Are you interested in the new generation of "old school" design loudspeakers?


So is Danny Richie of GR Research. Though known for his open baffle loudspeaker and subwoofer designs, as well as narrow baffle sealed loudspeakers, Danny has received in for analysis and possible upgrades a number of the new "old school" design loudspeakers that have been recently introduced by the likes of KLH. Being a good businessman, he obviously realized he could offer his own version of such a design, free of the "problems" he found in those of others.


In this 30 minute video Danny discusses the design of his newest offering: the "Brute". Even if you’re not interested in this specific topic, you may find the video of value in general loudspeaker terms. He has made many other videos, all addressing either a specific topic, or a specific loudspeaker. There are easy to find: Go onto YouTube and do a search for GR Research.


To dispel any suspicions, no, I am in no way affiliated with Danny Richie and/or GR Research, other than being a very satisfied customer.






In theory I would like some good old school horns… but sadly I have not found any I like yet. I keep it on the back burner of things to buy one day. 

Are you interested in the new generation of "old school" design loudspeakers

No, not if the OP means nostalgic or appearance.  I go strictly for performance goals within my budget so follow the latest technology components.  Because this is my first high-end audio system, so I valued "neutral+linear" over "musical" audio chain so I can better evaluate component changes.  

  • Vimberg Mino D for my main system
  • Volti Rival for my foray into flea watt amps

On the horizon, "musical" speakers I'm targeting is the DeVore Orangutan O/96 and the Fleetwood Sound Deville.  Also, I'm a big fan of speaker designer guru Andrew Jones so will likely purchase his latest creation - MoFi Electronics SourcePoint 10.

I heard the Volti Audio Razz twice, both times they sounded fantastic.  

@darkmatter i own the ls5/5s and am fully enamored. How do the 5/1s, which I’ve never heard, compare?


Very difficult to say, they are very natural and good on vocals, like any system Derek has had a hand in designing. I owned the Spendor S100s in the past which was a descendent from the original BBC LS5/5 and Derek designed, from memory, the LS5/1 do things on a somewhat grander scale, the 15" woofer really does deliver excellent bass and has slam that the bextrene 12" used in the S100 didn't have.

Interestingly enough, I did own a pair of the original KEF made BBC LS5/1AE system and the Graham version has a larger cabinet with the same footprint but 1140mm high as a floor stander instead of the original as an 850mm high stand mount.

The Graham version certainly had similar and familiar traits to the Original LS5/1 but a thoroughly more modern and dynamic presentation.

Graham LS5/1 had a much more coherent stereo presentation and was just as neutral and has bass extension certainly into the low 20s in room.

Kennyc- I own & really enjoy the Volti Audio Rivals. They get out of the way & let the music dynamically flow. Sound great at volume level & if you really enjoy rocking out, very few other reasonably priced speakers that actually sound good come close.