This powerful three way design features a 7”
mid-range and 12” woofer allowing it to move air like few other flagship
loudspeakers can. The result is a breath-taking recreation of a live
performance with a glorious full scale sound.
The SP100R2 is an evolution of the Spendor BC3, S100, S100P, SP100
and SP100R loudspeaker systems. These have been recipients of numerous
awards: the prestigious French Diapason d'or and the Japanese 'Component
of the year' accolade to name but two. The Spendor SP100R2 continues to
set the standard by which other full-size loudspeakers must be judged.
The SP100R2 is a testament to Spendor's unique understanding of
cabinet design. Critical positioning of the drive units and internal
enclosures control and reduce unwanted resonances to an absolute
Pacing? 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
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