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BRISTOL SHOW 2013: Spendor revamps the A6, unveils the D7

Spendor A6

Spendor upgraded its successful A6 floorstanding speaker with a new model, the £2495 A6R.

Calling the upgrade "a major revision", Spendor says the result is a big improvement in dynamics, resolution and bass extension.

Improvements include a new Spendor 18cm mid-bass driver with EP77 polymer cone; a new crossover design; the fourth-generation Spendor linear flow port; and a 29mm tweeter with bi-elliptical acoustic lens.

Available in cherry, light oak, dark walnut and black ash finishes, the Spendor A6R costs £2495 a pair.

Also new is the £3495-£3995 Spendor D7 floorstander. Described as "an elegant, modern, medium-sized 2.5-way floorstanding design", the D7 incorporates a Linear Pressure Zone (LPZ) tweeter.

This is built around a stainless steel front plate that forms a damped acoustic chamber directly in front of a lightweight woven polyamide diaphragm.

The mid-bass driver features an EP77 polymer cone, as used on the A6R, and the bass driver uses a two-part bonded Kevlar composite cone.

To further improve bass performance, Spendor has developed a fifth-generation version of its linear flow port for the D7.

Two premium finishes are available on the D7 for £3995 a pair: Spendor Dark, a diamond-polished gloss lacquer over a dark natural wood, or Spendor White, a pure white lacquer for a more modern look.

Go for a standard finish and the cost drops to £3495. The Spendor D7 Dark will be available from March 13th, other finishes from April 13th.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.