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  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)
  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)
  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)
  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)
  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)
  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)
  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)
  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)
  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)
  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)
  • System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)

System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010)

Successor to the legendary Theater 8 THX Ultra 2: better, smaller, neater...
The world's smallest THX Ultra 2 certified home cinema set
System 6 THX "5.2-Set"
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Highlights

Key advantages at a glance
  • The world's smallest THX Ultra 2 certified home cinema set
  • 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
  • Recommended for spaces up to 100 sqm.
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
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. The S 8000 SW is impressive proof of the supreme expertise of Teufel, having been in the business of building customised bass speakers for over 20 years.

The bass
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 at 40 Hz) where much higher amplifier outputs used to be required.

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.

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.
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.

System 8 Teufel

Included components

  • Satellite Speaker S 800 FCR THX Ultra 2 (2010)
  • Dipole Speaker S 800 D (right) (2010)
  • Dipole Speaker S 800 D left (2010)
  • Subwoofer S 8000 SW THX Ultra 2 (2010)

Specifications

Active Subwoofer S 8000 SW THX Ultra 2 (2010)
Active Subwoofer S 8000 SW THX Ultra 2 (2010)
We gave the THX engineers a bit of a shock with the S 8000 SW: they'd never seen another manufacturer meet their stringent THX Ultra 2 standards using a single 300 mm chassis and an enclosure this small (80 litres). Teufel pulled it off: a level of 114 dB at 40 Hz with a linearity of +- 1 dB.

This subwoofer is an absolute triumph of Teufel's engineering expertise, painstakingly gathered over twenty years of building specialised deep bass woofers.

The unbelievable performance of the S 8000 SW can be attributed to a bass driver developed over many steps and featuring an extremely long throw with THX Ultra 2-required magnetic screening.

A very low level of harmonic distortion and extreme efficiency contribute to high levels being rendered distortion-free at 500 watts of RMS output. In the past, a significantly higher level of amplification would have been required. And there's a side effect: you'll save on your electricity bill.

The Teufel-developed DPU reflex system with bass reflex openings on the back virtually eliminates interference even at high volumes. A remote control makes adjusting the subwoofer to match any sized space easy – the system can handle up to 100 square metres.
Active Subwoofer S 8000 SW THX Ultra 2 (2010)
Speaker
Enclosure type bassreflex
Magnetic shielding Yes
Connections
Cinch input 2
High Level loudspeaker inputs 2
Electronics
Lowest frequency (-3 dB) 25 Hz
Input gain adjustment yes
Phase control 0 / 180 degrees
Remote control Yes
Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Bass 500 W
Dimensions
Depth 54.80 cm
Width 36.00 cm
Height 70.00 cm
Weight 41.70 kg
Satellite Speaker S 800 FCR (2010)
Satellite Speaker S 800 FCR (2010)
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...
Satellite Speaker S 800 FCR (2010)
Speaker
Acoustic principle 3-Way-System
Enclosure type Closed
Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 150 Watt
Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 200 Watt
Minimum amplifier output power recommended 50 Watt
Impedance 4 Ohm
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) composit flat honeycomb membranes
Woofer (number per enclosure) 2
Woofer (diameter) 130.00 mm
Woofer (material) composit flat honeycomb membranes
Wall mounting brackets Yes
Magnetic shielding Yes
Terminal clamps CE-compliant Teufel connector panel with gold-plated terminal screws
Dimensions
Depth 19.00 cm
Width 45.80 cm
Height 24.90 cm
Weight 8.50 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.
Dipole Speaker S 800 D (left)
Speaker
Acoustic principle 3-Way-System
Enclosure type Closed
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
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

Expert reviews

System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Smart Homes
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Smart Homes
"Those who are not just looking at comfort when it comes to multiroom, but maximum sound quality as well should take a closer look at Raumfeld."
Smart Homes 06/2013
"Raumfeld - the name already sounds superior. [...] Three different stereo speaker systems, a one speaker solution and – last, but not least – the Raumfeld Connector for connecting an existing hi-fi system combine to create a product range that just about satisfies every requirement. All components communicate with each other via accessible WLAN through which they also have access to music libraries available in the network [...]. In addition, Raumfeld naturally has command of Internet radio and various streaming services [...].”

Conclusion

"Those who are not just looking at comfort when it comes to multiroom, but maximum sound quality as well should take a closer look at Raumfeld. The system plays nearly all file formats, including many lossless and high resolution varieties, and therefore guarantees maximum music enjoyment with minimum cabling effort.”

www.smarthomes.de
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Stereoplay
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Stereoplay
Stereoplay 04/2014
A very well-thought out and intuitive active streaming system with a full-bodied and balanced tone and exceptional bass.
"[...T]he many uses of the classic WLAN streaming system [Raumfeld] only really come to light after  working with the system for a longer period of time. The new version of the floorstanding speaker  [...] functions not only as an active speaker/streaming client in a network, but  [...] can be directly connected to an existing hi-fi amplifier. This [...] makes [...] an introduction to the world of multiroom and wireless even easier for those who want to integrate it into their old systems.

A powerful amplifier with 165 watts drives the [...] three-way construction as well as another [... the second] passive speaker [...].

There are practically no limits to possible use scenarios thanks to an additional analogue cinch input. Above all, the UPnP compatibility enables the construction of any number of differently configured multiroom systems with multiple NAS music libraries. Streaming from mobile devices per LAN works [...] just as easily.

The proprietory Raumfeld (free) software for operating the system does a good job. It [...] simply and easily controls even larger multiroom systems with an intuitive yet high-performance settings menu.
Evolution instead of revolution

[...]  Markedly pleasant yet thoroughly powerful and very balanced , the [Raumfeld Speaker L]  did a good job with rock [...]  and classical [...]. The sound stage with good depth and precise layered was very convincing. The speakers played vividly and dynamically  without being unduly intrusive.

The deep bass in particular reached a truly high-end level, reaching [...] down to the blackest depths without a hint of exhaustion or imprecision. [...]

[...] The Speaker L could well be the only streaming speaker in the world that operates both actively and passively. A relay switch that separates the amplifier from the cross-over and drivers when an external (full) amplifier introduces a signal makes this possible.

During the listening test and when the levels were measured, similar results were attained that not only indicate a tuning 'without tricks' and good dimensionality on the part of the integrated amplifier, but also to its highest acoustic qualities. [...]

Whoever is considering wireless multiroom, yet wants to continue using an exisiting stereo/surround sound system, will find the perfect entry-level system in the Raumfeld Speaker L.“
Test conclusion

"A very well-thought out and intuitive active streaming system with a full-bodied and balanced tone and exceptional bass. Thanks to the passive operational mode and the open design, it can be integrated into practically any system and network environment.”
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Connected Home
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Connected Home
„Diese Speaker bieten nahezu alles: vor allem detailreichen, direkten Sound mit großer Bühne“
Connected Home 01/2015
Test review: Very good

Price / performance: Very good
www.connected-home.de
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Area DVD
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Area DVD
"They set an acoustic standard that goes well beyond their price class and are also extremely flexible in their capacity as active streaming speakers."
Area DVD 28.04.2014
"The Bauhaus style Speaker L with its timeless design and carefully applied matte white lacquer features a stand in contrasting black as well as a protective grille over the drivers neatly covered with black fabric. Happily, the protective grilles are magnetic and there are therefore no unlovely holes [...]

Beneath the black baffle is […] a silver aluminium strip. In the middle of this on the master speaker is the volume regulator which has a pleasant feel. [...] The very stiff and solid MDF enclosure is exemplarily quiet even with high loads. The Speaker L does not give off any enclosure noise.”

"The Speaker L Mk2 is the absolute master of the situation. There is no dynamic compression, no enclosure noise, […], no banging of the bass membrane. The level stability is first class [...]. The acoustic maturity of the Raumfeld Speaker L generation Mk2 both astounds and inspires.“

"The very 3-dimensional overall presentation is held together by an enormous dynamism that is sustained even at very high levels. [...] This well-thought-out balance is exactly what characterizes the largest of the Raumfeld speakers: Always in the center, but never disruptively pushing to the fore.”

"Praise for the Speaker L Mk2: Great shaping of vocal reproduction, lively overall acoustics, rich dimensionality – top, without reservation. [...] One doesn’t need anything other than these two large floor-standing speakers to enjoy a sound quality at a completely fair price that some stereo systems with a similar set up – that is, with an amplifier, CD player, and speakers – that cost twice as much can’t meet. [...] The Speaker L Mk2 is a prime example of the way modern music is listened to – with a combination of flexibility and high-end sound quality.“

Conclusion

"Depth, level stability, braod and fine dynamics – in all disciplines, the Berliner loudspeakers prove to be way above average. They set an acoustic standard that goes well beyond their price class and are also extremely flexible in their capacity as active streaming speakers. They are therefore true show pieces [...] The Speaker L Mk2 offers a mixture of strong sound, flexibility, and a price/performance ratio that is without rival at the present time."

Translated from the original German.


You can read the entire test review (in German) here >
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Lust for Life Magazine
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Lust for Life Magazine
"Very impressed"
Lust for Life Magazine 10/2015
"Very impressed with the sound of the Stereo L"
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Allround-PC
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Allround-PC
"The sound is balanced, individual instruments can be well discerned and localized."
Allround-PC 22.09.2015
Design & workmanship

"[...] the elegant Raumfeld design can be immediately discerned with the Stereo L."

"In particular, the centrally placed aluminium trim springs to the eye, directly informing us of the sort of brand we’re dealing with here."

"[...]  two 170.00 mm bass drivers with carbon membranes enhance the look."

"Even with speaker grilles, the Stereo L looks simple but very chic.”

Features & sound quality
"The Raumfeld Stereo L didn’t disappoint! Especially at mid to high volume levels, they reveal a full-bodied and powerful sound. The 3-way driver arrangement pays off. The sound is balanced, individual instruments can be well discerned and localized. The bass playback is, however, in no way neglected which, thanks to the 170 mm woofers, extends nicely into the depths thereby creating a solid bass foundation. Due to their size, they create a much larger and detailed soundstage [...]“

Conclusion
"Especially in larger rooms, the Raumfeld Stereo L is the perfect choice. Their size puts markedly more power reserves at their disposal, allowing them to play higher levels.“

"The setup can be quickly achieved without much effort. Within a short time, you’ll be able to enjoy your entire digital music collection.”

"In view of the scope of the features available and the balanced sound, we find the price to be completely fair."

Translated from the original German.



You can read the full test review (in German) at www.allround-pc.com
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Expert Reviews
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Expert Reviews
"Compact"
Expert Reviews 02/2011
“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!


Read the entire review here!
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of hifitest.de
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of hifitest.de
"Controlled via an Android or iOS smartphone, the floorstanding speakers offer a markedly self-confident and neutral sound from the deepest bass to the highest levels of brilliance."
hifitest.de 11/2014
"[T]he new version of the Speaker L [clearly] illustrates that the many small improvements achieved a positive effect overall: A balanced foundation and extremely neutral midrange is built on a powerful and deep-reaching bass foundation. Powerful and finely details highs are added to the mix.”

Conclusion:
"Controlled via an Android or iOS smartphone, the floorstanding speakers offer a markedly self-confident and neutral sound from the deepest bass to the highest levels of brilliance. Along with a fair price and uncomplicated controls within a network (LAN or WLAN), the Raumfeld Speaker L Mk2 won us over with truly convenient music streaming.”

You can read the entire test review (in German) at hifitest.de
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of HiFi-Test
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of HiFi-Test System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of HiFi-Test System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of HiFi-Test
"The sound in this new version is even more commanding and neutrally tuned and offers high fidelity from the deepest bass to the highest treble at a very fair price."
HiFi-Test 05/2014
"Both loudspeakers are equipped with first class drivers which were thoroughly improved for the new Stereo L (previously named the Speaker L Mk2). A bass reflex enclosure and two long throw woofers with carbon membranes ensure plenty of bass dynamics down to 35 Hertz on either side of the stereo pair. In addition, a coated 110 mm cellulose membrane for the midrange driver and a tweeter with a 22 mm diameter show their musical trump cards.”

In practice

"The initial startup with the Raumfeld Stereo L is joyously simple. An app that Teufel provides free of cost for iOS and Android devices is all that is needed to control the system.”

"The imaging is first rate. Musicians are accurately placed in the room; the virtual stage is realistic and unfolds in an exciting manner. The Stereo L creates a sound that in part operates at the level of a much more expensive loudspeaker and includes its own active electronics and integrated streaming technology in the bargain.”

Conclusion

"The new Mk2 version of the Raumfeld Stereo L loudspeaker makes it easy to stream music at a very high level. […] The sound in this new version is even more commanding and neutrally tuned and offers high fidelity from the deepest bass to the highest treble at a very fair price.“

Translated from the original German.


www.hifitest-magazin.de
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Heimkino
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Heimkino
"Licence to Thrill"
Heimkino 03/2010
"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+)
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of smartaudio magazin
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of smartaudio magazin
"Thanks to the markedly well-tuned midrange, the instruments played on a well-defined virtual stage."
smartaudio magazin 20.10.2014
"The days when you needed a whole host of devices in your living room are over. Raumfeld wants to prove that two loudspeakers are enough.”

"The lynchpin of the Raumfeld operating system is the app. From this, other audio sources are chosen."

"In the listening test, we started out with [...]  a jazz piece. In it, the uncompressed WAV file was played back by the loudspeakers with exceptional dynamics. The plucked strings of the upright bass sounded wonderfully alive and agile. The tonal quality was also very good. Thanks to the markedly well-tuned midrange, the instruments played on a well-defined virtual stage.“

"Our next selection was LL Cool J’s new album "Authentics" with which the Raumfeld speakers impressively displayed their abilities in the bass and low end. The bass lines were presented in our listening room with well-dosed amounts of pressure while Seal‘s perfectly reproduced soulful voice really knocked us off our stools.”

"The sound is perfected by nuanced and brilliant tweeters that subtly yet emphatically enrich the overall acoustic performance of the Speaker L."

Translated from the original German.

You can read the full test review (in German) here >
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Trusted Reviews
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Trusted Reviews
"Recommended"
Trusted Reviews 07/2010
"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 
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Digital Tested
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Digital Tested
"The balanced playback of the upper range, [...] creates a a very homogenous integration of individual instruments into the whole."
Digital Tested 04/2014
"What began as a compact multiroom system has advanced into a full-fledged streaming set that stands alone without equal in the new 2.0 generation."

"Both loudspeakers can be operated with nothing more than a Wi-Fi access point and a corresponding Raumfeld App or, alternately, the Raumfeld Controller. An additional loudspeaker input enables the Speaker L to be connected to an A/V receiver or stereo system with integrated amplifier.”

"A slightly horn-shaped driver that’s responsible for the directional sound is located on the same acoustic dispersion plane as the midrange driver. This construction makes the spatial unfolding oft he sound markedly noticeable without the need to force the optimum from the crossover or via a DSP guided correction of differences in propagation time.”

"When it comes to tuning the Raumfeld Speak L2, Teufel gets a lot right and forgoes an overly exuberant tone. The sound design is heavily invested in deep bass playback, something that will please many music enthusiasts. On the other hand, any form of harsh or sharp tonality is utterly absent from the loudspeakers. Vocals are not unnecessarily pronounced. The balanced playback of the upper range, [...] creates a a very homogenous integration of individual instruments into the whole. The optimized mid-to-high range enables playback with well coordinated propagation times which ultimately supports the spatial imaging on the acoustic stage. Modern and symphonic works benefit from this in equal measure [...]. An additional room configuration menu enables [...] playback according to one’s own preferences which makes the Speaker L2 the most acoustically versatile loudspeaker in its class.”


www.digitalfernsehen.de
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Home Cinema Choice
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Home Cinema Choice
"You can`t beat the system"
Home Cinema Choice 09/2009
"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
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Area DVD
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Area DVD
"An acoustic top performance like this in combination with living room compatibility and an attractive price is worthy of our most coveted rating.”
Area DVD 01/2011
"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.”




You can read the full test review (in German) here:
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of av-magazin
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of av-magazin
"Whoever purchases a Raumfeld loudspeaker gets a complete hi-fi system in the bargain."
av-magazin 10.06.2014
 "Whoever purchases a Raumfeld loudspeaker gets a complete hi-fi system in the bargain. [...] The era of having to accomodate an armada of electronic devices in one’s living room has passed. Raumfeld wants to prove that two loudspeakers are all you need.”

"The Raumfeld control system is based on and centers around a free app. [...] In order to ensure potent audio playback, the Speaker L loudspeakers make exclusive use of high-quality technical components. In this way, the loudspeakers operate with a high-performance arrangement of drivers that are conceived according to a 3-way arrangement.“

Sound

"We started off with a few jazz pieces [...]. The plucked strings of the upright bass sounded exquisitely alive and agile. The tonality is likewise good. Thanks to strong tuning in the midrange, the instruments play on a perfectly outlined virtual stage.”

"The sound image is perfected by the high-definition,  brilliant tweeters that enrich [...] the acoustic overall performance of the Speaker L loudspeakers.”

Test result

"The streaming loudspeaker system, the Speaker L from Raumfeld, expertly unites the most cutting-edge technology with a flexible variety of use scenarios. Thanks to multiple functions, the Raumfeld system can be recommended for smartphone and tablet users who desire first-class sound quality and contemporary user comforts."
Read the complete test review (in German) here:
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Stereoplay
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Stereoplay
"Simple operation, amazing sound, variable extensibility: Are these Teufel speakers heaven sent or simply a cut above?”<br><Note: This test review is for the preivious version.
Stereoplay 08/2013
"So far, the speaker L is the largest standing loudspeaker with an integrated WLAN network player controlled by an app. When one considers that a HiRes-D/A converter is also at work here, € 1,300 starts to seem ridiculously cheap. Although all of the electronics were packed into one speaker, a listening test did not reveal any essential left-right differences. The somewhat stronger vertical directionality (Pseudo-D'Appolito) is advantageous in most highly reflective living rooms. Linear on-axis, even 30 degrees evinces a gently falling frequency response without jarring effects – well balanced.“

"Set up is easily accomplished: plug in the Raumfeld speaker, connect with a RJ-45 network cable to the router or Raumfeld Base and start the app. As soon as the speakers are located on the network, the RJ-45 cable can be disconnected from the master speaker [...]"

"Get started without distortion or gaps and jump to titles as well as albums. Alone radio stations require one to endure a 2 to 3 second protocol request. Regular ‘net listeners’ will be happy to see that Last.FM, Napster and simfy have been implemented on the Raumfeld menu. Thousands of web radio station can be immediately accessed. Music resources like USB external hard drives  [...] and computers are displayed in the system under ‚My Music‘ thereby creating a unified catalogue of all imported titles. “

"It’s truly astonishing how good MP3s and web radio can sound. The Speaker L creates a gigantic sound image from a seemingly weightless structure. In spite of this, bass drums remain richly contoured and kick dynamically out of the enclosure. Voices are focused, never thin or thudding and achieve a beautiful fine dynamic. Broad dynamics are really exceptional with the Speaker L. I turned up volume, but didn’t notice any compression.“

"Simple operation, amazing sound, variable extensibility: Are these Teufel speakers heaven sent or simply a cut above?”

Conclusion


"Raumfeld has a system. Speaker L is a very balanced loudspeaker with a rich tone in a modular expandable multiroom environment. No comparable speaker offers so much value in this price class. A highlight!”
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Stereoplay
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of Stereoplay
"The System 8 sounds fantastically neutral with multichannel playback: precisely detailed with powerful bass."
Stereoplay 08/2010
"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

System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of HIFI Digital
System 8 THX Ultra 2 "Cinema 5.1" (2010) review of HIFI Digital
"The loudspeakers can render cultivated playback but are also suitable for parties and radiate true listening pleasure."
HIFI Digital 04/2014
"The new Raumfeld Speaker L [...] contains not only complete amplification electronics like the other speakers in the system, but also a standard Raumfeld network player with UPnP compatibility. [...] This means that you don’t need anything other than a functioning WLAN or LAN network and the Raumfeld App or Controler in order to transform the loudspeakers into a highly integrated complete network system.“

"The 3-way floor-standing speakers are generously equipped with [...] two 17 centimeter bass drivers with especially stiff carbon membranes. This bass duo operates in a solid bass reflex enclosure made from MDF boards. [The Speaker L] comes in a matte white varnish. The black stand not only ensures greated stability, but is a fixed part of the construction: Above it is the bottom facing bass reflex vent.“
 
"In practice, the floor-standing speakers [...] can function both as part of a Raumfeld multiroom system or the main loudspeakers in a normal […] receiver-driven system. This feature expands the possibilities […] considerably.“

 "With the Speaker L2, large living rooms [...] can be filled with sound without a problem. [...] In terms of sound, the floor-standing speakers are powerful, as one would expect from full-fledged speakers and at the same time tonally balanced with good resolution and dimensionality. Their foundational tone remains consistently punchy and reaches deep into the bass basement. The loudspeakers can render cultivated playback but are also suitable for parties and radiate true listening pleasure.

In short: The Speaker L2 are brilliantly executed. One gets a lot of loudspeaker and electronics at an unbeatable price.”

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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.


Why don't the THX Select and THX Ultra 2 have five identical speakers?
A cinema uses completely different surround and front speakers, as they must fulfill completely different tasks.

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.
Does it make sense to connect THX Ultra 2 speakers to a THX Select amplifier?
Since the requirements for THX Select devices regarding cut-off frequency, THX switches and speaker control are comparable, a THX Ultra 2 speaker system can indeed be combined with a THX select receiver.

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.
How is THX Ultra 2 specified?
THX Ultra 2 is the first THX standard that was completely developed for digital home cinema sound standards.

THX Ultra (1) was still based on the "original" Home THX, which was already used in high-quality AV amplifiers/receivers during ProLogic times.
Which speaker cables does Teufel recommend?
For smaller sets up to Theater 1, we recommend using the 2.5 mm² Teufel speaker cable for optimal sound quality if the required length does not exceed 15 metres.

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.
Can I order the Teufel speakers in different colours than those offered?
To realise the very reasonable sales prices usual for Teufel, it is not possible to offer the speakers in a multitude of housing designs.

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.
Which cables do I need to connect a Teufel speaker set to the AV Receiver?
A home cinema system needs speaker cables to connect the satellite speakers to the receivers, and an NF mono RCA cable to connect the active subwoofer to the sub out socket of the AV Receiver.
Is it possible to combine speaker cables with different cross-sections?
To supplement missing cable lengths you can use speaker cables of differing thicknesses without acoustical differences - provided there are no extreme differences in the cross-sections.
Should I rather choose a fully active or a partially active speaker set?
It is compulsory to connect partially active systems to an AV Receiver. This supplies the five to seven satellite speakers with the necessary power. Only the subwoofer works additionally with its own amplifier. The investment in a new system is higher because of the AV Receiver, but the solution is also much more flexible. After all, you can connect several signal sources, such as a TV, satellite receiver, PC, game console and MP3 player to an AV Receiver at the same time.

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.
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!
Do I need the same cable length for all speakers?
In our experience, there is no acoustical difference for different cable lengths for lengths up to 15 metres.
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.
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