Running through a selection of favourite Blu-ray test scenes from Hellboy II, Iron Man and Transformers, the system handles each one with a silky, assured touch. We cranked up our amp’s volume dial up to 11 and the system didn’t even flinch – the WF-34s achieve wonderfully deep bass tones and deliver raucous effects with drive and purpose. High-frequencies are clean and controlled with no brightness, and they integrate seamlessly with the centre and subwoofer.
The centre also does a great job of lifting human speech above the din of Transformers’ end battle scenes, but has the necessary range to express Optimus Prime’s deep, warming tones. The rears don’t let the side down either, chipping in with snappy effects during busy scenes, while WDST does a superb job of dispersing them far into the room. Their ability to join up behind the listening position ensures an immersive, unified soundstage.
It’s topped off by a virtuoso performance from the XW-300d. Don’t let the size fool you – this little box can muster some seriously well-defined and taut bass, and those EQ modes help rather than hinder its performance. The Depth mode is a bit OTT perhaps but the Punch mode gives the bass a more subtle but telling kick up the backside, which helps when the going gets tough.
Supplementing its undeniable movie prowess, the system applies the same levels of power, subtlety and control to music playback, making it a great all-rounder.
The WF-34 system might not be cheap, but its sound quality is as good as we’ve heard at this price point and that, combined with its robust build quality and features, make it a good investment if you’re serious about home cinema.
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