• Jamo A 200 HCS 5
Our Verdict 
It won’t upset the class-leaders, but it’s a gutsy and entertaining sound at this price
For 
Good surround sound and decent detail definition
Warm, smooth sound
Brawny sub
Against 
Could do with more agility and precision
The treble shines a little too brightly
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If you’re looking for home cinema sound but have limited space, it’s worth giving this Jamo A 200 HCS 5 speaker package some attention.

It’s a 5.1 system from Danish loudspeaker company Jamo, a tidy system that’s compact enough to fit into most modest-sized rooms, it’s also attractively priced.

Jamo A 200 HCS 5 review: Set-upThe Jamo package consists of five identical A 200 satellite speakers, each containing a 75mm mid-driver and a 25mm tweeter under the patterned grille.

The curved satellites are light and slim, so they look neat whether wall-mounted or propped up on dedicated metal stands. The accompanying subwoofer, the SUB 210, has a hefty 200W powering a 20cm driver.   First things first: this system does need quite a few days of running in. Out of the box it sounds bright and harsh – it settles in after a weekend’s use, but that treble does retain a hint of shimmer.

Jamo A 200 HCS 5 review: Sound qualityPlay the Blu-ray of Pixar’s latest film, Brave, and you’ll find the Jamo system an entertaining listen: full-bodied, with an easy-going approach that lets you just sit back and enjoy the film.

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The satellite/subwoofer integration is great, and the set-up is more than capable of whizzing sound effects across the room.

While dialogue is direct, voices do sound a tad muffled, and there’s a thickness to the sound that class-leaders such as the elegant-sounding Q Acoustics Q7000 avoid.

Jamo A 200 HCS 5 review: SubwooferThe strongest point of this system is that subwoofer. The SUB 210 may look unassuming, but it’s a muscular and brawny affair that goes into the low frequencies deep enough to deliver the bear growls with satisfying rumble and aggression.

A little more tautness would go a long way, but the sub underpins the whole system.

It’s some way from perfect, but if you’re looking for a small and budget-friendly 5.1 package, you’ll find this Jamo system a treat.

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