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>> I'm John Falcone, senior editor at cnet.com, and this
is the Imperion Intimus 4T hybrid SD surround sound
speaker system. It's available in black or real cherry
wood, as shown here. The system includes compact center
and surround speakers, but the real highlight are these
mini towers. They're far smaller than most
floor-standing speakers, and that gives you a lot more
power than the chintzy plastic speakers you find in a
lot of smaller lifestyle systems. These also won't
require stands because they're sitting right on the
floor. Both towers and the center speaker contain a
pair of 4-inch woofers and one 1-inch silk dome tweeter.
The whole system exhibits unusually good tonal matching,
so the five speakers nest together extraordinarily well.
Another highlight is the Brava [Assumed spelling] 8 D
sub woofer. The 150 Watt amp pumps out ample base for
the system through dual 8-inch woofers, one on each
side. There's also a directional pad and a remote
control for setting up the sub, which you do by
scrolling through the menu options on the built-in LCD
screen. Both the screen and the control pad have been
improved from the earlier version of the 8 D that we saw
earlier this year. You can instantly toggle between
game, movie, and music presets at the touch of a button
on the remote control. Our only complaint is that it
takes something of an expert touch to get the best sound
from the parametric EQ. But when we say that was our
only complaint, we really mean it. The Imperion system
exhibited phenomenal sound quality for music and movies.
While the entire system is about as expensive as a good
flat panel TV, it delivers the sort of superb sound and
high quality workmanship you expect to see in speakers
costing far more. Factor in that they're small enough
and good-looking enough to fit almost any decor, and
you've got a surround speaker system that's highly
recommended. I'm John Falcone for CNET, and this is the
a Imperion Intimus 4T hybrid SD 5.1 surround sound
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