Unpack, plug in and listen
The Concept E Magnum is a 5.1-speakerset and therefore consists of five small satellite speakers and one large subwoofer which also contains the amplifiers for all channels. The satellites are connected to the subwoofer with clamp connectors and the volume can be adjusted seperately for each channel. The subwoofer also contains a switch that allows turning the phase 180 degrees, which should be ideal when the subwoofer can't be positioned in line with the front speakers. Teufel supplies 30 meters speakercable with the set, offering users the possibility to lengthen the satellite cables themselves. Also added are three stereo cinch-cinch and 3,5 mm-jackplug adaptor cables, allowing the Concept E Magnum to be connected to other equipment.
The subwoofer contains a 25-cm bass speaker and a bass reflex port. The frequencies on which the satellites take over can be set manually, however Teufel claims 120 Hz to be the best value. The satellite speakers tend to feel quite massive and contain one 8-cm broadband unit and a small tweeter. The center speaker is taller and contains two broadband units.
We tune the set and get the party started. With the remote control in hands and a DTS demo-dvd in the player we're ready to be surprised by this Teufel device. And we have to admit, all good stories we heard about the set turn out to be true! The soundcolour is extremely homogeneous and even the loudest explosions are reproduced by the set. The mid and high sections are impressive, the sound details are fine and the subwoofer integrates well without being to much of a presence.
With both music, movies and games we could not discover any weak points, which makes the Concept E Magnum a true competitor to far more expensive sets like the GigaWorks or Z-5500 Digital by Creative and Logitech. We have a winner!
Teufel Concept E Magnum