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Jamo A 101 HCS 5 review



  • Recommended by TR
Jamo A 101 HCS 5


Our Score



  • Compact satellites
  • Terrific sound quality
  • Wall-mountable subwoofer


  • Springclip speaker terminals
  • Slightly plasticky feel to enclosures

Review Price £235.76

Key Features: Compact wall-mountable satellites – 51mm deep; Wall-mountable 200W subwoofer; Supplied table-top stands; Sub crossover, phase and volume controls; Newly developed 76mm driver

Manufacturer: Jamo

With the A 101 HCS 5, Jamo is out to prove that installing a decent cinema system in your living room needn’t be expensive or intrusive. For just £300, you get a 5.1 system with five incredibly small satellites that can be dotted around the room almost invisibly, while a larger but wall-mountable subwoofer provides the low-end oomph. We know Jamo is capable of great sound quality – its superb D500 system told us that much – but we’re eager to find out how the Danish company has adapted its sonic skills to suit the inevitable limitations of super-compact speakers like these.

Jamo A 101 HCS 5

First though let’s marvel at the design of the A 101 satellites, which measure just 91(w) x 145(h) x 51(d)mm. They’re all identically styled in a gloss black lacquer finish (also available in white), while the curved front and back sections exude an elegance and individuality rare among speakers of this size. Their compact dimensions make them suitable for wall mounting around a flatpanel TV, as their 51mm depth means they won’t stick out any further than your set.

Jamo A 101 HCS 5

At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking they look like the sort of speakers you get with a cheap one-box Blu-ray system, but that’s shattered when you pick one up – their weighty, solid construction is much better than the price tag suggests, although some may take issue with the springclip speaker terminals on the back.

Jamo A 101 HCS 5

The subwoofer (A 101 SUB) is unlike any we’ve seen before, using an innovative design that allows for wall or floor installation. This rectangular black box measures just 160mm deep, which means it could quite feasibly be slid under the sofa on its back, but you can also lay it upright on its bottom edge depending on the space you have available. This clever design offers a level of flexibility missing from most subs.

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July 25, 2011, 4:38 pm

How do they compare with the Boston Acoustics Soundware XS 5.1?


July 26, 2011, 4:45 pm

I was wondering the exact same thing regarding the Boston Acoustics. I was looking at getting the Bostons in a few weeks but not I'm unsure with these coming out.

Tony Walker

July 28, 2011, 8:26 am

You've not told us what amp you were using. If they're being used with an expensive amp then the price of these speakers is moot.


August 1, 2011, 5:49 pm

I'll be using them with na Onkyo TX-SR608.

PJ Matthews

August 17, 2011, 5:11 pm

I'm going to be using these with a Sony DH810 Amp. After about a year of trying to decide what speakers to get and ALMOST purchasing some Q Acoustics I'm amazed these have turned up. They will actually match my Sony 46HX803. These will make a nice budget speaker set! Only £230!


August 19, 2011, 3:52 pm

I'm a newbie to home cimema, but please help. I think this type of system is for me, and in the suitable price range. I've looked at the specs of the system, but how can I connect this to a Samsung LED TV I'm about to buy using only the line in / out from the subwoofer? Would I need a separate amp if I wanted to do this and use a DVD player as well ? Thanks.


October 4, 2011, 1:30 am

i've recently bought these speakers and am currently deciding which amp to pair with them. i've never owned a surround sound system before so i can't wait until i this system up and running, so i can't comment on the sound yet. it took a bit of negotiation with my better half before she agreed on this system. the only issue i have is the satellites won't sit level without the supplied stands attached, consequently the centre speaker sits too high and creates an obstruction in front of the tv. if i tell my wife i have to raise the tv by attaching it to the wall there'll be divorce proceedings! the only other way round this is to use a bit of blutac and attach this speaker to the tv stand? i wish jamo had included stands for all the satellites as i'd planned to have the two surrounds sitting on display units either side of the seated area, the only other option is speaker stands or attach them to the wall. my better half ain't gonna be best pleased as i'd promised her minimum disruption.


March 1, 2014, 12:03 am

i want to ask if I can use reciever YAMAHA RX-V373 for my jamo a 101, because I see the yamaha i 8ohms, and the jamo are 6ohms, please help if I can use the YAMAHA or NOT!!!!

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