29-221 Spendor / Leema Acoustics / Van den Hul Room
CES 2016 was the worldwide debut for the new Spendor SP200 loudspeakers and our first presentation of the fantastic Leema Acoustics Constellation range. For those who want the most authentic recreation of a musical performance at a highly affordable price point, the Spendor-Leema-Van den Hul system is a “home run”. Thanks to Terry Miles and Philip Swift of Spendor and Lee Taylor of Leema Acoustics for helping in the room.
None other than designer Terry Miles was on hand to introduce Spendor’s “all-new top-of-line Spendor Classic” 3-way loudspeaker ($24,995/pair). The system, which also included Leema electronics from Wales and van den Hul cabling, delivered an excellent and impressive sense of space on a Reference Recordings CD of ballet music by Delibes. Bass had great impact, and the toned down, polite top did not prevent a triangle from resounding beautifully in space.Miles has worked at Spendor for four decades, and began designing their latest-generation loudspeakers in 2007. Distinguishing the Classic are 12″ Spendor drive-units with Kevlar-impregnated dust caps to keep the cone extremely stiff as well as light and thin. The sealed box is heavily damped inside, which is claimed to reduce internal reflections, and cabinet walls are intentionally thin to prevent resonant energy storage. In addition, the midrange unit’s cone is composed of their latest internally developed polymer. “Our goal is neutrality, transparency, and effortless bass,” said Miles of a speaker that has twice the volume of the 100-liter SP100.Jason Victor Sernius, Stereophile, CES Show Report, January 2016
Driven by Leema electronics, the SP200 had excellent resolution, superb recovery of ambience, and outstanding staging. In many ways this was the best Spendor I’ve heard at a trade show.Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, CES Show Report, January 2016
I was taken with the SP200’s. I asked to hear some vinyl, Eric Clapton’s Unplugged, and I was rewarded by a rich, enveloping experience. I sat through the whole album. The amplifiers were from Leema, and they got the job done in style.
Gerard Rejskind, UHF Magazine, CES Show Report, January 2016