Spendor A7 £2995
Earlier this year, Spendor expanded its A-line speaker range with these superb floorstanders. They sound great, they look great and they’re compact enough to fit into most homes.
There’s nothing flash about these speakers; standing 93cm tall they just exude a simple elegance. Build quality is first-rate, and you can choose Black Ash, Dark Walnut or Natural Oak for the wood veneer finish, with a Satin White option costing an extra £300.
These are two-way speakers. Each has an 18cm mid/bass driver and a 22mm tweeter with a wide surround which helps disperse the sound further.
Position them correctly – around 20-30cm away from a wall or corners – and you’ll reap the rewards. The Spendors have rear-firing slot-shaped reflex ports to reduce noise and distortion, and to give better grip on bass than a conventional tube-shaped port can generally manage.
Don’t push them up against a wall or you’ll lose a lot of that open character. We’d also toe the speakers in slightly towards the listening position to get that gorgeous stereo imaging and solid focus for vocals.
This is a big sound, packed with insight and great dynamics. Detail levels are fantastic, with each instrumental strand and vocal quirk laid bare. The sound is terrifically clean and organised, but where other Spendors prioritised refinement, these A7s also pack in bags of punch to keep things sounding lively.
A flair for rhythm
In case you’re worried that this all sounds a bit clinical, relax. These Spendors are wonderfully expressive. Vocals are a particular highlight. We play
Liability by Lorde and that emotionally laden voice sounds gorgeous – focused, tangible and intimate.
Despite their relatively compact size, these speakers also go satisfyingly deep, and keep a firm grip on the bassline of Massive Attack’s Angel. Each note is pulled taut, and the edges are precise but wrapped in layers of texture.
The song’s relentless, brooding momentum never lets up, and the Spendors remain agile and controlled throughout, handling each musical strand like a veteran puppet master.
If we’re looking for even the tiniest flaw, more raucous tunes could do with a bit more brawn behind them, but that’s a trifling concern against the A7s’ stunning precision, clarity and subtlety.
Factor in their hugely enjoyable dynamics and flair for rhythm and we’re sold on them as our top premium speaker choice.
Spendor’s A7s exude a simple elegance and a sound worthy of our premium prize