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It all comes together to thrilling and deeply satisfying effect with the Blu-ray of Blade Runner 2049. Opinions might differ over the film itself, but there can be no denying the potency and compound complexity of the film’s 5.1 mix in the hands of this B&W setup. It’s immersive, powerful and yet incredibly subtle. During the sequence with Blade Runner K and his holographic girlfriend Joi on a rooftop (Chapter 2), the ambient falling rain is so convincing and the droplet splashes so specific and varied (acquiring a hollow metallic ring when they fall on an unseen drainpipe over your shoulder, for instance), it actually gave me a little shiver.
At the other end of the decibel scale, the visceral intensity of the Las Vegas attack (Chapter 12) still has me flinching, even though I’ve watched the movie several times. The sub’s capacity for heavy-fisted damage is perfectly showcased as it teams up with the concrete-trashing transient surround effects to deliver mayhem and gathering rubble with extreme prejudice. Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch’s post-Vangelis soundtrack has muscle and menace in equal measure, but also a gentle lilting beauty as Tears in Rain from the original Blade Runner is reprised in the final scene. It all leaves me exhilarated but rather exhausted.
That Jamo’s S Series 5.1.2 can do this while still retailing for under £1,200 – and offering some scope for more advanced system building – is the really impressive part of this package. Had this been a range with the sort of appearance that forcefully suggested they might be best placed in a darkened cinema room, I’d still consider it a worthwhile offering, but instead the S Series speakers marry a largescale (but not faultless) sonic delivery with attractive, well finished cabinets, and a slick integration of the height models that isn’t present even on considerably more expensive rivals. As a result, this is a strong new arrival in the affordable full-size
There would perhaps be some wiggle room for tempering this brightness with some careful system matching, were the performance worth it elsewhere. But sadly, it isn’t. This package might have stood little chance of beating Q Acoustics’s 3050i Cinema Pack for entertainment or enthusiasm anyway, but the centre speaker shows little interest in putting up a fight.
The R-34C isn’t atrocious by any means, but it appears to have been designed and tuned for an entirely different package, by an entirely different and less capable manufacturer.”
But while Klipsch’s two pairs of stereo speakers are competent, a few moments of music playback highlights some questionable timing and a somewhat muted dynamic reach. It doesn’t stick out unduly during a film, however, our main gripes concern those units built specifically for the purpose of cinema.
The R-100SW sub and R-34C centre appear sonically detached, as if reading from different hymn sheets. With the former, it feels like those rumbling low frequencies are being puffed out rather than punched. It’s a woolly presentation that makes it seem as though there is a gap in the frequencies that the sub and floorstanders are capable of. Longer listening highlights more of a conflicting presentation that makes the R-100SW stick out.”