We've looked at a few Teufel PC speaker systems over the years and one thing we've learned is that the German audio company knows how to make audio devices that pack a punch, and the Teufel C 300 is no exception. With an enormous sub accompanied by two diddy satellite speakers, there's plenty of wallop on offer here and with a wireless USB sound card and remote control included, it's a versatile set as well.
The first thing you notice about the Teufel C 300 Wireless is it arrives in a blooming great box that weighs a tonne. And the reason for all that bulk is the enormous sub woofer that makes up the 0.1 of this speaker set. With dimensions of 500 x 390 x 240mm and weight of 19Kg, you'll need a sizeable desk to sit this beast under.
At least there's an excuse for all that bulk. Inside the sub there's not only a 250mm (10in) driver and 120mm bass port but a trio of amps and a digital sound processor for turning the digitally transmitted audio from the USB receiver into glorious analogue tones. One of the amps pumps out 120Watts for the sub alone while two further ones provide 30W each for the satellite speakers.
Thankfully the satellites are rather less demanding of desk space than their lower frequency-biased cousin. With dimensions of 125 x 90 x 98mm – and weighing in at a mere 0.53Kg – they're no larger than many novelty coffee mugs.
Designer isn't what we'd called this speaker set. The swathes of glossy black are suitably inoffensive as are the silver highlights and black cloth grilles. However, we aren't talking about the subtle high quality painted or wooden finishes you get on high-end speaker sets. Aside from the wood used to construct the bulk of the sub's internals, these are a largely plastic set and they simply don't leap out with any grand design statement. They're just there, efficiently functioning.
In fact, the silver painted plastic stands of the satellites are a little disappointing as they lack rigidity, which is a must for a high-end piece of audio equipment. This is a silly little slip up for a set of speakers that, while not of the stratospherically high-end, cost £259.
We're also not particularly keen on the large power button that sits on the front towards the top of the sub. This protrudes by about 15mm and is surrounded by a ring of blue (on) or red (off) light. It's not as silly a design feature as the unprotected drivers on the sub of the Concept D 500 THX Multimedia but it's hardly classic design either.
What makes up for some of the extra cost then is of course the wireless technology. This consists of a USB dongle that you plug into your computer (no extras drivers are needed and it should install automatically in a few moments) and the receiver built into the sub. The dongle is rather large so is decidedly prone to snagging and we'd be pretty worried about it coming a cropper if wonder off round the house with it plugged into your laptop.
Once installed the speakers will work just as though there were an oldy worldy wire running between them. There's no discernible lag and quality seems excellent. It can sometimes take just a moment for the connection to get going but from then on there are no timing issues. One annoyance, however, is that the speakers have a tendency to turn themselves off rather frequently so if you're used to just having your speakers on all day and intermittently using them you'll often find these have turned themselves off every time you go to use them.
Range of the wireless signal will vary but we found the signal broke up after about ten metres or so, which we suspect is enough to serve most people's requirements.
Something that's also missing from the satellites is any kind of volume control, a headphone jack, or extra line input. Instead all (one) extra inputs are on the sub and a remote is used to control volume, bass level and input selection. This is a radio frequency remote so works through walls and at long distance, easily out-reaching the range of the speakers themselves. It's not the prettiest remote we've seen but gets the job done.