These are the new Spendor ST speakers, to be launched at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show this weekend. The model designation marks them out as the company's 'statement' design, and the speakers, which start at £5500 a pair, promise 'a wealth of new Spendor engineering and innovation'.
The 2.5-way speakers are housed in a slim black piano lacquered cabinet, trimmed with real wood inlays. And as befits a flagship product, the company says it "will offer a special service for customers wishing to specify custom inlay materials and finishes.
"Spendor can liaise directly with designers, architects and artists to ensure that even the most complex projects become reality. Inlay materials can include natural veneer, metal laminate, leather, fabric and lacquer. The selection of inlays available at launch includes exotic ebony, zebrano and aluminium."
All the drivers in the speaker are new: the design combines an 18cm Kevlar composite polymer loaded low-frequency driver and 18cm polymer-cone mid/bass driver with a 29mm wide-surround tweeter.
This uses bi-elliptical acoustic lens technology, said to give it "the extended frequency response of a small diaphragm with the low frequency characteristics of a larger diaphragm, to give stable low distortion response over a wide frequency range and listening area."
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The cabinet uses Spendor's Dynamic Damping, in which "small low mass constrained polymer dampers at key energy interface points instantly convert any spurious energy in the cabinet into inaudible heat.
"For ultimate sound perfection the multi-layer laminated inlays are bonded into the front baffle with a set of thin dynamic damping layers to create a remarkably rigid and acoustically silent structure. "
Finally, the base of each speaker uses four machined steel stabiliser discs, attached deep into the cabinet structure: "These contribute to the neat appearance and stability of the slim cabinets without recourse to outriggers or plinth extensions," the company says.