Floor-standing Speakers

Spendor A5 Floor-standing Speakers

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Spendor A5


Introduction

Ah...British Hi-Fi. Say no more and an entire wing of audiophiles suddenly get giddy. Indeed such names as B&W and Meridian have done more than just establish new high-watermarks of performance: they have each virtually created their own markets in which they are to this day the only real players. More generically, "the English sound" is a term which in years past described a warm laid back musical speaker or component, contrasted with "the German (or Japanese) sound" which was taken to mean a more forward, slightly treble heavy sound.

That was then, this is now. When I was offered a pair of speakers for review from Spendor, renowned speaker manufacturer since 1969, I simply had to take advantage and hear for myself the state of British Hi-Fi today.

The whole audio (and video) scene these days is far more practical, perhaps pragmatic, than years past. Components, even speakers, which have any character at all are the poor ones. The hypothetical ideal speaker is so true to the signal, applying no bias at all, that we should be able to subjectively evaluate only the recording itself. Is Spendor up to the task? Lets find out....

Spendor A5

Specifications

  • Design: 2.5-way, Floor-standing, Ported
  • Drivers: One 22mm Dome Tweeter, One 150mm Midrange, One 150mm Woofer
  • MFR: 60 Hz - 20 kHz ± 3 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 86dB/W/M
  • Crossover Points: 700 Hz and 4.5 kHz
  • Power Handling: 150 Watts
  • Dimensions: 31.5" H x 6.5" W x 10" D
  • Weight: 35.2 Pounds/each
  • Finish: Black Ash, Cherry, Light Oak, Wenge
  • MSRP: $2,599/pair USA
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