SPENDOR: A3 test review

What HiFi: And they aren’t fussy in practice, either, working equally well up against a wall or 60cm or so away from it. Toed-in slightly, the A3’s lock on to the listener, firing out a precise, focused soundstage. Spin Rihanna’s Only Girl (In The World) and the Spendors organize all the elements of the track efficiently, bouncing it along with great vigour.

The midrange and treble have an impressive amount of detail, and the speakers follow every note and dynamic shift intently. But though we accept that a cabinet of this size is never going to deliver seismic bass, we still demand greater weight and warmth from these. Without it, they don’t fully engage the listener. The A3’s will do a job, but we’d save for those extra 3cm and the A5s. Sometimes bigger really is better…"