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The System 9 is the latest in a series of THX-certified speaker systems from Teufel, the German company that has recently started selling its wares to UK consumers via its website. As the very first European company to launch speakers using the THX licence, Teufel really knows its onions in this field, demonstrated by the success of the Theater 8 - regarded by Germany's home cinema cognoscenti as one of the best reference speaker systems around.
However, Teufel has upped the stakes with the System 9, packing the speakers full of the most advanced audio electronics and building them from luxurious, elegant materials. In fact, the company proudly proclaims this to be ‘the best THX speaker system of all time' which is quite a boast.
The System 9 is THX Ultra2 certified, which means it's designed to meet the most rigorous worldwide standard for sound reproduction. This particular certification is reserved for high-end home cinema products designed for large cinema rooms of 3,000 cubic feet with a 12ft viewing distance, and the System 9 earns its corn with its ability to fill a room of up to 100m².
The system is available in a number of configurations including the ‘Cinema Set 5.1', which comprises three M 950 FCR speakers (which act as the front and centre channels), two M 950 D dipole rear speakers and a colossal M 9500 SW subwoofer, which weighs just over 65kg!
You can also buy the ‘Cinema-Set 7.1', which adds two extra M 950 FCRs to act as the surround back channels, or the Concert-Set 5.1' package made up of five M 950 FCR speakers and the sub. Alternatively, you can buy a 7.1 upgrade (two M 950s) or buy any of the speakers separately.
As soon as you unpack the system from the boxes, you can instantly see and feel where your money's going. All of the speakers are robustly constructed and beautifully finished in a combination of brushed aluminium and high gloss black, with the M 950 FCRs' visible flat diaphragm chassis and cloth dome tweeters giving them a distinctive, modern look - although their big boxy shape is too imposing for a typical living room environment. You can also buy stands for these speakers that have silver poles and a gloss black foot. They're a pain to put together but the resulting look is worth the effort.