The Impaq 3000 doesn’t offer the sort of all-encompassing feature list you’d expect for north of £600. For starters, there’s no networking functionality, which is found on almost all of the Teufel’s rivals, most of whom offer it at a much cheaper price too.
You do get a USB port for playing back media from memory devices, which is found under a flap on the right-hand side of the fascia next to the headphone port. Using the USB port you can play back MP3, WMA, JPEG, WMV HD, XviD and DivX HD files, which is a good selection.
So what else is there to get excited about? Well, the receiver can decode all of the Blu-ray HD audio formats, plus it can upscale DVDs to 1080p – but then so can every other Blu-ray system on the market. Elsewhere there’s Dolby Pro Logic II processing and a few audio tweaks to tailor the sound to your liking, such as Tone Control, distance/level settings for each channel and a separate subwoofer setting ranging from -10 to +10. You can use the built-in test tone to check your settings.
Using the Impaq 3000 is a piece of cake. There’s an attractive-looking main menu, the same one as we encountered on the Marantz Melody Movie in fact. It sports an intuitive layout, moving smoothly from left to right across the screen and reacting quickly to button presses. The key settings are easy to find, while the Audio Settings mentioned above are controlled on the unit’s front panel, which sounds disjointed but actually makes it easier to fiddle with them during playback.
Aside from the familiar main menu, elements of the Impaq 3000 are reminiscent of Samsung’s systems from a couple of years ago – the connections and remote are very similar. That’s not a bad thing, and if this is a Samsung in disguise, Teufel could have chosen a lot worse.