The Spendor Thread..

Discussion in 'British Audio' started by Bigerik, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Bigerik

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    Hey fellow Spendor fans. I just wanted to put a thread together to discuss Spendor speakers, amp matching, stands, wires, etc. Anything to make our beloved Spendors sound the best. And just show them off too! :)
     

     

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  4. audiodon

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    Great under-the-radar speakers for music lovers.
    They're available used, have subtle qualities like a British sense of humor, are almost always overlooked, and stand the test of time.

    Everything else that's come in here seems to cycle back out and the Spendors stay.
    The only Spendors that have moved out after coming in are a pair of S20s and a pair of BC-1s.
    The BC-1s:
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    Their replacements, the A9s:
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  5. mech986

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    Have some Spendor LS3/5a's, well built, always wanted to try a pair of BC1's but they don't appear often in the US.
     
  6. MikeT.

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    Spendor A6's Settling In....For Life

    Anyone who has Spendors has the same feeling for them it seems. I've never had any speakers this wonderful. I think I've made the comment before, but every time I think they could use a little more low end, the musical presentation, the timbre of individual instruments of everything but the very deepest bass gets me involved and shaking my head in amazement. I love these speakers. I've not heard the other models but most are in agreement on the emotional involvement created by these loudspeakers.
    I've finally gotten the placement just about right and almost have the listening space cleaned up enough to update the room pics but couldn't pass up posting a few of the speakers and system.
    BTW, the Alpha Core Goertz speaker cables seemed to bring extra PRaT to the party while not impacting the magic of the A6.

    Not saying nothing, just saying. :music:

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  7. JimPA

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    Spendor still use Bextrene for a cone material in one of their speakers.
    The 12" woofer used in the SP100R2 model currently use Bextrene.

    I do find this fact quite interesting since I have built a number of speakers over the years that used Bextrene for the cone material.

    http://www.spendoraudio.com/HTML/SP100R2_specification.html
     
  8. frperdurabo

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    Audiodon:

    Could you tell us more about those cool-ass wooden stands under the BC1s? I've seen them in other pictures and would love to know who makes them. Right now my SP1s are resting on a pair of empty, backless Lafayette "elliptoflex" speaker boxes - which are the right hight, more or less, but not much for looks.... :D

    Also, this is a great thread.

     
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    Love my sp2/2 in walnut from '89

    performed dot4 treatment to the surrounds and changed foam around the scanspeak tweeter

    bi wired to ma230 mcintosh 30w per channel

    18" leadfiled stands
     
  10. Bigerik

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    Thanks for the great info. Dot 4 is a popular accessory for spendor owners. :)
     
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    How do I know if I need to apply it? How stiff (or not stiff) are the surrounds supposed to be?
     

     

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  12. Bigerik

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    Great question. I'm trying to figure it out myself too!
     
  13. mech986

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    Anyone have references for this DOT 4 application - what type of surrounds and which speakers are these used on?
     
  14. Bigerik

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    Some older Spendors can suffer from the driver rubber surrounds stiffening. These are mostly the 6.5 inch drivers from what I understand. The Dot 4 fluid is used to soften them up again. I'll post more as I get more info.
     
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    I have been using it on Dalesford and Audax PVC surrounds as well as butyl rubber surrounds on my Gefco sourced drivers.

    Most of the Gefco drivers had foam rubber not butyl rubber so don't apply it to those.

    I use a cotton swab to apply the DOT 4 very carefully and a tissue.

    A local driver reconer Bill of Millersound told me about using it many years ago.

    The PVC surrounds on my oem Fried Dalesford units made back in 1981 are in excellent condition.
     
  16. audiodon

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    The speaker stands arrived here as a lucky accident and are not manufactured for sale.

    They were made by AK'er Furnitureguy. He sold the speakers he made them for and put a request to trade them for a Sony SACD player that I happened to have, so we traded.
    They also just happened to fit the 2-foot square box style of the BC1s, SP1s, and the various flavors of SP1/2s.
     

     

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  17. JesusChrysler

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    Never seen a triple post before..... ;-)


    Spendor looks to be mighty nice; doubt there are many here in Ioway....


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    My SA1's have more pace, play louder and have less dynamic compression than Harbeth's lauded P3, they are definite keepers.
     
  20. MikeT.

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    Love to see some pics of your system.
     

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