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Teufel System 8

Teufel System 8 THX Ultra 2 home cinema speakers

Now, where to put that 500W sub..?

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The surround speakers are of the dipole variety, offering two sets of drivers firing in opposite directions to give a more diffuse basis to the sound. The twin 100mm midrange driver and 25mm tweeter combos are backed by a 130mm woofer, which faces the wall and brings a significant amount of low-end heft to the sound.

Teufel System 8

The dipole arrangement is designed to maximise sound dispersal for the surround channels

The 500W subwoofer may be a giant, but it's a very rare example of a consumer model that can generate the levels required for THX Ultra2 using a single 300mm downward-firing driver (others often only manage it with two subs).

On the back is a hefty panel of heatsink fins, a knob for setting the frequency crossover (anywhere between 40-240Hz) and a variety of connection options, including four sets of speaker terminals and phono in/out connections. The front features a stylishly minimalist aluminium panel surrounding a series of LEDs, which can be controlled with the accompanying remote to switch the phase and activate the THX.

Given the high spec and certification of the System 8 it's no surprise at all that it delivers an impressive audio performance. Like sitting behind the wheel of a sports car on a motorway, it's not so much the speed that impresses, it's the potential, and this Teufel’s subwoofer has that in spades.

Teufel System 8

The sub has its own amplifier, the other speakers need to be plumbed into your own AV amplifier

There's plenty of grunt on offer but after a bit of adjustment, there's never any need for it to dominate the overall sound, and the low-end delivery is always tightly controlled. I wouldn't go so far as to say tasteful, since there's more than enough cheap low-end thrills on offer when required, but you're never in doubt about its ability to cope with anything blast-master Jerry Bruckheimer can thrown at it.

Teufel System 8

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