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There is no shortage of home cinema speaker packages priced at around the £300 mark. It is less common to find one incorporating a large floorstanding pair but that’s exactly what long-established Danish brand Jamo is offering with this bundle. It seems too good to be true, yet somehow it is. Jamo S426 HCS 3 home cinema speaker …

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Not bad

The 5 speakers that make up the speaker package don't look too bad, but that sub looks like it belongs in the 70s.

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Talking about turning down the Sub

What I'm waiting for is separate sound channels for music, effects and dialogue. It has become fashionable in films to make you work to weed out the dialogue from the other sounds. They also like to shock with huge orchestral stabs after whispered conversations. That's OK in the cinema but some of us don't live in splendid isolation in country houses in their own extensive grounds, courtesy for the family and the neighbours is sometimes required.

Late at night I'd like to be able to turn down the helicopters, car crashes and blaring music a bit and still be able to follow the story with resorting to subtitles.

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Night Mode

Most AV receivers have had something by the name of Night Mode (or some such) for quite some time - all it does is compress the dynamic range of the materiel, so that you can hear the quieter parts without being blasted by the loud parts. Not surprisingly, they market it for people not wanting to wake the kids and neighbours...but it's also good for those that are hearing impaired or have trouble with low dialogue. My Sony receiver had it well over 10 years ago..it's pretty common, but you may need to look in the menus.

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Yes, it might stop the overall levels getting too high but you still lose the dialogue in the ridiculous effects and over the top mood music.

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erm...

just turn up the center speaker...? that helps.

dynamic EQ (like night mode) basically reduce the high top end and low bottom end. bass isnt as prominent and neither is high trebble.

it does work if you have a decent system.

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Yes but separate channels would be better.

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