Spendor BC1 - Home-Theatre Review.com (by Ken Kessler; famed British reviewer)
The iconic BBC designed BC1 - better than the LS3/5a (also BBC designed, and arguably one of the best, mini-mpnitors - ever - and, perhaps, the most influencial). The LS3/5a, bye the way, I believe is the speaker mostly responsible for the general midrange characteristics (and consequent deficiencies) in speakers today (re; Waj on Audio articles Part 1 - 4 on the subject). And though much larger and 'fuller'-sounding, the BC1 also shares the blame with its stable-mate, in my opinion. Here's a quote from Part 1 of that series; " [The Spendor BC1 was, and still is, among the very best exponents of the type of sound which dominates high-end today - sweet, bright and detailed, but thin in the lower-midrange (even though the Spendor is better than most here, yet, not good enough) and dynamically limited (here, the Spendor was/is as dismal as most others) COMPARED TO LIVE MUSIC]' Having owned a BC1 for many years, and having frequently compared it to a live 30-piece acoustic band/orchestra that regularly plays next to my home, I can attest to this highly regarded speaker's lack of ultimate REALISM. Yet, it was still better than most of the popular alternatives - sadly, the same applies today. Utter frustration with these is what led me to build my own DIY speaker-system which, thankfully, now sounds remarkably like those live acoustic musical instruments which continue to supply the ultimate reference-sound from next-door. [The pic in the article is not that of the BC1, btw].
Posted April 27, 2011 at 3:05 PM