Compact floorstanders are very much the style du jour among manufacturers at the moment, so Spendor’s claim
that its new ultra-compact A5R is guaranteed to make even an average-priced amplifier sound brilliant is intriguing to say the least.

The 2.5-way, floorstander boasts a 22mm-wide surround tweeter with a polyamide textile diaphragm. Proprietary D-line technology has been incorporated into both the mid and bass drivers, which are housed within a single sealed acoustic enclosure. A 150mm EP77 polymer coned bass/mid driver is responsible for all the midrange and, at modest listening levels, most of the low frequencies, while the lowest bass signals are handled by the ultra-rigid, two-part bonded 150mm Kevlar composite cone. Both drivers utilise a cast magnesium alloy chassis, high-efficiency motor systems, electro-dynamic damping, and thermal dissipation, claims Spendor. 

The A5R boasts a frequency range of 34Hz to 25kHz and is fitted with steel stabiliser inserts in the base of the cabinets. It’s available in light oak, dark walnut, cherry, black ash veneer or – for an additional outlay of £200 – satin white lacquer. See it for yourself here.