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Spendor loudspeakers are designed and hand built at the Spendor factory in Hailsham, Sussex in the UK. Traditional craftmanship, skilled design capability and modern engineering materials all combine to produce superbly built loudspeakers with models to suit any taste or application.

Originally founded in the 1960's by Spencer and Dorothy Hughes, Spendor grew out of the expertise gained in the BBC's sound engineering department. The original BC1 design became the studio monitor of choice and soon this and other designs were to be developed for the consumer market.

For well over 30 years a succession of distinctive and innovative products has set a reference standard for consumer and professional users. Many Spendor designs have earned international cult status amongst discerning audiophiles and sound engineers, and the virtues of such classics as the Spendor BC1 and LS3/5a areembodied in today's products.

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Spendor D7Spendor D7 Ebony finish

Spendor's new 'flagship' loudspeaker combines distinctive modern styling with state-of-the-art engineering.

The Spendor D7 is an elegant, modern, medium-size, 2.5 way, floor-standing loudspeaker, that delivers music with a fresh vibrant realism that conventional loudspeakers cannot match. This new level of performance is the direct result of important Spendor innovations.

Spendor LPZ (Linear Pressure Zone) tweeter

The goal of every tweeter designer is to achieve linear acoustic output across a wide frequency range, in practice this is extremely difficult. Spendor’s approach to this age-old challenge is radical, and it works. The Spendor LPZ tweeter is built around a stainless steel front plate that forms a damped acoustic chamber directly in front of a lightweight woven polyamide diaphragm. The front plate incorporates a phase correcting micro foil to equalise sound wave path lengths across the diaphragm surface, simultaneously it generates a symmetrical pressure environment on both faces of the tweeter diaphragm so the tweeter operates in a balanced linear mode.

Imagine focussing an ultra-high quality camera lens until you see a clear bright image. That’s the effect of LPZ technology. Our sequential geometry micro-foil operates as an acoustic lens. The result is perfect focus, uninhibited sound transmission and a very wide listening window. The front plate also provides excellent mechanical protection for the delicate tweeter dome and a smart modern appearance.
"A superb floorstander, one of Spendor's best boxes ever."
 - HiFi Choice, April 2013, Five Star Award Winner

"It has a decent helping of the original mid 1970s BBC magic midrange but with a modern twist. The D7 is easy to drive and truly compatible with valve amplifiers. Undemanding of placement, it has fine stereo and extended powerful bass, sounds upbeat and well balanced, and will drive larger rooms as required. And the build and finish is first rate: what more can one ask?  - HiFi Critic, September 2013

Spendor 18cm drive units developed for D7

The D7 mid-bass drive unit has an advanced EP77 polymer cone for superb clarity and vanishingly low colouration. The D7 low frequency drive unit has an ultra-rigid two part bonded Kevlar composite cone assembly for accurate powerful low frequency response. Both drivers feature cast magnesium alloy chassis, high efficiency motor systems, optimised electro-dynamic damping, and excellent thermal dissipation for wide dynamic range.  A new polymer surround reduces driver ‘break-in’ time significantly due to the very stable molecular composition of the material.

Fifth generation Spendor Linear flow port technology

The benefits of Spendor Linear Flow port technology have been well proven in the Spendor A-line. They deliver deep articulate bass with natural timing, even in small rooms or close to a wall. Our new fifth generation Spendor Linear flow port incorporates an aerodynamically profiled central baffle (like an aircraft wing) to create a tapered twin-venturi port. Air at the port extremities is decelerated and there is a further reduction in air velocity in the large tapered area at the cabinet base.  The result is evenly balanced acoustic pressure and air-flow along the whole length of the port. Rapidly decreasing air velocity at the port extremities creates an air-curtain effect to eliminate port noise and spurious mid-band radiation.

Conventional loudspeakers incorporate low frequency enclosure damping. The damping material stores energy. As the stored energy is released it is no longer in-time with the music and it makes sound unnaturally heavy and slow. The sound path, within the D7 cabinet, from the bass drivers to the listening room, requires no low frequency damping. The Spendor D7 is entirely free from energy storage effects, the advantage is clearly audible, music sounds naturally fast, agile and coherent.

High quality terminals are recessed within the port aperture to hide plug and cable connections for neat appearance.

Spendor dynamic cabinet damping

Timing is fundamental to the musical experience. In conventional loudspeakers rigid high density cabinet panels are mass-damped to reduce cabinet-talk. Spurious energy is stored and released slowly. This introduces unacceptable blurring and slowing of the sound. Spendor’s solution is asymmetric aperture bracing of the cabinet to disperse internal waves. Dynamic Damping with small low mass constrained polymer dampers at key energy interface points instantly convert any spurious energy in the cabinet into inaudible heat. The result is a silent rigid cabinet and naturally fast engaging sound.

 

 

 
 

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The new Spendor A5 and A6 are compact high performance floor standing loudspeakers. Each model benefits from important advances in Spendor's drive unit technology, cabinet design and crossover engineering.

The fourth generation Spendor 'linear flow' port give the A5 and A6 unrivalled ability to deliver deep articulate bass. Spendors Dynamic Damping system uses constrained polymer dampers at key energy interface points, instantly converting any spurious energy in the cabinet into inaudible heat for a naturally fast and engaging sound.

The new steel stabiliser disk system eliminates flexure at the plinth and contributes to the neat appearance and good stability of these slim cabinets. Clean modern styling blends confidently with any decor.

Spendors proven dynamic damping system reduces cabinet resonance to a minimum, whilst the fourth generation Spendor linear flow port guarantees consistent high quality bass.

  



 
For over two decades Spendor was licensed to manufacture the legendary LS3/5a BBC mini-monitor loudspeaker. It became an international reference standard.

In 1998 when Spendor learned that manufacture of the LS3/5a drive units was to cease, we decided to develop our own 140mm (5inch) bass-midrange drive unit using modern materials and technology. Combining this with a small 20mm soft dome tweeter, new crossover engineering and a more up-to-date look we created the Spendor S3/5R2.

“The top octaves were delicate, and the articulation of percussion transients was perfect. The trombones sounded as if emerging from much larger speakers. Gina Bachauer's piano was forceful, delicate, dynamic and airy. The most lifelike solo piano I've heard from a bookshelf speaker.

The speaker has no shortcomings whatsoever. With every recording I tried, instruments and voices sounded as they should, and the speaker did a damn good job of occasionally fooling me into thinking that live musicians were playing in the room.

The Spendor S3/5R2 is an impressively evolved descendant of the original BBC LS3/5a. You should find the S3/5R2 a revealing and involving reproducer of a broad range of music, big and small, of all genres. This is all you need. It plays music."

- Robert J. Reina, Stereophile, March 2013

Many listeners consider it to be the most transparent and truly musical mini-loudspeaker they have ever heard, and the S3/5 has won many awards. The latest 'R' type continues to build on the legend.

 



 
 

The Spendor Classic Series is a range of stand-mounted loudspeakers which has been developed from the experience of over 30 years of Spendor heritage and experience.

Whilst there have been constant advances and refinements to the original technology used in the first Spendor products, the attention to fine detail remains and is embodied in the award winning Classic Series products.

The Latest 'R' series classic speakers combine all the advantages in materials technology that have been developed for the new Spendor speakers, but retain the traditional styling and sound balance one would expect from these monitor grade loudspeakers.

Of these laudable designs, one model sticks out as representing the perfect balance between hi performance and reasonable price: 

SPENDOR SP2/3R2

SP2/3R2

Without compromise to design or audio specification, the latest Spendor SP2/3R2 demonstrates the same silky smooth, neutral sound which has made its big brother, the SP1/2R2 such a favorite with professionals and music aficionados the world over. Housed in a more compact enclosure, the SP2/3R2 is capable of dealing with the kind of demanding and revealing program material that often defeats lesser loudspeakers.

As with all Spendor models, the beauty and true virtue of the SP2/3R2 is in what it doesn't do: there are no unnecessary distortions, colorations or dynamic inequalities which detract from the listening experience. The latest wide-surround small dome tweeter brings all the advantages of a large dome while maintaining the phase stability of a small dome.
"These stunning Spendors put most of their modern-day rivals to shame.
This SP2 is the best yet." 
- What HiFi, Five Stars Award, May 2009
"It's often difficult to pick out an overall winner from a group of similar size and price loudspeakers, but on this occasion there was no disagreement that the Spendor SP2/3R2 was the pick of the bunch."
- HiFi Choice, Group Test Winner, March 2011

 


 

 




 




 




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