Its pedigree is apparent from the very first scenes of the movie. As the camera zooms through the rainforest undergrowth, the delicate sounds of wildlife and rustling leaves fill every inch of the soundstage, creating an immersive, atmospheric experience. The sensitivity of these satellites ensures that even the gentlest effects are voiced with impeccable clarity.
And as the tranquillity is broken by the petrified boar, the dynamic shift is swift and impactful – pounding drums rumble from the front channels with incredible force and the ensuing chase is absolutely thrilling. There’s no harshness or thinness in the treble, midrange sounds are full bodied and bass is taut and fulsome – qualities you simply won’t get from a sub-£500 system, and a compelling reminder why you shouldn’t skimp when it comes to home cinema sound.
Other scenes like the dramatic raid on the village and Jaguar Paw’s relentless chase through the rainforest also highlight the Teufel’s virtues – superb detail reproduction, tight, punchy bass, expansive rear effects and prominent dialogue from the superb centre channel. It can’t quite match the wallpaper stripping power and detail insight of our reference separates system (an Onkyo TX-NR906 and Teufel Theater 3 speakers) but as all-in-one systems go this is a formidable sonic performance.
Teufel isn’t known for its video prowess, but given the quality of these upscaled DVD pictures maybe it should be. At 1080p and 1080i, the IP 6000 DP produces crisp and detailed images, which also boast the sort of richness and filmic depth that will satisfy videophiles whose displays demand only the best-quality signals. The screen is packed with deep, radiant colours, and its ability to render the numerous shades of green and nail the Mayans’ bronzed skin tones demonstrates its versatility and subtlety. What’s more, it’s all conveyed without a hint of block/mosquito noise or stepping on diagonal edges.
We also checked out its digital media skills and MP3, WMA, JPEG, DivX and XviD files are handled with no problems, although hi-res JPEGs are reproduced in a much lower resolution and it didn’t play our WMV test files despite Teufel’s website claiming that it would.
The Teufel Impaq 4000 might be expensive, but after testing out a few movies you’ll begin to understand why. The sound quality is a cut above what we’ve come to expect from cheaper all-in-one systems, while its looks and build quality are sensational. That said, we think it’s absolutely criminal that Teufel left out Blu-ray playback in favour of DVD, even taking the quality of its upscaling into consideration – hopefully Teufel will see sense and include a hi-def player with the next generation of this system.