• Jamo’s Stu­dio 8 range as it turns 50

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Read­ers who pe­rused S+I’s his­tory of Jamo in our 30th an­niver­sary is­sue last year will know that the com­pany is hit­ting 50 it­self this year, and plans to cel­e­brate in style, be­gin­ning with a new Stu­dio 8 speaker se­ries which was on show at CES in Las Ve­gas. The ‘reimag­in­ing’ of this key se­ries for Jamo ex­tends to three floor­standers (S 809, S 807, S 805) and two stand­mounts (S 803 and S 801), plus two cen­tre speak­ers (S 83 CEN and S 81 CEN) and two sub­woofers (S 810 SUB and S 808 SUB), plus one Dolby At­mos-cer­ti­fied el­e­va­tion speaker (S 8 ATM, pic­tured above right atop one of the floor­standers), so that the se­ries can be con­fig­ured to any hi-fi or home cinema re­quire­ment.

The aes­thetic cer­tainly is strik­ing — wit­ness the mod­els shown to the right: two of the three fur­ni­ture-grade colour vari­ants for the S 803 (the larger of the stand­mounts), with wood grain ac­cents around the tweet­ers, at the bases, and feet. The fully-mag­netic wo­ven-pat­tern li­nen grilles also come in colour vari­ants — ‘heather gray’ grilles for the white speak­ers, and char­coal gray for the wal­nut and black ver­sions. The four cor­ner ‘fas­ten­ers’ vis­i­ble on top are patent-pend­ing con­duc­tive metal fas­ten­ers that serve as ter­mi­nals for the Dolby At­mos el­e­va­tion speaker. These are on the largest two floor­stand­ing mod­els as well, where the grilles align with the Dolby At­mos el­e­va­tion speaker to cre­ate con­tin­u­ous vis­ual lines.

The 10-inch and 8-inch sub­woofers (S 810 SUB and S 808 SUB, re­spec­tively) are use­fully slim­line so can be placed ver­ti­cally or hor­i­zon­tally against a wall, even tucked un­der fur­ni­ture.

Although Jamo is now owned by In­di­ana-based Klip­sch Group, Inc., it is cer­tainly con­tin­u­ing to hon­our its Scan­di­na­vian roots through de­sign, and the in­clu­sion of Jamo ‘trade­mark’ tech­nolo­gies such as the WaveGuides to gov­ern dis­per­sion from the soft-dome tweet­ers, and driver ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing alu­minised poly­fi­bre woofers on all but the cen­tres and At­mos speaker (these use straight poly­fi­bre).

Pric­ing is com­pet­i­tive, at $1599 per pair for the top S 809, $1299 for the S 807, $899 for the S 805, and the two stand­mounts at $899 (S 803 be­low) and $599. The At­mos-en­abled S 8 ATM is $799 for two.

More in­for­ma­tion: www.qual­ifi.com.au

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