We've yet to see a Teufel speaker set we didn't like, so I'm hoping for good things from the Cinebar 50 soundbar. After all, there's no point replacing your stylish-but-rubbish-sounding ultra-slim TV's speakers with a dedicated set if they don't deliver a notable improvement in audio quality.
The bar-section of the Cinebar 50 set-up purports to replicate the sound produced by your typical five-speaker arrangement, but with significantly less clutter, with two tweeters, two mid-range drivers and two low-mid range drivers offering 200W of power in total.
The bundled CB 50 SW subwoofer - unavailable other than with the Cinebar 50 kit - delivers 150W of power with a frequency response ranging from 35Hz to 150Hz. An auto-on function will put the woofer into standby mode when no sound is being delivered to it.
Connectivity comes in the form of two digital inputs (one coaxial on optical) and two pairs of analogue (Phono) inputs at the rear. At the front a USB port caters for playback of MP3 and WMA files from storage devices.
The Cinebar's onboard decoder can cope with DTS and Dolby Digital, but anything more complicated will have to be decoded player-side. On the plus side, the Cinebar 50 doesn't rely on reflected sound to achieve it's virtual-surround effect, making it usable out-of-the-box with no set-up required.
Better still, Teufel's Cinebar 50 is priced to suit those of us not quite able to muster the £1,500 or so needed for the likes of B&W's Panorama soundbar with at a more reasonable £630 asking price. And if you snap one up soon Teufel is offering UK buyers a 10 per cent discount making the Cinebar 50 even cheaper - hard to resist, no?