Columa 300 is the step-up version of the Columa 100 speaker system we reviewed earlier this year. Like its cheaper stable mate, Columa 300â€™s key feature is the inclusion of tall column speakers, which typically offer a more powerful sound than bookshelf speakers with their greater cabinet volumes â€“ and thanks to Teufelâ€™s cost-effective web retail approach, theyâ€™re yours for a much lower price than you might expect.
Columa 300 differs from Columa 100 in terms of looks and spec, and is designed for larger rooms (up to 30m²) but one thing they have in common is the ability to mix â€˜nâ€™ match tall and short columns, depending on how much space you have available. The two types of column are the CL 300 FR, which stand 1,123mm high, and the 392mm-high CL 300 FCR, which are more suitable for shelf placement or wall mounting.
Teufel offers four packages with different combinations of these speakers. The Â£489 â€˜Set Sâ€™ offers four of the shorter columns; the Â£529 â€˜Set Mâ€™ comes with two tall columns and two short (both can be used as fronts or rears); the Â£569 â€˜Set Lâ€™ comes with four tall columns; while the Â£649 â€˜7.1 Set Sâ€™ is a 7.1-channel system that comes with six of the shorter columns. All of these packages come with the CL 300 C centre speaker and the US 6110/1 SW subwoofer (a more powerful upgrade from the Columa 100â€™s US 5108/1 SW).
Alternative versions of this system include the Columa 300R, which comes with an integrated 5.1-channel receiver, and the Columa 300 Wireless, which comes with Teufelâ€™s RearStation 4 â€˜wirelessâ€™ rear speaker kit thrown in. You can also upgrade from a 5.1 to a 7.1 system with a pair of additional CL 300 FCR speakers for Â£149.
We were sent â€˜Set Lâ€™ to test, with four tall columns styled in a sleek black finish (theyâ€™re also available in silver). Lifting the columns from the boxes, their heavy, solid aluminium cabinets ooze quality, which is not something youâ€™d expect from a Â£569 system. But this is Teufel weâ€™re talking about, a company that always punches above its price point when it comes to build quality.
In situ, the speakers are attractive, but not as good-looking as the Columa 100, losing the distinctive side panels and glossy finish of the cheaper system. The look is more serious and streamlined.
At 220mm wide, the cabinets are remarkably slender and slip discreetly into their surroundings â€“ something that should earn them the thumbs up from any clutterphobes in your house. They screw onto heavy round metal bases, which again seem like they belong to a pricier system. On the back of each column are high-quality binding posts, placed right at the bottom to keep the cables out of sight.
The centre speaker also looks less playful than the Columa 100â€™s version, again ditching the semi-oval shape and gloss black panels above and below the speaker mesh. Itâ€™s 100mm high and 126mm deep, which should pose no problems when it comes to placement, and for table-top mounting it sits in the supplied cradle.
As for the subwoofer, itâ€™s much bigger than the Columa 100â€™s version, making it trickier to accommodate, but equally attractive. Its all-over black finish is broken up by a slim blue light on the front, and itâ€™s mounted on rubber feet to help with the downfiring effect.