I listened to the Stirling Broadcast and Spendor speakers on this amplifier. The Moonriver Audio Model 404. Moonriver is a Swedish company and this is their first and so far only product. it’s got a really high end feel. It looks expensive, classy and retro. It’s modular, so you can add a DAC or phono stage.
About the sound, I only heard this one amplifier connected to the speakers, so it’s hard to say a lot about its character, but the speakers sounded lively and it was able to bring out the clarity of the Stirlings.
Spendor was a brand that I had had in the back of my mind for some time. It became a renowned name in audio with its thin walled BBC style speakers. I though, was more interested in their modern speakers. I had the opportunity to have a listen to the A7.
The A7 is an almost 94cm tall, but just 18cm wide tower. It’s just 30cm deep, so it can be easily placed in smaller living rooms. It looks gorgeous in this dark walnut finish.
Its sensitivity is 88db with an impedance of 8 ohm. So it shouldn’t be too hard to drive. I think I have read somewhere Spendor makes an effort to make their speakers easy to drive.
This speaker sounded smooth. The highs weren’t piercing and the mids clear and precise. The bass didn’t extend too deep down. At least that’s what I could perceive. To be honest I think I was sitting a bit far away to get a precise feel for it. Still, it was enjoyable and engaging. I think this speaker is great for long sessions.
After listening to the Spendor I mentioned the thin walled BBC style speakers behind it. I made some remark about this ‘old fashioned’ things to the guy working in the shop and he insisted I have a listen. So he set up the Stirling LS3/6 speakers. It was quite an experience. Voices and strings were so lifelike. So gorgeous. I was not too sure about the bass though. It wasn’t very firm or deep. Somehow though I feel I should get them, but not as my main speakers.