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System 8 THX® Ultra 2 "5.1-Set Cinema"

There’s a system to creating extraordinary home cinema sound. The System 8 adheres to the stringent THX Ultra2 criteria for expressing all of the power, dynamics, and sonic dimensions of a real cinema experience.
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  • The successor to the legendary Theater 8 THX Ultra 2
  • Glossy black design, perfect sound maximally compressed
  • Identical front speakers, flat membranes, 3 way D'Appolito configuration
  • Cinema version includes dipoles with integrated woofers for the rear listening area
  • 500 watt RMS subwoofer with THX Ultra 2 certificate on 300 mm bass driver
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System 8 "5.1-Set Cinema"
In developing the System 8 THX Ultra 2, Teufel has attained two extremely ambitious aims, namely to outperform the legendary acoustics of the Theater 8 speaker set and to slash the casing dimensions. In fact, to achieve the impossible. In actual fact...

Better, smaller, neater
After years of laboratory trials, countless prototyping cycles, endless measuring and extensive licensing procedures, it is finished: the System 8 THX Ultra 2 - worthy successor to the Theater 8 Ultra 2. Only better, smaller and neater!

Subwoofer sensation with DSP
The most striking advance is the improvement of the subwoofer. Despite a two-thirds reduction (!) in the size of its casing, the System 8 bass speaker is the only subwoofer in the world to meet the exacting THX Ultra 2 standards with just one high-performance bass driver. A lengthy development process resulted in the extra-long stroke woofer with magnetic shielding which is primarily responsible for the incredible performance of the S 8000 SW (THX requirement!). The low distortion factor and extreme efficiency mean that a sine wave output of 500 watts can generate the same levels free of distortion (e.g. 114 dB) where much higher amplifier outputs used to be required. Don't forget that DSP unit with its fine tonal adjustment, either.

Flat diaphragm
Optimised for wall mounting, the S 800 FCR front speakers boast a modern flat diaphragm chassis in the bass and mid-range. The advantages of this include reduced distortion, minimised diffraction effects and ultra-low mid-range and treble fade, all combined with the minimal interference of the virtually reflection-free grid. It may be 40% smaller than its predecessor but it boasts improved sound quality - thanks to state-of-the-art chassis technologies, computer-aided Klippel optimisation techniques, and intensive tuning work by our engineers.

Dipole speakers
The three-way speakers have a 130 mm wall-mounted woofer which takes care of the fundamentals, while a 100 mm mid-range driver and a 25 mm dome on each side achieve front and rear dipole sound transmission. The sound transmitted in the direction of the listener diminishes automatically; only the sound reflected off the walls is heard. As a result, the audience has the acoustic perspective of a completely open soundscape.

THX Ultra 2 - no sacrifice on the home furnishing front
In unveiling its System 8 THX Ultra 2, Teufel reveals the first set of speakers with full high-end credentials which doesn’t dominate your living room but blends harmoniously into its surroundings. Top-spec home cinema can be elegant – with the System 8 THX Ultra 2.

Dipoles
These three-way speakers have a wall-side mounted 130 mm woofer for the ground element alongside a 100 mm midrange driver and 25 mm tweeter on each side makes sure you have equal sound from the front and back. This particular setup ensures that only sound from the back is perceived. Real THX sound has never been so realistic.

THX Ultra 2 for your room
With the System 8 THX Ultra 2 Teufel presents the absolute high end in THX Ultra 2 sound - a set that doesn't dominate but provides absolute dream sound. Elegant form with top home cinema atmosphere - the System 8 THX ULtra 2.
Included components
Included components
  • 3 x Satellite Speaker S 800 FCR
  • 1 x Dipole Speaker S 800 D (right)
  • 1 x Dipole Speaker S 800 D (left)
  • 1 x Active Subwoofer S 8000 SW
More Information
Why THX?
The THX certificate is a solid quality assurance for music and film sound. THX was developed by George Lucas, director of the STAR WARS series. Cinemas, film studios and sound masters use THX certified speakers to create their amazing sound.

THX certified speakers guarantee you: 

• 3 absolutely identical front speakers for a homogeneous sound
• Performance-rich dipoles for the rear sound area
• Optimal subwoofer/satellite combination for distortion free sound
• THX certified components for the maximum in sound and quality
• Together with a THX certified AV Receiver you can bring this set to THX volume levels.

Better, Smaller, More Beautiful

After years of experiments in the laboratory, countless design cycles, endless measurements, and the extensive THX licensing procedure, is our new System 8 THX Ultra 2 is a worthy successor to the Theater 8 Ultra 2.  Just better, smaller, and more beautiful.

The Satellites
Although it's 40% smaller than the earlier model, the sound level has actually been increased - thanks to the latest driver technology, computer-aided Klippel-Optimization and intensive calibration efforts from our engineers.

The modern flat membrane driver technology in the bass and mid-range offers unique advantages:  reduced distortion, minimum diffraction, and a clean and clear separation between the mid and treble.  The attached, virtually non-reflective grille influences the ideal sound curve less than a conventional cover.

Clear Advantages:  Dipole Speakers in the back
Sound components directly aimed at the audience are minimised; only the sound reflections from the wall are recognised.  As a result, the audience finds themselves in a completely open soundscape.

The Bass
The magnetically shielded long-stroke woofer of the S 8000 SW, which was developed in many steps in accordance to the strict THX requirements, is responsible for its incredible performance.  Low distortion and extreme efficiency contribute to the S 8000 SW's ability to produce (with only  500 watts) RMS with the same distortion-free levels (e.g. 114 dB at 40 Hz) which previously required significantly higher power ratings.  The S 8000 SW impressively demonstrates the expertise that Teufel has obtained over 20 years of speaker and subwoofer construction.


Technical Data
Active Subwoofer S 8000 SW

Active Subwoofer S 8000 SW Never before has a manufacturer used a 300 mm driver in a housing from 80 liters and still received the THX Ultra 2 certification – until Teufel did it. A level of 114 dB at 40 Hz with a linearity from +-1 dB. This is the highest of high performance and displays the absolute expertise Teufel has gained over 20 years of THX design and manufacturing.
 
The S 8000 SW is a THX subwoofer leader thanks to the lengthy and many-levelled design process oft he long-stroke subwoofer with included magnetic shielding (THX Ultra 2 requirements!).

Thanks to the new DSP unit the sub has an even lower harmonic distortion while having a higher efficiency. With its 500 watts of performance alongside a distortion-free level, an even amplifier performance is assured. A great side effect: you save energy. The digital signal processor (DSP) handles incoming analogue signals in digital and can play without distortion or blurring.
 
The features included in this sub far outweigh other conventional THX subwoofers:

-    Adjustable high pass filter/rumble filter (20-60 Hz)
-    Adjustable deep pass filter for different combination options (60-220 Hz)
-    Adaptable sensitivity from -10 dBu to 0 dBu (for weak subwoofer outputs on the AV receiver)
-    Volume, phase, mute and THX volume control via the included remote control
-    Voltage and high current protection of the woofers
-    Overheating protection with appropriate throttling
-    Highly effective limiter against too high input signals

A further highlight: The absolutely gorgeous glossy black housing with rounded corners delights. Thanks to the relatively slender housing, this subwoofer won’t stick out like sore thumb in your room arrangements. The included spikes make sure your subwoofer is stable on the ground.

An included remote control makes handling the subwoofers child’s play.

The S 8000 SW is not available separately.
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Technical Data and Dimensions Active Subwoofer S 8000 SW
 
Speaker Woofer (number per enclosure) 1
  Woofer (diameter) 300.00 mm
  Woofer (material) Cellulose, coated
  Enclosure type Bass reflex, DPU
  Enclosure material MDF
  Enclosure surface Lacquer, high gloss
  Equalisation openings 1
  Equalisation openings (pos.) Back
  Net internal volume 83.70 Litres
  Spikes prepared Yes
  Integrated stand Yes
  Magnetic shielding Yes
  Suitable for AV receiver Yes
 
Connections Cinch input stereo 1
 
Electronics Lowest frequency (-3 dB) 25 Hz
  Input gain adjustment Yes
  Frequency regulator (range) 60-220 Hz
  Full Range/Low Pass switch Yes
  Phase control Yes
  Remote control Yes
  Amplifier technology Class AB with DSP
  Amplifier channels 1
  Power output capacity impulse (peak) Bass 650 W
  Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Bass 500 W
  Power supply voltage 230 V / 50 Hz volts
  Standby-Function Yes
  Maximum power consumption 1200 watt
  Mains cable - IEC connector (non-heating device) Yes
  Storage for settings when disconnected Yes
  Display Yes
  Display color Red
  Display type LED
 
Dimensions Depth 70.00 cm
  Width 36.00 cm
  Height 54.80 cm
  Weight 41.70 kg

Dipole Speaker S 800 D (left)

Dipole Speaker S 800 D (left) The S 800 D THX Ultra 2 dipole speakers astound through their high capacity and small dimensions, which make them perfectly suitable for integration into any living space. We're not aware of any smaller dipole with THX Ultra 2 certification.

The 130 mm bass driver of these three-way speakers is situated on the wall-facing side of the speaker enclosures. It renders a sound foundation which makes it possible to identify even low-frequency effect signals in the background. The speakers' mid- and high-range drivers project forward and backwards, and their 25 mm domes are reverse-polarised to deliver diffuse, ambient sound. Sound projected directly at the listener is minimised in favour of ambient sound which is reflected off of walls and creates an effect of open spatiality. This omni-directional projection contributes to captivating and believable sound quality which could never be rivalled by conventional speakers.

To avoid diffraction, both sides are covered by enclosures conceived of as cowls without any screws, bushings or grommets in them. An integrated wall-mount enables the dipoles to be attached to a wall, which is necessary for their stunning effect to fully unfold. They can also be mounted against a rear wall at an angle using the optional AC 7500 SM wall-mount and lock.
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Technical Data and Dimensions Dipole Speaker S 800 D (left)
 
Speaker Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 110 Watt
  Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 160 Watt
  Sensitivity (2.83 V / 1 m) 90 dB
  Maximum sound pressure level 106 dB/1m
  Impedance 4-8 Ohm
  Frequency range from/to 80-22000 Hz
  Crossover frequency internal switch 200/3000 Hz
  Crossover frequency to Woofer (recommended) 80 Hz
  Tweeter (number per enclosure) 2
  Tweeter (diameter) 25.00 mm
  Tweeter (material) Fabric
  Bass/Midrange driver (number per enclosure) 2
  Bass/Midrange driver (diameter) 100.00 mm
  Bass/Midrange driver (material) Carbon fibre
  Woofer (number per enclosure) 1
  Woofer (diameter) 130.00 mm
  Woofer (material) Carbon fibre
  Acoustic principle 3-way
  Enclosure type Closed
  Enclosure material MDF
  Enclosure surface Lacquer, high gloss
  Removable front cover Yes
  Wall mounting brackets Yes
  Magnetic shielding Yes
  Terminal clamps Screw terminals
  Suitable for banana plug Yes
  Maximum cable diameter 6.00 mm
  Suitable for AV receiver Yes
 
Dimensions Depth 17.20 cm
  Width 23.80 cm
  Height 30.80 cm
  Weight 6.10 kg

Satellite Speaker S 800 FCR

Satellite Speaker S 800 FCR These front loudspeakers for System 8 THX Ultra 2 are completely redeveloped and a bit of an enigma: they're both smaller and better.

Even though they're 40% more compact than their predecessor, our engineers squeezed an even higher degree of sound quality out of them thanks to modern chassis technology, computer-supported Klippel optimization and extensive tuning.

The S 800 FCR THX Ultra 2 front loudspeakers employ modern flat-diaphragm chassis in the bass- and mid-tone ranges. During high tones a 25 mm fabric-dome tweeter comes into play. The tweeter can be turned up to the extremely high volume required by THX Ultra 2 and nevertheless deliver very detailed sound...
These three-way loudspeakers are optimized to be set up near a wall, but can also be placed freely within a space. A removable dust cover is shipped with the speakers to protect their valuable drivers.

The cover can be mounted and dismounted without the use of screws because screws could negatively influence sound quality. And that's not how we do things...
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Technical Data and Dimensions Satellite Speaker S 800 FCR
 
Speaker Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 150 Watt
  Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 200 Watt
  Sensitivity (2.83 V / 1 m) 92 dB
  Maximum sound pressure level 111 dB/1m
  Impedance 4-8 Ohm
  Frequency range from/to 80-22000 Hz
  Crossover frequency internal switch 400/2500 Hz
  Crossover frequency to Woofer (recommended) 80 Hz
  Tweeter (number per enclosure) 1
  Tweeter (diameter) 25.00 mm
  Tweeter (material) Fabric
  Bass/Midrange driver (number per enclosure) 1
  Bass/Midrange driver (diameter) 80.00 mm
  Bass/Midrange driver (material) Cellulose, composit flat honeycomb membranes
  Woofer (number per enclosure) 2
  Woofer (diameter) 130.00 mm
  Woofer (material) Cellulose, composit flat honeycomb membranes
  Acoustic principle 3-way
  Enclosure type Closed
  Enclosure material MDF with aluminium-inlays
  Enclosure surface Lacqer, high gloss
  Removable front cover Yes
  Net internal volume 16.60 Litres
  Diameter of the stand screw threads 6.00 mm
  Magnetic shielding Yes
  Terminal clamps Screw terminals, gold plated
  Suitable for banana plug Yes
  Maximum cable diameter 6.00 mm
  Suitable for AV receiver Yes
 
Dimensions Depth 19.00 cm
  Width 45.80 cm
  Height 24.90 cm
  Weight 8.50 kg

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ExpertReviews.co.uk 02-2011

"Compact"

“German speaker manufacturer Teufel is, in its own way, playing its part in making THX Ultra more affordable. By selling direct (and probably cutting out around a 30 per cent retail margin)...

“German speaker manufacturer Teufel is, in its own way, playing its part in making THX Ultra more affordable. By selling direct (and probably cutting out around a 30 per cent retail margin) it sells sets of THX speakers at prices that until recently you would only find on avforums or ebay. We may be committing home cinema heresy here but we think this direct approach is way overdue… We would far prefer to pocket the saving and have a better set of speakers in a cinema room. On top of this, Teufel offers a full returns service within 8 weeks of invoicing (note, not delivery)… the System 8s are neither small nor cheap but they put THX Ultra 2 within touching distance of the well-heeled enthusiast with a 50m³ or larger listening space.”

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

 

Heimkino 03-2010

"Licence to Thrill"

"Teufel delivered a true masterpiece with the Theater 8, which now enjoys a cult status. It's hard to imagine this performance could be topped, but Teufel's engineers have done just that with...

"Teufel delivered a true masterpiece with the Theater 8, which now enjoys a cult status. It's hard to imagine this performance could be topped, but Teufel's engineers have done just that with System 8. This THX-certified home cinema system outdoes its legendary predecessor in a number of ways. Not only is it more fascinating, harmonious and agile, but it can also be incredibly fun through either its corporeal or more subtle qualities. At the same time its new compactness makes it suitable for integration in a range of living spaces. Anyone seriously thinking about setting up a home cinema or even building a larger installation in a basement or attic shouldn't miss out on a chance to listen to this system."

• Tonal quality: 1+
• Lab test: 1.0
• Practical test: 1.0
• Price-to-performance: Excellent

+ Excellent rendering of detail and dialog
+ Very deep bass rendering

Test result: Outstanding (1+)

 

Trusted Reviews 07-2010

"Recommended"

"Anyone with £3k to splash on speakers would do well to take the System 8 THX Ultra 2 for an eight-week test drive – with its unbelievable sound quality, classy looks and...

"Anyone with £3k to splash on speakers would do well to take the System 8 THX Ultra 2 for an eight-week test drive – with its unbelievable sound quality, classy looks and uncompromising build quality, we reckon the phones in Teufel’s refunds department will stay pretty quiet."

Design: 8/10
Features: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 9/10 

 

Home Cinema Choice 09-2009

"You can`t beat the system"

"Teufel`s System 8 THX Ultra 2 is an absolute treat, and I can recommend it unreservedly. It mixes top-grade performance with quality looks, and while its direct sale nature might not be...

"Teufel`s System 8 THX Ultra 2 is an absolute treat, and I can recommend it unreservedly. It mixes top-grade performance with quality looks, and while its direct sale nature might not be everyone`s cup of tea, its direct sale price certainly sweetens the deal."

Highs: "Full-fat cream of THX from squeaking balloons to big booms and in sexy shiny cabinets"

Performance: 5/5
Design: 4/5
Features: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

 

Area DVD 01-2011

"An acoustic top performance like this in combination with living room compatibility and an attractive price is worthy of our most coveted rating.”

"With comparatively compact living room friendly components, the System 8 creates a surround sound environment without equal. A multi-faceted wealth of detail in all frequency ranges and a...

"With comparatively compact living room friendly components, the System 8 creates a surround sound environment without equal. A multi-faceted wealth of detail in all frequency ranges and a clear transparency in the sound image with a well-defined, dense atmosphere and finely delineated structure in the deeper frequencies produce a home cinema experience without compromise. The subwoofer warrants special notice as the relatively compact 80 liter enclosure bombards the room with a monstrous bass deluge, extremely good depth, and astonishing fine dynamics that only larger devices are usually able to achieve. The higher frequencies seamlessly contribute to the overall effect, characterized by dynamism in the vocals with a broadly differentiated gradation and a clearly differentiated high end that remains very pleasant even at high levels. An acoustic top performance like this in combination with living room compatibility and an attractive price is worthy of our most coveted rating.”



 

Stereoplay 08-2010

"The System 8 sounds fantastically neutral with multichannel playback: precisely detailed with powerful bass."

"A compact dimensioned and attractively well-made box set with THX Ultra2 certification, three identical front speakers, and dipoles in the back .The tuning has been optimized for positioning...

"A compact dimensioned and attractively well-made box set with THX Ultra2 certification, three identical front speakers, and dipoles in the back .The tuning has been optimized for positioning close to walls. The System 8 sounds fantastically neutral with multichannel playback: precisely detailed with powerful bass. Possibly record-breaking level capabilities!“

Sound: Absolutely first class / 62 points

Price/performance: Excellent

Overall assessment:
Very good / 84 points

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"Licence to Thrill"
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