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NEWS: Russ Andrews ships £399 SP-1 standmount speakers

Russ Andrews has just started shipping its new SP-1 loudspeakers, first seen at the Bristol Sound and Vision Show in February.

Based around the Focal Chorus 705V, the SP-1 is an extensive reworking of the original design. The cabinet, crossover and internal wiring have all been given the "Russ Andrews treatment", including a complete rewire with Kimber Kable's 4PR cable, the use of high-quality KimberKap capacitors and internal damping modifications.

The result, according to Russ Andrews, is a speaker with an improved sensitivity of 95dB/w/m (making them easier to drive with modestly powered amplifiers), and a more detailed, dynamic and natural sound.

The SP-1s retain the existing Focal drive units: a Polyglass impregnated paper mid-bass unit for dynamic, fast and tight bass, and an aluminium/magnesium inverted-dome TNV tweeter. Nominal impedance is 8 ohms and power handling 100w.

The SP-1s are available direct from Russ Andrews Accessories in black or Amati wood finishes, and cost £399 a pair.

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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.