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Hybrid Speaker M 520 F
With its active/passive M 520 F floorstanding speakers, this set is not a compact design but rather an ensemble of speakers that also actually look like loudspeakers. It is designed for people who want to prominently display their speakers in the living room rather than try to hide them. Once installed, Theater 5 owners will be rewarded with a sound quality whose impact, liveliness and emotion will vanquish all other contenders in this price category. Without mercy.

 

Back to the roots
Releasing the Theater 5 Hybrid and its central M 520 F floorstanding speaker is a return to roots for Lautsprecher Teufel: large floorstanding speakers with an awe-inspiring design in the tradition of classics such as the LT 55 or LT 66.
 
D’Appolito configuration
This set does not however signal a departure from Teufel’s current philosophy of combined subwoofer/satellite speakers. The M 520 F is actually both: floorstanding speaker AND subwoofer/satellite combination. The 1.15 meter high column with 25 mm cloth dome tweeter and two 160 mm fibreglass midbass drivers in a D’Appolito configuration houses an active subwoofer with a 190 watt amplifier driving a laterally-positioned 300 millimetre large bass chassis.
 
Space saver
With the Theater 5 Hybrid you basically get two active subwoofers for the price of none! Meaning free. And you don’t have to make space for a separate bass cube because everything is already contained in the columns!
 
Fantastic as a stereo set
The active subwoofers in the floorstanding speakers can be controlled by the sub-out output of the AV receivers using a Y adaptor or the speaker terminals of a stereo amplifier. Because they are available in pairs, the M 520 F can be used as a fantastic Stereo Set.
 
Twice the diaphragm surface
The two subwoofer chassis of both hybrid floorstanding speakers features twice the amount of diaphragm surface that is standard for this class. And a larger diaphragm surface is still the most effective way of providing maximum airflow and hence maximum bass.

 

Identical front row speakers
In the 5.2 concert set, the M 520 F is supported by the M 520 C centre speaker equipped with the same tweeter and midbass chassis – which follows the Teufel philosophy of identical configuration in the front speaker row. The result is unbelievably harmonious sound quality from the entire front row, which can also be attributed to the wide sound directivity characteristics of the centre and column speakers.
 
Full sound range

The rear zone of the system is supplemented by two M 520 R rear speakers which also feature the same chassis configuration. In combination with the Front row these speakers produce an incredibly balanced and full-ranged sound that can fill rooms of up to 70 sqm.
 
Breathtaking multi-channel sound
The entire set offers a stage of such lively sound that listening to multi-channel music DVDs can be literally breathtaking. This doesn’t mean the set is lacking in terms of home cinema playback. On the contrary!

 

Emotional and physical effects

The Theater 5 Hybrid provides clear proof that the easiest way to get the best results is to rely on “classical” methods: increased housing volume, large diaphragm surface, solid chassis technology, proven D’Apollito configuration plus a great deal of “inspiration” (see active subwoofer in the front speaker). This is the only method that results in the Theater 5 Hybrid’s outstanding sound quality. Sound that can affect you both emotionally as well as physically.


Included components
Included components
  • 1 x Hybrid Speaker M 520 F
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Technical Data
Hybrid Speaker M 520 F

Hybrid Speaker M 520 F Here is a speaker that is never shy and reserved – to the contrary, it has an explosive dynamic range that begs to be cranked up. Weighing in at 35 kg, the M 520 F is 1.15 m high and 0.5 m deep, thus having an immense capacity in terms of mass and volume. This capacity is put to optimal use thanks to the precise and inspired engineering from Teufel.

This floorstanding speaker contains two 2 x 160 mm carbon fibre woofers, a 25 mm neodymium tweeter and a side-firing 300 mm woofer. In this configuration, the front panel can be conveniently narrow even though the speaker has monumental bass response. The integrated bass driver functions purely as a subwoofer coupled at 80 Hz and driven by a separate 190 W amplifier. The universal connectors on the rear terminal allow the integrated active subwoofer to be connected to either the ‘Sub Out’ of an AV receiver or the speaker terminals of your stereo amplifier. In any case, this relieves your amplifier/receiver from bass duties and frees it up to concentrate more on the other frequency ranges.

Using the M 520 F, you will dramatically improve the bass response of your stereo system. In home theatre environments, you will effectively add two subwoofers to your system. A three-stage volume selector switch allows you to select how much bass is split between the subwoofer and tweeter/mid-range drivers and thus match the system to your listening environment. This active/passive construction is effective all the way down to 30 Hz and can generate breathtaking sound pressure levels as high as 105 dB/m!
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Technical Data and Dimensions Hybrid Speaker M 520 F
 
Speaker Frequency range from/to 30-250 (active part) Hz
  Frequency range from/to 30-250 (active part) Hz
  Tweeter (number per enclosure) 1
  Tweeter (diameter) 25.00 mm
  Tweeter (material) Textile dome, neodym magnet
  Bass/Midrange driver (number per enclosure) 2
  Bass/Midrange driver (diameter) 160.00 mm
  Bass/Midrange driver (material) Fibreglass membrane, metal phase plug, ferrite magnet
  Woofer (number per enclosure) 1
  Woofer (diameter) 300.00 mm
  Woofer (material) Coated cellulose, ferrite magnet
  Enclosure type DPU Bassreflex (active part)
  Enclosure type Closed (passive part)
  Terminal clamps Binding-Posts
  Suitable for banana plug Yes
 
Electronics Level control Analogue
  Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Bass 190 W
  Standby-Function Yes
 
Dimensions Depth 45.00 cm
  Width 20.00 cm
  Height 115.00 cm
  Weight 33.50 kg

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www.mario-tempel.de 08/2009

"Live your sound with high end equipment"

This loudspeaker integrates seamlessly into your ambience and surprises with a fascinating sound quality. Every scratch of the needle, every creak of the stair or explosion is brought through with...

This loudspeaker integrates seamlessly into your ambience and surprises with a fascinating sound quality. Every scratch of the needle, every creak of the stair or explosion is brought through with unbelievable clarity, crystal-true and detail-rich that you're just left speechless.

These hybrid loudspeakers are full of innovations and are thus the first choice for an amazing stereo / home cinema set. A real audiophile performance paired with a cultivated, timeless design. You can't go wrong here.

• Sound: Excellent
• Equipment: Excellent
• Worksmanship: Excellent
• Price/Performance: Excellent

Test Results: Excellent

 

AV Magazin.de 11/2008

"Full bass, excellent mid-ranges and clear listening."

The test subject sent over from Teufel played from the beginning with good detail and finely harmonised dynamics. An imposing orchestra played in all voices equally well. Even if it's lacking in...

The test subject sent over from Teufel played from the beginning with good detail and finely harmonised dynamics. An imposing orchestra played in all voices equally well. Even if it's lacking in higher frequency spectrums here and there, the M520 F makes up for it with its cleanly graduated representation.

Thundering drums and spirited strings play equally with expressive character. The acoustic underpinnings of the subwoofer to the included Satellites work fantastically, with the high, mid- and low ranges flowing together. Large and heavy bass drivers present themselves with the M 520 F with an acceptable group delay. The bass range is seamlessly implemented in the sound and plays together hand in hand with the agile but light midrange drivers. (Which can’t be taken for granted, especially with a standing loudspeaker of this price class.)

To bring the broad bass drivers out of the shadows, we placed some demanding classical music into the player. The Hip Hop CD "Tarantula" (from US rapper Mystical) and the album "Shock Value" (from Timbaland) really bring out the deep, powerful bass.

The dynamically compressed but still well co-ordinated baselines and kick drums are blasted unfiltered and powerfully into the listening area. Through the large hub capacity of the boxes are out there every time and fully heard – by you. With an almost unreasonable nonchalance, the two stand loudspeakers throw it out into the test room. And that makes us very happy. The M 520 F is a solid loudspeaker, that, very simply, makes it fun again – and that in the classical stereo area as well as the multi-channel setup. Full bass, neutral mid-ranges and clear listening – a powerful construction.

In plain words
The Berlin music-smithy can always be counted on for a real surprise. With the M 250 F Teufel offers an acoustic goodie at a seductive price. The symbiosis between the active and non-active technology works out devastatingly good. The thin stand boxes sound commanding, thanks to the included subwoofer, are cleanly made and please the eye with their contours. Measured against its price, the play is unequalled in its price class.

• Sound: Excellent
• Equipment: Excellent
• Workmanship: Very good – Excellent
• Class: Luxury class
• Price/Performance: Excellent

Total Result: EXCELLENT

 

Area DVD 07/2008

"The strengths of the Theater 5 Hybrid will make many of its competitors turn green with envy."

Conclusion: The strengths of the Theater 5 Hybrid will make many of its competitors turn green with envy. The multi-channel system's highlights include powerful performance, high SPL-handling...

Conclusion:
The strengths of the Theater 5 Hybrid will make many of its competitors turn green with envy. The multi-channel system's highlights include powerful performance, high SPL-handling capability, a convincing ability to resolve details across the board, and spatial imaging that is far above the rest in this price category. The nicely designed appearance of the Theater 5 is a further bonus point.

Value for money: 11 / 10 stars (Bonus star for top performance at an affordable price)

Pros:
• Superb spatial imaging for both surround and stereo setups
• Great musicality thanks to highly responsive dynamics
• Great home theatre performance thanks to superb SPLs
• Very powerful and detailed bass
• Elegant appearance

Overall grade for sound in its price category: Excellent.

 

HDTV Praxis 03/2008

"More than just the sum of its individual parts."

"The Teufel M 520 F features the same combination of midrange drivers and tweeters as the M 520 C centre speaker and the M 520 R rear speakers. Here, the drivers are housed in a smaller...

"The Teufel M 520 F features the same combination of midrange drivers and tweeters as the M 520 C centre speaker and the M 520 R rear speakers. Here, the drivers are housed in a smaller enclosure, with the active subwoofer occupying the remainder of the tall column. So is this just a simple structural hybrid of two separate units? Yes, and yet the result is much better than just the sum of its individual parts."

Testing results:
• Lower cut-off frequency: 35 / 50 points
• Linear frequency response of front speakers: 41 / 50 points
• Linear frequency response of centre speaker: 44 / 50 points
• Linear frequency response of rear speakers: 24 / 30 points
• Maximum volume level of subwoofer: 218 / 240 points
• Sound dispersion: 26 / 50 points

Listening test:
• Precision: 80 / 100 points
• Homogeneity/neutrality: 85 / 100 points
• Spatial imaging: 80 / 100 points
• Detailed dynamic response: 85 / 100 points
• Sub-bass response: 85 / 100 points
• Noise filtering: 60 / 80 points

Setup / operation:
• Included components: 8 / 10 points
• Features: 5 / 10 points
• Operation: 5 / 10 points
• Room equalizer: 3 / 10 points
• Workmanship (as affects the sound): 10 / 10 points • Value for money: Very good

Pros:
• Opulent bass reserves
• Versatile setup options
• Very good operating manual
• Linear integration

Overall rating: 894 / 1100 (81.3%)
HDTV-PRAXIS grade: Good

 

Heimkino & HiFi Test 02/2007

"The real deal!"

Conclusion We're thrilled! There is so much more to the Theater 5 than its elegant looks would lead you to believe. You'd expect a fair bit of power from a 1.15-metre column speaker anyway, but...

Conclusion
We're thrilled! There is so much more to the Theater 5 than its elegant looks would lead you to believe. You'd expect a fair bit of power from a 1.15-metre column speaker anyway, but this system is the real deal! You'll be hard pressed to find such a high level of power and sub-bass paired with pristine sound in this price category, because the Theater 5 only costs €1,500! Quite unbelievable. Teufel is offering for this price a complete surround sound system with two active subwoofers that will blend in nicely in any living room.

Rating
• 2 integrated active subwoofers
• Superb dynamic range
• Sound: A+
• Technical analysis: A
• Operation: A

Overall grade: A
Value for money: Excellent
HI-FI TEST Best Buy
HEIMKINO Best Buy

 

stereoplay 10/2006

"A real steal! – Highlight."

Rating A massive loudspeaker system with subwoofers integrated into the main speaker columns. Nice and tight sound with excellent dialogue clarity and sensational bass. A real steal! •...

Rating
A massive loudspeaker system with subwoofers integrated into the main speaker columns. Nice and tight sound with excellent dialogue clarity and sensational bass. A real steal!

• Sound: Top class (55 points)
• Overall rating: Good/very good (73 points)
• Value for money: Impressive

A Stereoplay Highlight

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Test reviews
www.mario-tempel.de 08/2009
"Live your sound with high end equipment"
AV Magazin.de 11/2008
"Full bass, excellent mid-ranges and clear listening."
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