Which brings me to what is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the D1’s musical offering. Most people using a speaker this size will do so because they can’t afford, accommodate, or don’t feel they need, something bigger. The natural musical advantages of a small box with only two drivers are well recognised. After all, the fewer the ingredients the less damage they can do. But so too are the disadvantages, when it comes to scale, bandwidth, and power. Yet such is the sheer musical coherence and expressive range available from the D1 that, as astonishingly satisfying as it is playing solo, it is simply crying out to be used with a good subwoofer (or even two). Suddenly, rather than a stop-gap solution or compromise, it could become part of a genuinely full-range, high-end loudspeaker solution on an instalment plan. The Wilson Benesch Torus is an obvious candidate, while models from Eclipse TD offer a more affordable alternative. But standalone or as part of a longer-term growth strategy, this is one remarkable little speaker. So, Philip Swift, all is more than forgiven. The SA1 impressed a lot of people, myself included. Just wait until they get a load of this!
Type: Two-way sealed box loudspeaker
Driver Complement: 1× Spendor LPZ soft dome tweeter, 1× 150mm EP77 mid/bass driver
Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
Crossover Frequency: 4.8kHz
Dimensions (W×H×D): 165 × 305 × 190mm
Weight: 5.7kg ea.
Finishes: Black or white lacquer, satin Ebony
Price: £1,895 pr. £595 pr. matching stands
Manufacturer: Spendor Audio Systems Ltd, Hailsham, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1323 843474