The Impressions are also strong in the midrange and low-end effects are suitably powerful. The towers and satellites work in harmony with the subwoofer, crossing over seamlessly and providing a solid, unified sound.
The subwoofer provides decent punch to Hellboy II’s action scenes, particularly the battle with the Golden Army at the movie’s climax. The robots stomp forward with deep, meaty footsteps, while Hellboy and Nuada’s crunching punches and kicks land with well-rounded thumps.
It doesn’t have the same commanding, floor-shaking presence as subs from the likes of Teufel or Monitor Audio, but its still hugely entertaining stuff. During quieter moments it also subtly underpins the sound, giving every scene a depth and richness that not all speaker systems can offer.
It also takes loud high-pitched effects in its stride and keeps harshness at bay. As a result, the chaotic action during Hellboy’s battle with the Elemental is consistently exhilarating but smooth on the ear. You also get clear, prominent dialogue – given extra body by the centre’s excellent bass handling – and the surround speakers provide remarkably full and expansive surround imaging, particularly when you’re rocking the full 7.1 system.
With music, the system’s naturally detailed sound comes into its own. House music hi-hats are crisp and perky, and with jazz recordings you can hear the saxophonist’s breath and the plucking of guitar strings. The overall sound is lush and well-balanced, making this a great system for lovers of both movies and music.
The EMP Tek Impression range is another in a long line of impressive speaker systems to hit the TrustedReviews test bench recently, providing sophisticated, detailed sound quality, elegant looks and amazing build quality. If you’re after a little extra oomph in the bass department you might have more joy from some of its similarly-priced rivals, but for most people this system really will leave a lasting impression.