A Series Reviews
"It's odd. There are a lot of loudspeakers that don't put a foot
wrong, but very few that command such respect from practically everyone
in the business.
This is also the kind of speaker that proves the virtue of listening at
length. A two minute burst of music through the A3 will do nothing apart
from make for an uninspiring burst of sound. This is because we tend
toward the bright, shiny things at first flush. Spend(or) a week and a
day with the A3s and you'll be hard pressed to find a bad word to say
about them. However, after the same time period, the more immediate
sounding "mug's eyeful" loudspeaker will start to grate and wear the
listener down. Better electronics sound 'better' here, but the A3 is a
great leveler and good systems sound excellent through these speakers.
The best thing I can say about the A3 is that it's a
keeper. Moreover, it's the kind of keeper that helps you build a wide
and catholic interest in music of all stripes. They are few and far
- Alan Sircom, HiFi+ Issue 86, February 2012
"If you’re concerned that the
stumpy nature of the A5s might result in a short or small-scale
presentation, you can banish the thought. The Spendors can produce a
sound that fills the room from floor to ceiling, rendering their
diminutive size a sonic irrelevance. The width and space
afforded the performance is also impressive. This is a big soundstage
that lends itself well to orchestral scores and big rock pieces. The
treble is sparkly and sweet, midrange is multi-layered and textured, and
when both the piano and bass guitar hit their lowest notes, the Spendors
are able to reveal the key and string independently, where some speakers
mix the two together.
the deepest bass to the highest treble there’s an admirable tightness,
punch and attack. Notes begin and end with superb precision, and that
accuracy translates into excitement right through the frequency range.
Throw awesome dynamics into the mix, and you have a delivery that’s as
well suited to the London Philharmonic Orchestra as it is to Adel’s
the other five-star speakers here, the Spendors have no fly in the
ointment. You get the best of both worlds with these floorstanders.
Group Test with not one bum note, it’s the all-new Spendors that take
the glory. We can’t praise them enough… these are astoundingly good
floorstanders… the most accomplished speakers available at this money."
HiFi Group Test Winner, February 2009
"Startling scale and punch,
endlessly listenable, accomplished beyond their price... the
superb Spendors take the laurels in this test."
"The Spendors summon unlikely low-end punch, extension and control,
and deliver great texture too. The
midrange is alive with immediacy and detail - vocalists seldom sound
more engaged - and the top of the frequency range is attacked boldly.
There's ample speed and drive, though the Spendors are just as capable
of describing barely-there nuances as the broad strokes of a recording.
Their timing is sweetly precise, loading the leading edge of notes with
information and offering a natural and unforced tonality.
The soundstage they generate is sizeable, and their stereo focus
unquestionable. Startling scale and punch; endlessly listenable, these
are accomplished beyond their price. They are terrific all-rounders that
revel in any type of music. The Spendors could be all the speaker you'll
- What HiFi Group Test Winner, March 2011
may look ordinary, but the performance is anything but that. These are
brilliant speakers for the money. Their sound is a class-leading
combination of insight and naturalness. A fast, detailed and dynamic
sound, natural sonic balance, transparency, sturdy build. The A6’s are
- What HiFi Five Stars award, February 2009
"Deliver a clean feed and the results are simply staggeringly engaging
and enjoyable. ..these speakers will bring real, live, breathing music
into your home. Spendor’s often forgotten reputation for engineering
innovation is clearly in safe hands, with products like the SA1 and A6
setting exacting new performance standards at their price points. Easy
to use, easy to drive and easy to get the best out of, I love the A6s.
- Roy Gregory HiFi+, February 2009
“Rousing musicality on all levels. If it’s
dexterity and attack you value, the A6s have it in spades. The same goes
for tonal neutrality and transparency, low frequency drive and poise,
and for sheer midrange articulation. The A6s offer atmosphere to match
any rival, and can switch to full orchestral overload in an instant. You
owe it to yourself to hear the Spendor A6s.”
- What HiFi Five Stars award, July
"as advertised - the A6
sounds very much like one of the original S models on serious steroids.
What's hard to put into words is the effortless way in which the A6
combines the engaging naturalism of the original S models with
significantly higher levels of resolution, especially through the heart
of the midrange. You can hear much deeper into the mix, yet without
being pushed toward the analytical end of the sonic spectrum."
- Chris Martens, The Absolute Sound, CES Show Report, April/May 2010
"The A9s can make the walls of your listening room disappear and
replace them with the inside of the grand church where the recording was
made. The sense of space is palpable, as is the precise positioning of
each of the instruments used. It'll make the hairs on your neck stand
This might be a three-way speaker, but you'd never know the frequency
range was divided between so many drivers, so smooth is the transition
from bass to treble. A convincingly even tonal balance confirms
Spendor's skill at merging and balancing drivers. These speakers are
wholly transparent to the source and recording. Listen to something
gentle and they'll sound suitably polite, move to something aggressive
and they'll oblige.
The A9s are more than capable of kicking out basslines. They're taut,
fast and punchy. The Spendor A9s are an awful lot of talented speaker."
- What Hi-Fi 2010 Product of the Year Awards, Best Stereo Speaker
just keep on coming...
"Amazingly clean and transparent sound, agility, seamless integration;
relatively unfussy about positioning. The A9 hasn't lost the naturalness
of past Spendor models, and it's that quality, more than any other, that
separates this floorstander from its rivals. There's much to impress in
this performance. Another excellent Spendor speaker. We're sure you'll
- What Hi-Fi, Five Star Award, June 2010
"I walked into Jay Rein's Bluebird Music room and was immediately taken
by the hard-rocking sound of Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick", reproduced with
appropriate drama, impact, and scale... the A9 ($7,995/pair) made its
North American debut at SSI 2010, and sounded excellent, driven by
Exposure's new 3010S2 series: 100W monoblocks ($2,895/pair), preamp
($1,595), and CD player ($2,395)... Van den Hul's D352 speaker cables
and D102 interconnects ($929) tied this impressive system together."
- Stephen Mejias, Stereophile SSI 2010 Show Report
"These are the sort
of loudspeakers that get handed down from father to son. That's how good
"What the A9 does so well is to combine that BBC-speaker neutrality
with a more exciting and dynamic presentation that modern audio demands.
The A9 sails between these two waypoints beautifully. This makes it a
speaker for all seasons.
dynamic range was especially impressive. On the A9 the scale of the
music snaps at your attention gland and you are in there with the music.
The level of detail is fine enough to pull hidden glories out of those
grooves or digits, but not at the expense of a pinched, etched or toppy
sound quality. If you come away from the last two paragraphs with the
word 'balance', well done. Now add the word 'bass'. The A9 has quite a
lot of it; not in a dubstep, wall-of-bass, gut-mangling onslaught way,
but in a controlled deep and precise manner.
That might just make it the best investment in audio around today; not
just in future resale value, but because these are the sort of
loudspeakers that get handed down from father to son. That's how good
- Alan Sircom, HiFi+, January 2011
Spendor A9 Named "The
Best of The Best"
"This three-way flagship floorstander uses drivers custom made by the
company and delivers a sound that carefully balances old-school
vocal-led neutrality with a more modern demand for powerful frequency
extremes. This makes it the kind of speaker that gets handed down from
father to son." [HiFi+ Annual Award Winner from full review of
January 2011 above.]
"the A9 has a
wonderful midband and some of the best bass you'll hear from a
loudspeaker of this type..."
"Spendor talk about the A9s sounding 'fast' - not a phrase Spencer
or Dorothy would have used methinks! - and this they do. The easy
clarity of the ep38 polymer midrange unit gives vocals a naturalness
that I love and strong treble seemingly lifts speed and incision.
The midrange unit resolves timbre with a magnificence that did
justice to the instrument in Nigel Kennedy's hands, giving it a lovely,
full bodied character... the Spendor's sounded like few others, falling
back to their roots with satisfying honesty. Spendor's midrange unit is
nothing other than superb.
Where Spendor have scored a big hit with the A9 is bass quality.
They have obvious bass power and are as tight and controlled as anything
on the market today. The A9s run low but keep the lows under good
control so there's no waffle. Always grippy, they beat out Led
Zeppelin's 'Heartbreaker' with an insight I am unused to. It was
breathtaking to hear those classic guitar riffs thrust out so clearly.
Spendor's new A9 is one impressive loudspeaker. It offers a more modern
take on sound quality than Spencer or Dorothy would recognize, yet it
still has a wonderful midband and some of the best bass you'll hear from
a loudspeaker of this type.
The A9 is a very well developed loudspeaker with impressive ability, and
proves well worth auditioning, whether you like classical music like
Spencer and Dorothy, or prefer Lady GaGa instead."
- Five Globe Winner, HiFi World, March 2011