No experience with Spendor's A line, but I owned both the S8e and SP1/2Es and were able to compare them side-by-side. I ended up sticking with the SP1/2E at the time. The S8e was a more "modern" sound with better deep bass and it played louder, but I found the SP1/2E more lifelike on voice and unamplified acoustic instruments. You can find a review I posted that compares the two in the speaker review section of Audioasylum's web site. YMMV.