AAD S Series

A 5.1 surround sound speaker system that can blast out powerful noise.

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    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Powerful, lively sound, impressive aesthetics

Cons

  • Expensive, large

Bottom Line

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.

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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.

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