So a little more kick wouldn't go amiss but that doesn’t mean the BPS-10 is a slouch when handling dramatic action scenes. As Tony and War Machine team up against Hammer’s drones inside the Oracle dome, there’s a palpable air of excitement – the rattle of machine gun fire is beefy, the ping of bullets on metal steers clear of brightness and missiles explode with a hearty thump.
The sub is the system’s unsung hero. Its low end is potent and responsive, plus the seamless crossover with the sats ensures a coherent sound. The centre speaker also plays an important role, delivering speech with a clear, authoritative tone.
This pleasing performance is topped off by terrific music playback – crisp hi-hats dance around on top of robust midrange and solid bottom end. It doesn’t get inside songs like some systems, but there’s lots of detail. Enjoyed in isolation the satellites produce a surprising amount of bass without the sub’s input, but when involved the sub underpins the music with impressive subtlety and agility for such a big, powerful unit.
If you’re searching for invigorating, enveloping surround sound on a shoestring budget, then the BPS-10 might be a good place to start. For just £550 you get a robustly made, stylish and compact set of speakers that use their bipolar technology to great effect. The satellites’ sound is expansive and detailed, while the centre speaker and subwoofer do their respective jobs brilliantly. There are systems like the Teufel Theater 100 that offer more refinement and dynamism, but once again Crystal Acoustics has come up with another impressive system at a great price.