Excerpt: Surround sound is an indispensable part of home theater. But some people still have difficulty making the leap from two-channel to 5.1-channel-plus. One question that comes up is: Doesn’t going from two speakers to five or more place a strain on the amplifier? After all, an amp driven into clipping suffers from harshness and compression, and that’s never pleasant to listen to.
Excerpt: Naming a new range of loudspeakers ‘Synergy’ is a bold move. Either the manufacturer is supremely confident of its products’ abilities, or it’s misunderstood the meaning of the word. Here, based on previous experience of US specialist Klipsch, we guess (and hope) it’s the former. Go to www.klipsch.co.uk and you’ll see a £1000 5.1 package comprising a pair of B20 bookshelf speakers, a pair of S10 surrounds, a C10 centre speaker and an SW350 subwoofer.