The Audio Tailor Voted #1 Australian Hi Fi Store 2021 + 2022
Spendor - D9.2 - Floor Standing Speakers
Thank you for visiting The Audio Tailor.
We’re Stuart, Gabby, Nathan and Vaughan. It’s a pleasure to have you here!
The first question we get from customers usually starts with, “What’s the difference between...”
When you’re shopping for new speakers, a turntable, or even thinking of putting together that home theatre of your teenage dreams - you’ll likely be faced with stacks of comparisons.
Why would I buy the Bluesound Pulse 2i when the Flex 2i is half the price?
Is Spendor the best?
Should I wait for a sale? Or get this now? What will I be missing out on when the new model comes out next year?
Endless questions. Lots of FOMO. Loads of hmm-ing and ha-ing.
And there SHOULD be.
Because you don’t go to a Hi-Fi store and drop $2000, $3000, or $15000 on something you're not 100%, positively, secure-in-your heart sure of.
It’s a lot of hard-earned money on the line.
Imagine doing hours of your own research. Reading up the suppliers’ websites, taking notes from Hi Fi blogs, categorizing the differing opinions as you trawl r/audiophile. You know what you’re getting. You’ve narrowed the online stores down to the final five. You’ve checked and re-checked that you’re getting the best deal. You’re sure you’re not getting ripped off by shipping.
You hit the “Checkout” button. Momentary relief!
Until your speakers haven’t arrived by the estimated delivery date and you have yet to hear a peep about its progress.
Until your new turntable arrives with a crack in the dust cover.
Until your long-awaited amp set-up fails to deliver the kind of sound you had in mind. Now you’re not even sure if you got the right one anymore, or how to troubleshoot it.
What could possibly be worse?
What about: No after-sales service. No phone number to call. And no one responding to your tickets.
Not to mention the hundreds of man hours you’ve already lost on reading layman opinions from the likes of Graham H. from Melbourne and Sarah D. from Perth; dutifully scrolling through pages and pages of reviews. Torturing yourself by looking for all the ones with less than 3 stars... when you could have been sitting back and diving into a whole new world of immersive sound and deliciously satisfying body vibrations.
Would it make sense to go to audio specialists that know brands, specs, and installation like the back of their hands?
Should you spend less time on weighing up pros and cons and more time enjoying good music?
Want to get the absolute best home theatre for your budget and surroundings without the weight of 100++ brand offerings bogging you down?
We like to think so!
And that’s why we’re here. Two things to know about us:
Thing 1: We were voted Australia’s 2021 Hi Fi Retailer of the Year (Yay! And THANK YOU!)
Thing 2: This is purely because we are sound specialists and audioheads - NOT salesmen.
We got into this business because we genuinely love audio and because we realized there was a lot of faceless dropshipping in the HiFi industry - and not enough expertise out there. People who keep coming back to us do so because they’re getting attention to detail and individualized solutions that they can’t find elsewhere.
Our clients don’t need to worry about budget, brand name, or size.
All they need to worry about, is talking to us.
Because, when you come to us, you’re in for a conversation.
We want to know the picture in your head.
That final portrait of you back from the flea market with Pearl Jam’s Ten, eager to place it gently upon a turntable you haven’t quite decided on yet.
A summer barbeque in your garden with the boys. Having a yarn around a beer-filled cooler while appreciating the crisp, clear, quality of sound streaming through the open doors of your listening space.
The kids having mates over - quiet for once - immersed in a good movie, lights out, in the comfort of the home theatre that is your pride and joy. “I wish we had one of these at our place!”
Once we know precisely what your ultimate scenario looks like, we’ll want to know what you’re working with.
What kind of budget have you set aside?
What’s the existing set-up look like?
How big is the listening room you have in mind?
How much ambient light is coming in?
Are you running drywall or wood panelling? Carpet or hardwood?
What about room resonance and reflection?
No idea what we’re going on about? No worries. We intend to talk you through all that. Our aim is that you get the absolute best sound system for your home, at a price point you’re happy with, and an aesthetic you can’t help but want to show off.
To get to this end goal, an unhealthy interest in all things audio simply isn’t enough. That’s why we spend countless hours behind the scenes sourcing products from only the most reliable brands and trustworthy suppliers - regardless of their branding and marketing.
We don’t rely on them to tell us what’s good about their equipment. We’ve developed our own proactive testing process to judge what’s what. So you get hands-on knowledge every single time. Coupled with our tight networks and stable supply chain meticulously refined over the years, we strive to ensure that the experience you get at The Audio Tailor is personal, seamless, and painless.
Personal, because it’s uniquely you in musicality, design, and taste. Your options are hand picked by us from amongst some of the world’s biggest, best, and most dependable brands.
Seamless, because we’re only small. You get one of us. Not one of dozens of salesmen milling about the place, working for commission and pushing the most expensive products.
Painless, because we don’t recommend anything until we’re clear about your needs. We follow up with you to make sure everything’s arrived in one piece. For us, the transaction isn’t over until your equipment is safely installed and fully satisfying.
Some of the big things we feel are missing in the HiFi world are:
- The need for expertise before, during, and after the sale
- A vast wealth of comparative knowledge, and
- A commitment to end-to-end service.
At The Audio Tailor, we hope we’ve made it clear that service doesn’t shut off when a problem pops up. It’s an opportunity to tighten the ship we run, bolster our 5-star reputation, and most importantly - make someone’s day.
Hi! We see you’ve actually made it to the end of this page. Love it!
We’d like to end this by giving a shout out to all the enthusiasts and audiophiles we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. It has been a privilege to share our desire, passion, and journey for the purest sound and finest entertainment solutions for your homes and businesses.
Thank you to all our customers - past, present, and future - for helping us chase after something above the ordinary.
To make your audio dreams come true - call, email, or hop on down to our Brisbane store.
We’re looking forward to meeting you!
The Spendor D7 and D9 loudspeakers are widely acknowledged for their class-leading sound and elegant modern design. The D7 has become one of Spendor’s best-selling and most enduring models of all-time. Spendor has now introduced a series of important engineering and aesthetic refinements to both models to elevate their sound and design to a new higher level.
An elegant, modern, full-size, 3-way, 4-driver, floor-standing loudspeaker. The D9.2 delivers music with exceptional resolution and a vibrant realism that conventional loudspeakers cannot match. It delivers low frequencies with breath-taking power, scale and authority. It is easy to place in real-world listening rooms, very efficient, and compatible with all good amplifiers. With a tall slim enclosure and smart modern finishes the Spendor D9.2 is entirely at home in any listening room.
Key design features
- Significant improvements to Spendor Dynamic Damping materials and configuration
- Re-engineered cabinet structure (D7.2) which is far more rigid than the original D7
- Spendor LPZ (Linear Pressure Zone) tweeter
- Spendor 18cm D-Line drive-units with latest refinements
- Spendor 5G Linear flow port technology
- Advanced topology crossover networks
- Easy to drive, easy to position, and very efficient
- Re-designed plinths and grilles and re-positioned logo for a slimmer more dynamic look
- Available Finishes - Black ash, cherry, dark walnut, natural oak and satin white (special order - please enquire) with black plinth
Improved performance clearly audible
- Dramatic advances in low frequency articulation and mid-range dynamics
- Refinements to crossover networks bring improved driver integration and a beautifully even balance across the whole sound spectrum
- A captivating finely textured sound with deep-wide sound-images which clearly convey the message and the emotion of well-recorded music
- Transparency to match the finest ancillary equipment
Spendor LPZ (Linear Pressure Zone) tweeter
The goal of every tweeter designer is to achieve linear acoustic output over a wide frequency range. In practice this is extremely difficult. Spendor’s approach is radical, and it works. The Spendor LPZ tweeter is built around a stainless steel front plate which forms a damped acoustic chamber in front of a lightweight woven polyamide diaphragm. The front plate incorporates a phase correcting micro foil to equalise sound wave path lengths across the diaphragm surface, simultaneously it generates a symmetrical pressure environment on both faces of the tweeter diaphragm so the tweeter operates in a balanced linear mode. The front plate also provides excellent mechanical protection for the delicate tweeter dome and a smart modern appearance.
Imagine focusing an ultra high quality camera lens until you see a clear bright image. That’s the effect of Spendor LPZ technology. Our sequential geometry micro-foil operates like an acoustic lens. The result is perfect focus, uninhibited sound transmission and a very wide listening window. Sound images are vivid, in-the-air, as bright or sweet as any music demands.
Spendor 5G Linear flow port
The Spendor 5G Linear flow port, inspired by Formula 1 diffuser technology, incorporates an aerodynamically profiled central baffle, like an aircraft wing, to create a tapered twin-venturi port. Air at the port extremities is smoothly decelerated and there is a further reduction in air velocity in the large tapered area at the cabinet base. The result is evenly balanced air pressure and air-flow along the whole length of the port leading to very low distortion at all playing levels. Rapidly decreasing air velocity at the port extremities creates an air-curtain effect to eliminate port noise and spurious mid-band radiation. A carefully optimised combination of bass driver characteristics, enclosure volume, air flow and wide-band, very low-Q, very low phase shift port tuning guarantees fast, coherent, life-like bass in a way no conventional loudspeaker can challenge.
The D7.2 and D9.2 are notably free from the unnatural, slow, leaden, low frequency sonic signature that strongly characterises the sound of most conventional loudspeakers.
High quality terminals are recessed within the port aperture to hide plug and cable connections for neat appearance.
Spendor 18cm drive units developed for D-Line
The D7.2 mid-bass and D9.2 mid-range drive units have an advanced EP77 polymer cone for superb clarity and vanishingly low colouration.
The low frequency drive units have ultra-rigid two-part bonded Kevlar composite cone assemblies for accurate powerful low frequency response.
Both drivers feature cast magnesium alloy chassis, high efficiency motor systems, optimised electro-dynamic damping, and excellent thermal dissipation for wide dynamic range. New polymer surrounds with very stable molecular composition reduce driver break-in time significantly.
Spendor Dynamic Cabinet damping with asymmetrical aperture bracing
Timing is fundamental to the musical experience. In conventional loudspeakers rigid high-density cabinet panels are mass-damped to reduce cabinet-talk. Spurious energy is stored and released slowly. This introduces unnatural blurring and slowing of the sound.
Spendor’s solution is Dynamic Damping with small low mass constrained polymer dampers at key energy interface points to instantly convert any spurious energy in the cabinet structure into inaudible heat. Asymmetric aperture bracing creates a rigid cabinet structure and eliminates internal standing waves. The result is a silent rigid cabinet and a naturally fast engaging sound.
Unconstrained internal airflow
Conventional loudspeakers incorporate foam or fibre filling to provide low frequency acoustic damping. The damping material stores sound energy. As the stored energy is released it is no longer in-time with the music and as it is released it creates an unnaturally, heavy, slow sound.
Inside the D7.2 and D9.2 there is no low frequency damping, the sound path from the bass drivers to the listening room is unrestricted. As a result the Spendor D7.2 and D9.2 are entirely free from damping material energy storage effects, the advantage is clearly audible. Music sounds naturally fast, agile and coherent.
The base of the cabinet has four levelling feet attached via forged steel inserts to hold the cabinet rock steady.
The elimination of micro-vibration allows fine musical detail to be reproduced with delicate precision.
A meticulously refined crossover network with precision wound inductors and high-linearity plastic film capacitors integrates the drivers seamlessly in a minimum phase alignment.
Each crossover component and every complete pair of Spendor loudspeakers is calibrated and matched to stringent broadcast reference standards.
90dB efficiency and an easy to drive 8ohm load ensure complete compatibility with a wide range of amplifiers and cables. With substantial power handling D-Line can play very loud without sounding compressed. At low replay levels the sound is always clear and transparent.
- Description - 3-way floor standing loudspeaker
- Enclosure Type - Rigid, asymmetric braced, vented cabinet with dynamic damping
- Vent Type - Fifth generation Spendor linear flow, tapered twin-venturi port
- Input Connection - Single pair recessed precision binding posts
- Typical in-room Response - 27Hz - 25kHz
- Power Handling - 250 watts unclipped programme
- Sensitivity - 90dB for 1 watt at 1 metre
- Nominal Impedance - 8 ohms
- HF Driver - Spendor 22mm LPZ polyamide dome
- BAss/mid Driver - Spendor 18cm EP77 polymer cone
- Lower Bass Driver - 2 x Spendor 18cm Kevlar© composite cone
- Crossover Frequencies - 500Hz, 4.2kHz
- Net Weight - 35kg
- Height - 1,125mm (excluding feet)
- Width - Cabinet 210mm, plinth 210mm
- Depth - Cabinet 385mm, plinth 403mm
- Finishes - Black ash, dark walnut, natural oak, satin white; Plinth black. Please note Satin White is special order
- Accessories - Height adjustable spike feet, magnetic grilles