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Teufel Theater 100 - A Closer Look At Each Speaker

By Danny Phillips
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Teufel Theater 100

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9/10

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Inside the newly-designed two-way T 100 F fronts is a 25mm cloth dome tweeter that tackles frequencies of 3.5kHz upwards, accompanied by a 130mm coated cellulose mid/low woofer that dips down to a frequency of 90Hz, giving you a decent dynamic range if you want to use them as hi-fi speakers. Like the centre speaker, these fronts only come with this system and are not sold separately.

In order to achieve the same driver arrangement as the front speakers – and therefore a more homogenous sound – the centre speaker has its 25mm textile dome tweeter placed on top and set back a few millimetres from the edge, attached to a fetching silver arch. Some might find this external tweeter placement a little gawky but we actually think it makes the T 100 C look rather cool.

Moving onto the rear speakers, Teufel has once again opted for dipoles, which tend to deliver a more enveloping soundstage than monopoles due to their ability to fire sound in two different directions. To do so each speaker is equipped with two 25mm tweeters and two 130mm mid/low drivers, the same ones used in the fronts and centre.

If you mount them on the wall (using the supplied brackets) they’ll spread effects along it, offering a diffuse cinema-like ambience that doesn’t allow you to pin-point exactly where the effects are coming from. This won’t appeal to everyone of course, so if that’s the case you can flick a switch on the back and use them as monopoles, effectively turning them back into a pair of T 100 Fs. This sort of flexibility is terrific from such a relatively affordable system.

Underpinning it all is the T 1000 SW subwoofer, a bass reflex design equipped with a 250W (RMS) Class D amplifier driving a 250mm woofer. This is no shrinking violet – it’s a chunky, imposing box that might require a reshuffle to accommodate, but thankfully the high gloss black finish and eye-catching plinth makes it attractive enough to have out on show.

On the back you’ll find a bevy of buttons and knobs that let you tweak performance to perfection. A pair of audio input jacks let you feed signals from your AV receiver’s pre-out, while a pair of outputs let you daisy chain other subs if this one doesn’t hit the spot on its own. Three dials allow you to control volume, phase and frequency crossover, but the phase and crossover controls can be bypassed by flicking the adjacent switch to ‘Full Range’, which is handy if you’d rather these were governed by your AV receiver.

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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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