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Teufel has been turning out some very impressive speaker systems of late, with the Impaq 500, System 9 and Motiv 3 packages impressing us with their breathtaking sound quality and typically Teutonic build quality. Now we turn our attention to the German company's brand new 5.1-channel system, the Columa 700 R, which Riyad reported on recently - and it's a TrustedReviews exclusive.
The system, which is recommended for rooms of up to 30m², comprises four CL 70 FR floor-standing columns (hence the name), a horizontal CL 70 C centre speaker and the CL 700/6 SWR subwoofer, which doubles up as a surround receiver with built-in Dolby Digital/DTS decoding, 250W of amplification and plenty of sockets for external audio sources. But if you'd rather use a separate receiver then there's a separate version of the system (Columa 700) that comes with a normal active sub, the CL 700 SW.
The entire Columa 700 R system is impeccably constructed and absolutely gorgeous to look at, thanks to the luxurious gloss-black veneer used on all of the components. The cast aluminium floor-standers' sleek and sexy curved design not only gives them a striking appearance but also helps to deliver what Teufel describes as ‘an extremely precise, transparent and dynamic signal reproduction'. Each column measures 1,110mm high and is set onto a curved triangular base mount that has to be screwed on, and the end result is visually stunning and acoustically sturdy.
The power handling capabilities of the front and centre speakers are 110W and they boast a frequency range of 100Hz to 22kHz. They also boast tweeters with integrated ‘waveguides', which guarantee a balanced, wide-angle dispersion of the treble frequencies to ensure that treble sounds great no matter where you're sitting. The two mid-range drivers are positioned as a D'Apollito array and accurately match the tweeter.
The centre speaker features a similar design to the fronts but is designed to sit horizontally on the supplied table mount. All of the speakers feature sturdy gold-plated binding posts and can accommodate cable diameters up to 6mm.