Jamo's $200 S 803 speakers belt out deeply satisfying bass

CNET | 3/16/2019 | Steve Guttenberg
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The Jamo Studio S 803 speakers put out the base.

I've been writing about audio for more than 20 years, but this is my first Jamo speaker review. I waited too long, and the Studio Series S 803 stuck me as a great place to start. Right away these midsize speakers made outsize bass -- they rock! Better yet, the price is right. They list for $299 a pair in the US, but you won't have to try very hard to find them selling for $199 a pair. (We've seen them for £239 in the UK and AU$500 in Australia.)

Panel - Tweeter - Waveguide - Polyfiber - Woofer

The front panel hosts a 1-inch (25mm) soft dome tweeter set in a waveguide and a 5-inch (127mm) aluminized polyfiber woofer, and a slot bass port. Impedance is rated at 8 ohms. The S 803 comes in black, white and walnut vinyl finishes, and magnetically attached cloth grilles are included. The cabinet measures 13.9 by 7.5 by 9.9 inches (353 by 191 by 252mm).

Jamo's optional S8 ATM Dolby Atmos Module height channel speaker, which sits atop the S 803 speaker.

S - Panel - Connectivity - Sets - Speaker

The S 803's rear panel connectivity is out of the ordinary. While there are two sets of speaker cable connectors, they're not for biwiring or biamping. The top set of connectors are provided for use with the optional Jamo S8 ATM Dolby Atmos Module height channel speakers ($145, £199 per pair) that attach to the S 803 speakers' top panels. The modules might make sense for S 803 buyers with multichannel home theaters using Jamo's S 81 center speaker ($150, £156), and the J 10 subwoofer ($399, £307).

I used two amps with the S 803 speakers, first the Emotiva BasX A-100 ($249) and later the downright tiny Dayton Audio DTA Pro ($143), and both sounded great on all of my listening tests.

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