AAD S Series
A 5.1 surround sound speaker system that can blast out powerful noise.
- Powerful, lively sound, impressive aesthetics
- Expensive, large
If you have a dedicated home theatre room or have plenty of spare space, the AAD S Series speaker set is a good choice for music or movies.
Price$ 9,182.00 (AUD)
The AAD S Series speaker set is positioned above the entry-level AAD M Series, with a price tag that reflects its premium status. The increase in sound quality is impressive, as is the styling.
The AAD S Series system consists of two floor-standing speakers, two bookshelf speakers, a centre speaker and a subwoofer. The floor-standing models are the S-5 model (at 20kg each they are not easy to move). A 1in tweeter and two 5in woofers give the speakers a frequency response of 35-30,000Hz — making them competent for most music even without an external subwoofer.
The SR-2 bookshelf rear speakers use two sets of tweeters and woofers firing in perpendicular directions to create a wide and immersive soundstage. It is the S160C subwoofer that steals the show though, with a frequency range extending from 160Hz to as low as 23Hz, and offering plenty of adjustability.
The system has a rich wooden finish with accents of matte black plastic. There are no striking design elements or brushed metal, but we appreciate the simple, curved look of the enclosures and think that they would suit a wide variety of décor. With the speaker grills attached they look unobtrusive and will not attract undue attention.
What is worthy of attention, though, is the sound that the AAD S Series speakers produce. We set the system up with a Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray disc player and ran through a few of the aerial combat scenes of Pearl Harbour, as well as a few helicopter scenes from The Guardian to check out bass response.
It was immediately evident that the speakers are capable of delivering high levels of low, booming bass without overpowering other frequencies. Mid-range dialogue and movie soundtrack notes are still lively and present — the centre speaker’s mid-range focus means that dialogue is easily heard even in busy scenes. We found treble notes to be slightly recessed, giving the system a bass-rich sound.
Where this system excels is in its headroom and its ability to be powered at high volumes. From the lowest volumes to literally room-shaking levels of power, the AAD S Series speakers maintain their composure and even frequency response — a definite bonus if you listen to your blockbuster movies at cinema volumes.
If you can afford it, the AAD S series 5.1 home theatre speaker system will be sure to put a smile on your face, with clear, warm sound and plenty of power.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Ring Video Doorbell review
- 2 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 4 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 5 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
Latest News Articles
- EC says LCD screen cartel is active globally
- Sharp to increase LCD panel production on higher demand
- Dick Smith report says Australians keen to switch to digital radio
- Samsung, Numonyx to develop PCM specifications
- Faster SD cards could reach devices next year
PCW Evaluation Team
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
- Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- GAMOSPHERE: Your August Roundup of Gaming News
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTNetwork EngineerOther
- TPTechnical Business AnalystQLD
- CCSolution Engineer - RF/HFC - TelcoVIC
- FTSalesforce DeveloperQLD
- CCSplunk ArchitectNSW
- CCIteration Lead - Telco - Melbourne CBDVIC
- FTDigital Producer | High Profile Website | 6 Month ContractOther
- CCPMO LeadQLD
- FTSenior Java DeveloperQLD
- CCSenior Business Analyst - BrisbaneNSW
- FTSenior Technical ConsultantACT
- FTService Desk Consultant/Customer Service SpecialistOther
- FTSQL Database AdministratorQLD
- FTJunior Windows System AdministratorACT
- CCLotus Notes DeveloperNSW
- CCLinux EngineerQLD
- CCCollaboration tools ManagerVIC
- TPSystems Engineer (Wintel)QLD
- CCData EngineerNSW
- FTLead and a Land Access CoordinatorOther
- FTSystems Programmer, InsuranceOther
- FTInfrastructure Project ManagerOther
- CCLearning Design Specialist / Technical WriterNSW
- FTSolution ArchitectOther
- CCFunctional Consultant (SAP IS-U)Other