S3/5R2 and AV Speakers
The S3/5R2, released in July 2011, is a two way, sealed enclosure,
easy to drive, 8ohm loudspeaker with a minimum impedance of 6.2 ohms. It can be stand mounted or
placed on a bookshelf.
Spendor S3/5R2 is an all-new speaker which benefits from substantial
technical advances proven in recent Spendor designs like the SA1, the ST
and the other Classic R2 models. It maintains the charm and enjoyable
music making qualities of the original S3/5 while delivering significant
improvements in low frequency articulation, dynamics, power handling,
transparency and sound integration. Like its predecessors it has a fine
technical performance and a natural even sound balance. The S3/5R2 is a
sealed box design featuring the 22mm tweeter used in the SA1 and a new
140mm ep39 woofer. Pictured at right in Dark Walnut finish.
The S3/5R2 has a new 140mm long throw Spendor bass-mid driver with a
phase correction and a new cone material. It also has a new 22 mm soft
dome tweeter, an enhanced cabinet design and a completely re-engineered
crossover. It is is single wired with gold plated binding posts to ensure consistent and optimum sound
quality with all types of amplifiers and loudspeaker cables. All tracks
are now gold plated, and a revised filter alignment integrates the new
"This is all you need... it
S3/5R2's high-level dynamics were fairly impressive for so small a
speaker. There was a sense of drama and weight, and the orchestra was
stretched across a wide, deep stage with plenty of air. The bass-drum
thwacks seemed quite powerful and realistic. Deep-bass,
electronic-percussion transients were at times startling.
Most well-recorded classical and jazz sounded quite impressive
through the Spendors. The Chicago Symphony's recording of Pictures at an
Exhibition was presented on a bed of air with a tremendous sense of
bloom. The top octaves were delicate, and the articulation of percussion
transients was perfect. The trombones sounded as if emerging from much
larger speakers. Gina Bachauer's piano was forceful, delicate, dynamic
and airy. The most lifelike solo piano I've heard from a bookshelf
The speaker has no shortcomings whatsoever. With every recording I
tried, instruments and voices sounded as they should, and the speaker
did a damn good job of occasionally fooling me into thinking that live
musicians were playing in the room.
The Spendor S3/5R2 is an impressively evolved descendant of the
original BBC LS3/5a. You should find the S3/5R2 a revealing and
involving reproducer of a broad range of music, big and small, of all
genres. This is all you need. It plays music."
- Robert J. Reina, Stereophile, March 2013
"The new S3/5R2
was a revelation...
The improvements from the new model were many and obvious with any genre
and any format. First was the now more balanced presentation. Another
improvement with the new model was improved clarity, the driver
enhancements have lowered the noise floor to such an extent that
instruments and vocals have far more space to perform. The music starts
from a much lower dimension, giving bags of room for dynamics to stretch
VERDICT: Compact but packing a bass punch, the new Spendor S3/5R2 has a
new sense of clarity and upper frequency freedom. FOR: expanded
soundstage, transparency, characterful bass, clarity. AGAINST: nothing."
- HiFi World, June 2012. Five Globe Award Winner
Click image above for PDF of review.
performer that takes the classic attributes of the design and adds
further all-round ability...
... The S3/5R2 is still an astonishingly communicative speaker.
Voices and instruments are handled with an effortless accuracy that has
very few equals in terms of tonality under $1,600. The S3/5R2 can be
pushed very hard without hardening up or becoming aggressive. At
room-filling levels, it still sound firmly in control.
The S3/5R2 accompanies that addictive midrange with a tight, fast and
tuneful bass performance. The difference is subtle, but gives the
Spendor a wider appeal than its predecessor, without losing the traits
that made it popular with so many people in the first place.
The S3/5R2 also has excellent timing that gives up-tempo music the
underpinning required to enjoy it, while never forcing slower pieces.
Its soundstage is well formed and easy to follow with a believable sense
of the space a recording was formed in.
The sensitivity of 84dB initially sounds alarming but, as the impedance
never drops below six ohms, it is an easy load for most amplifiers. With
no port or other perforation, the Spendor is happy to be placed close to
walls or indeed on shelves. In any normal room, there should be no
issues placing them effectively for good results.
Detailed and expressive sound, fine build and easy placement. This
upgrade of a British classis is the most complete yet."
- Hi-Fi Choice, January 2012, HFC Recommended Award Winner
reviews on S3/5R2 to follow and they will be even better than the below
raves on the S3/5R.
"Throughout the crucial midrange, this new model may be the most
neutral and natural sounding mini-monitor I know." - TAS, July 2008
"The Spendors serve up a beautifully pure and clean sound. There's a
natural fluidity to the music. The S3/5Rs are loveable, talented
speakers that can provide hour after hour of enjoyment." - What HiFi,
The S3/5R retains the charming warmth and technical precision of the
original S3/5 with clearly audible improvements in sound, especially in
the mid-band. It has a more even and natural sound, a more holographic
sound-stage and a cleaner and sweeter high frequency response.
S3/5R wins The Absolute Sound Editors' Choice Award 2008
"Now in its third iteration, designated by the
"R" suffix, the S3/5R boasts greater neutrality, especially
throughout the critical presence range (a bit recessed in the
original), for a tonal balance of strong appeal to those who
value musical naturalness above all else. Readers looking for
small speakers to serve both high accuracy and high musicality
in an intimate setting should put the S3/5R at the top of their
audition list. Philip Swift here shows himself to be a
discriminating steward of the great Spendor tradition. I can
hardly think of higher praise for a new speaker." - Paul Seydor,
TAS, June/July 2008.
S3/5R wins Hi-Fi Choice Gold Award for
Best Loudspeakers 2008
"A variation on a long-established and much
admired BBC LS3/5a mini-monitor speaker design, Spendor has
incorporated two decades of engineering technology into its
S3/5R standmount. Smooth, even and unfailingly polite, this is
not simply a loudspeaker for speech and classical music; the
Spendor S3/5R can deliver most kinds of music at typical
domestic levels with a clarity and coherence that set it ahead
of the pack. A Best Buy both in a solo review and an Ultimate
Group Test, the Spendor S3/5R might be tiny, but its honesty
puts it right in the Spendor tradition." - HiFi Choice Gold
Award Winner Best Loudspeakers £500-£1,000, 2008.
SR5.2 On-Wall Speaker
The SR5.2 is an on-wall speaker designed for customers who
appreciate quality and who understand that a high quality audio
presentation is a very important part of creating a truly enjoyable
theater at home experience. These speakers offer a good solution for
people who don't have the space for quality floor standing speakers but
need something better than inherently compromised in-wall speakers.
slim cabinet is profiled and dimensioned to integrate with a specially
developed Spendor 140mm bass-midrange drive unit. The driver has a large
powerful motor-magnet system and very low Qe. As a result the SR5.2 has
an optimally flat and correctly damped frequency response. The response
is also exceptionally smooth and well-maintained off-axis, very
important for surround sound applications especially when the
loudspeakers are not at ear height. The SR5.2 features a revised
crossover and single wiring connections delivering improved integration.
The speakers create a wide deep sound field that allows great
flexibility when planning the layout of rooms and seating.
SR5.2 is supplied with an adjustable stainless steel bracket. To
guarantee consistent sound the bracket incorporates two non-resonant
polymer damping rings to control the flow of energy from the cabinet to
the wall. The Spendor SR5.2 is ideal for 2, 5 or 7 channel loudspeaker
systems and a diversity of high performance multi-room and multimedia
applications. It is the perfect surround speaker for use with other
Center Channel Speaker
Surround sound music and home theatre is destined to feature large
in our lives. With Spendor 'S' series loudspeakers the transition from
two channel stereo to surround sound is truly seamless, just like the
sound. The C5.2 is engineered and balanced from concept to production to
complement any combination of Spendor loudspeakers.
The new C5.2 is a compact centre channel loudspeaker with a big
performance. It delivers low distortion, wide even dispersion and
fabulous sound even when it is located on or close to shelves, screens,
equipment, or walls. The low overall height and modest depth of the C5.2
makes it perfect when space is at a premium. The clear articulate
midrange is never muddled or confused by the bass and the widely
dispersed treble ensures you will enjoy an enveloping sound experience
free from the hard and un-natural sound of most contemporary