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7.5 out of 10

Mordaunt-Short Genie 5.1

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20 November 2005
  • Conclusion: A top notch speaker-and-satellite package at a really competitive price. If you’re looking for superb home cinema sound on a tight budget, look no further.
  • Pros: Despite its venerable age (in AV gear terms, at least), the Genie delivers an evergreen blend of stylish design, easy setup and ear-pleasing sonic skills - and all for a fantastically low price. The satellite speakers’ aluminium shells look smart, but more importantly their construction and shape produces clear, distortion-free sound. They work seamlessly with the powerful subwoofer to conjure up a superb, smooth and all-enveloping soundstage with your DVDs, games and...
  • Cons: As with a lot of sub-sat speaker packages the Genie is a better performer with movie surround sound than it is with music, where the satellites’ limitations finally become apparent - but that’s hardly a deal-breaker. The idiosyncratic looks could also put some buyers off, especially if their living room decor leans towards the traditional rather than the ultra-modern.
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