The speakers come in a choice of three colours – white, black or silver – with matching magnetic grilles, or optional orange and green grilles to give your living room an extra splash of colour. There are two optional stands if wall-mounting isn’t your thing, both of which are available in matching black, white or aluminium finishes.
The £175 tabletop stand allows the speaker to tilt back, and when attached the cables neatly emerge from a hole in the back. There’s also an aluminium/glass floor stand, which is one for the more daring interior designers among you with its avant-garde approach – again, the cables can be channelled invisibly through them. For on-wall use, the speakers come with brackets in the box and installation appears fairly straightforward.
Every speaker brand seems to have its own flash-sounding speaker driver tech, and Waterfall is no exception. At play inside the two-way, closed design is a 20mm silk dome tweeter and 100mm mid/bass driver that use Atohm technology to deliver ‘an unprecedented level of performance for such a small volume speaker’, while its Heatstream technology provides high power handling by eliminating excess heat from the voice coil by coupling its neodymium magnet to the aluminium cabinet. As for the vital statistics, the Hurricane Evos manage an efficiency of 87dB and cover a frequency range of 100Hz to 28kHz.
The compact active subwoofer, which stands just 12in high, boasts a 120W amplifier for itself and 2 x 60W amplifiers for the satellite speakers. Classed as a ‘multimedia’ sub, it can be used with a PC, iPod or any other device instead of a home cinema system – simply connect the satellites to the binding post speaker terminals on the back of the sub, and connect your device to the 3.5mm or stereo cinch inputs. But when used for home cinema, you can connect the satellites and subwoofer to your AV receiver and control it that way.
That’s why you’ll find two volume dials on the rear – ‘Volume’ and ‘Sub Level’. The former controls the sub and satellites when connected together, while the Sub Level just controls the sub’s output in a home cinema setup (although both appeared to affect the bass output in our home cinema setup). They’re joined by a phase switch and a crossover control dial (40Hz to 180Hz).