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Cinesystem Trios "5.1-Set L"

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Plug-&-play 5.1 soundbar system with flat subwoofer for top quality sound
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Why we love this product
The Cinesystem Trios is a true surround sound system. The two tall rear speakers in the Set L configuration are controlled wirelessly. Inconspicuous, elegant and acoustically captivating, the set turns your living room into a real home cinema.
Home cinema systems Cinesystem Trios "5.1-Set L"
Key advantages at a glance
  • Plug-&-play 5.1 soundbar system with flat subwoofer for top quality sound
  • Integrated, high-performance centre speaker for excellent speech intelligibility
  • Wireless flat subwoofer can be slid under a sofa or even wall mounted
  • Wireless rear speakers make setup easy, available as Set M or L
  • 465 watts, 22 drivers and a 2-way system ensure high-performance surround sound
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX® & NFC for wireless music in CD quality
  • Attractive solid aluminium enclosures look elegant in any interior
  • Can be controlled via a standard TV remote, installs in seconds, includes integrated wall brackets
Cinesystem Trios "5.1-Set L" review of Heimkino Magazin
"...this is a basic recipe for first class home cinema."
Heimkino Magazin 02-03/2017
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Features

Overview of our technologies

Bluetooth apt-X
plug & play
HDMI 3D
Dolby
dts Digital Entertainment
Downfire
Dynamore
NFC
Dolby Pro Logic II
The Surround Soundbar

The Cinesystem Trios is the first system to incorporate a soundbar into a full-fledged surround sound setup. And it was developed right here at Teufel headquarters in Berlin.

2-way system reproduces warm, detail-rich sound, 465 watt power output for filling even larger rooms with sound
Authentic 5.1 surround sound with wireless rear speakers
Soundbar Cinebar Trios Teufel
 
 
 
 
 
Dynamore® Technology creates an especially broad soundstage
Extremely broad dispersion angle reaches every listener in the room
Intelligent design cools without fans for noiseless operation
Dynamore

Dynamore technology, developed by Teufel, offers an astonishing surround sound via side-firing speakers without the need for additional rear speakers.

Setup

Connect the soundbar to your television with a single HDMI cable. No additional devices like amplifiers or AV receivers are required. The soundbar comes with integrated brackets and cable channels for easy wall mounting.

Bluetooth

The system’s Bluetooth makes it possible to stream music in CD quality from your smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac. Audio from Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Facebook and your favourite podcast apps can be effortlessly enjoyed as immersive sound. NFC technology connects your source device to the Cinesystem in seconds.

Remote control

The Cinebar Trios can be controlled with its own included remote or a standard TV remote. No extensive configuration or programming is required.

The Cinebar Trios’ aluminium remote with rounded corners matches the soundbar and is a nice addition to any coffee table.

More is more

The Cinebar Trios supports all standard sound formats, offers a lip sync function and a variety of sound settings as well as HDMI CEC and ARC.

Aluminium

The soundbar’s enclosure is completely fashioned from brushed aluminium, an expensive material prized in loudspeaker construction for its light weight and low resonating qualities combined with excellent strength and stability.

Easy integration

Each sleek column only takes up the equivalent of an A5 sheet of paper in terms of floor space, which makes the system easy to position, even in smaller rooms. The elegant aluminium exterior looks good in any setting.

Heimkino null LT 4 Mk2 L FR Lautsprecher Schwarz
Quality you can see as well as hear

The LT 4 loudspeakers are made entirely from brushed aluminium – a very expensive but stable material that is perfect for loudspeaker construction thanks to its noise-reducing qualities. Aluminium has the added advantage of giving the loudspeakers a subtle elegance that fits into any living room.

 
 
Premium flat active subwoofer
The T 4000 SW bridges the divide between easy room integration and mega bass playback. An incredibly flat enclosure makes it easy to place the T 4000 where it won’t get in your way. That small space behind the sofa or coffee table is enough. In fact, the T 4000 is so slender, it can even be positioned under most sofas, wall mounted or used to support your television. Its highly robust, reinforced MDF enclosure was designed to withstand the weight of conventional televisions making it the ideal sonic pedestal.

In spite of its highly convenient dimensions, T 4000 is driven by 250 watts for power to spare. A three driver system that is already successfully employed in Teufel’s highly popular System 4 THX model is used here as well. This ensures balanced playback based on THX standards and produces powerful, deep bass all the way down to 35 Hz for home cinema that makes you part of the action. Even very high levels are accompanied by very little distortion thanks to the long throw-drivers used.

The T 4000 is a universal subwoofer that can be combined with just about any home cinema set, even very high-performance models. This means the T 4000 is perfect for accompanying surround speakers or for giving an already complete 5.1 set an extra boost.
Wireless 5.1 sound
The subwoofer and rear speakers provide a wireless transmission. All you need is a power outlet in the rear area. You won't have to worry about laying cables across the room. The subwoofer and rear speakers turn on and off automatically.
Teufel Trios Stereo-Lautsprecher Speaker

Included components

  • Soundbar CS 42
  • power cable
  • Remote Control CS 42 RC
  • Pair Column Speaker L 430 FR (pcs.)
  • Subwoofer T 4000 SW (without wireless module)
  • RearStation Compact RX (pcs.)
  • SubConnect MOD
  • 15 m Speaker Cable 1.0mm² - C1015S
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Technical Data

Soundbar CS 42
Soundbar CS 42
 High-class 3.1 soundbar
Soundbar CS 42
Speaker
Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 45 Watt
Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 60 Watt
Maximum sound pressure level 104 dB/1m
Frequency range from/to 130 - 20000 Hz
Tweeter (number per enclosure) 3
Tweeter (diameter) 20.00 mm
Tweeter (material) Silk
Midrange driver (number per enclosure) 6
Midrange driver (diameter) 77.00 mm
Midrange driver (material) Coated cellulose
Acoustic principle 2-way system
Enclosure type Sealed
Enclosure material Aluminium
Enclosure surface Brushed aluminium
Net internal volume 7 Litres
Integrated stand Yes
Wall mounting brackets Yes
Keyhole plate mounted Yes
Connections
NFC Yes
Digital inputs optical 1
Stereo jack 3.5mm - in 1
Bass driver output 1
Video inputs- HDMI 1
Video inputs- HDMI Yes
HDMI Version 1.4b
Video outputs - HDMI 1
Video outputs - HDMI Yes
Miscellaneous HDMI CEC
HDMI ARC
4K passthrough
3D video support
USB 2.0 per software update
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 aptX
Playback
DTS NEO:6 Yes
Dolby Digital Yes
DTS Yes
Dolby Pro Logic Yes
Dolby Pro Logic II Yes
Electronics
Amplifier technology Class D
Amplifier configuration 3.0
Amplifier channels 6
Power output capacity impulse (peak) Satellite 55 W
Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Satellite 75 W
Power supply voltage 230 volts
Standby-Function Yes
Standby-Power consumption 0.40 watt
Maximum power consumption 225 watt
Safety class 2
Storage for settings when disconnected Yes
Automatic on/off Yes
Display Yes
OSD Yes
Integrated DSP Yes
Audio-Digital-Analog-Converter 24 Bit/96 kHz Cirrus Logic
Infrared remote control Yes
Materials Aluminium
Dimensions
Depth 9.80 cm
Width 115.00 cm
Height 9.30 cm
Weight 6.50 kg
Miscellaneous Total height with table stand is 11.70 cm
Pair column speaker L 430 FR (pcs.)
Pair column speaker L 430 FR (pcs.)
The L 430 FR are high-performance hi-fi column speakers made from aluminium. Their sound is identical to that produced by the L 430 C, L 430 FCR and Trios.
Pair column speaker L 430 FR (pcs.)
Speaker
Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 70 Watt
Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 100 Watt
Sensitivity (2.83 V / 1 m) 86 dB
Minimum amplifier output power recommended 20 Watt
Maximum sound pressure level 101 dB/1m
Impedance 4-8 Ohm
Frequency range from/to 135-20000 Hz
Crossover frequency internal switch 450/2800 Hz
Crossover frequency to Woofer (recommended) 120 Hz
Tweeter (number per enclosure) 1
Tweeter (diameter) 19.00 mm
Tweeter (material) Fabric
Midrange driver (number per enclosure) 2
Midrange driver (diameter) 80.00 mm
Midrange driver (material) Paper, coated
Woofer (number per enclosure) 2
Woofer (diameter) 80.00 mm
Woofer (material) Paper, coated
Acoustic principle 3-way system
Enclosure type Sealed
Enclosure material Aluminium
Enclosure surface Brushed
Net internal volume 3.80 Litres
Terminal clamps Pole terminals, gold-plated
Suitable for banana plug Yes
Maximum cable diameter 2.50 mm
Suitable for AV receiver Yes
Dimensions
Depth 9.10 cm
Width 9.10 cm
Height 114.30 cm
Weight 5.80 kg
Miscellaneous Height measurements include base plate
Subwoofer T 4000
Subwoofer T 4000
A flat subwoofer designed to be placed on a wall or under a sofa or television. A 35 Hz low end ensures ample amounts of bone-shaking Teufel bass.
Subwoofer T 4000
Speaker
Maximum sound pressure level [dB/1m] 102
Frequency range from/to [Hz] 35-200 Hz
Woofer (number per enclosure) 3
Woofer (diameter) [mm] 130
Woofer (material) Cellulose, coated
Miscellaneous Extreme stroke capability
Acoustic principle Bass reflex, DPU
Enclosure type Open
Enclosure material MDF
Enclosure surface Matte lacquer
Integrated stand Yes
Suitable for AV receiver Yes
Connections
Cinch input stereo 1
Electronics
Lowest frequency (-3 dB) [Hz] 35
Input gain adjustment Yes
Frequency regulator (range) [Hz] Yes
Phase control Yes
Amplifier technology Class-D
Amplifier configuration 1.0
Amplifier channels 1
Power output capacity impulse (peak) Bass [W] 240
Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Bass [W] 150
Miscellaneous DSP from analogue devices
Power supply voltage [volts] 230 Volt
Standby-Function Yes
Standby-Power consumption [watt] .4
Mains cable - IEC connector (non-heating device) Yes
Safety class 2
Fuse Yes
Storage for settings when disconnected Yes
Automatic on/off Yes
Dimensions
Depth [cm] 30
Width [cm] 95.5
Height [cm] 12.5
Weight [kg] 13.2
RearStation Compact RX (pcs.)
RearStation Compact RX (pcs.)
The RearStation Compact wirelessly transmits audio signals from source to speaker. Simply plug in the RearStation Compact to mains power and then to the rear speakers.
RearStation Compact RX (pcs.)
Speaker
Terminal clamps Loudspeaker terminals
Maximum cable diameter 1.50 mm
Connections
Cinch input 1
Electronics
Amplifier technology Class D
Amplifier configuration 1.0
Amplifier channels 1
Power output capacity impulse (peak) Satellite 80 W
Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Satellite 60 W
Power supply voltage 230 volts
Standby-Function Yes
Standby-Power consumption 0.40 watt
Maximum power consumption 80 watt
Storage for settings when disconnected Yes
Automatic on/off Yes
Miscellaneous Crossover freqency: 2.4 GHz
Dimensions
Depth 4.20 cm
Width 7.10 cm
Height 18.30 cm
Weight 0.30 kg

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Expert reviews

Cinesystem Trios "5.1-Set L" review of Heimkino Magazin
Cinesystem Trios "5.1-Set L" review of Heimkino Magazin
"...this is a basic recipe for first class home cinema."
Heimkino Magazin 02-03/2017
"The Trios Set made an excellent impression in the stereo mode from the word go. The slender components delivered an uncommonly powerful sound that accurately reproduced music from top ten hits to baroque. The tone leaves no room for complaint and the finely detailed sound surprises even critical ears.”

"When it comes to a 5.1 signal, things really get started. In spite of the soundbar’s compact dimensions, the sound was effortlessly separated from the speakers and presented in the room as a broad and well-defined soundstage.”

"This subwoofer is also stunning! It has no problem accurately reproducing thunderstorms, the bass is spot on. It delivers distortion-free levels up to unhealthy volumes and the sound comes across with precision without booming.”

Conclusion:

"A good soundbar that comes with full-fledged rear speakers and a potent subwoofer – this is a basic recipe for first class home cinema. Teufel’s re-interpretation with premium components and wireless operation turned out to be absolutely timeless. All-in-all, the incredible features and first class sound make the 5.1 set an absolute highlight.”

Note: This test review is for the Cinesystem Trios 5.1 Set L"

Translated from the original German.




You can read the full test review (in German) at http://www.heimkino-magazin.de/
Cinesystem Trios "5.1-Set L" review of SFT Magazin
Cinesystem Trios "5.1-Set L" review of SFT Magazin
"... remarkable panorama soundscape, which is complemented by the two rear speakers for a neat surround setup"
SFT Magazin 01/2017
"Teufel distributes the drivers in its soundbar as far apart as possible for a wide-ranging soundscape, and improves the overall performance with a software update. The result: the Cinebar produces a remarkable panorama sound stage, with two rear speakers that perfectly complement the neat little surround sound set-up."

"There is hardly anything to complain about with regard to the individual categories 'frequency control' and 'distortion-free playback'. The components do not overreach with shrill effects or deep bass inserts, and the naturalness of speech remains fully preserved." "Even for music, the system turns out to be useful [...]."

Conclusion:

"The Berliners have delivered a cinematic system that takes up little space, is far ahead of other soundbars in terms of space, and makes use of wireless technology."

Note: This review applies to Cinesystem Trios-Set L.
See full review at pcgames.de/Technik
Cinesystem Trios "5.1-Set L" review of Area DVD
Cinesystem Trios "5.1-Set L" review of Area DVD
"A first class surround sound system, elegant and sophsticated with a grandiose sound – Teufel rings in a new multichannel era with the Cinesystem Trios.”
Area DVD 14.12.2016
"A first class surround sound system, elegant and sophsticated with a grandiose sound – Teufel rings in a new multichannel era with the Cinesystem Trios.”

Conclusion:

"A new era of multichannel solutions was introduced some time back by names like Sonos, Samsung and Panasonic. A soundbar in front with wireless connection to surround speakers and a wireless subwoofer. In this way, one can listen to multichannel sound without the cable chaos or a big AV receiver. Teufel might be a bit late to the party, but it takes the concept to new acoustic heights. Not cheap speakers these, but rather elegant & sophisticated high-end aluminium columns in the back. No booming plywood box or low-performance designer piece, but rather a solid, sleek and extremely high-performance subwoofer. The general setup could hardly be better. Of course, the main character in all this also has to deliver a convincing performance, and that it does without fail: The Cinebar C 42 3.1 soundbar delivers an outstandingly well-structured soundstage, and, thanks to Dynamore, a first class and convincing sense of spatial depth.”

Note: The test review is for the Cinesystem Trios "5.1 Set L“

Translated from the original German.




You can read the full test review (in German) at www.areadvd.de
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Claudia G. / 2018-05-12
A very good choice for a compact systemThe components are quickly installed, the instructions are simple and easy to understand. A very good sound experience after calibration. The solution for the rear speakers is nice, as thanks to the wireless control...More
Hans-Jürgen P. / 2017-12-27
Super sound, really devilish!Super system, simply unpack, connect and enjoy sound in the best surround quality. Very elegant and high-quality design, a real eye-catcher, and the sound is simply super. The only drawback was the wait for the...More

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Help regarding this product
Do I also have a 6.1/7.1 playback for a 5.1 recording?
Usually, all 6.1/7.1 AV Receivers can generate a 6.1/7.1 playback from a 5.1 recording. The procedure is comparable with the Dolby Pro Logic Decoder, which generates a matrix circuit from the stereo signal of a centre channel.

The AV Receivers thus generate a rear centre channel from the rear R/L channels of a 5.1 recording through the matrix circuit. The stronger the rear R/L effects on the DVD, the stronger the signal from the rear centre.
Can I connect the LT 4 directly to a DVD player or PC?
No.

The LT 4 is a partially active system that requires AV receiver operation. It has a built-in amplifier that only supplies bass tones in the subwoofer housing That is why an "AV Receiver", i.e. a combination of radio receiver and multichannel amplifier, is essential for using the LT 4.

The subwoofer is connected from the Line In R input to the AV receiver's sub out jack using a mono RCA cable, while the three front satellites are connected to the three speaker outputs of the AV Receiver using the speaker cable and are supplied with power from there.

Connect signal-emitting source appliances such as DVD player or PC etc. directly to the corresponding input jacks on the AV Receiver.
When would it be worth upgrading my 5.1 system to 6.1/7.1 sound?
Naturally 5.1 channel systems that play back all of the sound tracks contained on the DVDs already offer an excellent home cinema experience.

For the new 6.1 or 7.1 sound formats, a rear centre channel is controlled in addition to these channels. This channel, coded in the stereo effect channels, enables the better positioning of effects and music signals directly behind where you are sitting.

If using two speakers for the rear centre channel, the optimal seating position is not tailored to an individually specified position, i.e. you don't have to be seated in the exact centre.

In the following cases we would recommend upgrading to a 6.1 or 7.1 system:

• Your sitting position is not always dead centre, or you often have several viewers

• You have had a 5.1 system for a very long time and would like an improvement

• Your AV amplifier/receiver is designed as a 6.1 or 7.1 receiver and offers the corresponding connection possibilities

• You can also set up one and/or two rear centres. If you are currently building/renovating your house or flat, we would recommend you lay the cables for the additional rear centre channels in any case.

• Modern BluRay players usually issue a true 7.1 surround sound signal at all digital outputs and are thus optimally suitable - presuming the relevant AV Receiver - as a signal transmitter for a 7.1 channel home cinema system.
How do I upgrade my system to a 6.1 or 7.1 sound format?
The choice of speaker(s) depends on the AV Receiver/amplifier. This has an additional power amplifier for one rear centre (6.1) or its two (7.1). You can easily see this by the wattage (e.g. 6 x 100 watt or 7 x 100 watt). To the existing (side) rear speakers for right/left (5.1 technology), one or two additional rear centres are utilised in addition (6.1 or 7.1 technology).

• My AV amplifier/receiver has six connections/power amplifiers (6.1):

In this case we recommend connecting the same centre at the rear that you also used in the front area.

• My AV amplifier/receiver has 7 connections/power amplifiers (7.1):

If you already use dipoles or direct emitters for your 5.1 system, then you have a choice of either supplementing two more dipoles or two direct emitters. For wall assembly and a short distance from the seating location to the rear wall (less than 1.00 metres), we would recommend dipoles. As soon as you want to set up the speakers on bases or on a shelf, then direct emitters would be the better choice.

Information:
Even if the AV Receiver/amplifier only has the connection and power amplifier performance for one rear centre, it is still possible to connect two instead of just one speaker through series connection.

Exception:
• The AV amplifier/receiver has seven connections/power amplifiers, but I can only set up one rear centre. As the 7.1 AV amplifiers/receiver also offer the option of operating just one of the two outputs (usually can be set in the speaker set-up!), you can also only connect just one rear centre.

Here we recommend connecting the same centre to the rear that you also used in the front area. For short distances to the listening location (less than 1.00 metres), a dipole would be the better choice - especially if you are also using dipoles at the sides.
Is it a problem if the speakers are at different distances to where you are sitting?
Since the distance and volume of every individual speaker can be adjusted for the digital home cinema receivers, asymmetrical set-ups can be easily compensated. 
How do I equalise my home cinema system with the help of a sound level meter?
Take the level meter with you to the listening position and point the measuring device directly towards the front centre speaker. Now start the sound generator of the receiver (or of the sound card or DVD player) and equalise all speakers in succession to the same level.

The position and alignment of the measuring device should not be changed during this procedure. For a Teufel sound level meter, proceed as detailed in the following:

1. Remove the protective tab from the battery.

2. Set the weighting to "A" - only the "A" position considers the full frequency range during measuring!

3. Set the response to Slow.

4. Set the Range to 70.

5. Start the test noise from your AV device.

6. Change the volume for every individual channel at the AV device so that the level meter shows 75 dB (meaning between +4 and +6).

7. Done!
What is the difference between the 5.1 and 7.1 configuration?
Compared with the 5.1 set, the 7.1 set has two extra speakers for the back rear centre channel.

The 5.1 channel set plays back all sound tracks on DVDs/Blu-rays and creates an excellent home cinema experience.

With the 7.1 sound format, a rear centre channel is also generated in addition to these channels and distributed to two further speakers (the "rear centre"). This channel, which is encoded in the stereo effects channels, allows better location of effects and music signals directly behind the sitting position.

If you use two speakers for the rear centre channel (i.e. installed 7.1 set), the optimum sitting position is not restricted to one specific place, so you don't have to be sitting exactly in the middle and several listeners can enjoy the best sound.
Where is the optimal place for the centre of my Lautsprecher Teufel Surround System in a 5.1/6.1/7.1 configuration?
Because the centre plays back spoken dialogue, this speaker must be positioned as centrally as possible under or over the TV/monitor or the screen.

If the centre is placed outside the area of 40 centimetres to 1.20 meter height, it should be slightly inclined or angled towards the listener.


My Bluetooth speaker produces a lesser quality sound with my Windows PC or laptop.
It could be that the speaker is connected as a device with speakerphone function. Please go to: settings menu > devices and printer > BOOMSTER (or other Bluetooth device). Right click on the device and remove the check mark next to the “speakerphone” option.
When can I use the rear speakers as direct speakers?
If you aren't able to position the speakers close to the wall as described above, you should use the them as direct speakers. For this purpose the rear switch should be tipped outwards. For use as direct speakers, the rear boxes should be set up to the left and right of the listening position - ideally at the same height, e.g. on a shelf or preferably on a base. If the speakers have to be set up so that they are much higher or lower, it may be advisable to align them to the listening point. For wall mounting it is best to use wall brackets that allow for vertical movement. When using the speakers in direct speaker mode, we recommend that the distance between the two rear speakers exceeds the listening position by 1m. But if you (have to) sit closer, please make sure that the front of the speaker is not pointing directly at you; instead, angle the speakers more into the room.
Can I set up the set in a different way to that described?
The recommended set-up information below represents the best possible arrangement for perfect multichannel playback in your home. Your available space, your partner or your furniture may not always allow you to arrange the speakers in the ideal manner. Try to meet as many of the requirements as possible.

Modern AV Receivers offer numerous options for compensating electronically for any compromises in the set up. Generally speaking, the following rule always applies: you can always use our recommendations as a basis for experimenting with what works best for you, acoustically and optically. Let your ears (and eyes) decide!
The RAMPA insert at the bottom of the speaker sometimes is turned out with the tamping screw. What can I do about that?
Unscrew the tamping screw from the Rampa insert and screw the Rampa insert back into the bottom of the speaker.
My subwoofer is humming. What can I do?
This hum can be caused by the connected devices or disruptions in your electricity current. Please do a test to see which it is.

1. Remove the RCA cable from the input on the subwoofer. If the hum is no longer heard, go to point B. Otherwise, follow point A.

A. Attach the net cable of the subwoofer to another electricity outlet (i.e. Kitchen/Bathroom/Bedroom). If the subwoofer still hums, get in contact with our Support team.

Should the hum no longer be there, the disruption was a problem in your power supply, which can, for instance, be caused by dimmers or chargers. To find out where the disruption is, unplug all your devices and work back from there. As soon as the hum is heard, you now know your source of the disruption.

B. In your case, the "ground hum" is responsible for the disruption. Please proceed as follows to discover your source.

  • Disconnect the cable or satellite port from the TV Receiver and check if the hum disappears or not. If it does, you can use a sheath current filter for the cable outlet to prevent this. For example, the sheath current filter AC 9022 ED. If you have a satellite connection, connect the Satellite Receiver to the optical cable playback source - Teufel Optical Digital Cable

  • If this reason can be excluded, separate all devices from the AV Receiver one at a time until the hum stops. The last connected device is then your hum source and should be separated from the others using a galvanic separation filter (found in a retail shop)

  • If this doesn't work, get in contact with us once again so that we can give an individual, helpful response.
Will an active subwoofer only run in 5.1 mode or also in stereo mode?
Thanks to the speaker set-up/bass management integrated in the home cinema receivers/amplifiers, the subwoofer functions in stereo, Dolby Surround and digital mode.

The corresponding setting in the speaker set-up must be adjusted individually for each source for many receivers, however, e.g. for CD playback only front without woofer, and front speakers plus woofer for Dolby Surround video playback.
Why doesn't my active subwoofer switch on automatically?
Some AV Receivers/amplifiers issue the bass signals via the subwoofer pre-amplifier output so quietly that the subwoofer does not start automatically.

To make sure the subwoofer switches on and off correctly in automatic mode, (to be selected on the corresponding switch of the subwoofer, such as "Auto / On / Off"), we recommend turning the level control on the subwoofer to 1/3 or perhaps to 1/2 and increasing the output level for the sub in the receiver's speaker set-up – sometimes up to the maximum (+10 dB or +12 dB). The subwoofer should then work perfectly.

The maximum position of the output level in the speaker set-up of the AV Receiver is obligatory for some of our models (e.g. the Concept S subwoofer).
How do I connect my fully active Teufel system to an AV Receiver?
Although designed to be fully active, the Teufel set is also partially active in conjunction with an AV Receiver.

You can connect it like a standard speaker system: the five satellites via speaker cable to the corresponding speaker outputs front R/L, rear R/L and centre of the AV Receiver/amplifier and the subwoofer from the front R input via a mono-RCA cable to the Sub Out output on the A/V Receiver/amplifier.

Please note:
The auto on/standby switch only responds when the front R input is being used! The subwoofer also receives the full subwoofer signal via this channel.

If the AV Receiver/amplifier has preamplifier outputs for all channels (front R/L, rear R/L, centre and subwoofer), the Teufel set can also be connected via three RCA cable pairs to the subwoofer and the satellites via speaker cables to the subwoofer. However, we recommend using the first version.
What is a ground hum?
The hum (50 Hz) comes from the 220 volt supply network and is caused by current power flows through the protective conductor. These so-called "ground hums" is caused when you connect two devices that are already grounded on the protective conductor (subwoofer) or the antennae cable (AV Receiver) to the subwoofer cable.

Solution:
Separate the direct connection by a grounding filter for the antennae cable that is created for it - for instance, the Teufel modell sheath current filter AC 9022 ED. Alternatively, you can use a galvanic separation filter that is looped into the connection between the subwoofer and AV Receiver.

The hum disappears if the antennae cable is separated from the Receiver/Tuner/TV. First try the grounding filter, otherwise the galvanic separation filter.
Where is the optimal place for the subwoofer of my Lautsprecher Teufel Surround System in a 5.1/6.1/7.1 configuration?
The location of a subwoofer with a recommended cut-off frequency of under/equal to 120 Hz can be freely selected and does not affect the other speakers.

Placement within the straight line between both front satellites is ideal - but not precisely in the corner of the room because certain frequency components could be unpleasantly excessive when played back.
How do I determine the right phase setting of the subwoofer?
By setting the phase, you can affect the point at which the membrane of the subwoofer bass speaker moves to the front. This setting makes it possible to optimally adjust the subwoofer to the satellites.

The membranes of the satellites should move to the front at the same time as the membrane of the subwoofer bass speaker, because all speakers of the system must vibrate in phase for optimal playback. This means that (provided the connection has the correct polarity) all drivers must move in one direction when the three front speakers receive a pulse (towards the outside or towards the inside).

If the subwoofer is in line with the front speakers, its bass speaker should have the same direction of movement (phase) - the controller on the woofer is set to "0". If the subwoofer is not between the front speakers, but is to the side of or even behind the listening location, its phase length will not match that of the front speakers. That is why the phase of the subwoofer must be changed in such cases.

So much for the theory. In practice, this means: Listen to a loud piece of music with heavy basses and ask a second person to change the phase during playback. The correct setting of the phase switch depends on where the subwoofer is positioned in the room. The position where the bass playback (above all the upper bass range) sounds the fullest is the correct position. Have fun trying it out!
What is the use of the on/off automatic switch ("Auto On/Off") of the active subwoofer?
The On/Off switch is a power-saving standby switch. The switch must be set to "On" or "1" to activate the standby. The subwoofer is activated as soon as it receives a strong bass signal. After approx. ten to twenty minutes of no signal, or only after receiving a very weak signal, it automatically switches to the standby function.

Even though the LED is still illuminated, the subwoofer is in standby mode. This function can be easily checked by slowly increasing the volume at the receiver/amplifier. You will hear a quiet popping noise when the subwoofer activates itself as of a certain level.
What happens to the power amplifiers of the subwoofer if I don't connect the satellites?
As soon as the satellites are connected to the subwoofer and not to the AV Receiver/amplifier, the performance of the 6 or 8-channel power amplifier is distributed to the subwoofer and to the satellites.

If the satellites are not connected directly to the subwoofer but to the AV Receiver/amplifier via speaker cable instead, the subwoofer performance will increase somewhat; the power amplifiers for the satellites have no function. This enables the subwoofer and satellites to play even more dynamically than if the subwoofer still had to provide the satellites with performance.

The technical background: The subwoofer has a large transformer with a specific wattage. This performance is either distributed to the five satellites and the subwoofer, or you receive a higher performance only for the subwoofer.
How can I connect an additional active subwoofer?
If your receiver has only one subwoofer output ("Sub Out"), you only need a monocinch cable, which is then connected from the receiver to the "Sub In" of the subwoofer. With two subwoofer outputs, you can order a so-called Y-adapter from the Teufel accessories page, which has a cinch plug on one side and two cinch (RCA) sockets on the other. Connect the plug to the subwoofer "Pre Out" on the AV receiver/amplifier and connect the mono cinch cable to the two subwoofers.

If the cabling method is easier for you, then you can alternatively connect one subwoofer to the other. You will need two mono cinch cables - one to connect the subwoofer "Pre Out" on the AV receiver/amplifier to the left line-in input of the first subwoofer, and the other to connect the left line-out output of the first subwoofer to the left line-in input of the second subwoofer.
How is the wattage of a subwoofer with respect to the sine wave and pulse/music performance?
Mono subwoofer:

The wattage (e.g. "360 W") printed on the rear of the subwoofer near the mains plug designates the ability of the power amplifier "to pull" a maximum power rating in the specified range at the moment of switching on (those 360 watt stated as an example).

Consequently, the wattage must correspond to at least the sine wave output of the amplifier, as this sine wave output must be permanently available which the power pack must provide as well.

The pulse/music performance of the amplifier, on the other hand, can exceed the wattage, because the short pulses are buffered additionally by the capacitors in the power pack and are not achieved solely through the performance of the power pack.

Multi-channel subwoofer:

The wattage for a multi-channel subwoofer can also be below the sine wave output, as the specified sine wave output is not requested from every channel at the same time.

For a 5 x 100 watt sinus power amplifier, for example, each of the five channels is able to implement 100 watt sine. However, not all five channels at the same time! This is also unnecessary, as the same signal is never transmitted across all five channels at the same time, thus requesting the same high sine wave output per channel.

That is why the wattage may be, e.g. 300 watt, even if the sine wave output exhibits 5 x 100 watt (= 500 watt).
What are the volume switches for?
The sound of the speaker always depends on the room where it is located.

The volume of the active subwoofer can be controlled so that you can adapt the relationship between the active bass and treble / mid tones to suit the room.

Use your own senses to judge which settings sound best in your room. This switch is especially useful in stereo mode. On the other hand, multichannel amplifiers often have technologies that adjust the subwoofer volume - so when using a multichannel amplifier the controller should first be set at 0dB.
What is room resonance frequency?
Room resonance frequency (other terms: room modes, standing waves, resonance frequency) is the frequency at which the vibrations of a voice, a musical instrument or a signal played back over the hi-fi/home cinema system is amplified unnaturally, because the vibrations build up between the walls as well as the floor and ceiling.

It is calculated of the sound velocity divided by 2 and divided by the room length [ 340 m/s: 2 : 6 m = 28.3 Hz (=1/s) ] or, more simply: 170 divided by the room dimension (length, width or height). The greatest distance between two parallel walls is taken as first standard value. For a room of 4 x 6 metres, this would be 6 metres. Strictly speaking, you would have to calculate the room resonance frequency for further parallel walls (for the 4 metres and for the ceiling height).

Overlaying resonances are also possible if the room dimensions are very close to each other. (2.8 metres high, 3 metres wide and 5.6 metres long). The resonance at 2.8 metres is repeated as multiple (times 2) at 5.6 metres length, the resonance of the 3 metres width is close to the resonance of 2.8 metres. It would resonate strongly here at 30 Hz, 56 Hz, 60 Hz and 120/112 Hz.

Phenomena of resonance frequencies:

• For example, a man with a deep voice speaks in a very small room (2 by 2 metres, 85 Hz). The voice appears to have more emphasis than in another room or out of doors. As soon as a woman speaks, the voice will sound just the same as in another room.

• The voice of a woman or that of a small child will cause glass to shatter. The voice strikes exactly the tone that corresponds to the resonant frequency of the glass. The glass resonates so strongly that it shatters (refer to the movie "The Tin Drum").

• A group of soldiers march across a bridge in cadence. The equal movement causes the bridge to vibrate so much that it collapses. That is why no one marches across bridges in cadence.
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