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The build quality of the system’s four CS 25 FCR satellites is far from exemplary, but at least they’re a step up from the sort of compact speakers you get with most budget all-in-one systems. They sound a little hollow when given the ‘tap test’, and with the cloth grill removed the tiny tweeter blister and cellulose cone feel like they could easily be damaged by a curious toddler. Each one is also equipped with springclip speakers, which lack the sturdiness of binding posts. But none of this is surprising given the measly £179 price tag. In fact, at this price they have no right feeling as robust as they do.
And thankfully they’ve been styled with a keen eye for today’s AV trends. You can see your face in the gloss black finish that’s bound to look great next to 99 per cent of TVs and Blu-ray players, while their curved sides lend them a touch of panache that you don’t often get from cheap compact speakers. What’s more, they’re wall-mountable using the holes on the back, or you can attach them to the optional table stand (M 50 P).
The CS 25 FCR is a two-way design, which means it uses two drivers (a tweeter and woofer) to reproduce sound with a crossover regulating which frequencies go to each driver. The 80mm midrange driver and 19mm tweeter sit inside a curved baffle, which according to Teufel radiates sound more effectively than other designs.
The centre speaker in this setup is the CS 35 C, the same one used by the step-up Consono 35 system. It’s basically one of the front/rear satellites redesigned for horizontal placement, with identical styling and the same 80mm midrange driver and 19mm tweeter inside. It’s supplied with a cradle that allows you to plonk it on your TV stand, but like the other sats it can be wall-mounted if required.
The final piece of the puzzle is the US 5108/1 SW subwoofer, a lower-specified version of the Consono 35’s US 5110/1 SW, which delivers deeper bass frequencies through its larger driver and greater internal volume.
The sub could play a crucial role in handling low frequencies given the inevitable bass limitations of the small satellites. It’s equipped with a Klippel-optimised long throw 200mm bass driver and a bass reflex opening on the side. It’s powered by a newly developed 100W amplifier and can dip down to a frequency of 38Hz, while an internal limiter protects it from overmodulation and distortion.
The stunning external design includes a sumptuous gloss black front panel that curves slightly on either side. Helpfully, Teufel has fitted a standby button on the front, which means you won’t pull a muscle trying to reach the rear panel, plus the way the button lights up blue or red is a lovely touch.
The rest of the controls are on the back panel, but get it set up correctly and you shouldn’t need to touch them. They include switches to correct the phase and set the automatic activation mode, plus dials for volume and input sensitivity for the auto activation mode. It keeps things simple on the socketry front, sporting just a single cinch input.