Jamo A 101 HCS 5 - Features and Setup

By Danny Phillips


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Jamo A 101 HCS 5


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Review Price £235.76

There isn’t a great deal of technical detail to go into here – these are small, simple speakers that use a newly-developed 76mm full-range driver to deliver those mids and highs, with a frequency range of 170Hz – 20kHz. Their power handling capability is quoted as 70W with a sensitivity of 85dB.

Jamo A 101 HCS 5

The subwoofer features twin 203mm drivers - one active, one passive - and a 200W amplifier, which on paper seems far more powerful than you’d expect at this price. It handles frequencies from 40Hz up to 200Hz, providing an ideal crossover with the satellites. The bass cut-off point can be adjusted using a dial on the top of the subwoofer. Also on the sub’s control panel are dials that control volume and phase.

Jamo A 101 HCS 5

The satellites are designed for wall or table-top mounting and either way installation is simple, which is a real godsend if your patience is less than saintly. On the back of each speaker is a cross-shaped recess that lets you hang it on a screw fixed into the wall, or slot it easily onto the supplied metal stand. In both cases you can position them horizontally or vertically.

Jamo A 101 HCS 5

As for the sub, you don’t have to be Handy Andy (or a more contemporary TV DIY expert) to install it on the wall – if you know how to drill a hole, push in a Rawlplug and screw in a screw, then you’re pretty much set. There are four ‘hooks’ on the back that allow you to hang the sub on the screws. Also on the back of the sub are stereo phono inputs for hooking it up to your receiver.

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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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