With the awkwardly named A101 HCS5, Jamo has produced a sub/sat speaker system that appears to be head-scratchingly good value. For little more than 200 of your pound coins, you get five identical (and moderately stylish) satellite speakers and one easy to accommodate subwoofer. Just the ticket for home cinema fans on a tight budget.
The A101 HCS5 is available now, priced at £230.
Danish brand Jamo is no stranger to mass-market noise makers. It’s been churning out similar, diminutive speakers for years. Value for money has long been a speciality of the brand, although it’s not short of credibility at the higher-end of the market too.
The curvaceous satellites have a cloth cover and are tastefully finished in gloss black. Engagingly small, and rather light, they can be wall-mounted (they’re just 51mm deep) or perched on little metal pedestals (three are supplied in the box). While wall-hanging isn’t difficult (they’ll hang on a screw), you’ll need to channel cabling into the wall to keep things tidy.
As befits a budget speaker, these satellites sport small spring-clip terminals, so at least that means you’ll only have bell-wire to deal with.
Accommodating a traditional subwoofer in a small room can be tricky. Jamo’s solution is to make it wall-mountable. We’ve seen a variation on this theme from fellow budget speaker supplier Q Acoustics. You don’t have to hang the 101 SUB though; it can simply be sidled up against the wall. The cabinet is 160mm deep.
Should you have the space, it’s worth experimenting with the sub positioned away from the wall, as this will lessen room boom. The sub automatically powers up when it receives a signal via a line level input, then returns to sleep when the movie or music is over.
Each satellite features a single 76mm driver. These are a shallow pool when it comes to sonic depth, as they can’t deliver anything below 200Hz. Consequently, getting them to blend with the subwoofer is essential. Without help, they have a telephonic shrillness which isn’t fun to listen to.