Excerpt: Getting surround sound on a budget usually means ‘home cinema in a box’, but Danish specialist Jamo is here to offer succour to those who’d rather have the flexibility of a separates system. The £230 A101 HCS5 speaker package is priced for those dipping a toe in the water and sized to please those for whom space is tight.
Pros: Sony STR-DH820, Affordable, surprisingly expansive sound, detailed and punchy
Cons: Sony STR-DH820, A little coarse at the top, a little mono-tonal at the bottom, short cables
Summary: Jamo's A101 HCS5 is terrific value. The five satellite speakers and subwoofer look stylish, and the surround sound is smooth. Of course, it doesn't have the articulation of a large speaker system, but for anyone looking to create a home cinema system on a budget, this is perfect.
Excerpt: One of the biggest hurdles to overcome when installing a home cinema system is finding space for all those extra boxes, but with Jamo's latest all-in-one bundle that's not an issue. The five identical satellites supplied with the A 101 HCS 5 are so compact that you'll hardly notice them in situ - until you play a movie that is.