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Summary

Our Score:

9

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.

Lee Moorhouse

October 22, 2010, 12:29 pm

So glad you've reviewed these, I've been thinking about them for a while now.





Would you recommend these over B&W DM 602's? I know the 602's are knocking on now but you can get a 5.1 set up for around the same price (second hand of course!).

CountryBumpkin

October 22, 2010, 4:50 pm

Quick question:





As a novice, looking to get sound for a tv/ps3 setup, am i right in thinking that these speakers woudl have to be purchased in conjunction with an AV receiver?





Cheers.

Geoff Richards

October 22, 2010, 5:04 pm

@CountryBumpkin - you are correct. Your options are:





A) Buy the Teufel Theater 100 speakers and get a suitable AV Receiver. Here is our list of AV Receiver reviews:


http://www.trustedreviews.com/...





The current "affordable" champion is the Onkyo TX-SR608 at the top of that list.





B) Alternatively, Teufel do make speakers with built-in decoders:


http://www.teufelaudio.com/hom...





If your needs are modest, Plan B is the cheaper option. However, opting for Speakers Only allows you to select a Receiver that meets your needs / budget. This would typically have more inputs, additional processing and other desireable audiophile functions.

JohnBeeBee

October 22, 2010, 5:29 pm

What about the Onkyo HTX-22HD + SKS11 which has previously had a good review - http://www.trustedreviews.com/.... This has now been superseeded to the HTX-22HDX + SKS22X although I'm unsure of the differences other than it now has a digital screen on the sub. Has the bonus of supporting HDMI 1.4 should you want to go 3D in the future. This is my most likely option for a purchase soon if anyone can suggest anything better for the price (available for £320 from superfi)

pimlicosound

October 22, 2010, 6:11 pm

@JohnBeeBee





I have the Onkyo HTX-22HDX (a terrible name), in just the 2.1 setup, and I think it sounds fantastic. Input options aren't vast, but they're decent for a small setup. Sound quality is excellent, though, particularly on Blu-Ray, and the easy HDMI control is nice.

CountryBumpkin

October 23, 2010, 12:08 am

Thanks for all the advice, really helpful!!





Does sound painfully close to being out of my price range unfortunately as speakers+av receiver would be about £800 roughly, i hazard a guess.





If a cheaper set up is possible a suggestion would be great. Basically am getting a new tv and would like some decent sound quality to go with it on a budget.

ffrankmccaffery

October 24, 2010, 10:16 am

@CountryBumpkin: I'd recommend a Kef and Denon setup and if you shop around you can get good deals on them as a package.

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