It was only a matter of time before Malaysian LS3/5a sifu Jo Ki would somehow influence James Tan and Tony Low, the owners of AV Designs, to be the distributor for the much-praised Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a. After all, Jo Ki has been spending his free time since January 2018 helping out with demo sessions and fine-tuning systems at the AV Designs showroom in Kuala Lumpur.
From the Falcon Acoustics website: “The Falcon Acoustics Classic 15 ohm LS3/5a, fully licenced by the BBC, and hand-assembled by Falcon in Oxford, England. It is the only LS3/5a now in production that is recognised by top reviewers to faithfully replicate the original design published by the BBC in October 1976.
“The result of nearly 2 years’ development, the Falcon LS3/5a is a true British-made classic 15 ohm LS3/5a. It continues the long tradition of the genuine British BBC-licenced LS3/5a stretching back to the 1960s.
“The drive units are the renowned Falcon B110, and the Falcon T27 tweeter, both designed by Malcolm Jones, the original designer of the KEF B110 and KEF T27 that were specified in the original 15 ohm LS3/5a version designed by the BBC. Both drive units are handmade in the UK to ensure the highest quality, grading and consistency, and are identical to the original LS3/5a drive units. They are unique to Falcon.
“The matched 15 ohm BBC Specification FL6/23 filter networks are made exclusively by Falcon in the original transformer-style to BBC Specification and contain inductors specially made in Britain for Falcon to the original specification.
“The cabinets are made from specially selected graded Baltic Ply, and use Beech fillets Cabinets. They are British made to BBC Specification, and are available in a variety of natural wood veneers with a Tygan Cloth front grille.
“Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a’s are sold in matched pairs only, and are supplied with an Instruction Manual, Individually Numbered Certificate of Authenticity and come with a 5-year guarantee.”
They cost around RM12,000 a pair. – By Lam Seng Fatt