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Teufel is best known for its speaker systems, but it also dabbles in the odd disc player here and there, primarily as part of its Impaq all-in-one home cinema systems. This year the company is turning its attention to hi-def with the launch of its first ever Blu-ray system, the Impaq 3000, a great-looking if pricey 5.1 affair. Let’s see how it shapes up.
Although Teufel has been known to shake things up every now and then, the Impaq 3000 is a fairly conventional proposition. In the box is a Blu-ray player/receiver unit (IP 3000 BR) that musters 600W of sonic muscle, as well as four IP 3000 FR satellite speakers, an IP 3000 C centre speaker and the IP 3000 SW subwoofer.
Unsurprisingly the Blu-ray unit is extremely well built in a sturdy metal casing and has a generally 'grown up' look about it. The moody black fascia is devoid of blue lights but is lent a little bit of glitz by the row of touch-sensitive buttons. It’s certainly attractive but in an esoteric, understated way.
Around the back there’s a generous array of sockets, offering everything you need for Blu-ray playback and for piping external kit through the system. First up is an HDMI output, which sadly doesn’t deliver 3D pictures to your telly but supports all the other stuff like Deep Colour and 1080/24p. You also get two HDMI inputs, which is a real bonus if you want to listen to games consoles or your Sky box in surround sound without having to rig up a separate digital cable – it also means you can use the Teufel as a switcher if you have limited HDMI inputs on your TV.
If two HDMIs don’t meet all of your audio needs then you’ll also find two digital audio inputs and three sets of analogue stereo inputs. These are joined by component, composite and analogue stereo outputs and an Ethernet port for BD Live access. All of the speaker terminals are springclips, which is a little disappointing for such a pricey product but the colour-coding helps you rig up the speakers quickly. Completing the line-up are aerial inputs for the FM and AM tuners.
The IP 3000 FR speakers are reminiscent of those from the Consono 25 system we reviewed recently, except with their dual 80mm woofers sandwiching a 19mm tweeter they’re more like the Consono 35’s speakers. We love the deep gloss black finish and the gently curved baffle and sides, plus the grille is removable if you like those drivers to be out on show.
The IP 3000 C centre speaker is just an FR turned on its side and nestles in the supplied cradle, while the IP 3000 SW subwoofer is a passive bass box with springclip cable terminals on the back. It’s a suave-looking unit, with a gloss black finish and alluringly curvy moulded plastic around the front port.