Hear the phrase ‘all-in-one system’ and it conjures up thoughts of cheapo one-box packages with hollow speakers, passive subs and so-so sound quality. But with the Impaq 4000, Teufel is looking to banish such thoughts to the back of your mind with its typically luxurious build quality and the sort of classy sound performance you get from a decent separates system.
Inevitably that extra quality adds plenty of pounds to the price tag, but if you’ve always wanted a Teufel system, and hate the thought of buying components individually, then it could be money well spent.
The Impaq 4000 is one of two new 5.1-channel systems in Teufel’s range, sitting alongside the step-up Impaq 6000 (£1,250), which includes column speakers instead of the 4000’s satellites. The centrepiece of the package is the IP 6000 DP ‘preceiver’, which features a built-in DVD player, preamplifier, surround sound decoder and FM/AM radio tuner. This unit is only available with the Impaq 4000 and 6000, so anyone hoping to pair it with a different speaker system is out of luck.
It’s amazingly slim for a unit of this type and is drop-dead gorgeous, fusing the eye-catching sleekness of a Samsung system with the esoteric allure of Loewe or Primare. The casing is rock-solid and finished in high-gloss black lacquer, while the fascia is peppered with just a few buttons and a blue-lit volume dial.
The rest of the system is styled with similar panache. You get four identical speakers for the front and rear channels (IP 4000 FR), all of which are dressed in the same high-gloss finish and boast beautifully built aluminium cabinets. You can wall mount them, but in the box you’ll find table feet that look great when attached to the bottom. Their two 80mm midrange drivers and 25mm tweeters are positioned in a D’Appolito arrangement, just like the centre channel which is exactly the same but mounted horizontally.
Completing the speaker line-up is the all-important IP 4000/6 SW subwoofer, which also handles amplification for the entire system. Inside is a six-channel amp that supplies 5 x 50W to the satellites and keeps back 150W for itself. It’s by no means small but doesn’t let the side down aesthetically – the gloss-black finish and silver stripes are a fetching combo and it’s lifted off the floor by four rubber spikes. Like all of the components, this sub is exclusive to the Impaq 4000 and 6000 systems.