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Teufel Columa 100
Our trio of new Teufel systems concludes with the Columa 100, a 5.1-channel speaker system that again looks to offer high-quality home cinema sound at an affordable price. But with a bigger size and price tag than the Consono 25, it lends a little more muscle to movies and is therefore suited to those who take home cinema a little more seriously.
As the name suggests, the main characteristic of this system is that it comes with four 108.9cm-high column speakers (CL 100 FR), two for the front and two for the rear. You can, however, choose a different configuration that includes two shorter satellites (CL 100 FR, 35cm high) that can be used at the front or rear, which is great if you like them to be a little more discreet. We were supplied with the full-fat tall-column system.
Whichever you go for, their de rigueur glossy black lacquer finish is deeply stylish and their unusual shape is very distinctive – the middle section containing the speaker drivers is flanked by two pointed side strips with a curved rear section, and the whole thing screws onto an oval base. What’s more they’re only 8.6cm thick, which is ideal if you’re installing them next to a slim flatpanel TV. It’s safe to say they won’t be to everyone’s taste but it’s always good to see a company trying to shake things up a bit.
Inside the column CL 100 FR speakers are two newly designed Klippel-optimised 70mm midrange drivers and a 19mm mesh calotte tweeter, with an optimised crossover smoothly balancing frequencies above the sub’s upper limit. These highly efficient speakers don’t require much power to make them sing, but if your AV receiver is fairly powerful their 100W power handling will be a blessing.
On the back of these columns (and all of the speakers in fact) is a pair of sturdy gold-plated binding posts that can accommodate cables up to 4mm thick, but because they’re housed in a small recess it’s quite difficult to slip the cables into the holes, so some patience may be required.
They’re joined in the set by the CL 100 C centre speaker, which is designed to sit under the TV screen on the supplied cradle, or it can be mounted on the wall if you prefer. It has the same drivers and enclosure volume as the columns in a bid to ensure that the sound is as homogeneous as possible across the entire soundstage. They’re also designed to match the columns, albeit a horizontal version.
The subwoofer is the same one that comes with the Consono 25 system. The US 5108/1 SW is a powered affair, fitted with a newly developed 100W amplifier and a 200W long-throw cellulose woofer. It delivers bass tones down to 38Hz, and an internal limiter prevents it from overmodulation and distortion.
Like the other speakers, the sub is immaculately styled in a lustrous gloss black finish and features a button on the front that makes it easy to turn on and off – although the auto power mode means you don’t really have to bother with it. The sensitivity of this can be controlled using a dial on the rear panel. Also on the back is a volume dial, a single cinch input and a switch that flips the phase 180 degrees.