Durabrand Home Cinema Surround Sound Review

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Durabrand Home Cinema Surround Sound

“About 18 months ago I changed from an old but advanced...”

Written on: 16/08/2005 by BAHMJP (4 reviews written)

Good Points
Inexpensive with excellent performance

Bad Points
Virtually none. The flashing amber light in stand-by mode is a bit irritating

General Comments
About 18 months ago I changed from an old but advanced top-of-the-range Philips television to a Loewe Aconda model.

While the Loewe outshone the Philips in nearly all departments one feature of the Philips which I missed was the rear speaker option and for some time I have been seeking a simple amplifier to power additional speakers from the Loewe audio output terminals.

I found it in, of all places, a large branch of Tesco at a cost of £35. It is called the Durabrand Home Cinema Surround Sound System and comprises a medium sized sub-woofer and five 4" cubed satellite speakers. Output is 27.5W from the sub-woofer and 9.5W from each of the other speakers, more than enough for the average living room.

The sub-woofer assembly contains all the electronics and responds to the remote control. Connection was particularly easy with colour coded cables. There are three inputs so I conected the TV and a DVD player, leaving one input free for other use when required.

The performance is quite stunning. In fact my feeling is that anything this inexpensive has no right to sound this good. The bass and centre speakers can be adjusted independently but the basic set-up is excellent and the is a handy button on the remote control to restore this situation at any time.

This item has my full recommendation.

  • Value For Money

  • Ease of Use

  • 1 - 6 Months

    Time Accessory Owned

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224324_Chrisj2Y's Response to BAHMJP's Review

Written on: 08/01/2006

The reviewer is mistaken- It is from Asda, not Tesco, as it is a asda own brand and not available anywhere else. The price is indeed £35 however!- just thought i'd point this out to anyone after one!

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Ashmall's Response to BAHMJP's Review

Written on: 26/01/2006

Just bought this unit from Asda, £29.97!!! Set it up last evening and watched the football, sounded good to me. DVD packed up last night so could not test it out fully, need to test it with a film like Saving Private Ryan to fully appreciate the unit, but for £29.97 it's already a bargain.

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