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Piecing together a speaker system individually can be a tricky business at the best of times. Finding ones that look good, suit the size of your room and meet your budget is hard enough, but then getting the right tonal match across all the speakers and making sure they perform well with your disc player and amp can be a complete nightmare, especially with so many models on the market.
It's the sort of challenge that ardent audiophiles relish, but most punters would rather buy their 5.1 system in one fell swoop and get on with the business of watching movies. Thankfully there are plenty of packages on the market that make it possible, bringing you home cinema surround sound without the hassle. Monitor Audio's Vector is one of them.
Positioned at the ‘affordable' end of the company's speaker spectrum, this compact sub/sat package comes in a single box and is the ideal option for people who want good performance but don't have a lot of space to play with. The speakers can also be bought separately should you wish to mix and match.
An affordable, one-box system it may be, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to compromise on sound quality. With a pedigree like Monitor Audio's, you expect a high level of performance no matter the price point, and indeed the technology inside them is inspired by the company's Radius HD range, which is a reassuring sign given how much we loved this system when we tested it earlier this year.
So what's in the box? First up, you get four V10 satellites, which sport classy high-gloss lacquer-coated baffles and an soft touch rubberised black skin around the sides, which not only makes them appealing to look at but also to touch. If black's not your bag the speakers are available in high-gloss white lacquer and walnut wood grain effect finishes.
Although not as slinky or solid as the step-up Radius 45HD speakers, the V10s' build quality is substantial and their compact shape (just 23.5cm tall) means they can be positioned in your living room with minimal disruption. Each V10 can be mounted on the wall using the single-point fixing on the back.