Spendor DS1 – no ordinary on-wall speaker

2 May 2023

During a recent visit to Spendor Audio, Rob took the opportunity to audition Spendor’s DS1 compact, 2-way, on-wall loudspeakers… and was smitten.

DS1 is no ordinary on-wall speaker, it delivers music with exceptional resolution that belies it’s size and volume. It produces low frequencies with power, scale and authority – from a cabinet depth of just 135mm. They key to DS1 is placement against a solid surface; some very clever design from Spendor ensures this results in extraordinary performance from the relatively small cabinet.

A stereo pair comparative dem against Spendor D7.2 floorstanders was too close to call. Sure, a little less bass from DS1, but overall performance was pretty equal. These on-walls get so many things right, they will give any good quality bookshelf a run for their money.

Perfect for environments where space and/or positioning is limited, DS1 is easy to place in real-world listening rooms, quick and easy to mount, very capable and compatible with all good amplifiers. A pair either side of a TV for example works really well. It’s an ideal solution where traditional bookshelf or floorstanding speakers can’t be accommodated but where audio quality can’t be compromised. Or for those who just prefer speakers to take up less space, out of danger from small children, pets, hoovers or any other ‘hazard’!

With a short, slim enclosure and smart, modern finishes, the Spendor DS1 is entirely at home in any listening environment. DS1 is available in Black Oak, Satin White, Oak, Cherry and Walnut and is supplied with a black or white grill.

Our demo pair are arriving very soon, get in touch or pop in for a listen, you won’t be disappointed.


Key Features:

  • A simple but ingenious wall mounting system secures the DS1 to a flat surface, whilst decoupling the back of the cabinet from transferring any unwanted vibrations, which greatly enhances sonic performance.
  • The proprietary 18cm Spendor EP77 polymer cone mid-bass drive unit mounted in a slim sophisticated cabinet, helps the DS1 deliver a
    room filling sound with projection, character and sheer entertainment far beyond its size.
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK

Technical Specification:

  • Description: 2-way surround loudspeaker
  • Enclosure type: Rigid, asymmetric braced, cabinet with dynamic damping
  • Vent type: Sealed box
  • Input connection: Neutrik speakON connector
  • Typical in-room response: 60Hz – 25kHz
  • Power handling: 150 watts unclipped programme
  • Amplifier: 25-100 watts
  • Sensitivity: 86dB for 1 watt at 1 metre
  • Nominal impedance: 8 ohms (min 5.8)
  • HF driver: 22mm LPZ polyamide dome
  • Bass/mid driver: 18cm EP77 polymer cone
  • Crossover frequency: 3.8kHz
  • Net Weight: 8.5kg
  • Dimensions: Height 500mm, Width 275mm, Depth 135mm
  • Finishes Black oak, walnut, oak, satin white, cherry
  • Accessories: Magnetic grille, Neutrik speakON plug and wall-mount fixings