Not wanting to sound hyperbolic, but playing the trailer for Terry Gilliam’s forthcoming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus I was able to notice details – such as the rushing of the wind in the background over the end credits – that simply weren’t present using my PC’s admittedly awful integrated soundcard. Giving a range of other video content an airing and the results were similarly impressive.
The only drawback is the slightly narrow soundstage the ‘2-channel’ stereo speaker arrangement offers, but that’s a fault of all such speaker systems. Some clever placement of the speakers will go some way to sorting that, if it really irks.
Turning to my music library I felt compelled to give just a few albums an airing. Muse’s better two works, ”Showbiz” and ”Origin of Symmetry” obviously, were reproduced with stunning precision. The strained tones of Matt’s guitar and voice ring out as clear as day, and even without a subwoofer there’s no shortage of presence from Chris’s penetrating bass lines or Dom’s hectic drumming.
Calming things down a little and switching over to the beautifully melancholy ”Kingdom of Dust” and ”Lost Souls” by Doves I was equally pleased. The level of detail drawn out by the Concept Bs is simply wonderful. Almost without realising it I managed to also work my way through ”The Seldom Seen Kid” by Elbow before finding myself relaxing to the sombre but magnificent tones of Fleet Foxes’ self-titled album, so lost was I in the music.
Sure, turning a more critical ear to the output I’d have to concede that a few tracks could do with a bit more bass. But the sound produced by the Concept B’s is so warm and inviting that when just sitting back and listening, any complaints just melt away. Frankly, Teufel will only be getting these speakers back by prising them out of my cold, dead fingers.
By the standards of other subwoofer-less stereo PC speakers the Teufel Concept B 200 USB system is expensive, granted. But that’s to be expected because not only does the ‘break-out’ CB 200 CS Control Station offer convenient controls, a USB hub and a range of ports, it’s amplification finesse is in a completely different league. Film soundtracks are reproduced with aplomb and to listen to music through these speakers is to have your collection jump out and give you a warm, tender hug – it’s simply lovely. Trust me when I say these are worth every single penny.
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