The Best Spendors Ever
Spendor's new 'flagship' loudspeaker combines distinctive modern styling with state-of-the-art engineering.
The Spendor D7 is an elegant, modern, medium-size, 2.5 way, floor-standing loudspeaker, that delivers music with a fresh vibrant realism that conventional loudspeakers cannot match. This new level of performance is the direct result of important Spendor innovations. Value priced at $6,395 US for standard finishes such as Cherry shown at right or $7,495 for premium finishes such as Premium Striped Ebony shown below.
SPENDOR LPZ (LINEAR PRESSURE ZONE) TWEETER
The goal of every tweeter designer is to achieve linear acoustic output across a wide frequency range, in practice this is extremely difficult. Spendor’s approach to this age-old challenge is radical, and it works. The Spendor LPZ tweeter is a soft dome tweeter built around a stainless steel front plate that forms a damped acoustic chamber directly in front of a lightweight woven polyamide diaphragm. The front plate incorporates a phase correcting micro foil to equalise sound wave path lengths across the diaphragm surface, simultaneously it generates a symmetrical pressure environment on both faces of the tweeter diaphragm so the tweeter operates in a balanced linear mode.
Imagine focussing an ultra-high quality camera lens until you see a clear bright image. That’s the effect of LPZ technology. Our sequential geometry micro-foil operates as an acoustic lens. The result is perfect focus, uninhibited sound transmission and a very wide listening window. The front plate also provides excellent mechanical protection for the delicate tweeter dome and a smart modern appearance.
...among the finest speakers I've heard at any price.
Sam Tellig, Stereophile Class A Recommended Component, September 2014
A superb floorstander, one of Spendor's best boxes ever.
HiFi Choice, April 2013, Five Star Award Winner
It has a decent helping of the original mid 1970s BBC magic midrange but with a modern twist. The D7 is easy to drive and truly compatible with valve amplifiers. Undemanding of placement, it has fine stereo and extended powerful bass, sounds upbeat and well balanced, and will drive larger rooms as required. And the build and finish is first rate: what more can one ask?
HiFi Critic, September 2013
New Spendor Drive Units Developed for D7
The D7 mid-bass drive unit has an advanced EP77 polymer cone for superb clarity and vanishingly low colouration. The D7 low frequency drive unit has an ultra-rigid two part bonded Kevlar composite cone assembly for accurate powerful low frequency response. Both drivers feature cast magnesium alloy chassis, high efficiency motor systems, optimised electro-dynamic damping, and excellent thermal dissipation for wide dynamic range. A new polymer surround reduces driver ‘break-in’ time significantly due to the very stable molecular composition of the material.
Fifth Generation Spendor Linear Flow Port
The benefits of Spendor Linear Flow port technology have been well proven in the Spendor A-line. They deliver deep articulate bass with natural timing, even in small rooms or close to a wall. Our new fifth generation Spendor Linear flow port incorporates an aerodynamically profiled central baffle (like an aircraft wing) to create a tapered twin-venturi port. Air at the port extremities is decelerated and there is a further reduction in air velocity in the large tapered area at the cabinet base. The result is evenly balanced acoustic pressure and air-flow along the whole length of the port. Rapidly decreasing air velocity at the port extremities creates an air-curtain effect to eliminate port noise and spurious mid-band radiation.
Conventional loudspeakers incorporate low frequency enclosure damping. The damping material stores energy. As the stored energy is released it is no longer in-time with the music and it makes sound unnaturally heavy and slow. The sound path, within the D7 cabinet, from the bass drivers to the listening room, requires no low frequency damping. The Spendor D7 is entirely free from energy storage effects, the advantage is clearly audible, music sounds naturally fast, agile and coherent.
High quality terminals are recessed within the port aperture to hide plug and cable connections for neat appearance.
The D7 is extremely capable and very neutral, but most importantly it puts the music first.
Hi-Fi+, December 2014
We can't help but marvel at the sound. Spendor D7s set the standard for speakers at this price.
What Hi-Fi, October 2013
Spendor Dynamic Cabinet Damping
Timing is fundamental to the musical experience. In conventional loudspeakers rigid high density cabinet panels are mass-damped to reduce cabinet-talk. Spurious energy is stored and released slowly. This introduces unacceptable blurring and slowing of the sound. Spendor’s solution is asymmetric aperture bracing of the cabinet to disperse internal waves. Dynamic Damping with small low mass constrained polymer dampers at key energy interface points instantly convert any spurious energy in the cabinet into inaudible heat. The result is a silent rigid cabinet and naturally fast engaging sound.
90dB efficiency and an easy to drive 8 ohm load ensure complete compatibility with a wide range of amplifiers and cables. With substantial power handling the D7’s can play very loud without sounding compressed. At low replay levels the sound is always clear and transparent.
Elegant Modern Design
The D7 looks as good as it sounds. Two new premium finishes perfectly complement today’s on-trend interiors. Spendor Dark, a diamond polished gloss lacquer over a dark natural wood, for an alluring modern look. Spendor White, a silky smooth pure white lacquer, for a distinctive contemporary look. Standard finishes are light oak, dark walnut, cherry and black ash. The plinth is satin black lacquer to complement all finishes.
All Spendor loudspeakers are designed and manufactured in the United Kingdom.
If you're after a great all-round, affordable, high-end loudspeaker, here it is.
Hi-Fi Choice, Issue 370, 2013
Description: 2.5 way floor standing loudspeaker
Enclosure type: Rigid, asymmetric braced, vented cabinet with dynamic damping
HF drive unit: Spendor 22 mm LPZ polyamide dome
Bass/mid drive unit: Spendor 180 mm (7”) EP77 polymer cone
Lower bass drive unit: Spendor 180 mm Kevlar composite cone
Sensitivity: 90dB for 1 watt at 1 meter
Crossover point: 900Hz, 3.2kHz
Frequency response: 29Hz - 25kHz
Impedance: 8 ohms nominal
Vent type: Fifth generation Spendor linear flow, tapered twin-venturi port
Power handling: 200 watts unclipped program
Terminals: Single pair recessed precision binding posts
Cabinet (H x W x D): 38 x 8 x 14 inches excluding spikes
Finishes: Standard: cherry, dark walnut, black ash
Premium: dark gloss, matte white
Weight: 46 lbs
Accessories: Adjustable height spike feet, magnetic drive unit protection grilles