I have a pair of these A5 and running them with a cyrus x power amp and Pre xvs not in an overly large room (Although spendor suggest is is) 6.2 x 3.7 when playing anything over half volume the base driver aproaches the limit of its drive and you cand hear it hitting a stop.
I have a pair of B and W 602 in a larger room running from same amps and these speakers can run at full volume.
Spendor only suggestion was to change the amps (how much money do they think I have).
As I came to a dead end and was worried that the speakers would blow by accident. I invested in a pair of Rothwell attenuators to reduce the output from the amp. It has worked although seems a bit of a compromise. Surely these speakers should deal with a cyus amp which after all is not that powerfull!
NAB99, is A5 big enough for a room 240 sq feet large? What do you think?
These speakers are amazing.
There is something about the sound they produce, they make everything sound good. Some speakers make bad recording sound too harsh to enjoy but the spendors can make them a nice listen but still maintain a a good balance between of detail and clarity. Listening to well recorded stuff brings them to their best, they have great depth for such small speakers and are still punchy for floor standers. They are a lot of money but I think they are worth it.
My Musical Fidelity A3 integrated amp is rated at 80 watts per channel at 8 ohms and has absolutely no problem running these speakers. Volume is usually set at around 4 out of 10 and this is just about as loud as you would want it. It's a good match for them and the sound quality is first rate. Great speakers and well worth the expense.
Just curious to know what amp you power these speakers with?
When you say a powerful amp, could you be a little more specific i.e. above X to get the benefit?
Try before you buy (of course). And don't get hung up on 5* reviews. I listened to these twice for extended periods at two shops becasue I did not beleive my ears given all the rave reviews, but my final conclusion was the same as it was after 5 minutes. These have a bass line which is tiring to the ears and headache inducing, with anything but bass light music. The low sensitivty won't matter because you won't want to listen loud for long. Without that, the mid-range and treble are very sweet, but I could not live with that bass, so their other benefits cannot be enjoyed. To my ear the bass is very resonant and uncontrolled. Once I had concluded that, the dealer admitted that the shop owner had also made the same conclsuion himself having bought a pair, and used at home, so its not just me.
The marketing had worked - I really, really wanted to like them, but I just didn't.
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