Teufel’s System 8 is billed as the world’s smallest THX Ultra 2-certified system, which is significant because most speakers that earn this demanding certification are as big as a fridge. That means it’ll deliver a powerhouse performance without making unreasonable demands on your living space.
Like Crystal Acoustics, Teufel sells its products directly from its website. With fewer overheads and no middleman taking a cut, the company can pass on the savings to its customers, which means you can get a high-end speaker system like this a lot more cheaply than you would on the high street.
Of course, buying directly online means you can’t audition them first, but to get round this, Teufel offers an eight-week 'test listening' period – if you’re not happy after that, they’ll collect them and give you a full refund.
Great news indeed, but no-one in their right mind could feel short-changed after hauling these bad boys out of the box. Each of the six speakers is built like a tank and reassuringly heavy – all the better for blasting out those movie soundtracks at ungodly volumes – but then we’ve come to expect nothing less from Teufel.
That said, if it’s discretion you’re after look elsewhere. The system’s chunky, angular cabinets scream 'look at me' and despite their smaller-than-usual size they’re still too big to plonk discreetly on a bookshelf. Thankfully they’re styled in a gorgeous piano black finish that’s so glossy and lustrous you can see your face in it.
The system comprises three identical S 800 FCR speakers for the front and centre channels, a pair of S 800 D dipole speakers on rear channel duties and a S 8000 W active subwoofer, which is so big it makes Crystal Acoustics’ sub look like a matchbox. God help the people in the flat below.
Inside the S 800 FCR’s robust cabinet (which measures 195 x 455 x 245mm) is a trio of flat diaphragm drivers – two 130mm woofers and an 80mm bass/midrange driver – plus a 25mm silk dome tweeter designed to handle high-frequency detail at loud volumes, as required by THX Ultra 2.
Each one has a removable cover that fits over the entire front panel without the need for screws, but the aluminium trim that frames the drivers underneath looks so good you’ll probably want to leave them off. On the back you’ll find a pair of gold-plated binding posts and holes for wall mounting, while the bottom sports screw holes for the optional AC 2002 SP stands, which we recommend.