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Teufel System 9 THX Ultra 2 Speakers - Teufel System 9 THX Ultra 2 Speakers

By Danny Phillips

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Teufel System 9 THX Ultra 2 Speakers

Summary

Our Score:

9

The M 950 FCRs contain a tweeter and midrange module flanked by two 165mm woofers enclosed in a concave surround. The central module, encased in an aluminium column, features a 25mm tweeter in the centre with 80mm midrange drivers above and below (the D'Appollito configuration). Significantly, these midrange cones are flat, which is said to offer perfect radiating characteristics throughout the entire frequency range without distortion.

The M 950 D dipole speakers

The trapezoidal M 950 D dipole speakers are similarly well-built and feature two opposing 130mm cone drivers (plus two 25mm tweeters) which direct the sound along the walls, ceiling and floor to create a diffuse, expansive sound field, just like in a real cinema. They can be wall-mounted, and the tapered baffles make them sit more naturally against the wall. On the back is a switch that enables you to choose between bipole, dipole (the THX setting) or monopole.

As for the M 9500 SW woofer, it uses two 300mm bass drivers and a 1,200W power amplifier, plus it can reproduce frequencies down to 20Hz. It shares the same jazzy design as the other speakers and at 95cm high it's taller than your average sub because the drivers are arranged vertically. However, this also makes the cabinet narrower than previous Teufel subs and this radical new design works a treat.

The massive 65kg M 9500 SW subwoofer

Although we weren't quite able to find a 100m² room to test out its true room-filling power, the System 9 still offers a sensational performance in our more modest surroundings. Driven by an Onkyo TX-NR906 receiver, itself THX Ultra2 Plus certified, the speakers produce absolutely sensational sound quality with both music and films.

We started out with The Dark Knight's Blu-ray Dolby TrueHD track bitstreamed from a Samsung BD-P1500, and what jumped out first is how punchy the system sounds, effortlessly amplifying the excitement of this movie's pulsating soundtrack. The speed, coherence and attack of the M 950 FCRs is utterly entrancing and their delivery is fierce but not fatiguing, making this a system that you could listen to all day without getting bored.

Wilfried

December 6, 2008, 11:14 pm

@ Danny and the TR Boys: First there was the Pioneer BDP-LX71 Blu-ray Player then you brought us a review of the Pioneer KRP - 600A, so we went ahead and got ourselves a nice christmas treat by getting them with the Pioneer SC-LX81 amp. But now you're bringing us this gorgeous beauty, the missing piece of our puzzle, the milk in our tea, the Samwise of Frodo, seriously guys! It looks absolutely fabulous, by the sounds of things (no pun intended) you seem to really love it. But could you guarrantee us that it is really really worth its price tag? If so, we would jump right in but we would have YOU to blame for the butterflies in our wallets...

basicasic

December 6, 2008, 11:39 pm

I find it difficult to comprehend just how good speakers over � must be. Pity I can't afford to ever find out :(

BigBadDave

December 10, 2008, 6:08 pm

Very nice and all, but you could buy an entry level Miller & Kreisel/PMC setup for that cash. And, as Trusted rarely reviews high end AV audio kit, doesn't a review of �+ speakers prove a little pointless if there's nothing to compare it to? In isolation, pretty much all expensive 5.1 speaker systems will sound pretty damn good! :)

Danny P

December 11, 2008, 1:13 pm

Well you've got to start somewhere!

Dustin

September 14, 2009, 2:33 am

hi





im really thinking of buying this system to go with my home setup but is it really anygood with music? i ask because most THX systems fall short with stereo music from say a straight cd source. The setup will be mostly movies but music reproduction is important.


anythoughts?

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