The new Spendor
Classic R2 Series.
Pictured left to right SP100R2, SP3/1R2,
SP2/3R2, and SP1/2R2.
Classic R2 Series
For 40 years the Spendor Classic Series loudspeakers have set a
reference standard for discerning audiophiles, musicians and
professional sound engineers. In fact, Spendor earned it's stripes
developing reference studio monitors for the BBC. While Spendor has created a succession of
successful and innovative modern loudspeakers using advanced materials
and technology, the Classic series has evolved but is still based on
concepts, materials and technology true to the original concept.
In 2011 an all-new Classic series revision was completed with release of
the last of the Classic R2 models. This complete re-design once again
raises the performance substantially of these legendary BBC-inspired
The new R2 series blends Spendor's latest advanced techniques and
materials discovered during the research and development of the SA1 and
flagship ST, with original BBC technology,
construction and design. As such it preserves the rich and natural sound character
which is the hallmark of every Spendor Classic loudspeaker but offers
the performance demanded by today's most discerning listeners.
New Spendor Classic R2 Series Revision
The new R2 series models benefit from the inclusion of the new 22mm
wide-surround tweeter, new Spendor bass-mid drive units, revised
crossover, improvements to the cabinets and realigned low frequency
response. These improvements take advantage of many engineering and
sound quality improvements which Spendor has recently developed for new
models like the Spendor ST, SA1, A5 and A6. Despite the clearly audible
improvements Spendor has not lost sight of the challenge - to improve
this Classic design without losing the warmth and charm of the original.
The R2 speakers receive the same new 22mm wide-surround tweeter used in
Spendor's award winning new SA1 speakers. This new tweeter combines
the extended frequency response of a small diaphragm with the low
frequency characteristics of a larger diaphragm to give stable low
distortion response over a very wide frequency range.
All Classic R2 speakers also receive new Spendor UK designed and
manufactured bass-mid drive units. The new bass units feature: new cone
materials, new modern die-cast magnesium alloy chassis and new higher
stability surrounds with improved suspension. These improvements give
the R2 speakers significantly reduced coloration and improved low
frequency performance as well as smoother mid to high frequency
With the inclusion of the new bass-mid units in the Classic R2
series, all Spendor midrange and bass-mid drive
units now use improved phase correction technology in the form of a
focusing magnet motor pole extension. This is designed to control
spurious phase and frequency response variations in the crossover
region. Frequency transition between drive units is more coherent due to
improved phase matching. The result is a more even and natural sound and
a more holographic sound-stage. Sound remains more open and more relaxed
at higher listening levels due to the improved thermal dissipation of
the revised drive units.
"The SP3/1R2 has a midrange to die for... with attractive
traditional styling, offers superb neutrality and coherence with very
low coloration, fine imaging and a wide dynamic range."
- HiFi Choice Best Buy, March 2009
The crossover has
been re-engineered to improve conductivity and signal routing and to
eliminate magnetic interaction between inductors. All tracks are gold
plated. Solder used in circuit assembly is silver and copper loaded for
optimum connection integrity. Revised filter alignment integrates the
All internal cables
have been up-rated. Heavy gauge, high purity multi strand copper
conductors, individually silver-plated, with halogen free dielectrics,
give wide-bandwidth and clean signal transmission.
Impact? Involvement? the Spendors sounded awesome. More important, the
very emotional 'Unsatisfied' was screamingly, tearily good through these
speakers. The Spendors lived up to their BBC heritage as monitors. They
were open, articulate, correct and, without sounding the least bit cold,
cerebral. They communicated the wondrous sense of structure and flow.
With work, one can find loudspeakers - virtually always more expensive
than the Classic SP100R2 that perform better at one or two tasks: but in
my experience, it's extremely difficult to find one that does
better at all the many things the Classic SP100R2 does so well.
The current price seems quite reasonable for all the SP100R2 has to
offer. Sixteen years later, Spendor's flagship Classic model is just as
recommendable, if not more so - and all the more deserving of its status
as a reference. A stronger recommendation does not exist."
- Art Dudley, Stereophile, January 2013
"The SP2/3R2 has a wonderfully natural-sounding midrange sandwiched between a sweet
and insightful treble and weighty bass. They may look old fashioned, but
these stunning Spendors put most of their modern-day rivals to shame.
This SP2 is the best yet."
- What HiFi Five Stars award, May 2009
"It's often difficult to pick out an overall winner from a group of
similar size and price loudspeakers, but on this occasion there was no
disagreement amongst the listening panel that the Spendor SP2/3R2 was
the pick of the bunch."
- HiFi Choice, Group Test Winner, March 2011
The traditional Spendor ‘Classic’ cabinet
engineering, thin walls with heavy damping, has been enhanced by the use
of modern rubberized damping panels. The damping interface between the
cabinet wall and the damping material is significantly improved due to
more consistent temperature stability, spurious energy is dissipated
more efficiently, the result is improved sound.
Finally the R2 speakers have new acoustically engineered grill covers to
dramatically reduce acoustic interaction and redesigned free-flow reflex
ports for improved bass response.
The Classic R2 speakers present an easy to drive 8ohm load and are
compatible with all types of amplifiers from powerful solid state to the
most esoteric tube designs.
"The new R2 revision models deliver clearly audible
improvements in resolution, stereo imaging, low frequency extension and
articulation and improved dynamic range while carefully preserving the
natural charm of the original Classic."
While the technical performance of each model is subtly improved
there is no change to the overall technical specification and each pair
of Spendor Classic Series loudspeakers is still calibrated and matched
to stringent broadcast reference standards, and all Spendor drive units
and crossovers are individually calibrated during manufacture. Spendor
continues to design and manufacture all its bass and mid-bass drive
units in-house in the UK.
Pictured below, from left to right, SP100R2, SP1/2R2, SP2/3R2 and