The Cinebar 50 is Teufel’s first stab at soundbar technology, catering for those who want a taste of the German brand’s patented audio expertise but don’t have the funds or freedom to install one of its more luxurious speaker systems in their home.
If you’re unfamiliar with the soundbar concept, here’s the low-down – the Cinebar 50 combines speakers, surround sound decoders, a preamplifier and a 200W power amplifier into a single unit, which makes it possible to mount the entire system on the wall below your TV or perch it on your AV rack. The general consensus is that TV speaker sound quality is pretty crap, so soundbars are a great way of upgrading sound quality without committing to full 5.1.
But most soundbars struggle to deliver the deep, foundation-shaking bass needed to give movies a real kick, so that’s why the Cinebar 50 is supplied with a powered subwoofer, which pumps an additional 150W of bass power into the room.
Having tested a number of Teufel’s speaker systems, it comes as no surprise that the main unit is impeccably built. It’s long and slender but surprisingly heavy, and the seductive gloss-black finish is likely to make your mates’ jaws drop open like a nest of hungry baby birds.
Peeking through the front speaker mesh are two mid-range drivers, two low-midrange drivers and two tweeters, dissected down the middle by a simple blue display panel, which shows whole words as opposed to one or two digits, plus a basic button arrangement that controls power, source and volume.
But here’s the best part – bang in the middle is a USB port (complete with a rubber dust cover), which allows you to play your MP3/WMA files from flash drives (up to 8GB) and hard-disks (up to 160GB) without even having to connect a Blu-ray or DVD deck.
On the back Teufel has attached a pair of incredibly strong wall-mounting brackets (which can be removed), and Teufel has thoughtfully included a set of angled socket adapters that allow connected cables to run downwards instead of sticking out awkwardly. In the box you’ll also find a base for the soundbar to sit in when placed on a stand.