Spendor Classic 200 Retro-styled floorstanders with plenty of charm and ability. Tested at £16,000

What Hi-Fi? tell us: Few products that pass through our doors are as overtly retro as Spendor’s Classic 200s. They are the new top dogs in the company’s Classic series, a range of traditional boxes that celebrate the company’s heritage and are based around the engineering ideas developed by the BBC back in the 1960s. […]

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SPENDOR: How to value their older speakers?

  Time has come for me to clear things out a bit while I can. I have a pair of Spendor SP1 and a pair of SA2 speakers, both in excellent condition. Where can I find any information which would give me a rough valuation guide on these speakers? I have never seen anybody selling […]

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HARBETH: Spendor SP 100/R2 and Harbeth 40.1 – impressions?

Where I am, it’s difficult to audition these two flagship speakers side-by-side or at home, so opinions/impressions from anyone would be most welcome. Feedback on other forums is that the Harbeth may be marginally the “better” speaker, but I’m not convinced. Matching amps would likely be from MBL. Please click HERE to dip in and […]

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LS3/5a SPEAKERS: (11 ohm Rogers version) compared to Spendor, Harbeth, what?

At present I listen to the 11 ohms Rogers version of the above speaker. Generally I am pretty happy with the sound. I wonder if there would be any benefit in going over to a newer design from Spendor or Harbeth, perhaps a slightly larger enclosure ( my listening room is 9 X 11 feet)?. […]

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HARBETH: “I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors?’

I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors. I understand sensitivity is an issue with lower power valve amps and note that the smallest Harbeth has a sensitivity of 83. I just wondered if you had a view […]

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SPENDOR: So ….. which offers the ‘better’ midrange; Spendor or Harbeth?

Editorial Note: This thread started in 2007 and then, as these things do, petered out. However, I took a look this morning (01/03/19) and there are some observations which are still relevant today and so in my humble opinion, this thread is worth exploring. Neil / editor. =================== I recently auditioned a pair of Harbeth […]

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HARBETH: Spendors comparable to Harbeth C7ES3?

Hi all. It seems like Spendors and Harbeths share a lot of qualities, while the Spendors seem to be less expensive. Are any Spendor models comparable to C7ES3s? I really like what I’ve read about the Harbeths, but they aren’t available in my area while Spendors are. Any other similar speakers to consider? Please click […]

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ProAc, Celef and Stuart Tyler?

You’ve opened up a memory for me re. Celef. Was it started by Stuart Tyler? I advertised my Celef Monitors in the mid ’70s, I think it was, and was overwhelmed by people phoning as to not only enquire if they were still available, but why I was selling them. The number of calls was […]

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LS3/5a: What price?

I have noticed the price of ‘3/5as rising on eBay. Early Rogers? I recall £1,300 recently. Spendors? About £500. Goodmans? About £800. Audiomasters ? About £1,200. RAM ? Over £1,000 . What IS the logic ? New Rogers LS3/5a £1,499. Are enthusiasts buying them ? Perhaps I shouldn’t ask, as I never found a sensible […]

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365 days, 144 hours: How to build a Spendor loudspeaker?

Designed and manufactured in Great Britain from original designs, Spendor loudspeakers – which include the accessible A-Line and the enthusiast D-Line and Classic – deliver a transparent and musical sound that performs well above their price point. Indeed, so good are Spendor loudspeakers, the A4 floor-standers won a coveted five-star What Hi-Fi? Award earlier this […]

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SPENDOR: Does moving from S6e to S8e really makes sense ?

Hi folks, quick love goes as quick as it came. This is maybe valid for the most spectacular speakers. First listening of my S6e gave me the impression: they will be sold. Meanwhile I honor it’s true involving midband. Bass is despite it’s dimensions full bodied and nearly perfect for my loft apartment. Bigger stands […]

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SPENDOR: SP100R – opinions

I use Spendor S100s which are an earlier incarnation – I don’t think the differences were huge between the S100 and the SP100 – I don’t know what changes they made to make it the R version though. They are big, but a lot of that is depth, they don’t dominate. They will also go […]

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SPENDOR: BC1s – ‘It is great to have these ‘old friends’ back… ‘

OK, we all know about these… Thing is, I owned a pair for 32 years ( from new ) and sold them in 2008. Ever done something you ( almost ) instantly regret ? Well, this was a case in point. Then, almost ‘out of the blue’ a pair became available at a price a […]

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SPENDOR: Thoughts about moving up from the Spendor SP100r

  Hi all, holidays are very “dangerous” from an audiophile point of view, because there is time to think more about your system and subsequent changes.  So, in these holidays I started to think a way to make some evolution in my system, starting from speakers but not only, even if I’m satisfied for the […]

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HARBETH: 40.1 vs Spendor sp100r2 using 75 watt tube amps?

One reply ….. I have an older version of the Spendors—the SP-100—and I have never heard the Harbeth 40.1, so my comments are not exactly what you’re seeking. However, I wanted to say that Spendors have a reputation for being more compatible with tube amps than do Harbeths. This seems to be true across the […]

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Spendor: Compared to Avalon, Vandersteen and others

For a long time, I was on the Great Speaker Hunt, and started or added to a number of threads, particularly about the speaker makes referenced above, all of which I lived with. I was struggling with one of the real problems with (some) high end audio (as I see it): Hearing crisp highs with […]

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