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Our Motiv 3 always gets the same reaction: this speaker system draws a sympathetic smile from everyone who sees it. Because the main components of this set are five unusual little satellite speakers in a spherical shape, supported by an alluring little sub-woofer.
But don't be fooled by the smart styling: acoustically, the Motiv 3 is absolutely serious! As every Teufel set is.
The surprisingly rich sound that these shiny steel globes produce comes from a high-end 80-mm full-range driver. This chassis is able to reproduce nearly the entire audible frequency spectrum with constant fidelity. Except for the lowest bass, of course — but that's where the A 300 SW comes in: an ultra-compact sub woofer cube with a 200 mm cone, driven by a full 150 watts of amplifier power.
Snug, stylish fit
Together the two components form a home theatre system that's as snug as a bug in rooms of up to 20 m². The satellite speakers can be mounted on the wall or on stands, and also look great on the cleverly designed magnetic tabletop base (included). And the little sub is right at home practically anywhere in the room.
If you're looking for an affordable yet design-conscious home theatre set with an original look, but you don't want to compromise.
- Satellite Speaker MO 3 FCR
- Subwoofer A 300 SW
- Table Stand MO 3 TP
|Input gain adjustment||Analogue|
|Output performance amplifier: Bass driver||Music output performance|
|Output performance amplifier: Bass driver||150 W|
|Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Bass||110 W|
The spherical shape has extraordinary acoustical advantages because it minimizes cabinet diffraction. Acoustically, the MO 3 FCR features a distinctive spatial character thanks to its even radiation. Moreover, it delivers stunning voice fidelity precisely because, having no crossover, a one-way system doesn't break down voice frequencies — the most sensitive part of the human hearing range — between tweeter and midrange.
The multi-vented chassis is robust enough to completely amaze any sceptics in a room of up to 20 square meters.
|Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term)||50 Watt|
|Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term)||70 Watt|
|Minimum amplifier output power recommended||20 Watt|
|Terminal clamps||Screw terminals|
|Maximum cable diameter||2.50 mm|
|Suitable for AV receiver||Yes|
Explosions are huge and enveloping; bullets fly around the room accurately and without gaps; and the overall soundstage is one that’s deeper and more three-dimensional than that of its peers.
This is the kind of blockbuster scale previously unavailable from style speaker packages costing under £500.
We’re once again impressed with the punch of the satellites, too, with every gunshot being conveyed with sudden and precise power."
"Unique looks and magnetic stand; great cohesion and scale; punch and detail from the satellites"
"The Teufel Motiv 3 speakers are one of the most distinctive 5.1 sets we've ever seen. The stunning looking black and chrome satellites and glossy black subwoofer look great and would suit any modern living room.
Each satellite speaker is a shiny black sphere that measures around 120mm, including the length of the binding posts. There's no dedicated centre speaker and each of the identical satellites is interchangeable. The powered subwoofer, an equally stylish cube in gloss black, has a single phono input that connects it to your AV Receiver.
The satellites come with magnetic mounts that let them sit securely on a flat table or shelf. It's easy to tilt the speakers on the their mounts so they're pointing right at your listening position.
The speakers' reproduction of bass and mid-range tones was excellent (along with the) quality of the rich, vibrant and punchy bass tones generated by the subwoofer. Explosions shook the room with the subwoofer set to half volume; at the top level, we could almost feel our lungs vibrate. The Motiv 3's are also pretty good for music, with a thumping bass that will serve well for parties. Even stereo recordings filled the room, while 5.1 audio tracks had a sense of immediacy that drew us into the sound."
"Assuming that their looks suit your taste and decor, the Motiv 3 speakers have a high-quality sound that justifies their price."
Results: 4 / 5 stars
These spherical speakers aren't just useful space-savers. The globular build also enhances sound by killing internal standing wave interference. Also they look like alien snooker balls - a big plus in our opinion. Magnetic stands allow you to andle the audio boules into the room, but their single 80mm drive units can't deliver the full frequency range required for meaty sound. That's where the 150W subwoofer steps in, putting a big, bassy boot up the arse of your music and soundtracks.
The centre channel, which has to deliver the lion's share of the sound is the weakest link here. However, if your TV`s built-in speakers aren't dreadful, use them as the centre speaker alongside these and you`ll achieve sound fit for any sonic eventuality.
These are as small as speakers get, but despite their size they still pump out top-notch surround sound effects:
4 / 5 stars.
The Motiv 3 presented by Teufel fits the bill by turning even the smallest room into a home theatre thanks to the retro, compact design as well as the sound strength and visually appealing home theatre. And the best is yet to come, because Teufel offers this complete 5.1 system for an unbeatable price of just 499,- euros.
• Sound 70% 1.2
• Labor 15% 1.2
• Practice 15% 1.1
• Spatial representation
• Profound, dynamic bass display
Test judgement: Excellent 1.2
"From the first glance one thinks that the Motiv 3 is a design object... which can also deliver some sound on the side. What you don't expect is that there's more oompf inside these small round objects than the simple measurements would show. I've tested the Motiv 3 these past few days with my Sony Receiver, and I was really taken with the system. It doesn't matter which product I test from Teufel – I'm always surprised and positively impressed.
The small, well-constructed subwoofer generates hefty and dry bass, as promised, and is properly intensive. And the system is not overstrained by military film special effects. You can always find something better... but I've never seen a better subwoofer with these compact measurements in this price class.
The satellites offer clear music playback as well. High tones were as equally well played as the midranges, which isn't always the case with a broadband loudspeaker. You'll also get clear playback with voices."
"Our conclusion is short and sweet... we recommend the Motiv 3 for everyone who wants a big sounding home cinema system with the most compact measurements.
Sometimes it's practical to not have big standing columns, but rather small satellites that you can integrate into the sitting room cabinets. You don't have to make a lot of space available for the subwoofer; rather, you can tuck it under a table.
That doesn't mean the Motiv 3 should be hidden. The satellites come in a round, retro design and the subwoofer is finished with lovely piano lacquer. And it's not just the design that's pretty. This small surround system doesn't need to be hidden because of its quality sound. The subwoofer with its long stroke driver and powerful suspension generates clean, hefty bass and the small satellites deliver an original, true sound picture with their full range drivers."
• Stylish optics thanks to piano lacquer
• Stylish retro design
• Full of sound satellites with broadband technology
• Very compact and performance-heavy subwoofer
• Long guarantee time
"The Motiv 3 has certainly earned the Casemodding Palace Award"
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The Teufel Motiv 3 surprises in all areas with fantastic sound quality. It doesn’t introduce any distortion, especially at low volumes where in other sound systems you’d hear a light hum. The five satellites work together for a wonderful room sound and good highs. The hefty, aggressive subwoofer takes care of the lower frequencies and you can't tell that you're not in the cinema when you play this baby with movies.
Whether classic or rock music, action films like Starwars or films with beautiful, gentle music scores, the Motiv 3 impresses across the board. The invigorating satellites deliver at the correct volume and give a feeling that you are sitting directly in either the cinema or concert theatre. Teufel's website states the Motiv 3 is good for "rooms of up to 20 m²." In our test, the room was 35 m², almost twice as big. In our opinion, the Motiv 3 has reached the edge of what can be accomplished and has arrived at the potential to fill a large room with excellent sound.
The Teufel Motiv 3 surprises in all areas: the installation and usability as well as the connection with the amplifier is completely easy. The design of the globe-formed satellites and high-gloss subwoofer with its rounded box makes for a very modern and chic presentation in the sitting room. The system's worksmanship is also of very high quality, which can especially be seen on the loudspeaker cable connectors. € 499,- is a good price for a super sound system of the upper class.
• Easy installation
• Excellent sound picture
• Hefty bass
• Great worksmanship
• High quality worksmanship of the cable connectors
Read the entire test here! (German only.)
When you measure its price against its extremely compact measurements, the Teufel Motiv 3 amazes with excellent sound quality... and the worksmanship is well done. This wonderfully styled set is very practical thanks to flexible installation possibilities. The extremely compact measurements and the attractive price makes the Motiv 3 loudspeaker set a recommended buy for all home cinema beginners with high design expectations.
• Sound: excellent
• Equipment: excellent
• Verarbeitung: good
Price/Performance:good to excellent
Total Results: Excellent
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With its very even, homogenous sound picture and amazing dynamics the Motiv 3 is certainly right on top of the scene. This compact multichannel system doesn't make you deal with any actual distortion effects or contortions at higher volumes, either. The Motiv 3 is an ambitious multichannel system in and of itself, but is also a valid secondary solution for the surround sound fan. Total results of sound in relation to purchase price: Amazing – excellent.
Design sound experts from Berlin... you can sum up the Motiv 3 in those few words. The beautifully designed, extravagant and yet price-conscious 5.1 ensemble puts you right into the scene with rich, clear and dynamic sound. These impressions are further supported by excellent worksmanship. Miracles in intensity can't really be expected with the size of the system, but it reaches some serious volume that others would positively be surprised at. Through the sound picture about the acoustic details: we're surprised, what multifaceted, harmonic and grounded acoustics the midrange driver delivers. The very compact active subwoofer is excellent in combination with the satellites and delivers a solid, hefty but never intrusive foundation.
Dynamic, homogenous sound, extravagant design and high quality worksmanship – all of this with the Motiv 3 for a one time price of 499,-.
• Surprising spatiality
• Dynamic and quick to react
• Also good for long-term use, consistently excellent sound
• Amazing worksmanship
• Active subwoofer with a hefty and clean bass
• Elegant design
• Fair price
• Extremely high quality loudspeaker cable connectors
Price / Performance: 10 / 10 stars
Read the entire test here! (German only.)
In action the Motiv 3 system doesn't disappoint, delivering a surprisingly smooth and persuasive sound with a variety of audio sources. The size of the speakers proves not to be an obstacle at all, as they fill the room with a much grander sound than we were expecting. In fact, rooms up to 20m² in capacity are comfortably catered for, which puts most one-box system speakers to shame.
Our first port of call was "The Dark Knight" on Blu-ray, whose brutal Dolby TrueHD track provides the perfect showcase for the system's talents. Throughout the movie, the satellite speakers prove to be admirably eloquent and versatile, teasing out plenty of detail and delivering the complete frequency range with coherence and control.
Busy action sequences like the car chase or the opening bank robbery reveal surprisingly deep bass capabilities, giving the subwoofer less to do than you might imagine, plus it's distinct in the midrange and treble is conveyed without sounding tinny or brash.
It's complimented by well-rounded and strident dialogue, giving The Joker's creepy monologues an extra air of menace while transient sounds like gun shots and crashes make a resounding impact - for example, you feel each and every punch that Batman lands on the Joker during their interrogation room showdown.
As for the A 300 SW sub, it's a real revelation. We've tested a few one-box system subs recently and have criticised their loose control and flabby output, but this is in a different class - low frequency effects are clean and muscular with a pleasingly dry tone, but kept under firm control and merged seamlessly with the satellites. It may not reach the fiery, foundation-shaking levels of the System 9's monster bass-box, but this is a really impressive effort nonetheless.
Music playback is equally impressive. Corinne Bailey Rae's Since I've Been Loving You on CD is a thing of beauty, lending a beautiful tone to Rae's delicate voice and conveying the double bass with pleasing solidity and admirable timing.
If you're looking for a speaker system that doesn't make demands on your precious space but musters a big, sophisticated sound, then the Motiv 3 should be at the top of your shopping list.
Not only do the spherical satellites boast a distinctive design and robust build quality, but they're also assured performers, producing a surprisingly mature, neutral and full-bodied sound that belies their diminutive dimensions.
It's also pleasing to discover that the subwoofer has the ability to reinforce the bottom end without dominating the soundstage, a trait that ruins many a one-box system. Overall, this is a top-notch speaker system that's worth every penny of its price tag.
• Design: 9 / 10
• Features: 8 / 10
• Performance: 9 / 10
• Value: 9 / 10
• Overall: 9 / 10
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Downloads & support
For Theater 2 and larger systems, we recommend the Teufel cable with 4 mm² cross-section for the front/centre speakers, and the 2.5 mm² cable up to a length of 15 metres for the effect speakers.
Choose a higher cross-section for even greater lengths.
This circumstance would drive up the production and storage costs, which would result in a significantly more expensive sales price.
A paint shop in your vicinity will surely be able to repaint the speaker housing to your preferred colour without loss of warranty - after expiry of the eight-week right of return.
Fully active set do not necessarily need an AV Receiver. The five to seven satellite speakers here are supplied with power by the amplifiers which are installed in the subwoofer in addition to the subwoofer power amplifier. This saves you the costs of a receiver, but it is usually only possible to connect one source to our fully active subwoofer.
Exceptions here are the Concept E2, the Concept E Magnum Digital, the Motiv 5 Digital, the Concept F, the LT2+R and the Concept S+R.
Naturally you can also equip the fully active systems with an AV Receiver at a later point. The connection is then equal to the partially active sets.
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!
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.