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Teufel Theater 200 5.1 Speaker System review



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Teufel Theater 200 5.1 Speaker System


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Despite Teufel’s reputation for good value, some of its speaker systems are astronomically expensive. Take the LT6 THX Select system for example – its sound quality is nothing short of staggering and you certainly get a lot of speaker for your money, but with a price tag pushing £3k only city bankers and Simon Cowell need apply.

So with that in mind, we’re taking a look at a new system that might appeal to those on a more modest budget. At just over £800, the Theatre 200 is hardly cheap but more realistically priced than the LT6 or System 9 – and once you open up the boxes you might think you’ve been undercharged. All of the speakers included in the Theater 200 system boast incredible build quality, the sort you rarely find at this price point.

Theater 200 is a fourth-generation descendant of Teufel’s Theater 2, a ‘legendary’ system from the mid-90s on which the company built its reputation. The package includes a pair of T 200 F front speakers, an acoustically-enclosed two-way design. Inside is a 170mm coated cellulose fibre woofer and a 25mm large tissue dome tweeter, driven by a neodymium magnet and a voice coil chilled in ferrofluid. Nice.

The T 200 F front speakers

The unusual two-tiered design of the cabinets not only makes them look distinctive, but also serves a practical purpose, compensating for the run-time differences between the drivers. The whole system comes in a ‘classic’ dark walnut finish, which might look at home in your Gran’s living room but could be a bit musty for more modern tastes. Remove the speaker baffles and you’ll uncover a more fashionable gloss black finish.

The T 200 C centre speaker

Things get even more aesthetically interesting with the T 200 C centre speaker, which has its tweeter mounted on top of the cabinet under a silver arch, for delivering clear, unhindered speech reproduction. Its drivers are the same as the fronts, which also share this ‘staggered’ tweeter arrangement inside their cabinets, all of which should ensure a homogeneous sound across the front soundstage. The power handling figure given for both the fronts and centre is 140W.

The T 100 D dipole speakers

Rear channel duties are handled by a pair of T 100 D speakers. These are dipoles, which means they emit sound from drivers on both sides to achieve a more diffuse surround effect when wall mounted (just like in the cinema). The effects are reflected along the walls and off the ceiling, making it harder to tell where they’re coming from. However, if you’re not mounting them on the wall then the two-way effect can be switched off, essentially turning them into an extra pair of T 100 Fs.

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February 7, 2010, 11:25 am

I like ....!!!!

Been looking for something under £1000 that sounded good and this looks like it. The equivalent KEF and B&W are dearer. They are more stylish, but this is not a requirement for me.


February 7, 2010, 6:28 pm

Wood effect + glossy plastic + curvy aluminium = what where they thinking? These look truly awful. (In my opinion anyway, each to there own)


February 7, 2010, 7:32 pm

Well, the plastic and aluminum do look nice to me, but the dark walnut finish and sharp edges could realy use a different design...

But I would like to know more abuot your test equipement. What AV receiver was used and how does your test room looke like (dimensions, any sound treatment), what music was used to perform the stereo test. The review is a little too subjective.

But would love to see the smaller and cheaper Theater 100 and 80 on you test bench.


February 8, 2010, 3:41 pm

@Prem: There are loads of options out there for this price if you're not limited to buying a style package. MJ Acoustics Xeno 5.1, Wharfedale Diamond 10 HCP, Epos AVS 5.1, Quad L-ite 2 5.1 and definitely keep an eye out for Q Acoustics's new package and Wharfedale's new 10.1 package (though it might be a little expensive).

Just have a look at speaker packages on SuperFi and Richer Sound's websites.

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