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Teufel is known for delivering stunning high-end speaker systems at inexplicably low prices, but it’s always interesting to hear what the German company can do when it really lets its mullet down. So when we were asked to check out this £3k 5.1-channel system we simply couldn’t resist, particularly when we remembered how much we enjoyed listening to another of Teufel’s mega-pricey packages, the even more costly System 9 THX Ultra 2.
This system uses Teufel’s discontinued LT 7 system as its template, retaining the same front, centre and rears, but eschews the wireless rear speakers and digital subwoofer included in that much pricier package in favour of a regular sub and wired rears.
The fronts and rears in question are the M 720 FR, a column-style speaker that stands 1.4m tall and is mounted on a dark speckled grey granite base. The build quality of these things is phenomenal, thanks mainly to the use of 4mm thick aluminium, which gives them overwhelming strength and stability.
Although they’ll stand the test of time and completely justify the expense, we doubt they’ll be to everyone’s taste aesthetically. The brushed metal finish with screws dotted all the way down the sides makes them seem rather cold and industrial, lacking the elegance of wooden cabinets. But if your living space calls for a starker, modern speaker then these certainly fit the bill, and the black or maple piano gloss panel running down the back adds a bit of character.
Remove the speaker baffle and you’ll spot two 130mm woofers with carbon fibre reinforced sandwich cones (tasty!) that handle frequencies from 80 to 350Hz, and they’re joined by an 80mm cone driver for midrange sounds up to 1.8kHz and a 25mm fabric tweeter for high frequencies, both of which are placed in their own enclosure.