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Teufel’s latest home cinema speaker system is a less lavish affair than some of its other offerings – the System 8 springs to mind – but it’s a good bet that the German ‘direct sell’ manufacturer has still made sound quality a top priority even at this lower price point. Theater 100 is the successor to the Theater 1, which according to Teufel is one of the most beloved systems in the company’s history – that's hell of a lot to live up to…
In order to take the Theater 1’s performance to the next level, Teufel has packed the 100 with ‘technical extras’ found in its higher-end systems without having a major impact on the price. That makes it the ideal system for people looking for the maximum bang for minimal buck.
The Theater 100 is a 5.1-channel system that uses bookshelf style speakers (T 100 F) for the front channels, each measuring 16(w) x 26(h) x 18(d) cm; a centre speaker (T 100 C) that boasts a significant new tweeter arrangement; a pair of dipoles similar to the ones used by System 8; and a burly-looking 250W subwoofer called the T1000 SW.
The word we’d mostly use to describe the speakers’ design is ‘traditional’ – the black wood-effect film finish found on all of the speakers is conservative but easy on the eye. It may not jump out at you with avant-garde cool like some high-end systems do, but we imagine it settling in nicely with the decor of most homes, although it only comes in a black finish.
Also pleasing is the build quality, which like most Teufel systems is magnificent across the board. Just picking up one of the front speakers is evidence enough – the enclosures are heavy and rigidly constructed, while on the back of each is a pair of sturdy gold-plated binding posts. The front, rear and centre speakers all come with removable grilles – when taken off they reveal a gorgeous gloss-black finish on the front and a silver trim around the cones, which really don’t deserve to be covered up.