Spendor S3/5R2 loudspeaker Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Rega Planar 3, VPI TNT IV turntables; Immedia, Syrinx PU-3 tonearms; Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood, Koetsu Urushi cartridges.
Digital Sources: Creek Destiny, Lector CDP-7T CD players.
Preamplification: Creek Destiny, Vendetta Research SCP-2D phono stages; Audio Valve Eclipse line stage.
Power Amplifier: Audio Research Reference 110.
Integrated Amplifier: Creek Destiny.
Loudspeakers: Dynaudio Excite X12, Epos M16i, Monitor Audio RX6 Silver.
Cables: Interconnect (all MIT): Magnum M3, MI-350 CVTwin Terminator, MI-330SG Terminator. Speaker: Acarian Systems Black Orpheus.
Accessories: Various by ASC, Bright Star, Celestion, Echo Busters, Salamander Designs, Simply Physics, Sound Anchor, VPI.—Robert J. Reina

Spendor Audio Systems Ltd.
US distributor: Bluebird Music Limited
500 Witmer Industrial Estates
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
(416) 638-8207

LCDC's picture

I currently own a pair of these fine speakers and have to say that couldnt believe how good they were when i demoed them last year. They blew me away.

Ive got a pretty broad colection of music but these seem to bring a smile to my face whether it's AC/DC, Bjork or Marvin Gaye.

Should i ever buy a new set of speakers, i cant see them being an 'upgrade' in the mid range. Soundstaging is wonderful.

hnipen's picture

In this audio world of today where it's so common to ask for "louder", "bigger", "more bass", "max spl" it's really refreshing to read reviews like this, thx a lot for the nice and very interesting review.

After reading about Spendor S3/5R2 and Harbeth P3ESR also here in Stereophile it's really tempting at least to audition these speakers, there is a distinct beauty in small monitors like this and for some it will be speakers they can live with ever after.

I certainly got a clear wish to get the Spendor's or Harbeth's into the house now :-)

dalethorn's picture

This review describes my experience with the LS3/5a exactly, so this speaker must be something really special.

wgb113's picture

Would have been the KEF LS50.  See how Spendor carried on KEF's BBC tradition vs. KEF's re-imagining of a new one.


walshbouchard's picture

Has anybody demod the new SP2/3R2 I have owned 4 x SP2/3R since 2008 and would be interested to know if anybody out there  has  found  much difference /improvement with the updated R2 over the "R". and if the improvement is really worth the extra cash?


J Walsh

Maidstone UK