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SPENDOR

Spendor Audio is one of England’s most accomplished manufacturers of high quality loudspeakers. Spendor grew out of the expertise gained in the BBC's sound engineering department. Over the past 40 years Spendor has earned a reputation for superior R&D, innovative design, no compromise engineering, outstanding musical performance and exceptional value. Spendor loudspeakers and drive units are designed and hand built at the Spendor factory in Hailsham, Sussex in the UK.

Spendor is first and foremost an engineering company focused on performance. Not content to rest on yesterday’s successes, today Spendor is pushing the envelope of conventional loudspeaker design and moving forward worldwide with more innovative designs and unique technologies.

As one of the very few companies which manufactures their own drive units, Spendor enjoys many competitive advantages over ordinary loudspeaker builders.

Spendor drive units are optimized for their sonic properties and utilize very specialized materials. As a result, Spendor drivers have more rigid cones which deliver a more even performance and a smoother response at high frequencies. These proprietary drive units are one of the key factors which create the glorious mid range performance Spendor speakers are revered for. However, ultra high quality drive units such as these must be meticulously built with special attention to numerous details and application techniques. Mass automated assembly processes cannot achieve the required quality standards so the drive units are built in-house at Spendor’s UK factory.

According to Philip Swift, owner of Spendor, “Drive units are the heart of the loudspeaker. These components determine what the loudspeaker will sound like. If they aren’t right, there is nothing you can do subsequently, with crossovers or cabinets or anything else, to get the sound right.”

Spendor is just as particular about cabinet design and construction. Today’s Spendor cabinet designs are the most innovative and technically advanced ever. They feature extremely rigid cabinet structures and Spendor’s own proprietary dynamic damping material. This unique damping material and an innovative application technique eliminate micro vibrations which can blur fine detail. All cabinet energy is converted to heat, which dissipates the energy silently, thus eliminating, (rather than merely minimizing), the problems of energy storage in cabinets. The result is an stunningly clean, controlled, detailed and articulate yet weighty bass. This superb bass performance can normally only be achieved by cabinets using exotic materials and costing three or four times the price.

The same meticulous engineering and attention to detail are used in all other aspects of design. Today’s Spendor loudspeakers include crossovers built in house using high quality circuit boards with through hole plating, precision components, silver solder and gold plating to improve signal path. All drive units and components are matched to 1dB and ultra high quality Scandinavian fabric dome tweeters are utilized.
Spendor's own drive unit.

 

 

Classic R2 Line

Background

For 45 years Spendor Classic loudspeakers have set a reference standard for discerning audiophiles, musicians and professional sound engineers. In fact, Spendor earned it's stripes developing reference studio monitors for the BBC.

The new R2 series blends Spendor's latest advanced techniques and materials, with original BBC technology, construction and design. As such it preserves the rich and natural sound character which is the hallmark of every Spendor Classic loudspeaker but also delivers the performance demanded by today's most discerning listeners.
Spendor Classic R2 series: SP100R2, SP3/1R2, SP2/3R2, SP1/2R2      

Spendor S3/5R2

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

Spendor S3/5R2 in Dark WalnutThe Spendor S3/5 was launched in 1997. It gained worldwide recognition as the natural successor to the LS3/5a. Ten years later a new S3/5R achieved what many thought impossible - new levels of transparency and imaging coherency, more articulate bass delivery and the enjoyable fatigue free listening experience which so clearly distinguished the original Spendor S3/5 from other small loudspeakers.

The new S3/5R2 takes a big step forward with significant improvements in low frequency articulation, dynamics, transparency and sound integration.
“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