spendor s8 none e version how do they sound

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi and General Audio' started by mickm, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. mickm

    mickm

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    0
    hi, anyone had a set of these or still got a set , how do they sound , how much better is the more recent e version over the origanal , any feed back welcome , mick
     
    mickm, Mar 18, 2008
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. mickm

    Hamilton

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well I had a pair a few years back and I liked 'em fine, though they're not to everyone's taste, and its kind of hard to describe how speakers sound but here goes... Very detailed and accurate in the mid and treble but not at all harsh, nice firm bass - clean but definitely not bloated. The mix is always clear and seperate - kind of an 'airy' sound. They sounded particularly good with acoustic/vocal or classical stuff. May not be the ideal choice for dance or anything else really bass heavy, but actually good amplification makes a difference - mine took a major step up when I got some Cyrus monoblocks. Critics say they sound 'dry' and even 'dull' but I guess that depends what you're used to/like. They're not 'warm' but generally I like accurate so... Eventually switched to a pair of W-B Orators which were all that plus beefier in the bottom and with a touch of warmth. Can't comment on comparisons with the e-models. I think the major change was in cabinet construction where they went from the 'traditional' (for Spendor) thin walled cabs to something more conventional. Never heard comment about changes to the sound so maybe there wasn't much. Worth a listen, because they tend to be a love 'em or hate 'em thing. Hope that helps...
     
    Hamilton, Mar 20, 2008
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. mickm

    mickm

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    0
    thanks for that much appreciated , ive got a set of proac resonce 2s at the moment but moving to a bigger listerning room so after a replacment for the proacs that offer better bass , probably a bigger proac is the safe bet but though i would try somthink new , ta , mick
     
    mickm, Mar 20, 2008
    #3
  4. mickm

    pat36a

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2008
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm looking at a pair of S8's so interested to see if anyone can add anything new to this thread?
     
    pat36a, May 2, 2008
    #4
  5. mickm

    DSJR

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2007
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    0
    I thought the Response 2's to be one of Proac's triumphs to be honest, even at their inflated price when new.

    In audiophool circles, Spendor are regarded as "Spendorszzzzzzzzz" as they don't have this artificial "speed" that is so well liked. The S8's sound magnifcently smooth, but involving and powerful. get them a few hands breadths from a back wall and nowhere near corners and perhaps consider cabling like the Chord Rumour that we mostly used with them. A clean, clear, slightly "assertive" sounding amp with a punchy but musical, bass performance would work best I feel.

    The S8e's were a tad tauter low down and sounded a touch livelier as a result IIRC. A much underrated speaker I think.

    Is your new room going to be able to take old S100/SP100's? These are too large for many of us, but the extra scale would be well worth while if you can get some space around them (stands aren't a problem if you know where to look).
     
    DSJR, May 5, 2008
    #5
  6. mickm

    pat36a

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2008
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sorry for all the questions, but you guys often have the answers.

    How old are S8's likely to be?

    When first released? When last sold before replacement by 8e's.

    I listen a lot at low volume - S8 suited to this?
     
    pat36a, May 5, 2008
    #6
  7. mickm

    Hamilton

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think the S8's appeared about 8 years ago and were replaced by the e versions 3 or 4 years after that, but that's relying on fallible memory. You might find the info on the Spendor website. And they work well at low volume.
     
    Hamilton, May 6, 2008
    #7
  8. mickm

    pat36a

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2008
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks
     
    pat36a, May 8, 2008
    #8
    1. Advertisements

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.
Similar Threads
  1. Adam
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    376
  2. Mike Rivers
    Replies:
    17
    Views:
    288
    Ben Bradley
    Sep 26, 2008
  3. BobF

    MIDI Track Input = "None"

    BobF, May 5, 2005, in forum: Cakewalk
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    189
  4. Uncle Ants

    Rothwell Attenuators - What are they? How do they work?

    Uncle Ants, Jan 5, 2004, in forum: Hi-Fi and General Audio
    Replies:
    7
    Views:
    982
    Uncle Ants
    Jan 6, 2004
  5. T-bone Sanchez

    How do they do it??

    T-bone Sanchez, Apr 26, 2005, in forum: Hi-Fi and General Audio
    Replies:
    4
    Views:
    579
    muffinman
    Apr 26, 2005
  6. amazingtrade
    Replies:
    8
    Views:
    554
    amazingtrade
    May 1, 2005
  7. Mart

    Wanted: Wanted, none working Linn Karik mk 3

    Mart, May 30, 2007, in forum: Classified Adverts
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    492
  8. kittywonder

    How to get Chromecast to play through a surround system?

    kittywonder, Jan 24, 2017, in forum: Hi-Fi and General Audio
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    272
    Jeff Lee
    Mar 3, 2017
Loading...