Spendor Classic SP100R2 loudspeaker Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Three-way, stand-mounted, reflex-ported loudspeaker. Drive-units: 0.8" fabric-dome tweeter, 7" polymer-cone midrange, 11.8" Bextrene-cone woofer. Crossover frequencies: 500Hz, 5kHz. Frequency response: 45Hz–20kHz, ±3dB (anechoic). Sensitivity: 89dB/W/m. Impedance: 8 ohms nominal, 5.5 ohms minimum.
Dimensions: 27.3" (700mm) H by 14.4" (370mm) W by 16.8" (430mm) D. Weight: 79 lbs (36kg).
Finishes: Cherry; Black Ash or Dark Walnut available by special order.
Serial numbers of units reviewed: 220B06507, 220B06508.
Price: $11,495/pair, stands additional. Approximate number of dealers: 25.
Manufacturer: Spendor Audio Systems, Ltd., G5 Ropemaker Park, South Road, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3GY, England, UK. Tel: 44 (0)1323-843474. Web: www.spendoraudio.com. US distributor: Bluebird Music, 40 Sonwill Drive, Buffalo, NY 14225. Tel: (416) 638-8207. Fax: (416) 638-8115. Web: www.bluebirdmusic.com.

Spendor Audio Systems, Ltd.
US distributor: Bluebird Music
40 Sonwill Drive
Buffalo, NY 14225
(416) 638-8207

OneMic's picture

The crossover frequencies are ~ 620 Hz and ~ 3200 Hz .  It's misstated in the article at 55 Hz and 5000 Hz and also in the specifications page at 500 Hz and 5000 Hz.  Just thought I would bring this to the editors attention. 

Also who would ever choose to use a 7" driver to cover 620 Hz to 3200 Hz ?  That shit is crazy as the directionality of the woofer from 2KHz to 3.2KHz creates a huge dip in the off axis power response. 

On paper this speakers looks like a blunder.  I think JA summed up this review the best: An enigma. 

John Atkinson's picture

The crossover frequencies are ~ 620 Hz and ~ 3200 Hz .  It's misstated in the article at 55 Hz and 5000 Hz and also in the specifications page at 500 Hz and 5000 Hz

You can see from fiig,3 in the measurements that the crossover between the woofer and midrange unit is set between 500 and 600Hz. The off-axis suckout at 3900Hz in the vertical dispersion plot (fig.6) suggests that this is the crossover frequency between the midrange unit and tweeter.

I'll correct the "55Hz" in the article.

John Atkinson

Editor, Stereophile

jcjuice's picture

i'm not put out by the strange measured results - to me this only adds to the theory that something can measure "strangely" and sound wonderful, just like something can measure techincally well and not sound appealing at all!

Measurements are useful - but I will always buy a loudspeaker based on what it tells my ears, not what it tells a microphone inside an anechoic chamber...

zettelsm's picture

Art certainly got it right with his review of the Spendor SP100s. I lived with the previous incarnation of the SP100s for several years, and though they moved on to a new home when I completed my Edgarhorns, I still consider the Spendors to be one of the great music-listener's speakers of all time. Clarity, coherence, and a musical rightness that too few speakers seem to get nowdays.

Steve Z 

jimmieg's picture

My room is 12X11.5X12....not a listening room someone would design from scratch, But it is a dedicated listening room and it sounds surprisingly good. I often wonder about a larger speaker, the goal being a bit more dynamics and more bass than my current Totem Model One Signatures. I am able to sit about 7 feet from the speakers, while giving them about 3 feet of distance from both side and rear walls. Would this speaker likely be too big for my room?