The Chartwell LS6

Following the success of the Graham Audio LS3/5 and LS5/9, we were curious to discover what could be done with a cabinet that was sized somewhere between the two.

The result is the Chartwell LS6, designed by Derek Hughes. A custom built 6 inch long-throw bass drive unit mated to a compact 17 litre cabinet gives bass extension and power handling that is comparable to the LS5/9. The bespoke 19mm dome tweeter extends to beyond 20kHz. The overall response retains the smoothness of both the LS3/5 and LS5/9.

A large rear mounted port gives effortless bass, while allowing us to minimise the size of the cabinet to allow it to blend easily into typical domestic environments.

A sophisticated crossover network blends the two units and equalises the overall response for optimum performance in free space. A switch on the front baffle adjusts the tweeter level to +1dB or +2dB. This can be useful for situations where the listening position is off axis.

In common with all our loudspeakers, the cabinet uses the classic BBC "thinwall" construction, where the panels are mass-loaded to ensure that resonances are moved away from the critical mid-range region, and a layer of Rockwool is held in place by fabric to provide air damping. Hand-matched veneers are applied and finished to a very high standard. The grille is carefully designed to minimise diffraction effects and is held in place by concealed rare-earth magnets.

The Chartwell LS6f

Building on the success of the LS6 monitor, the Chartwell LS6/f is a floor-standing loudspeaker system that combines a modern aesthetic with the open, uncoloured sound you'd expect from a Graham Audio system.

The integrated plinth provides a flow-optimised path for the airflow from the port, reducing distortion at high outputs, while the high-quality drive units and optimised crossover are carried over from the renowned LS6. The result is monitor-class audio quality in a compact and attractive package, hand-made in the UK.

Specifications

System 2 Way, reflex loading
Enclosure Thin wall damped construction
Finish Real wood veneer
LS6 dimensions (w/h/d) 24cm by 37cm by 26cm
LS6 weight 9.5kg
LS6f  dimensions (w/h/d) 96cm by 32cm by 32cm (including plinth)
LS6f  weight 21kg
Frequency response 45Hz to 20kHz, ±2dB
Nominal impedance
Sensitivity 87dB SPL (2.83V, 1m)
Maximum output Over 100dB for a pair at 2m
Bass/midrange 165mm Polypropylene
Tweeter 19mm Dome tweeter
Recommended amplifier power 50 to 150 watts unclipped programme

Downloads

PDF File IconChartwell LS6 user guide - contains recommendations for setting up, using, and caring for your loudspeakers.

Reviews

  • Stereo Life Magazine - October 2017

    “...after the LS3/5 review, I wanted to hear a similar, extremely direct and engaging sound, built on a naturally warm midrange. But... I also wanted the bigger Chartwells to give me the real, low bass and dynamics that the smaller monitors didn't have. So, have my dreams come true? Basically, yes!”

    Stereo Life Magazine - October 2017