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                                                                                                                                                                               If you want great                                 Boston Acoustics
                                                                                                                                                                               surround sound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SoundWare XS 5.1
                                                                                                                                                                               from affordable,                                  ★★★★★
                                                                                                                                                                      tiny speakers, the Boston                                  £350
                                                                                                                                                                      Acoustics system is best

                                                                                                                                                                      JAmo’s A102HCs5 package has for the
                                                                                                                                                                      last few years proved to be one of home
                                                                                                                                                                      cinema’s great bargains. A flexible,
                                                                                                                                                                      brilliantly built and punchy system
                                                                                                                                                                      for (often under) £300, it’s won many
                                                                                                                                                                      Awards and many more fans. It’s still
                                                                                                                                                                      good today, too, but its new rivals
                                                                                                                                                                      prove that if you can stretch your
                                                                                                                                                                      budget just a little, you can now buy
                                                                                                                                                                      a more cohesive and controlled
                                                                                                                                                                      surround experience.
                                                                                                                                                                         Cohesion is exactly the      “The Boston Acoustics
                                                                                                                                                                      Teufel’s main area of
                                                                                                                                                                      success. It offers the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                      beats both its rivals      nOw Add these
                                                                                                                                                                      enveloping and three-           for dynamic ability”
                                                                                                                                                                      dimensional surround
                                                                                                                                                                      sound field of any style system we’ve
                                                                                                                                                                      seen at this price point. True, the
                                                                                                                                                                      subwoofer can’t quite keep up with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Home cinema amplifier           blu-ray player                   40in lcd Television
                                                                                                                                                                      satellites, but taken as a whole, if we                    denon avr-1910                  sony bdp-s370                    sony Kdl-40ex503
                                                                                                                                                                      had the extra money, we’d probably
  Considering the fun
  aspect of the XS, we were                                                                                                                                           take the Teufel over the Jamo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ★★★★★                           ★★★★★                            ★★★★★
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  £ 450                           £ 170                            £ 900
  surprised to learn you
  can’t buy it in colours                                                                                                                                             Boston is an all-round gem                                 True, you can pick-up           The affordable blu-ray player    sony’s first 2010 television
  other than black or white
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 receivers for less than this    market is as intensely fought    is an absolute blinder,
                                                                                                                                                                      Of course, if you can stretch to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 these days, but the denon       over as ever, but sony’s new     offering a stunningly detailed
                                                                                                                                                                      Teufel, you’ve got more than enough                        is worth the extra stretch,     budget bdp-s370 is the one       picture and freeview Hd
                                                                                                                                                                      for the Boston Acoustics, which is                         thanks to its immaculate        to get. combining stunning       tuner. it’s excellent value
 Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS 5.1                                       Playing the cemetery scene from
                                                                      Law Abiding Citizen, the opening
                                                                                                                   greater scale than you’d expect from
                                                                                                                   such dinky speakers. The spaciousness
                                                                                                                                                                      absolutely the best here. It combines
                                                                                                                                                                      most of the punch of the Jamo with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 build quality and amazingly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 punchy and detailed sound.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pictures and sound with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 feature list that includes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for money, even at £900.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What’s more, there’s no
 ★★★★★	                                        £350                   conversation between the attorneys           of the delivery successfully conveys               most of the cohesion of the Teufel, and                    it loves being driven loud
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 but still gives you fantastic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bbc iplayer and lovefilm,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 it’s great value. see
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  backlight clouding in sight.

 ‘plAy smArt’ is Boston Acoustics’              foR
                                                                      proves the Boston can deliver dialogue
                                                                      with focus and detail, while the strings
                                                                                                                   the vastness of the huge venue, while
                                                                                                                   the enveloping crowd noise increases
                                                                                                                                                                      beats both for detail and dynamic ability
                                                                                                                                                                      – making it a fabulous all-rounder.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 insight at lower volumes.       p40 for a full review.ToTAl SySTem £1870
 catchphrase, designed to convey that          Thoughtful, flexible   of the score and general ambient             the feeling of being there.
 the company’s products are cheeky             design; cohesive,      effects spread around the room to               But none of this undermines the
 and fun, but also serious in the              controlled, detailed
                                               and solid delivery
                                                                      deliver a palpable sense of immersion.       importance of Elton’s vocals and the                fActs And fiGURes
 performance stakes. Sure, it might                                                                                band’s instruments, which are
 just be marketing babble, but the              AGAINST              “For a style system of this                  delivered with natural weight and                   price range
                                                                                                                                                                                                              boston acoustics
                                                                                                                                                                                                              soundWare xs 5.1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        motiv 3
 SoundWare XS 5.1 does actually                                                                                    solidity. This is thanks in no small
 combine both elements impressively.
                                               nothing of note        size and price, it delivers                  part to the impressive rhythmic                     speCifiCAtion
    In the box you get a fairly large           VERDICT              mighty big movie sounds”                     integration of the subwoofer.
 subwoofer and five identical satellites.      flexible, affordable                                                   True, there are a couple of ways in
 The angular little speakers are solidly       and brilliant – the       When the action starts, it’s absolutely   which the others here outperform
 built, and thanks to the clean lines          boston’s a brilliant   thrilling. The treble sparkles brilliantly   than the Boston – the Teufel is even
 and unfussy styling (as well as an                                   and always remains controlled, leading       more cohesive, while the Jamo delivers
 extremely flexible wall bracket), will                               to realistically shattering glass and        slightly tauter bass – but there’s no               price                                      £ 350                        £ 300                                      £ 460
 happily blend into most living spaces.                               dramatic bullet ricochets.                   doubt that this is the best all-rounder.            cenTre/saTelliTe sensiTiviTy           85db                           86db                                        82db
                                                                         Pleasingly, the subwoofer keeps                                                               cenTre/saTelliTe impedance             8 ohms                         6 ohms                                      4 ohms
 Audio quality equally impressive                                     pace, lending each gunshot a genuine          double option                                      cenTre/saTelliTe poWer                 100W                           80W                                         70W
 The polyhedral casing is actually also                               degree of heart-thumping solidity and                                                            subWoofer poWer                        150W                           200W                                        150W
 designed to reduce standing waves,                                   weight.The surround field is full of          boston acoustics includes two types of             subWoofer orienTaTion                  downwards                      downwards                                   forwards
                                                                                                                    bracket with the soundWare system. The first
 and like the Jamos (but unlike the                                   effects, but the system avoids getting                                                           cenTre dimensions                      9 x 9 x 11cm                   9 x 17 x 9cm                                12 x 12 x 14cm
                                                                                                                    is the standard, straight-on type, and because
 Teufels) the Boston satellites are                                   confused and allows bullets to travel         the satellite can pivot 20 degrees to each side    saTelliTe dimensions                   9 x 9 x 11cm                   9 x 9 x 9cm                                 12 x 12 x 14cm
 two-way, each boasting a 64mm                                        around the listening position without         and 40 degrees                                     subWoofer dimensions                   31 x 28 x 38cm                 30 x 23 x 43cm                              26 x 26 x 32cm
 woofer and 13mm tweeter.                                             falling into any unseemly gaps. For a         down, it allows                                    finisHes                               black, white                   black, white                                black
   Of course, it’s all well and good for                              system of this size and price, it             very flexible
                                                                                                                                                                       How tHey rAted
 a manufacturer to claim it’s taking                                  delivers mighty big movie sounds.             positioning. if that
                                                                                                                    still doesn’t suit,
 sound quality seriously, but the proof                                  And music? Also impressive. The
                                                                                                                    there are also
                                                                                                                                                                       sound                                  ★★★★★                          ★★★★★                                       ★★★★★
 is in the listening. The good news is                                5.1 PCM version of Rocket Man from            corner brackets                                    feaTures                               ★★★★★                          ★★★★★                                       ★★★★★
 that listening to the SoundWare XS                                   Elton John’s Live at Madison Square           in the box.                                        build                                  ★★★★★                          ★★★★★                                       ★★★★★
 5.1 system is an absolute pleasure.                                  Garden Blu-ray is reproduced with far                                                            verdicT                                ★★★★★                          ★★★★★                                       ★★★★★

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