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Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017)

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Why we love this product
The Ultima 40 is a set of stereo Hi-Fi loudspeakers that look different, sound better and cost less. Perfect for your next party, a relaxing music-listening session or an evening spent with friends. For the music lover in all of us.
Tower speakers Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017)
Key advantages at a glance
  • Impressive Hi-Fi loudspeakers at an unbeatable price
  • The best-selling floor-standing speaker in Germany for 2015*
  • Two 165mm bass drivers for deep, precise bass down to 45 Hz (-3dB)
  • 3-way speakers with 200 Watt power capacity
  • Universal compatibility with any amp
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of AudioVideoFoto Bild
"The mighty and powerful sound with rich bass and silky highs will really put you in a good mood and even the price won’t ruin it: € 450 is a bargain.”
AudioVideoFoto Bild 2|2013
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The people's speaker*

The Ultima 40 Mk2 are classic tower speakers for outstanding playback at an unbeatable price.

The previous version of the Ultima 40 was the most- purchased standing speaker in Germany*, and we expect its successor to expand on this success story.
With drivers optimised by the Klippel Analyser System, you're guaranteed pure, linear sound reproduction -- even at high volumes. A trumpet bass reflex vent delivers deep, clear bass that is never muddy. Improvements to the wood finish eliminate cabinet resonances at high volumes, and the overall design was made even sleeker.

Teufel Stereo-Lautsprecher Ultima 40 Mk2 Stereo
Award-winning tower speakers

With the Ultima 40 floor-standing speakers, you get a piece of Berlin in your home and enjoy a wide range of music, from electro to opera to rock. It's not for nothing that the Ultima 40 are Germany's bestselling stand-alone loudspeakers.

Up to 35 m²

The Ultima 40 Mk2 is perfect for rooms up to 35 m²: The stereo towers have no problem filling medium-sized rooms with powerful sound. Abover all, those looking for rich, punchy bass without an additional subwoofer will appreciate the Ultima 40, a true Teufel in every respect.

Stereo-Lautsprecher Ultima 40 Mk2 Aufstellungsmöglichkeit
Double bass

Low frequencies are handled by two parallel 165 mm fibreglass/cellulose drivers. Thanks to a  cabinet volume of 52 litres and double reflex vent, the Ultima 40 Mk2 produces fantastic bass down to 45 Hz. A large mid-range driver (165 mm) ensures great speech intelligibility, and the two 25 mm tweeters handle the top ranges brilliantly.

Developed in Berlin

When it comes to sound, Teufel leaves nothing to chance. The tiniest imperfections in the Ultima 40's driver action were identified per laser technology and corrected. The result is amazing true-to-source sound with all genres of music.

High-quality materials

Solid wooden cabinets with softly rounded corners contain advanced audio technology, the product of Teufel's over 30 years' experience in loudspeaker construction. Rock, jazz or electronic: Whatever you play on these speakers is rendered with incredible transparency and livliness.
Display the Ultima 40 Mk2 with or without grilles. The attractive drivers are one of the stereo towers' main highlights.

Stereo-Lautsprecher Ultima 40 Mk2
3-way system

Over one meter tall, each tower features a 3-way speaker system. Above two 165 mm bass woofers is a 165 mm Kevlar/fiberglass midrange driver in a separate resonating chamber. This premium driver covers the range from 650 Hz to 26000 Hz. A phase plug enhances the system's thermal load capacity and prevents phase shifts from muting any of the playback. A 25 mm tweeter completes the offering with a brilliant but never-shrill treble.

Included components

  • Floor Speaker UL 40 Mk2
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Technical Data

Tower Speaker UL 40 Mk2
Tower Speaker UL 40 Mk2
3-way hi-fi tower speakers. Feature powerful sound and excellent price/performance ratio.
Tower Speaker UL 40 Mk2
Speaker
Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 120 Watt
Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 200 Watt
Sensitivity (2.83 V / 1 m) 87 dB
Minimum amplifier output power recommended 20 Watt
Maximum sound pressure level 108 dB/1m
Impedance 4 - 8 Ohm
Frequency range from/to 45 - 20000 Hz
Crossover frequency internal switch 650 /2600 Hz
Tweeter (number per enclosure) 1
Tweeter (diameter) 25.00 mm
Tweeter (material) Fabric
Midrange driver (number per enclosure) 1
Midrange driver (diameter) 165.00 mm
Midrange driver (material) Kevlar/Fibreglass membrane, chromium-coloured phase plug
Woofer (number per enclosure) 2
Woofer (diameter) 165.00 mm
Woofer (material) Fibreglass membrane + cellulose, coated
Acoustic principle 3-way
Enclosure type Bass reflex
Enclosure material Wood
Enclosure surface Foil
Equalisation openings 2
Equalisation openings (pos.) Back
Removable front cover Yes
Net internal volume 52 Litres
Spikes prepared Yes
Integrated stand Yes
Terminal clamps Screw terminals, gold plated
Suitable for banana plug Yes
Bi-Amping/Bi-Wiring Yes
Maximum cable diameter 4.00 mm
Suitable for AV receiver Yes
Dimensions
Depth 32.70 cm
Width 21.50 cm
Height 106.00 cm
Weight 20.30 kg

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Expert reviews

Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of AudioVideoFoto Bild
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of AudioVideoFoto Bild
"The mighty and powerful sound with rich bass and silky highs will really put you in a good mood and even the price won’t ruin it: € 450 is a bargain.”
AudioVideoFoto Bild 2|2013
"The Ultima 40 is among the most-purchased loudspeakers in Germany – hip high, black, and everything other than inconspicuous. In other words, this is a floor-standing speaker that doesn’t hide. A listening test with the new Mk2 version is proof of the speaker’s success: Even with a small, 30 watt amplifier, the Ultimas delivered a full sound. The highs are silky, the sound stage is precise.“

Conclusion
"The Ultimas won’t be winning any beauty prizes, but the mighty and powerful sound with rich bass and silky highs will really put you in a good mood and even the price won’t ruin it:  € 450 is a bargain.”


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Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of Hifi.nl
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of Hifi.nl
"Natural sound, with more dynamics, emotion, deeper and tighter bass."
Hifi.nl
"The 40 Mk2 gives you amazing natural sound, with more dynamics and emotion and with a deeper and tighter bass. "

"During the listening test it was clear that the Teufel Ultima 40 was already surprisingly good value and offered amazing sound but now the Ultima 40 Mk2 surpasses its forerunner on all counts. The slightly higher price is fully justified '
Lees hier het hele testbericht >
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of www.techtest.org
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of www.techtest.org
"...the monster loudspeakers from Teufel"
www.techtest.org 08.03.2017
Conclusion: "I'm really impressed with the Ultima 40 MK2. I expected them to be goodin the first place, but Teufel have really knocked my socks off. The best thing is that the Ultima 40 MK2 not only sounds very good, but are also well-processed and look very high-quality. This is a combination which is rare for 450 € and 225 € per piece! The Teufel Ultima 40 MK2 rock! " By: Michael Barton
See full review at techtest.org/teufel-ultima-40-mk2-im-test-das-lautsprecher-monster-aus-dem-hause-teufel/
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of www.technic3d.com
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of www.technic3d.com
"...absolute highlight in its price range..."
www.technic3d.com 29.11.2016
"If you buy the Teufel Ultima 40 MK2, you get an expanded standbox for approx. 500 €, which doesn't only look good, but sounds great. The design and processing are very good for this price class and the quality of the materials is impressive." "The sound character of the box is characterised by a neutral-homogeneous playing style with a shot of warmth in the overall soundscape. Despite this, the Ultima 40 MK2 has good dynamic abilities and makes vocal tuning expressive [...] Above all, however, the voluminous, deep bass with good structure is one of the special strengths of the Ultima 40 MK2." "With its sonic performance, the Ultima 40 MK2 sits in the upper-middle class and is an absolute must-have in the € 500 price league."
See full review at technic3d.com/article/audio/lautsprecher/1952-im-test-standboxen-teufel-ultima-40-mk2/1.htm
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of www.metal.de
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of www.metal.de
"... offer tremendous power and sound as well as good processing ..."
www.metal.de 13.03.2016
"The Teufel Ultima 40 Mk2 is more than purely fun speakers - the speakers deliver a natural, fairly linear and powerful sound with little distortion. Particularly when connected to the Yamaha amplifier, the loudspeakers sound very lively, especially with the powerful, deep and surprisingly precise bass, obviously the Teufel Ultima 40 Mk2 feels at home here. Fortunately, the overall sound characteristics have been pleasantly balanced, even though the bass is quite full. Therefore, the balanced mid-tones are very homogeneous, and voices can be clearly separated from the rest of the instruments, even if you turn up the volume. The high tones are also precise and airy, only with small distortions [...]. The three-dimensionality, complexity and dynamics of the sound are expected from more expensive speakers, so the Berliners have done very well. And even at high volumes, the sound of the transducers is still precise and stable [...]. " "The Teufel Ultima 40 Mk2 offers tremendous power and sound as well as good processing for a relatively low price. The loudspeakers, when driven by a sensible amplifier, are particularly impressive for playback of music with powerful bass. It would be hard to find better in this price bracket."
See full review at metal.de/heavy-metal/special/teufel/64038-test-der-lautsprecher-ultima-40-mk2/
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017)
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017)
"Outstanding bass, beautiful sound"
02/2013
"I have listened to various songs for this test because I know exactly how those tracks should sound. The first and perhaps most important thing that immediately stands out is the detail of the speakers. This was so precise that my ear didn’t experience any fatigue, which can’t be said for some class-A speakers from a higher price range. The tightness of the bass is striking. The layer was not messy or unclear, which also can affect higher frequencies in the spectrum. This excellent bass could be a consequence of the two bass reflex opening wide, which cause less compression at high volume hits. The two bass pipes feature a trumpet shaped end on both sides, which the air merely supported. If you consider that your speakers eight weeks you can try before you may still return, and given the favorable price and the beautiful, balanced sound, I would definitely bring my living room." furnishing."
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of digital home
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of digital home Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of digital home
"The Ultima 40 Mk2 is in every respect much more mature, precise, sensitive and dynamic, making it even more fun.”
digital home 1|2013
"With sophisticated Klippel analysis and intensive listening tests, Teufel fine tuned the parameters and membrane materials for the midrange and bass drivers.  The result is that two woofers with 130 mm membranes made from a fiberglass-cellulose composite are at work in the bass reflex enclosure. The bass reflex tuning was also improved and endows the Ultima 40 Mk2 with an even more palpable and precise deep bass than its predecessor. The Berliners were also able to substantially lower the low-pass frequency (approx. 400 Hz) of the two midrange drivers by using a super stable and light 130 mm kevlar membrane which positively affects the homogenous dispersion of voices and instruments.

Just about the smallest but acoustically most improved detail in the new Ultima 40 Mk2 is the completely new tweeter. The 25 mm fabric dome tweeter is able to markedly expand the Ultima’s dynamic range as well as reduce distortion in the upper range to an absolute minimum. In addition, the use of a horn waveguide endows the premium tweeter on the new Ultima with a much better omnidirectional sound distribution.”

Conclusion
"[T]he Ultima 40 Mk2 is in every respect much more mature, precise, sensitive and dynamic, making it even more fun.”


www.digitalhome-magazin.de
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of Raveline
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of Raveline
"the new 40 doesn’t sound like it belongs in the under € 500 price range"
Raveline 11|2012
"To describe the Ultima as a come-on product gives the wrong impression, yet this assessment describes what one gets in that the new 40 doesn’t sound like it belongs in the under 500 Euro price range and we’re talking about a pair price! For € 449.99, you get two full size floor standing speakers with double bass and a three-way system. 57 litres of volume ensures a substantial bass; a generously dimensioned high and midrange ensures worthy accompaniment in the upper ranges.”

"With the Ultima 40 Mk2, rooms up to 35 square metres can be easily filled with sound. Our editorial team’s test showed that even bigger spaces wouldn’t be a problem. The Ultima 40 Mk2 won’t run out of steam even in rooms that are substantially larger than 35 square metres - the sound remains exceptionally voluminous. The speakers have a 57 litre volume and both bass drivers go down to 40 Hz.”

"The speakers are able to handle club music without a problem with a tight bass and snappy transient response. The lower highs and upper mids are characterized by a clean sound in the stereo image and the midrange is able to keep up even at high volumes. The Ultima 40 Mk2 generally has a grown up sound – much more mature than its predecessor.”

"For home use, the Ultima 40 Mk2 flawlessly covers all areas at a price of just € 449.99 per pair. Whether in a discreet listening environment or at a party, it won’t break a sweat and will reward you with thoroughly balanced  sound.”
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of Audio
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of Audio
"Inexpensive loudspeakers seldomly evince such versatility."
Audio 12|2012
"The Ultima 40 from Teufel is a markedly full-fledge floor standing speaker that can be had for just € 450. Even the feel of the speakers is very high-end. The horizontal edges are generously rounded, the terminals have a non-slip texture, and the baffle has a glossy elegance. The fabric cover makes a truly exclusive impression. The supports are made from a plastic mesh which disrupts the lateral dispersion much less than the padded wooden frames used in the past.“

"The drivers with membranes made from fibreglass, kevlar, and fabric were subtly improved, and the crossover was completely redone.“

"More important than the new reference values is the acoustic experience, and this completely won us over. Greatly improved tuning has even made the Ultima suitable for classical music. Any concerns that the character of the first generation has been lost are unfounded. The impulsive electro pop track ‘My Dog Eats Beats’ shines so impressively forth from the Mk2 that fans of this genre won’t be able to wipe the smile off their faces.  [...] The Teufel speakers even cut a good figure with the emotional Neil Diamond ballad 'I’m a Believer.‘ Inexpensive loudspeakers seldomly evince such versatility.”


www.connect.de/audio/
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of Hifi Test
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of Hifi Test Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of Hifi Test Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of Hifi Test
"In the listening test, the Ultima 40 Mk2 won us over with a staggeringly good performance."
Hifi Test 6|2012
"Our laboratory measurements already indicated that the Ultima 40 Mk2 is a formidable loudspeaker, with bass playback that reaches depths below 45 Hz along with a balanced high and mid-range. In terms of distortion, dynamics and impulse fidelity, the Ultima delivers equally first class values. In the listening test, the Ultima 40 Mk2 won us over with a staggeringly good performance. Its astonishingly airy, wide-ranging and dazzling upper frequency playback harmonizes perfectly with the neutral and yet engaging midrange. Chris Jones’ accoustic guitarre on 'No Sanctuary Here‘ was once again our listening reference. Teufel’s new Ultima had perfect control over all of the vocal tonalities and the upper range of the string instruments in this first class recording. The bass section contributed to the overall sound with a rich and dynamic performance that had great depth without seeming strained. Even at high volumes, the overall sound remained precise and stable with a great dimensionality and enthusiasm.”


Conclusion
"Regarding the previous model, I already said, ‘It doesn’t get much better for the price.‘ [...] I will improve upon my own words, because the Ultima 40 Mk2 has become in every respect much more mature, precise, sensitive, and dynamic so that it’s simply much more fun. To upgrade this classic speaker costs just 50 Euros more than the previous model and the same applies without restriction: Buy!”


www.hifitest-magazin.de
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of AV-Magazin
Ultima 40 Mk2 (2017) review of AV-Magazin
"Sound quality, construction, and design are - considering the price - a minor sensation."
AV-Magazin 10|2012
"One only needs to listen for a few minutes for the new Ultima to prove its acoustic prowess. The bass is powerful, full, and has great depth, allowing the heavy bass lines from the US rapper XZibit to really come into their own. Teufel is able to prove that less expensive standing loudspeakers can exhibit an all-around accurate and clean sound with even the fine dynamic range in Gsutav Holst’s ‘The Planets.‘  

The midrange drivers reproduce voices like soul legend Glady Knight with their full suppleness and power. The Ultime 40 Mk2 even manages to breathe life into even thin voices like that of Nelly Furtado. Respect!

The tweeters really shine in the upper ranges. The dome tweeter is a pleasure with a silky and detailed sound that is never intrusive or arch. In this way, it enriches music playback with a subtle and yet refreshing balance that allows the listener to completey forget that he or she is "only" listening to an inexpensive loudspeaker.”

Conclusion
"With the Ultima 40 Mk2, Teufel offers an all-around successfully designed loudspeaker. Sound quality, construction, and design are - considering the price - a minor sensation. Entrance to the world of high-end hifi has seldom been so affordable. Here at AV Magazine, that’s worthy of a ‘Highlight’ distinction.”


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Bernhard M. / 2018-08-05
UltimaGreat speakers, I've tested them for 4 weeks now and I'm totally satisfied. All genres and styles of music are well reproduced. The processing and price are unbeatable. I installed the speakers in a surround system....More
Michael R. / 2018-08-01
The sound is OKCompared to my previous Magnat satellite speakers, these floor-standing speakers are much better in sound reproduction. (Translated from German)
Werner R. / 2018-06-01
Ultima speakersFast delivery, great packaging. Great speakers. Clean sound. (Translated from German)
Jörg-Michael S. / 2018-04-01
Recent purchaseVery fast delivery, nice packaging. The speakers fit perfectly into my room design. My Dennon AVR can take care of them very well - perfectly acceptable for my demands. (Translated from German)
Manfred W. / 2018-01-25
New listening experienceAfter a few minutes I realised what I hadn't been able to enjoy for years: time and music for me to enjoy in a great quality. Absolutely clear reproduction; from the deep bass to the limit of hearing, nothing...More

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    Which speakers do I need to expand my stereo system to a surround system?
    For a home cinema system in a 5.1 format you will need, apart from both stereo speakers a centre speaker that must be set up directly on, under or next to the TV set, two effect speakers to be installed to the left and right of where you are sitting and an active subwoofer.

    The following recommendations apply to centre speakers.

    For existing shelf speakers or small satellite speakers:
    • M 320 C
    • M 420 C
    • M 450 FCR

    To supplement standing speakers, larger shelf speakers and voluminous two-way speakers:
    • M 520 FCR
    • M 550 FCR THX Select
    • M 620 FCR

    To supplement 3-/4-way standing speakers:
    • M 800 FCR THX Ultra 2
    • M 1000 FCR THX Ultra 2

    The following recommendations apply to rear and/or effect speakers.

    For placement on the wall - up to rooms of 35 m²:
    • M 450 D full-range dipole

    For placement on a stand - up to rooms of 35 m²:
    • M 450 FCR direct emitters

    For placement on the wall - up to rooms of 50 m²:
    • M 550 D full-range dipole
    • M 620 D

    For placement on a stand - up to rooms of 50 m²:
    • M 550 FCR direct emitters

    The subwoofer plays a far more important role for a home cinema than a pure stereo system. Not only are the base pulses of a DVD soundtrack much more intense and dynamic, but the bass sound effects even have their own so-called LFE channel ("Low Frequency Effects").

    Our recommendations:

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    The listed room size and thus the choice of subwoofer must be differentiated according to the following criteria:

    • Own experience with bass playback (have I already had a subwoofer or very strong bass speakers?)

    • Own preference (do I like intensive bass or listen to intensive bass music?)

    • How large is the room to be filled with sound? Only the area between the couch and the TV/the projection plays an essential role here. Adjacent areas, such as the dining room or a hallway are not decisive.

    • How sensitive are my neighbours? What's the use of the correct subwoofer for my room size if I can never use the subwoofer in its full performance because of my neighbours?
    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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