System 8 THX Ultra 2 "5.1-Set Concert"
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- Das kleinste Heimkino-Lautsprecher-Set der Welt mit THX Ultra 2-Zertifikat
- Schwarzes Hochglanz-Design: Klang-Perfektion in maximal komprimierter Form
- Identische Front-Lautsprecher im Flachformat mit Flachmembranen in Dreiweg-D 'Appollito-Aufbau
- Concert: Version enthält 5 identische Front-Lautsprecher mit Flachmembranen in Dreiweg-D 'Appollito-Aufbau
- 1 Subwoofer (500 Watt Sinus) mit THX Ultra 2-Zertifikat bei einem 300 mm-Tieftöner: Weltpremiere
- Empfohlen für Räume bis 100 qm
Overview of our technologies
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 enclosure dimensions.
Better, smaller & more stylish
After years of laboratory tests, countless prototyping cycles and extensive licensing procedures, it's finished: the System 8 THX Ultra 2: A worthy successor to the Theater 8 Ultra 2. Only better, smaller and more stylish!
Optimised for wall mounting, the S 800 FCR front speakers boast contemporary flat diaphragm drivers 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 driver technology, computer-aided Klippel optimisation techniques and intensive tuning work by our engineers.
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.
- Satellite Speaker S 800 FCR
- Active Subwoofer S 8000 SW
- power cable
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
Read the entire review here!
• 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+)
Highs: "Full-fat cream of THX from squeaking balloons to big booms and in sexy shiny cabinets"
You can read the full test review (in German) here:
Sound: Absolutely first class / 62 points
Very good / 84 points
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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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
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).
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.
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.
The front speakers guarantee clear voice reproduction and very good positioning that harmonises with the picture.
The surround speakers, on the other hand, generate a diffuse and non-traceable sound field that literally surrounds the viewers and enables the illusion of a helicopter flying over the audience, for example. If you want to set up a 5.1 home cinema system with conventional speakers, then five identical speakers plus a subwoofer are the minimum equipment.
THX speaker systems, however, are specifically designed for multi-channel playback. That is why THX front speakers and THX dipole surround speakers offer the best requirements for perfect sound playback from a psychoacoustic view.
Despite the very compact dimensions of all utilised speakers, the THX subwoofer provides a very dynamic and powerful bass playback.
The main difference to the THX Ultra 2 devices is their higher performance which is only necessary for an approximate room size upwards of 50 m².
THX Ultra (1) was still based on the "original" Home THX, which was already used in high-quality AV amplifiers/receivers during ProLogic times.
The receiver/amplifier must have bass management where the frequencies are distributed for the THX front/centre speakers and the THX subwoofer (cut-off frequency 80 Hz).
Also, the amplifier should exhibit a minimum rating of 100 watt per channel and match the speakers for performance (amplifier sine wave output = approx. long-term load of speaker).
Since THX speakers are optimised to play back multi-channel signals (4 or 5.1 channels), the front speakers permit the precisely staggered and very true to detail spatial playback, while the surround speakers ensure realistic room characteristics.
Both are also ideal requirements for playing back music.
The objective of THX home cinema systems is to play back film soundtracks with as much authenticity and quality as the original mix from the sound studio.
In all studios used for film dubbing, the soundtracks are mixed in a 4-channel version (Dolby Surround) and in a 5.1 channel version. The acoustics, equalizer settings and speaker configurations are absolutely identical.
THX systems are thus always able to play back soundtracks produced in this way absolutely true to the original. Because of the high technical and tonal requirements, the THX standard can be compared with the TÜV (German Technical Control Board) for cinema sound.
As opposed to the THX quality standard, DTS and Dolby Digital are procedures for compressing sound data.
All THX-licensed devices and speakers must demonstrate certain technical properties so that they can play back movie soundtracks produced for cinemas and correspondingly powerful cinema sound systems absolutely true to the original for home cinemas as well. This is only possible up to a certain point with conventional hi-fi systems.
The most important requirements for excellent home cinema sound are:
• That despite the considerable size difference between cinemas and home cinemas, the movie soundtrack can be played back in comparably smaller rooms with the correct tonal balance and three-dimensionality.
• That all sound channels are played back very precisely despite the complexity of a multi-channel soundtrack to be able to precisely locate and allocate all noises and voices.
• That the subwoofer is perfectly coupled to the main speakers.
• That the front speakers are (by sound) identical - indispensable for harmonious sound playback.
THX systems satisfy these requirements perfectly, as they consider all running processes concerning playback while the movie soundtrack is being mixed.
THX currently differentiates three standards for speakers: THX Ultra 2, THX Select and THX Multimedia.
THX Select 2 only applies to AV Receivers/amplifiers.
THX Ultra 2 corresponds to the earlier THX with the uncompromising design of the components.
Comparison of the three THX standards:
• THX Ultra 2: Angle of radiation and frequency response strictly limited requirement, D'Appolito arrangement of speaker systems prescribed.
• THX Select: More generous specifications for angle of radiation and frequency response.
• THX Multimedia: Radiation behaviour corresponds to THX Select.
• THX Ultra 2: Dipoles are compulsory.
• THX Select: Dipoles recommended, but not compulsory.
• THX Multimedia: Direct emitters in every respect.
Subwoofer - transfer frequency
• THX Ultra 2: 80 Hz
• THX Select: 100 Hz
• THX Multimedia: 130 Hz
• THX Ultra: Continuous load 105 dB (front) / 102 dB (surround).
• THX Select: Short term load 105 dB (front) / 102 dB (surround).
• THX Multimedia: 103 dB at the listening location/desk at approx. 50 cm distance.
• THX Ultra 2:
More output performance than normal AV Receivers. Complies with the strictest requirements for minor background noise and minor distortion. Is designed for performance needs of large listening rooms up to 150 m².
• THX Select:
Structure of AV Receiver is simpler and thus more reasonably priced. Less performance required, therefore suitable for smaller and medium-sized listening rooms up to approx. 50 m².
• THX Multimedia:
Pure PC and/or multimedia speakers for use at the computer.
• THX Ultra 2: Arrangement and set-up strictly regulated.
• THX Select: Set-up and arrangement simpler and more flexible.
• THX Multimedia: Set-up of front speakers on the desk, rear speakers to the side and behind where you are sitting.
The first DVD that supported the new feature was "Fight Club" in the Special Edition by 20th Century Fox (NTSC version). The offer has been continually expanded in the meantime.
The tests, which can be played on NTSC as well as PAL DVDs, consist of video tests that are helpful in optimally setting and configuring the TV or video projector, as well as audio tests that guarantee that the sound system is configured perfectly.
The special thing about these tests is the fact that the measuring signals are identical to the reference signals that were used during the final mixing of the relevant DVD. The home cinema system can therefore be co-ordinated accurately and individually to every single DVD with THX Optimode.
The goal of the entire procedure is that the sound and particularly the picture should appear in the home cinema exactly as the producer imagined. Let's assume the film producer wanted to create a certain mood in the film using specific colouring; this only works in the home cinema if the screen at home is just as co-ordinated as in the studio. Thanks to THX Optimode, that is guaranteed as far as possible.
Operating THX Optimode is just as easy: The software on the DVD includes all of the tests. Individually, these are video tests to set the contrast, brightness, colour, colouring, control of the correct ratio of picture length to picture width and the possibility to test the general qualities of the monitor.
In addition, there are audio tests for the phases of the speakers, connection of the speakers and the cut-off frequency of the LFE (subwoofer channel). Some tests will clearly show when it is necessary to consult a specialist for the settings.
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.