For almost twenty years Spendor manufactured the legendary LS3/5a BBC mini-monitor; a loudspeaker which became an international reference standard. The S3/5R2 proudly continued this tradition with the most significant and extensive revision of the 3/5 ever, and the A1 is the current implementation of this model.
The original Spendor S3/5 was launched in 1997. It gained worldwide recognition as the natural successor to the LS3/5a. Ten years later a new S3/5R achieved what many thought impossible - new levels of transparency and imaging coherency, more articulate bass delivery and the enjoyable fatigue free listening experience which so clearly distinguished the original Spendor S3/5 from other small loudspeakers.
The S3/5R2, and now A1, takes a big step forward with significant improvements in low frequency articulation, dynamics, transparency and sound integration.
I've yet to hear any speaker in this size/price point which is superior. The A1 has it all.Paul Rigby, The Audiophile Man, October 2017
The S3/5R2 is still an astonishingly communicative speaker that has few equals. The S3/5R2 accompanies that addictive midrange with a tight, fast and tunefull bass.HiFi Choice, January 2012
The S3/5R2 takes a big step forward with significant improvements in low frequency articulation, dynamics, transparency and sound integration.The top octaves were delicate, and the articulation of percussion transients was perfect. The speaker has no shortcomings whatsoever. The most lifelike solo piano I've heard from a bookshelf speaker. This is all you need. It plays music.Robert J. Reina, Stereophile, March 2013
The A1 is simply enormous fun to listen to in a way that many other speakers can only dream of.Ed Selley, AVForums, October 2017