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Crystal Acoustics BPS-10
Greek audio brand Crystal Acoustics (née Audio) has earned itself a reputation in the UK as a purveyor of great-value home cinema speakers. Its systems don’t cost the earth but retain an aura of quality that put cheapo all-in-one speakers to shame. We’ve already seen what the company is capable of with the terrific TX-T2-12-BL and BPT5-10BL, and we’re hoping for more of the same from the BPS-10.
This system is the little brother of the BPT5-10BL and, like its sibling, the BPS-10’s big selling point is the use of bipolar technology to deliver surround sound that’s faithful to the real cinema experience. We say ‘little’ brother, because the BPS-10 uses two pairs of dinky satellite speakers (BPS2.0-BL) for the front and rear channels as opposed to the BPT5’s towers, making it much more living room friendly. These satellites also make it £50 cheaper than the tower system, bringing the price tag to an alluring £550.
That asking price becomes even more impressive once you get the satellites out of the box. Manual inspection reveals solid, satisfying build quality, with each one weighing 2kg and measuring a compact 220(w) x 120(h) x 120(d)mm. The bipolar driver configuration gives them an unusual pentagonal shape that can be placed horizontally or vertically.
Each one boasts a delectable gloss black lacquer finish on the top and bottom panels, sandwiched between which is a silky cloth that covers the entire front section. Their sleek styling and discreet shape allows them to blend beautifully into your room, and if you’re short on bookshelf space the sats can be wall-mounted using the brackets in the box.
However, on the back is a pair of springclip speaker terminals, which is a bit of a no-no for dedicated home cinema speakers. The small holes make it tricky to connect thick cables and the contact is a bit clumsy, but we’ll cut Crystal a little slack as you don’t reach affordable prices like this without cutting one or two corners.
Inside the satellites is a pair of 7.5cm aluminium midrange/bass drivers, wired in-phase, each one placed on tilted sides of the front baffle. This disperses sound in different directions, spreading sound into the room. These are accompanied by a 2.5cm silk dome tweeter in the middle that reaches high frequencies of 22kHz.