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When we set out to build the Concept E 400, we set ourselves an ambitious goal. We decided to create the world's most impressive loudspeaker set for high-performance PC multimedia sound. The resulting system fulfills its promise and rounds out the upper-end of Teufel Concept E portfolio.
A 500 watt subwoofer
There's no way to look past the imposing CE 400 SW situated right at the center of this sound system. Its 500 watt amplifier supplies more than enough power to fill spaces up to 30 sqm with loud, clear sound.
300 mm bass driver
It's surprising, but the compact Concept E 400 puts a 300 mm bass driver at your disposal. Generally speaking, bass drivers of this size are reserved for home cinema systems costing 1,000 euros or more. Only Teufel delivers this level of material quality... for a third of the usual price!
From film effects, to gaming surprises and musical impulses... expect a level of bass capable of covering the entire spectrum. It drops below 32 Hz to ensure that you won't just hear the base, but that you'll also feel it!
Five high-performance satellites constructed using two-way technology deliver a highly nuanced performance. An arched front piece ensures optimal directional characteristics, while a removable "floating" grille minimises corner reflections.
All five Concept E 400 satellite speakers are shielded and identically configured to ensure there are no distortions amongst channels. They are perfectly suited for placement on tables or shelves, wall-mounting or placement on speaker stands.
PC sound and beyond
Teufel's Concept E 400 is specifically designed to be connected with a PC. But it also delivers quality sound from other devices including DVD players, MP3 players, iPod docks, Sat receivers, gaming consoles and additional sources. Stereo sources sound great distributed over this 5.1 system thanks to built-in upmix technology!
Concept E 400 guarantees peak-quality multimedia sound right at your PC.
- Satellite Speaker CE 20 FCR
- Table Stand CE 20 TP
- 5.1 Subwoofer CE 400 SW
The 5.1 amplifier distributes the 500 watts maximum performance to six channels. And 225 watts of those are allocated just for the bass in the 63 litre reflex casing. This makes sense, because an imposing 300 mm chassis lays waiting for an ample power supply to allow it to mercilessly play out its advantages: 32 Hz lower limit frequency, 500 watts maximum level – while remaining clean, precise and free from noise.
Three illuminated regulators on the front enable direct control of the total volume, bass proportion and the On/Standby operating mode. The power consumption in the standby mode here remains less than 1 watts.
The Concept E 400 SW is only available as part of a Concept E 400 set.
|Woofer (number per enclosure)||1|
|Woofer (diameter)||300.00 mm|
|Enclosure type||Bass reflex|
|Enclosure surface||High gloss (front), foil (corpus)|
|Equalisation openings (pos.)||Front|
|Net internal volume||63 Litres|
|Terminal clamps||Push terminals|
|Maximum cable diameter||3.00 mm|
|Cinch input 5.1||1|
|Lowest frequency (-3 dB)||32 Hz|
|Bass boost/EQ||Bass control|
|Amplifier technology||Class AB, IC type|
|Power output capacity impulse (peak) Satellite||55 W|
|Power output capacity impulse (peak) Bass||225 W|
|Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Satellite||35 W|
|Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Bass||150 W|
|Power supply voltage||220 - 240 volts|
|Standby-Power consumption||1.90 watt|
|Maximum power consumption||650 watt|
|Mains cable - IEC connector (non-heating device)||Yes|
Despite being small in size, the micro speaker plays back all medium and high frequencies comprehensively, clearly and powerfully. The 9 x 12.5 cm casing behind a removable, floating mounted grid has a full-grown two-way system with 80 mm mid-tone speaker and 19 mm tweeter; an extremely finely tuned frequency switch ensures the harmonic interplay of these components. The curved front provides better sound radiation than conventional constructions.
An exceptionally linear frequency response is achieved in conjunction with the active filtering of the subwoofer’s multi-channel amplifier, marking new standards in the field of multimedia speakers.
The CE 20 FCR includes a matching table stand, but it can also be attached to the wall and swivelled horizontally/vertically using the optional Shortlock wall bracket. Attaching the speaker to the separately available M 50 P stand allows it to be placed freely in the room.
|Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term)||60 Watt|
|Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term)||100 Watt|
|Sensitivity (2.83 V / 1 m)||84 dB|
|Impedance||4 - 8 Ohm|
|Frequency range from/to||150 - 20.000 Hz|
|Miscellaneous||Linear frequency response through active filtering by subwoofer unit|
|Tweeter (number per enclosure)||1|
|Tweeter (diameter)||19.00 mm|
|Midrange driver (number per enclosure)||1|
|Midrange driver (diameter)||80.00 mm|
|Midrange driver (material)||Cellulose|
|Enclosure material||ABS plastic|
|Enclosure surface||Laquer, high gloss|
|Removable front cover||Yes|
|Net internal volume||0.70 Litres|
|Diameter of the stand screw threads||6.00 mm|
|Wall mounting brackets||Yes|
|Terminal clamps||Push terminals|
|Maximum cable diameter||2.00 mm|
|Suitable for AV receiver||Yes|
"Anyone who has ever invested in one of Teufel's systems and dealt with a minor problem knows about the high level of support the company maintains. They actively engage in finding solutions and helping to solve any problems, which is one great advantage of having both sales and direct-distribution located right in Berlin. Additionally, Teufel offers an eight-week trial period, in which customers can change their mind and choose another system. It's an exemplary policy!"
+ Very good sound for movies or games
+ Good deep bass and clear high tones
+ Good workmanship and visual appeal
+ Good price-to-performance ratio
For a price of 330,- euro you receive a very nicely balanced and precise stereo and surround sound. With a performance of 500 watts the subwoofer can really pump it out when it's necessary. The satellites offer a very good sound and have the nicest details as well (…)
With a price of 330,- euro, the Concept E 400 offers a very good price/performance ratio. Because this set is so versatile and easy to install, it can be recommended in particular to those that don't want or can't afford to spend so much money for a complete surround set system.
• Good Price/Performance
• Multipurpose combinations possible
• Simple installation
• Sound quality
Right after we unpacked it it was quite clear: the design of the Concept E 400 is amazing and the worksmanship astounding. The basic colour is black with a silver Teufel logo and two stripes on the subwoofer front deliver a colourful acent. On the right side of the subwoofer you find the loudspeakers with a total measure of 30 cm. The satellites match the front of the subwoofer. The lit knob of the woofer further emphasises the high-quality appearance of the subwoofer. When on, there’s a blue ring around the knob, when off the middle button is red. The loudspeakers astound with a huge sound. When individually tested:
The Teufel Concept E 400 brings the sound clearly and dynamically through, and the bass is precise and strong.
The E 400 surprises more with music than with film. Highs, middles, lows – everything is clear and strong. The bass propells you almost out of your chair. We have to say that we've hardly ever heard a clearer, stronger bass – as well as such a totally precise sound picture.
Ka-Boom! The system also provides perfect sound for the gamer. It really rings your eardrums! With gaming it gives an absolutely perfect impression…
Teufel provides with the Concept E 400 a relatively expensive PC loudspeaker system that we decided during the test was worth every penny. The sound is simply outstanding!
Total result: 90 %
"When it comes to deep bass, the subwoofer delivers extraordinary volumes without compromising precision. Get too happy with the volume, though, and the walls will shake. We found the Concept E 400 to be a blast during testing. When it comes to movies and games, the set's enormous subwoofer is sure-fire fun, but doesn't cut into the quality of music rendering."
Teufel has reached a milestone in PC sound with the Concept E 400, we're certain of it. Doesn’t matter in which group we placed it, it was a talent whereever we asked it to play. The optics were updated by the Berlin manufacturer, and thus finally a high quality, excellent surround sound system was born – the Concept E 400. It doesn't need to hide from competing HiFi competitors, because it can play with the best of them; no, surpass them. Film enthusiasts will be very happy thanks to the uniformly playing satellites which harmonise perfectly with the subwoofer. On second thought no, they'll still be suprised.
With an entry price of about 330 € the Teufel Concept E 400 is an absolute recommended buy.
Read the entire test here! (german only.)
Whether we're on the battleground from CoD 5, in the jungle meeting fiends or off hunting on extraterrestrial planets, in all gaming situations the E 400 shows its best side. Shell mortar and explosions were played by the powerful subwoofer perfectly in the scene – the five loudspeakers also contributed to a dynamic surround background sound. It's evident when watching DVDs the new Teufel loudspeaker system is more than just a pretty face, as the dynamic subwoofer arranges the impressive atmosphere. We've seldom heard the bomb attack in "Wir waren Helden" so realistically portrayed. You can also hear reams of audio effects in "Matrix", as well. Let's say it short and sweet: Hard bass and crystal clear highs will speak and sound for you too!
For 329,- euro you get a solid, good sounding and modern 5.1 loudspeaker system.
Whether film, music or gaming, the 5.1 system shows what it can do and surprises at every corner […] In the price / performance ratio, the system is astounding, but the subwoofer must be independently worshipped. It's absolutely amazing what the subwoofer of this E 400 set can do. Teufel has made this "monster" a potential home theatre system as well. With a good delivery plus very orderly instructions, beginners in the 5.1 world will also have no problem with this uncomplicated set.
The Teufel Concept E 400 receives an uninhibited purchase recommendation from the Technic3D editors!
• Sound quality
• Fantastic Subwoofer
• Full-use home theatre system
• Worksmanship 100%
• Optics 95%
• Connectors 85%
• Equipment 85%
• Bass 100%
• Sound quality (all areas outside of Bass) 95%
• Price/Performance 90%
Total results 92.85%
"If you're looking for great surround sound for your games and movies, but haven't got a huge wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, Teufel has you covered. The Concept E 400s are the latest addition to the Teufel multimedia range.
The speakers produce big sound, far bigger in fact than I would have expected from this all in one system. The key to that big sound is the truly massive subwoofer that's the cornerstone of the whole setup. I've seen bigger subwoofers, but not as a part of a multimedia system like this, and certainly not at this price point. Of course it's not just a subwoofer, since that big black box also houses the amplification for all the satellites as well as for the sub itself.
If you want numbers, the CE 400 subwoofer has a 500W amplifier hiding inside, but 250W of that power is dedicated to driving the sub, leaving 50W per channel for each of the satellite speakers. That's a pretty generous spread of power, and the decision to funnel half of it to the low frequency channel pays real benefits when you're watching an explosive action scene, or playing through a particularly hairy fire-fight in, say, Halo "3" or "Gears of War 2".
As is usually the case with Teufel speakers, they look good as well as sounding good. The subwoofer is finished in glossy black, which will no doubt complement the majority of high definition TVs that it's likely to share a room with. There are, what looks like, three dials on the front of the sub, although the centre one is actually just a button that toggles between standby and on. The right dial is the master volume for the whole set, while the left dial controls the amount of bass, which can be set from a mild atmospheric rumble to window shaking earthquake levels!"
"If you've already got a high definition TV, a games console, a PC and a Blu-ray player, you're probably already thinking about a surround sound system to get the most out of your kit. And if you're in that position, the Concept E 400 and Decoderstation 5 will make the perfect addition."
"Ultimately, if you're looking for an active surround sound speaker set, the Concept E 400s should be high on your list."
• Design: 8 / 10
• Features: 9 / 10
• Performance: 9 / 10
• Value: 8 / 10
Overall: 9 / 10
That the Teufel system – even at this price – is a considerable acoustic piece is where it hits most of the competition right in the teeth. This set connects without problem to your PC and is equally as good in films and gaming. And furthermore, improved music playback is also there:
Bottom line is that this remains a powerful tool that can claim its proper place in this price class. It sounds excellent, and with the subwoofer possibly too good for the competition – Kudos!
The compact CD 20 FCR satellite represents the current highpoint in the development of powerful multimedia speakers at Teufel.
The high performance of the Concept E 400 SW may redefine the field of multimedia subwoofers. Because there's no more to more. The 5.1 amplifier distributes the 500 watts maximum performance to six channels. And 225 watts of those are allocated just for the bass in the 63 litre reflex casin.
This makes sense, because an imposing 300 mm chassis lays waiting for an ample power supply to allow it to mercilessly play out its advantages: 32 Hz lower limit frequency, 500 watts maximum level - while remaining clean, precise and free from noise.
When Teufel reworked its Concept E it was logical that we'd want it in our listening room. With the update of the previous set Teufel didn't just do a facelift, but rather handled all critisised points of the previous set with aplomb. A set has emerged that is considerably more grown up and certainly far removed from the office in the direction of the mid-sized sitting room as well - an area that thanks to a considerably upgraded optic look feels right at home.
The satellites weren't just included for optical reasons by Teufel, but also freed from the office thanks to their chic stands. The mighty subwoofer was completely reconstructed and now comes in a smaller column. Soundwise the set knows how to surprise, as it offers a precise and finely detailed high tones range coupled with excellent homogeneity. The highlight of the set is easily the gigantic subwoofer. It delivers enormous play and puts a grin on our face with its massive, deep bass.
The Concept E 400 is quite alone on the sound floor, as the competitors clearly need to add to their ranks to get above this one. The only real competitor is the in-house Motiv 5 – but that's only necessary if it's also to play music […] Due to its outstanding sound performance for a relatively small price it's no wonder that the excellent Concept E 400 receives our Excellent Hardware Award.
• Great looks
• Slim subwoofer
• Very homogeneous sound picture
• Excellent subwoofer
• Outstanding sound
Read the entire review here! (German only.)
Downloads & support
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.
The higher the level, the sooner the subwoofer restarts.
Bass should be set to 1/4 (at the "9:00 position" on the dial).
If you want to hook up multiple source devices to your Teufel set, we recommend that you purchase a Decoderstation 5.
If the interference continues, try using a shorter high-end shielded and insulated RCA connector cable.
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.
We recommend you increase the volume of the source device connected to the Concept E and, at the same time, reduce the volume of the Concept E. After this, the system should work perfectly.
They can otherwise be mounted to the M 50 P speaker stands, which are available for purchase as an accessory.