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Spendor S3/5R2 speakers: location, location…doesn't matter!

Spendor S3/5R2 speakers


Spendor has revised its S3/5R speaker to produce the latest incarnation of the renowned monitor originally designed by the BBC. The revisions certainly aren't minor, though. The latest version - the S3/5R2 - has inherited technology and designs from the highly regarded Spendor SA1 and other Spendor R2 speakers.

The low/mid-range driver has been upgraded, as has the tweeter (which is now the one used in the SA1). The crossover unit has been modified to take advantage of the new drive units and cabinet construction has also been revised. All these upgrades contribute to sonic benefits.

The S3/5R2s aren't fussy when it comes to positioning - the cabinet is a sealed enclosure and so can be placed close to rear walls without producing overpowering bass. The speakers will also work well on shelves or, of course, on stands. Spendor produces a version with wall brackets, making these compact speakers an attractive home cinema option for Spendor owners who'd like a same-brand surround/rear speaker option to match, say, A5s. (In fact, as well as replacing the previous S3/5R, the S3/5R2 also supersedes and outperforms the SR5.2, which was designed for wall mounting and home cinema set-ups.) But, of course, the S3/5R2 is an excellent, capable speaker for critical stereo listening.

Available Veneer finishes are light oak, dark walnut, cherry and black ash.

At £850 per pair, the Spendor S3/5R2 delivers a large slice of SA1 performance for a lot less money. Hear a pair now at Hi-Fi Stereo.

Date of article:15/02/2011

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