Spendor A3
Floorstanding A3 and reworked S3/5R mini monitor are both on display at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show

The engineers at Spendor appear to have been busy with two new hi-fi speakers – the £1295 A3 floorstanders and £850 S3/5R2 – making their world debut here at Bristol.

The company describes the A3 as "an ultra-compact, high-performance floorstanding speaker" incorporating drive unit technology and cabinet engineering from its SA1 and A5 models.

The 15cm mid/bass driver is designed and manufactured by Spendor. With a cast magnesium alloy chassis, ep38 polymer cone, phase correction technology, and a long-throw minimal thermal compression motor system, it ensures "a clear and natural midrange sound with excellent low frequency power handling", the company claims.

A phase linear crossover network is used to integrate the mid/bass unit with a 22mm wide-surround tweeter. The crossover is mounted on a "non-resonant panel" which incorporates insulated gold-plated terminals.

Veneer finishes available for the cabinet are light oak, dark walnut, cherry and black ash. The plinth is in contrasting black satin lacquer.

More after the break

Revised S3/5R mini monitorJoining the A3 is a revised version of the legendary S3/5R model, based on the BBC-designed LS3/5A mini monitor.

The Spendor S3/5R2 is a two-way infinite baffle standmount design with a new 14cm Spendor mid/bass drive unit fitted with an ep39 polymer cone, and a 22mm wide-surround tweeter.

It combines a Spendor thin-walled damped cabinet panel structure with controlled bracing. The cabinet has no rear port, so can be placed close to a wall.

Spendor says the S3/5R2 is an ideal surround/rear speaker for multichannel systems. It's available in in light oak, dark walnut, cherry and black ash natural veneer finishes.

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