Crystal Acoustics unleashes 7.4 surround sound system

Crystal Acoustics T2-7.4-UL

Crystal Acoustics says this is its "most ambitious surround sound package to date" – a 7.4 channel, THX Ultra2 certified system costing £2999.

For that money you get a pair of THX Ultra2-certified TX-T2SE floorstanders; a THX CT-BLA centre speaker; four THX D-BLA dipole surrounds; and no fewer than four of the company's new THX Ultra2-certified TX-12 subwoofers.

Somewhat laboriously named the T2-7.4-UL system, it's designed to suit "the most acoustically challenging rooms", says Crystal Audio. It was developed at Crystal's dedicated R&D centre in Athens.

The tall, narrow front speakers incorporate a pair of 16.5cm Kevlar/fibre woofers, plus an updated version of Crystal's "free air tweeter". This sits in a rigid, spherical enclosure on top of the cabinets and uses a 25mm, silk-dome, Neodymium tweeter that can be rotated to be in line with the axis of your ears.

Each of the four subwoofers packs a 12in, long-throw driver made from a light, treated paper cone. A 200W amplifier provides the power to drive them.

The entire package comes in a black gloss finish with yellow Kevlar cones for the fornt and rear speakers.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.