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Teufel Concept E 400 and Decoder Station 5 - Teufel Concept E 400 and Decoder Station 5

By Riyad Emeran



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Teufel Concept E 400 and Decoder Station 5


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At the rear of the CE 400 SW you'll find five pairs of spring clips for the satellite speakers - binding posts are a bit much to ask for at this price point. Next to the spring clips are six analogue phono inputs for pumping the 5.1-channel signal to the amplifier. Throw in the power socket, and that's all the connections covered. So, you're probably wondering why Teufel would create a speaker set like this with only one source input. The answer is simple, Teufel is expecting customers to pair the Concept E 400s with one of its Decoderstations.

Teufel sent the new Decoderstation 5 along with the Concept E 400s, which will set you back an additional £154, although if you didn't need quite so many inputs, you could go for the older Decoderstation 3 for £111 instead. The Decoderstations bring two benefits to Tuefel's multimedia speaker sets. First, they allow you to connect multiple sources, and secondly, they have integrated Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, allowing you to output a pure digital bitstream from your source. There's also in-built Dolby Pro Logic decoding, so you can get a surround sound from analogue stereo sources too.

The Decoderstation 5 has four digital inputs - two optical and two coaxial. You also get three analogue stereo inputs and one full set of 5.1-channel analogue inputs. This last set is particularly important if you're planning on hooking up a Blu-ray player. Since the Decoderstation 5 doesn't support the latest high definition codecs like Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio, the answer would be to buy a player that decodes these new codecs onboard, and then outputs the decoded audio via six analogue channels. As long as your Blu-ray player has that ability, there's no reason why the Concept E 400s couldn't make the most of your Blu-ray soundtracks.

There's an infrared remote supplied with the Decoderstation 5, allowing you to switch sources and adjust the volume from the comfort of your chair/sofa. Unfortunately there's no way to remotely switch the subwoofer on, so you're still going to have to get up from your chair to get things going, although it will power itself off if left idle for a while.


July 2, 2009, 2:22 pm

I'm confused about the price... the article mentions £283 but the price at the top shows £437.00 (Inc VAT). Have I missed something?

The latter price seems a little on the steep side when it doesn't do HD audio decoding on-board.


July 2, 2009, 4:16 pm

I'm assuming the price TR are quoting is for the speaker package along with the Decoderstation 5. So £283 + £154 = £437

From page 2 of the review:

"Teufel sent the new Decoderstation 5 along with the Concept E 400s, which will set you back an additional £154, although if you didn't need quite so many inputs, you could go for the older Decoderstation 3 for £111 instead."


July 2, 2009, 4:28 pm

@Jordan Russell

It's £283 for speakers AND £154 for decoder station.

I'm in a market now for new pair of high quality speakers for my computer, i thought about amp and bookshelf monitors, maybe then this is a better option? I've looked at Teufel website and they rock! TR Crew puhhleease give me advice. Local DENON dealer adviced me to grab a £1000 set of B&W CM1's and PM700ae amp, but isn't that an overkill to plug this magnificent speakers to a computer?

Thanks in advance.

Luan Bach

July 2, 2009, 4:45 pm

@Jordan, from the article I gathered that the lower price is for the speakers+sub only, then you have to add in the cost for the decoder station, hence the higher price.


July 2, 2009, 7:05 pm

@Randy - I would definitely say that would be overkill if your PC will be the main source. To add to that, I’ve got another fully active 5.1-channel set coming in next week, which could give you another option. The satellites in this one are far larger than the Teufels though, so it depends on whether space is an issue for you.

chris watts

July 2, 2009, 7:12 pm

how does this compare to the Sony HTI-S100, i see that is only £379.99 at play and has wireless speakers...


July 3, 2009, 2:00 am

Does anyone know how this one performs particularly with music?


July 3, 2009, 2:41 am

Will the Motiv 5 Digital 5.1 loudspeaker set be better then this model?


July 3, 2009, 2:42 am

OMG the stupid Panasonic Ad is getting in the way of reading the review!


July 3, 2009, 4:51 pm

So, the question is though, which Blu-ray deck would be the best paired with it? Philips BDP7300 Blu-ray Player (http://www.trustedreviews.com/..., Samsung BD-P3600 (http://www.trustedreviews.com/..., or the Panasonic DMP-BD60 (http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

As mentioned in the article these speakers won't decode the new HD audio sound tracks and I think all these players will internally. But is it possible to get any of these players to output the HD audio to the speakers in a format/and connection it will recognise.


July 4, 2009, 8:17 am

@Randy - I'm confused as to why you're comparing an expensive stereo set-up to a relatively much cheaper surround set-up? Surely a more reasonable stereo equivalent would be something like a pair of Audioengine A5s? Is music your main priority or is it games/movies? If it's the former then I'd just get the A5s. I've auditioned a pair and they sound excellent with music. If it's the latter then these would seem to fit the bill.

@KevinB - Blu-ray players with 5.1 analogue outputs simply decode the HD audio soundtracks and send the decoded signal out through 6 phono cables (3 pairs). You just connect these to the 5.1 inputs on the decoder and voilà: HD audio.


July 30, 2009, 9:33 pm

I have what is probably a pretty simple question to answer (but it's been a long day). If I wanted to get True HD out of this system via a PS3 exactly what cabling would I choose. I understand a little bit about choosing linear PCM but would I simply use an optical lead from the PS3 to the decoder box?

If it does what I think it can then I'll glady give Tefel my hard earned shekels.

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