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The smaller Varion Set offers all the same clever setup options as its larger 5.1 version. A separately available TV mount especially designed for the Varion makes it possible to attach the speakers directly to your television. They can also be easily wall mounted or placed on table stands. No other home cinema set presents so many options.
An optional high-end TV and loudspeaker bracket (VESA compatible) makes it possible to wall mount the satellites along with your TV as a single unit. Integrated keyhole brackets allow the satellite speakers to be directly wall mounted as well. In addition, the speakers can be placed on stands or on a lowboard, making the Varion Complete "2.1 Set" one of the most flexible home cinema systems on the market today.
In spite of slender dimensions measuring just 7 cm across, the Varion offers everything you would expect of a full-fledged surround sound system.
- - A 2-way system: The incoming audio signal is divided and sent to the drivers best designed to play it back.
- - Seven drivers per speaker: Each speakers produces a full, rich and power-packed sound with excellent speech intelligibility, even at low volumes.
- - High excursion drivers: Powerful and agile driver units produce high distortion-free levels.
- - 19 mm tweeter. A large, centrally positioned tweeter reproduces voices and effects with a silk, soft sound that is never aggressive or shrill.
- - D’Appolito Array: Centering the tweeter between three midrange drivers on each side results in a better, more even dispersion of the treble range.
- - Broad sound dispersion: The wide angle of sound dispersion makes it possible for everyone in the room to enjoy thrilling sound.
All of the Varion speakers are identically constructed, an essential requirement for a truly harmonious and realistic surround sound. Experience helicopters or thunder pass overhead without any gaps in the well structured soundstage.
Neutral tuning accompanied by deep but realistic and well-integrated bass is perfectly suited for movie sound tracks but also makes the most out of gaming sound and music.
This subwoofer is the worthy companion of the speakers. It’s compact, easy-placed form belies truly astonishing power. Equipped with two bass reflex vents, the sub delivers a respectable 43 Hz low end (-3 dB). 106 dB maximum sound pressure levels pushes the bass into the room with plenty of grip and power.
The subwoofer is equipped with an automatic on/off switch as well as volume and phase regulators. This makes it possible to adjust the sound to suit one’s room and personal tastes. Rubberized feet are naturally included.
|Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term)||80 Watt|
|Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term)||160 Watt|
|Sensitivity (2.83 V / 1 m)||89 dB|
|Minimum amplifier output power recommended||20 Watt|
|Maximum sound pressure level||105 dB/1m|
|Impedance||4 - 8 Ohm|
|Frequency range from/to||200 - 20000 Hz|
|Crossover frequency internal switch||4400 Hz|
|Crossover frequency to Woofer (recommended)||150 - 200 Hz|
|Miscellaneous||Requires little power to achieve high levels|
|Tweeter (number per enclosure)||1|
|Tweeter (diameter)||19.00 mm|
|Midrange driver (number per enclosure)||6|
|Midrange driver (diameter)||55.00 mm|
|Midrange driver (material)||Coated cellulose|
|Miscellaneous||Drivers with high efficiency rating|
|Acoustic principle||2-way system|
|Enclosure material||Structural synthetic|
|Enclosure surface||Matte lacquer|
|Diameter of the stand screw threads||6.00 mm|
|Keyhole plate mounted||Yes|
|Miscellaneous||With resonance-damping thick enclosure walls|
|Maximum cable diameter||2.50 mm|
|Suitable for AV receiver||Yes|
|Sensitivity (2.83 V / 1 m) [dB]||89|
|Maximum sound pressure level [dB/1m]||106|
|Impedance [Ohm]||4 - 8 Ohm|
|Frequency range from/to [Hz]||43 - 200 Hz|
|Woofer (number per enclosure)||1|
|Woofer (diameter) [mm]||160|
|Woofer (material)||Cellulose, coated|
|Miscellaneous||Optimised with Klippel®-measurement method|
|Acoustic principle||1 way|
|Enclosure type||Bass reflex, DPU|
|Enclosure surface||Foil / high-gloss lacquer|
|Equalisation openings (pos.)||bottom|
|Removable front cover||Yes|
|Diameter of the stand screw threads [mm]||6|
|Miscellaneous||Robust MDF housing with internal reinforcements|
|Suitable for AV receiver||Yes|
|Lowest frequency (-3 dB) [Hz]||43|
|Input gain adjustment||Yes|
|Power output capacity impulse (peak) Bass [W]||100|
|Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Bass [W]||80|
|Power supply voltage [volts]||230 Volt|
|Standby-Power consumption [watt]||.4|
|Maximum power consumption [watt]||100|
|Mains lead fixed||Yes|
|Storage for settings when disconnected||Yes|
High-performance adapter for stable power supply
|Miscellaneous||Absorber pads included in delivery|
"Ebenfalls nicht zu verachten ist das System, wenn der Sinn des Besitzers mal nach etwas Feingeistigem steht. Selbst Klassik macht Spaß, wie das Teufel-Set mit dem "Appalachian Spring" von Aaron Copland [...] beweist: Es stellt die Instrumente auber im Raum auf und lässt auch feine Klangdetails durchscheinen."
"[...] nicht nur ein sehr gut aussehendes, sondern auch ein sehr gut klingendes 5.1-Set."
Hinweis: Testbericht bezieht sich auf das Varion 5.1-Set.
„Wer wenig Platz zur Verfügung hat und sich dennoch ein geeignetes Surround-Set ins Wohnzimmer stellen möchte, darf beim Teufel Varion bedenkenlos zugreifen. Im Soundcheck macht das System seine Sache wirklich gut [...].“
„Für ihre kompakten Abmessungen liefern die Satelliten einen tollen Klang, die Eingliederung ins TV-Setup ist auf vielerlei Arten möglich und sechs verschiedene Komplett-Sets bieten für jeden Anspruch das passende System.“
Hinweis: Testbericht bezieht sich auf Varion Complete
„Selten sah ein erschwingliches Komplett-Set so gut aus und war bis zum Receiver-Gehäuse so gut verarbeitet. Noch seltener war eines so variabel und klanggewaltig wie das Teufel Varion Impaq.“
Hinweis: Dieser Testbericht bezieht sich auf das Varion Impaq.
"From zero to 60: With the Varion range, Teufel once again pulled a series from up its sleeve capable of transforming the occasional movie watcher to a home cinema enthusiast within a short period of time. With the Blu-ray complete system, the Varion Impaq Streaming, as the flagship combination, there’s a bundle that not only offers fun with movies, but also an easy introduction to the exciting world of multi-room streaming. Sound good? It is! But that’s not all…”
“Since we already tested the Impaq 8000 Blu-ray receiver with the Cubycon ensemble, we got our hands on the same Blu-ray action film we used then, “John Wick” [...].”
"… when it comes to movie sound, it’s not just about making a lot of noise, but rather the creation of a realistic soundstage.”
"This is unquestionably what we experience with the Varion ensemble [...] The short bits of dialogue are crystal clear and the individual sonic details are even more precisely placed. For example, a gun hit out of a hand in a somewhat quiet setting can be acoustically localized exactly there where one would expect it based on the path of flight. Very precise work from both the contract killer on the screen as from the Teufel development team.”
"The oft-employed concept of listening pleasure is not adequate to the agile and passionate way with which the Varion speakers go about their business. All about us, the wheels seem to screech, paint is being scratched and shots fired. Muffled crashes are intermixed with grating collisions that are always precisely embedded in the voluminous soundstage. At the very latest, it becomes clear with the onset of rain at the showdown that the slender Varion speakers have no problem simulating a storm and that only a sprinkler system is missing in order to complete the illusion.”
“When it comes to music, the Varion naturally also shows what it’s made of […].”
"Above all, the 3-dimensional presentation is immediately apparent. In spite of the fact that the speakers are placed relatively close together, the front speakers open up a broad stage right away and supply [...] a great deal of space for the sound to develop.”
"Versatile, attractive and talented [...]. Teufel sets a high standard with these diverse Varion combinations and succeeds in applying merciless pressure on the competition.”
Note: This test report refers to the Varion Impaq.
Translated from the original German.
You can read the full test review (in German) at www.lite-magazin.de
„Praktischerweise lässt sich das komplette Set dank übersichtlicher Menüführung im Blu-ray-Receiver innerhalb kürzester Zeit installieren und einrichten. Auch lässt sich der Receiver ins heimische Netzwerk einbinden und kann auf Filme, Fotos und Musik von einer Netzwerk-Festplatte zugreifen. Auch im Testbetrieb zeigt sich Teufels Varion Impaq als unkomplizierte Komplettlösung. Die Bildqualität des Blu-ray-Players kann sogar mit üblichen Stand-Alone-Playern locker mithalten und liefert scharfe Bildqualität und korrekte Farben [...].“
„Teufels Varion Impaq 5.1-Set ist eine charmante und praktische All-in-one-Lösung. Sie besteht aus schlanken, eleganten Satelliten-Lautsprechern, einem kabellosen Aktiv-Subwoofer und einem Blu-ray-Receiver, lässt sich flexibel aufstellen oder wandmontieren, klingt absolut überzeugend und bietet unkomplizierten Heimkinogenuss.“
Hinweis: Testbericht bezieht sich auf Varion Impaq 5.1-Set
"The voices separated themselves well from the centre speaker and had clear contours. Once the song really got going, the clear, well-defined sound was impressive. The Varion set doesn’t produce a cheap “fun sound,” but rather plays in a manner that is serious and complete. The treble range has an impressive 3-dimensionality, comes across as truly free and transparent and is well-integrated with the midrange. The separation of voices and instruments also hardly offer any points for criticism. The synthesizer, the drums as well as the electric guitars are charismatically presented. Morten’s voice is successfully emphasized without pushing the instruments into the background. The US 2106/ delivers a precise and credible bass that isn’t artificially "pumped up.“
"The focus on the vocal elements is successfully achieved in a masterful manner and yet the instrumental sections are not subordinated. The spatial depth is convincing, the processing of details as well as the definition is excellent for such a set.”
Film: "Batman, The Dark Knight“ in Dolby TrueHD
"The shots in the bank’s spacious service area are very forceful, the echoes, conditioned by their environment, are convincingly produced. The opening of the door to the vault and the use of the special drill on the massive vault door are wonderfully accentuated.”
"The front-surround transitions are cleanly balanced, a very good 3-dimensional expansiveness and a precise localization of small as well as larger effects and effect combinations confirmed the following for us: The Varion 5.1 set can be recommended for challenging tasks like the highly differentiated playback of movie sound at high volumes.”
“Even in movie sequences in which suspense is built up but in which larger effects are missing, the test ensemble maintained a sensitive, atmospheric and well executed soundstage.”
2.1 Mode: "California Dreamin‘“ by Diana Krall:
"And we’ve concluded that the collaboration with the US 2016/1 works very well, even in 2.1 mode. We liked the well-rounded and at the same time clear and direct soundstage. The resolution is immaculate for such a set […].“
"It’s surprising how good the voices separated from the speakers and distributed themselves in the listening room. We really liked the Varion speakers’ and the active subwoofer’s free, unforced playback.”
"Chic and powerful loudspeakers with flexible placement options, perfect for the present day. It’s barely possible to fault the sound produced by the slender speakers. With very good definition, excellent speech intelligibility and flawless power handling, it’s possible to enjoy music and movies even at high volumes at an astonishingly dynamic and cultivated level. The exceptionally good quality is not only evident in multi-channel playback, used as a 2.1 system, the presentation of stereo material is always comprehensive. That the Varion is offered in many sets, including complete, plug-&-play bundles, is to be praised as this makes it possible for everyone to find the perfect system. From a 2.1 set to 5.1 streaming ensembles with the Raumfeld Connector and Impaq Blu-ray receiver, everything is on offer. The prices are completely reasonable […].“
Note: The test report corresponds to the Varion 5.1 set.
Translation from the original German.
You can read the full test review (in German) at www.areadvd.de
"The TV presenter Jens Riwa was perfectly understandable, and even documentaries with only limited Hi-Fi sound sounded extremely lively and complex."
"It revealed fine details in recordings and reproduced the voice of Metallica frontman James Hetfield with just the right amount of grain. The Teufel set also had another positive feature when playing the Metallica tracks: the levels are really well balanced."
"We didn't find any real flaws in the Teufel Varion."
"They were created to improve the quality of television sound for a good price. This is really impressive. The bright sound of the set is not ideal for classical music, but is absolutely ideal for the probable range of use. Thanks to its design, the system is also good for use not only in living rooms and bedrooms, but also in shops. The variability (2.1 or 5.1) is just as great as the practical and robust design. A range of matching accessories makes the Varion package even more flexible and attractive."
See full review at lowbeats.de/test-teufel-varion-das-fast-unsichtbare-5-1-set/2/
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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!
If you can still hear the crackling, please check which satellites are affected by swapping them around and to find out whether the satellite or the subwoofer electronics are generating the excessive crackling. If the "fault" moves with the satellites, the satellite is affected. The subwoofer amplifier electronics may be responsible if you can still hear the crackling.
You can check the basic noise level by connecting a signal, via a cinch cable, from an external source that is guaranteed to be good quality – such as a music CD e.g. on a portable CD player – to the Aux L/R input on the subwoofer. If all of the satellites are now playing noise-free, it is because they weren't receiving the right signal before. Either the cinch cable is defective (try swapping them around) or the output of your source appliance is not producing an adequate signal.
However, if you continue to hear increased noise on this channel there is possibly a fault in the Concept F. Please check which satellites are affected by changing the satellites around and to find out whether the satellite or the subwoofer electronics are producing excessive noise. If the fault "moves" with the satellite the satellite is the problem. On the other hand, if the hissing remains on the same channel, the subwoofer amplifier electronics are the cause.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.