially modified Quad 405 that forms the heart of the system.

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  • Chord LS5/8

    Chord LS58

    Quad stopped manufacture of the Quad 405 in 1992, so an alternative had to be found. The Chord SPM800 was chosen after a selection process - pictures and a BBC ENG INF article explain the details.

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  • BBC LS5/9

    BBC LS5/9

    These were designed to provide a close sonic match with the larger LS5/8 in an enclosure of around a quarter of the volume. In practice, they do sound somewhat different, and weren't universally liked with the BBC. However, they are capable of excellent results when properly set up.

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  • Rogers LS7

    Rogers LS7

    These were my main speakers for 5 years, and were the first to feature on this site. Highly recommended if you have the space for them, and something of a bargain on the second-hand market. Details and pictures of the subsequent LS7t can also be found here.

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  • Rogers dB101

    Rogers dB101

    These curious little objects marked a radical departure from the traditional Rogers style, and certainly raised a few eyebrows at launch. They are surprisingly good - especially for the £100 Richer Sounds were selling them for - I ended up buying two pairs.

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  • Other Models

    Other Models

    Details of some of the other models made by Rogers over the years. I don't have much, if any, experience with the models detailed on this page, but have been able to put together some information that helps fill in the history of the more noteable models produced by Rogers over the years.

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  • Service and Spares

    Service and Spares

    This is the big problem with owning these classic models, but some advice and possible contacts can be found here...

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  • Brochures and Articles

    Brochures and Articles

    Rogers brochures from the mid 1980s and early 1990s, along with some articles from BBC engineering publication ENG-INF.

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