This is the mighty SP100 speaker that spawn decades worth of revisions that has now culminated in the Classic 100. Naturally, the price has also gone up steadily over the years and the Classic 100 now retails for almost $12,000, a far cry from when the SP100 was $5,500 (without the Sound Anchor stands). So is the Classic 100 two times better than the SP100? We personally don’t think so. The SP100 to begin with, was a truly great speaker in its own right. Solidly constructed at 77 lbs each, each speaker is a three way design with one 1″ tweeter, one 7″ mid-range and one 12″ woofer. The speaker is good for 35Hz to 20KHz with a nominal impedance of 8 ohm and a sensitivity of 89dB. They are not difficult to drive but lavish them high quality solid power and these speakers will sound amazing. The speaker stands 27.5″ tall, 14.5″ wide and 17″ deep. Mounted on the included Sound Anchor stands, the total height will be 42″ with the tweeter leveled at around 32″. The speaker on its own has quite an imposing statue and mounted on top of the heavy duty Sound Anchor stands, they look ready to dominate your listening room. And dominate it does. Harbeth has a similar M40 model that challenges the SP100 and that model has also lived through the decades with a few revisions to keep it contemporary. In its M40.2 guise now, it sells for nearly $16,000. Which again, makes the SP100 such a bargain at under $3,000 now. What we love about these speaker is its ability to present vocals in a truly inspiring presentation. Imaging was rock solid with a nicely textured sound and depth. Soundstage was wide and impressive for a speaker of this size and the upper highs were sweet and smooth. Bass was rock solid without sounding too boomy (but may do so if you plan to fit them inside a small room) in our medium size listening room (14’x18′). These are speakers not meant for heavy rock. With jazz, classical, vocals and light rock, it sounded surreal. No surprise then this speaker was the speaker of choice for many audiophiles and reviewers alike.
Cosmetically, the speakers look good for its age. Some scuff marks/nicks and a few light scratches that is common with use. Front of grille covers have no tears and will just need some fresh glue on the back (some parts) to hold them in place. They were properly pampered by its previous owner. The stands you see in the picture are included. Due to the weight and size of the whole setup, four pieces, they will be shipped strapped on a pallet. Local pickup from our store welcomed.