- Page 1Teufel C 300 Wireless
- Page 2 Performance and Verdict
Adjusting the bass level of the Teufel C 300 Wireless is another area were this set slips up, though. Tap the bass button on the remote and the circle of light around the power button glows purple, tap the volume buttons and the bass level is adjusted. Easy! Well, not quite, as there’s no indication of what level you’ve set the bass to. You can judge by ear alone but it would be nice to know for sure, particularly if you’re aiming for dead centre.
The one extra input is a simple line level one, consisting of a pair of phono sockets on the back of the sub. Also here you’ll find the mains cable socket, aerial for the wireless and connections for the speakers. At the sub-end, cables can be attached bare or with banana clips though the satellites only employ sprung connections for bare cable.
Another quirk of this set that’s shared by all Teufel sets is that you don’t get any speaker cable in the box, the manufacturer believing that many people will want to buy their own cable so there’s not point in wasting money and resources bundling some in the box. As bold and commendable a stance to take this may be, but it is rather inconvenient if you failed to read the fine print.
So it’s been something of a mixed reception for this speaker set so far but where it makes up for many of its shortcomings is in sound quality.
It’s no surprise that there’s plenty of bass on offer but what is welcome is how smooth and balanced it sounds. From the lowest volume levels all the way up to room shaking levels, it just fills out the bottom end in a thoroughly satisfying manner. It’s no surprise that this makes these speakers perfect for gaming and movie soundtracks where explosions and other atmospheric deep tones wash round you in a wonderfully consuming manner.
What’s more the satellites do their job just as adeptly, creating a convincing and enveloping sound stage filled with masses of detail. From classical right the way through to the biggest, loudest music you can muster, they sprinkle a satisfying amount of sparkle across all and sundry.
Unfortunately the C 300 Wireless does have an Achilles hell, and it’s just where you’d expect; it lacks mid-range. Because of that massive gulf between the huge sub and tiny satellites, there’s a slightly hollow sound to the set as a whole, making indie and rock music in particular lack a certain presence. Most people simply looking for a powerful bombastic set will no doubt enjoy what the C 300 Wireless has to offer but flawless, it isn’t.
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What’s more, we can’t help but wonder about the use for the whole wireless technology. With products compatible with Apple’s AirPlay service, such as the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air, you don’t need a dongle – just a WiFi signal, and it works with iPod, iPads, iPhones and Macs. Sonos also offers a Wi-Fi based wireless solution compatible with many devices. There are also universal wireless systems, such as the Maplin Wireless Audio Transmitter, available for under £50.
Then of course there’s the price. For less you can get a full mini Hi-Fi system such as the Onkyo CS-545UK, which will give you a more rounded overall sound, though admittedly less of a bass kick and no wireless abilities.
The Teufel C 300 Wireless is a bombastic 2.1 speaker system that will add oodles of oomph to your PC or home cinema setup, while the wireless system will let you roam free while you’re listening. The enormous sub takes some accommodating and the lack of mid-range presence means this isn’t the ultimate allrounder, and the wireless system isn’t always the most convenient. Overall, though, it’s a solid set that under the right circumstances will suit many people’s needs perfectly.
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