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bcrier's picture
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Joined: May 5 2019 - 5:48pm
Spendor, Dynaudio, Magico - my experience and questions

I recently auditioned Spender D9, Dynaudio Contour 30 and 60, Magico A3, PMC Fact 8 and Proac D48 paired up with Bryston 4B3 and Bryston Preamp and also with Copland CTA 350.

In-fact I was not even planning to listen to Spendor D9s. But I was surprised to hear the D9s clarity, detail, transparency, speed, tight control of the bottom end, commanding mids, crisp highs and overall a more enjoyable listening experience than the other speakers. In fact in my untrained audiophile lingo they "blew every other speaker out of the water". I wanted to buy them on the spot, but then waited to get others opinions.


- Why is so little info available on Spendor D9s? Why don't they get the "love" that I think they deserve?
- What is your opinion of Spendor D9? Would you pick it above the others? Your reasons, either way?
- In the same price range, what are other alternatives?

Thank you,

bierfeldt's picture
Last seen: 1 year 7 months ago
Joined: Oct 26 2007 - 2:30pm

I am going to open this by saying I will offer no POV on Spendor compared to the others. I own a loudspeaker company called Verdant Audio and it is both unethical and a violation of forum rules for me to discuss a competitor. That being said, I don't currently make a floor stander so I am not trying to switch you to my products.

I would say that you should trust your ears. Just because a brand is not getting the love and attention that larger brands get doesn't mean they don't produce a product that is just as good if not better than a more popular brands.

I have listened to at least 100 products in the $1500 to $16,000 price range. I have heard products that are loved and sounded like crap when I heard them because of the room or equipment pairings. Other times, I have heard products that "get no love" that sounded mindbogglingly good because of the room they were in and the equipment match.

Trust your ears but also consider the room and system. For instance, you loved the Spendors with Bryston gear. If you listened to them driven by the wrong amps, you may have been unhappy. When I heard the Spendor D7s they were paired with really warm gear and I found them to be too laid back. Switched to a different amp brand and they came to life.

Think about this as a holistic system. What are you going to drive them with? Is your room heavily damped or is it underdamped? These things all matter.

Blair's picture
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Joined: May 16 2018 - 6:48pm
Great advice by bierfeldt

Great advice by bierfeldt

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