Pick a speaker, any
speaker, and I guarantee you’ll be able to find those who
love it and those who hate it. It’s easy to get into trouble
when recommending a speaker. The plethora of brands and
models multiplied by the vast range of personal references,
virtually insure you will offend some and befriend others.
A very few speakers
that I have come across in my thirty years in this business,
have possessed the ability to fall into the graces of most
all who listen. I’m not exactly sure why, maybe it’s an
even handed tonal presentation, maybe it’s low distortion,
or possibly a specific frequency response curve. Who knows,
maybe all of the above. For whatever reason, there are indeed
a very few speakers that seem to be almost universally accepted.
might have guessed by now, I think Spendor fit’s into that
exclusive club. Yet more than just being non-offensive,
the Spendor’s have a genuinely likeable quality along with
some real performance attributes. These designs are well
respected for their superb recreation of all things spatial;
they do the sound staging thing to a T. Resolution of lo-level
detail is sparkling and, above all, a tonal palette that
is musically satisfying. Oh yes, they do the rhythm and
pace thing too.
Spendor has been around for thirty-odd years. Founded back
in the 1960’s by Spencer and Dorothy Hughes, it grew out
of expertise gained in the engineering department of the
BBC. The company has designed and marketed a number of outstanding
speakers over the years, gaining a worldwide reputation
for quality with models like the classic LS3/5.
the company was acquired by Philip Swift, founder of the
renowned Audiolab brand, with the intention of modernizing
the designs to meet with contemporary expectations. Many
of us long-time Spendor fans were apprehensive, feeling
that the so-called modernization meant discarding the qualities
so prized in their past designs. That turned out not be
the case, and Mr. Swift has done an excellent job of melding
the past strengths with new innovation. The Spendor “S”
Series speakers are an extension of past superb designs;
and carry forth the philosophy and performance that have
made this brand so popular.
The "S" Series models employ the unique Linear Flow port
technology to eliminate turbulence of port "chuffing," and
predictable low frequency response. The Spendor drive units
feature stiff, light polymer cones with proprietary damping
to reduce coloration. The dynamically damped enclosures
dramatically reduce cabinet re-radiation levels.
Each model delivers a balanced energy output
to guarantee a consistent sound and a vivid seamless sound
stage in a diversity of living environments. This technology
is complemented by elegant modern styling. Whether you
listen to music or film, stereo or surround sound, there is
a Spendor loudspeaker system to match your individual
lifestyle. Each model is calibrated and matched to broadcast
reference standards + 1.0dB.
This entirely new design utilizes the latest innovations in
engineering and materials to advance the classic British
loudspeaker to the absolute limits of performance.
The new SA1 will captivate listeners with
its charming sound, surprising clarity and outstanding bass
definition. It is simply the most advanced and best small
loudspeaker Spendor has ever built.
This 2-way infinite baffle design has a new
15cm Spendor bass-mid drive unit and a new 22mm
wide-surround hybrid tweeter. A meticulously refined
crossover network with hi-grade electrical components and
gold plated conductors integrates the drivers seamlessly.
Internal cables are silver plated
pure copper with halogen free dielectric. Single wiring to
an amplifier via a pair of WBT binding posts ensures
uncompromised performance and consistent sound.
Structurally the SA1 combines the
virtues of the ‘Classic’ Spendor thin-wall damped panel
design with the considerable
benefits of controlled, rigid bracing. The cabinet is
constructed using three different panel thicknesses. Each
panel is designed to have a specific resonant characteristic
and the different natural resonances combine evenly to
dissipate any vibration.
you simply want the greatest musical insight into the widest
possible range of different genres and performances then that
is exactly what this speaker delivers. It gets the
fundamentals spot on and if you can't afford or accommodate a
full-range loudspeaker system of this quality, (and make no
mistake, that's going to cost you - plenty), then the SA1 is
an enticingly affordable alternative. Don't be fooled by its
diminutive dimensions - it's a wider window on the world than
any floorstander at this price." - Roy Gregory, HiFi+
"Overall, Spendor's SA1
offers superbly musical reproduction from a surprisingly small
package. I strongly recommend it, particularly to those who
have small rooms and high expectations." John Atkinson,
Customer Comment: "Hello
Galen: I am sure many of your happy customers tell you this
all the time: "I love this or that piece of equipment I
purchased from you." Well, it goes without saying that "I
just love these Spendor SA1s!" I think what really gets to me
whenever I listen to music is how "true" to the real sound of
the instrument or voice they are. I know Spendor has always
taken pride in the "voicing " of the mid-range (I have owned
Spendor SP1s for close to 24 years, so I have a wonderful
history of this. But, somehow, the designers really hit the
nail on the head with this speaker." E.B.
The SA1 is offered in three luxurious modern finishes; Gloss
Zebrano, Piano Black and Satin Wenge (pictured).
- Enclosure type: Sealed 2 way
- Drive units HF: 22mm
wide-surround dome with fluid cooling
- Drive units LF/MF: 150mm (6
in.) ep38 polymer cone
- Frequency response:
75Hz-20kHz ± 3dB anechoic on reference axis
- Frequency range: -6dB at
- Sensitivity for 1W @ 1m:
- Impedance nominal: 8 ohms
- Impedance minimum: 6.3
- Power handling: 125 watts
- Harmonic distortion: <1%
100Hz – 20kHz 90 dB @ 1m
- Connections: 4 way WBT
- Price: $2595pr
- Custom Stands: $895pr
ultra-compact Spendor A3 delivers clear natural sound
with real low frequency power and
scale. Drive units based on technology developed for the
Spendor SA1 and other A-Line models ensure clear and natural
mid-range and a beautifully open treble.
mid-bass drive unit has a magnesium alloy chassis to support
the long throw motor system which helps to give these
loudspeakers a remarkably big and powerful sound. The fluid
cooled 22mm wide-surround tweeter completes the driver array.
mounted reflex port allows the A3 to be placed in
relatively close proximity to rear walls with minimal
interaction, and the structural spike support system provides
solid clean bass response.
"Timing was spot-on and
the relatively high 4.2kHz crossover means the drive units
combine seamlessly to give a precise soundstage rich with
mid-level detail. Voices were particularly well defined. I
could have easily believed I was listening to something
There is something
undeniably right about these little Spendors. They do indeed
produce a big, smooth sound from a small enclosure, one with a
A large, civilized sound
from a small enclosure, the A3 majors on midband smoothness,
clarity and detail. It's an ideal loudspeaker for those
looking for a natural, easy sound in a small space.
The Spendors are speakers
you could probably live with for years when other, seemingly
more exciting products have begun to wear you down. You are
looking at a domestically-friendly floorstander that can paint
a convincing musical portrait and is well worth a listen.
Add in quality
construction and there's little doubt Spendor has a winner on
its hands with the smallest of its floorstanding range." - Hi-Fi
World, October 2012
70 Hz to
20 kHz ± 3dB anechoic. Typical in-room response-6dB at
86 dB sensitivity
nominal, 6.2 Ohm minimum impedance
Linear Flow Reflex
x 10" D x 30" H
or Wenge real wood veneer
The Spendor A5 offers exceptional performance in relation to
its compact dimensions. New drive units based on technology
developed for the recently launched Spendor SA1 ensure clear
and natural mid-range and beautifully open treble.
The refined internal bracing structure
makes the cabinet extremely rigid and works in conjunction
with new integral spike mounting plates to give a clean,
tight, powerful bass response while harmlessly dissipating
any excess vibration.
"Startling scale and punch, endlessly listenable,
accomplished beyond their price... the superb Spendors take
the laurels in this test."
"The Spendors summon unlikely low-end
punch, extension and control, and deliver great texture too.
The midrange is alive with immediacy and detail - vocalists
seldom sound more engaged - and the top of the frequency
range is attacked boldly.
"There's ample speed and drive,
though the Spendors are just as capable of describing
barely-there nuances as the broad strokes of a recording.
Their timing is sweetly precise, loading the leading edge of
notes with information and offering a natural and unforced
"The soundstage they generate is
sizeable, and their stereo focus unquestionable. Startling
scale and punch; endlessly listenable, these are
accomplished beyond their price. They are
terrific all-rounders that revel in any type of music. The
Spendors could be all the speaker you'll ever need."
- What HiFi Group Test Winner, March 2011
"In a group test with not one bum
note, it's the all new Spendor's that take the glory. We
can't praise them enough." - Group test winner, What Hi-Fi
2009 (beating out the likes of Dali and Dynaudio).
to 20 kHz +/- 3dB (-6dB at 45 Hz)
86 dB sensitivity
nominal, 5 Ohm minimum impedance
Linear Flow Reflex
6.5" W x
9.8" D x 31"
or Wenge real wood veneer
Click here for What Hi-Fi Review (pdf)
The A6 utilizes technology developed while developing the
Spendor ST loudspeaker with its symmetrically sculptured
tweeter faceplate and refined 7” bass/mid driver. The new 6”
and 7”drive units have a magnesium alloy chassis to support
the long throw motor systems which helps to give these
loudspeakers a remarkably big and powerful sound. The 22 mm
and 29 mm wide-surround tweeters complete the driver array.
The linear flow reflex port allows A6 to be placed in
relative close proximity to rear walls with minimal
A meticulously refined crossover network with
hi-grade electrical components and gold plated conductors
integrates the drivers seamlessly. Internal cables are
silver plated pure copper with halogen free dielectric.
Single wiring to your amplifier via a pair of WBT binding
posts ensures uncompromised performance and consistent
The refined internal bracing
structure makes the cabinet extremely rigid and works in
conjunction with new integral spike mounting plates to give
a clean, tight, powerful bass response while harmlessly
dissipating any excess vibration.
The respected Roy Gregory writes for Hi-Fi+: "...these
speakers will bring real, live, breathing music into your
home, just like hi-fi is supposed to." "Easy to use, easy to
drive and easy to get the best out of, I love the A6s.
"The A6 may look ordinary, but the performance is
anything but that. These are brilliant speakers for the
money. Their sound is a class-leading combination of insight
and naturalness. A fast, detailed and dynamic sound, natural
sonic balance, transparency, sturdy build. The A6's
are stunning." - What HiFi 5 Star Winner, February 2009
to 20 kHz +/- 3dB (-6dB at 43 Hz)
88 dB sensitivity
nominal, 6 Ohm minimum impedance
Linear Flow Reflex
7.6" W x 11" D x 34.4"
or Wenge real wood veneer
Click here for Hi-Fi+ Review (pdf)
The Spendor A9 is a full-size 3-way floor standing
loudspeaker. It has the resolution, dynamic range, and low
frequency extension to realize the
breathtaking detail which the finest digital media servers
can now deliver from well-recorded hi-resolution
uncompressed audio source material.
The wide-surround tweeter with bi-elliptical acoustic lens
technology is combined with a new Spendor 15cm mid-range
driver and two specifically designed 18cmKevlar® composite
cone bass drivers with magnesium alloy chassis and advanced
Spendor’s proven dynamic damping system reduces cabinet
resonance to a minimum, whilst the fourth generation Spendor
linear flow port guarantees consistent high quality bass in
almost any room.
can make the walls of your listening room disappear and
replace them with the inside of the grand church where the
recording was made. The sense of space is palpable, as is the
precise positioning of each of the instruments used. It'll
make the hairs on your neck stand up.
This might be a three-way
speaker, but you'd never know the frequency range was divided
between so many drivers, so smooth is the transition from bass
to treble. A convincingly even tonal balance confirms
Spendor's skill at merging and balancing drivers. These
speakers are wholly transparent to the source and recording.
Listen to something gentle and they'll sound suitably polite,
move to something aggressive and they'll oblige.
are more than capable of kicking out basslines. They're taut,
fast and punchy. The Spendor
are an awful lot of talented speaker."
- What Hi-Fi 2010 Product of the Year Awards, Best Stereo
does so well is to combine that BBC-speaker neutrality with
a more exciting and dynamic presentation that modern audio
sails between these two waypoints beautifully. This makes it a
speaker for all seasons.
The dynamic range was
especially impressive. On the
the scale of the music snaps at your attention gland and you
are in there with the music. The level of detail is fine
enough to pull hidden glories out of those grooves or digits,
but not at the expense of a pinched, etched or toppy sound
quality. If you come away from the last two paragraphs with
the word 'balance', well done. Now add the word 'bass'. The
has quite a lot of it; not in a dubstep, wall-of-bass,
gut-mangling onslaught way, but in a controlled deep and
That might just make it the best
investment in audio around today; not just in future resale
value, but because these are the sort of loudspeakers that get
handed down from father to son. That's how good they are."
- Alan Sircom, HiFi+, January 2011
"Spendor talk about the
sounding 'fast' - not a phrase Spencer or Dorothy would have
used methinks! - and this they do. The easy clarity of the
ep38 polymer midrange unit gives vocals a naturalness that I
love and strong treble seemingly lifts speed and incision.
The midrange unit resolves
timbre with a magnificence that did justice to the instrument
in Nigel Kennedy's hands, giving it a lovely, full bodied
character... the Spendor's sounded like few others, falling
back to their roots with satisfying honesty. Spendor's
midrange unit is nothing other than superb.
Where Spendor have scored a big
hit with the
is bass quality. They have obvious bass power and are as tight
and controlled as anything on the market today. The
run low but keep the lows under good control so there's no
waffle. Always grippy, they beat out Led Zeppelin's
'Heartbreaker' with an insight I am unused to. It was
breathtaking to hear those classic guitar riffs thrust out so
is one impressive loudspeaker. It offers a more modern take on
sound quality than Spencer or Dorothy would recognize, yet it
still has a wonderful midband and some of the best bass you'll
hear from a loudspeaker of this type.
is a very well developed loudspeaker with impressive ability,
and proves well worth auditioning, whether you like classical
music like Spencer and Dorothy, or prefer Lady GaGa instead."
- Five Globe Winner, HiFi World, March 2011
Fourth generation 'linear flow' port gives clean articulate
* New Spendor 18cm drive units with large excursion
* New Spendor 15cm mid-range unit with ep38 cone
* New 29mm wide surround tweeter for extended response
* High grade crossover network with gold conductors
* Silver plated pure copper internal cables throughout
* WBT high copper alloy binding posts on the rear
* Spendor 'dynamic damping' to minimize cabinet
* High rigidity stabilizer plate system for solid floor
* Modern finishes including Oak and Wenge
Description: 3-way floor standing loudspeaker
* Enclosure type: Spendor linear flow reflex
* HF drive unit: 29mm wide-surround dome with fluid
* MF drive unit: Spendor 150mm ep38 cone
* LF drive units: Spendor 180mm Kevlar® composite cone
* Sensitivity: 90dB for 1 watt at 1 meter
* Crossover point: 500 Hz and 5.0 kHz
* Frequency response: 50 Hz to 20 kHz ± 3dB anechoic
* Typical in-room response: -6dB at 28 Hz anechoic
* Impedance: 8 ohms nominal
* Impedance minimum: 6.2 ohms
* Power handling: 250 watts unclipped program
* Terminals: WBT 4 way binding posts single-wired
* Cabinet Dimensions (HxWxD): 41.2” x 8.2” x 14.4”
* Finish options: Black Ash, Cherry, Light Oak, Wenge,
* Weight: 27 kg each
* 7995 pr
The new ST is
Spendor's flagship speaker. The 2.5-way design utilizes
newly developed drivers, including a 180 mm (7”) Kevlar
composite bass driver, a 180 mm polymer cone mid-bass
driver, and a wide-surround 29 mm tweeter with a
bi-elliptical acoustic front plate. The ST features
high-quality electrical components throughout, 630V
capacitors, and WBT Next-Gen terminals. The gorgeous cabinet
is available in a piano black lacquer finish with exotic
ebony, zebrano, or aluminum fascia inlays.
- Description: 2.5 way floor
- Enclosure type: Spendor
linear flow reflex
- HF drive unit: 29 mm
wide-surround dome with fluid cooling
- MF/LF drive unit: Spendor
180 mm (7”) ep39 cone
- LF drive unit: Spendor 180
mm Kevlar composite cone with elastomeric damping
- Sensitivity: 87dB for 1 watt
at 1 meter
- Crossover point: 4.8 kHz
- Frequency response: 58 Hz to
20 kHz ± 3dB anechoic
- Frequency range: -6dB at
- Impedance: 8 ohms nominal
- Impedance minimum: 4.2 ohms
- Power handling: 200 watts
- Terminals: WBT Next-Gen 4
way binding posts single-wired
- Dimensions: 38"H x 8"W x
13"D (excluding feet and rear terminals)
- Finish: Piano black lacquer
cabinet with exotic ebony, zebrano or aluminum inlays
- Weight: 62 lbs
- Accessories: Adjustable
height spike feet, magnetic drive unit protection grilles
A Series Finish Options
SA-1, ST Finish Options