Also impressive are the sub's decoding capabilities, which ensure a wonderfully expansive yet involving soundstage with clean separation and impeccable steering. In the midst of it all, dialogue is conveyed with a clear, natural tone, and the movie's sweeping score sounds rich and velvety as our heroes travel across the glorious New Zealand scenery. There's a sweetness and sophistication about these speakers' sound quality that makes them very hard to dislike, and although that price tag will put them beyond the reach of many buyers, once you hear them it suddenly seems like very good value for money.
We also took the CL 700/6 SWR out of the equation and rigged up the speakers to our Onkyo TX-NR906 and Samsung Blu-ray deck, and the speakers take higher-resolution TrueHD and Master Audio tracks in their stride, delivering sparkling sound quality.
The Columa's movie handling is immense but with music it's just as impressive. Miles Davis' Kind of Blue on CD is beautifully reproduced, particularly the fragile, plaintive trumpet solos of Blue in Green, which are delivered with a natural, transparent tone that never grates. With the more upbeat tempo of So What it shows excellent rhythm and timing, a quality that comes in handy with more energetic musical genres like house and rock.
The Columa 700 R is yet another top-quality system from the Teufel stable, which combines sophisticated sound quality, elegant looks and faultless build quality - all for a price that might seem expensive at first but actually offers a lot of bang for your buck. The addition of a built-in receiver on the sub makes it a convenient proposition for those that need it, but although it's a competent hub for your audio sources, the lack of HDMI and HD audio decoding is a real shame. Our advice is to pair the non-receiver Columa 700 system with a separate receiver, and hear these top-notch speakers really come into their own.