Teufel Cinebase: Well equipped
Those looking to improve the bad sound quality of their flat screen televisions will find an especially promising compact audio solution with Teufel. AV Magazin took a closer look at the Cinebase sound deck.
The newest product among TV sound solutions was practically born of necessity. The modest sound quality of modern televisions required an acoustic solution that takes up as little space in the living room as possible and yet offers decent sound quality. In this way, one-piece loudspeakers, also called sound decks or soundbases, came into being. The flat construction allows users to place the television directly on the loudspeaker so that only a negligible amount of space is used in the living room. An additional advantage of a sound deck is that all of the technology necessary for audio playback is built into the device. In this way, the soundbase includes the drivers, an amplifier including the control electronics as well as digital and analogue audio connections. Teufel’s Cinebase is available now in black for 499.99 plus shipping directly at Teufel. The purchase is ideally made via the website www.teufel.de. With an eight week right of exchange and return, the Berlin loudspeaker experts offer an all-around fair deal. If the product does not find favor, one receives either an alternate product or a refund.
Thanks to a sturdy enclosure, the sound deck can accommodate televisions weighing up to 60 kilos. For added stability, seven stand feet ensure that the weight is optimally distributed. An opulently equipped connection panel that enables the easy connection of the Cinebase to existing electronic devices is located on the back. The television is best connected to the HDMI-TV interface. Additional playback devices can be accommodated with optical/digital or electrical/analogue audio connections. HDMI-enabled game consoles, Blu-ray players and an external TV receiver as well as hard disk recorders should be connected directly to the television. A compatible television can transmit the chosen A/V input directly per HDMI cable to the Cinebase via the so-called audio return channel (ARC). In this way, the new high-resolution surround sound formats from Dolby and DTS can be transmitted to the Cinebase in addition to standard stereo sound formats without data loss. The requirement for use of the ARC function is a television with an ARC-compatible HDMI connection and the connection of the soundbase to precisely this interface on the television.
After we positioned the 50 centimeter test television safely and securely on top of the Cinebase, we started off by clicking through a few television programs. The extraordinarily broad and full sound from the sound deck immediately made a positive impression. Compared to watered-down television loudspeakers, the Teufel soundbase reproduced the news, film dialogue, and music stations in their full frequency ranges. The sound is powerful and dynamic and has a pleasantly high degree of expressiveness and good agility. An even larger improvement was predictably noticed with a movie on Blu-ray. The action classic “Batman: The Dark Knight” had an incredibly detailed and brilliant sound on the Teufel sound deck. After activating the 3D surround sound mode, the special sound effects seemed to originate from the entire front part of the room. The stereo panorama was noticeably broader and won us over with a high-impact spatial depth. But the Teufel soundbase also gives a completely convincing performance with music. Sades’ cuddly soft voice was reproduced with perfect tonal harmony, while the bass gave proof to its acoustic abilities with a kick and impressive sound pressure levels.
With the new Cinebase, Teufel shows who’s boss when it comes to soundbases. For just 500 Euros, one receives an extremely high-performance soundbase solution with a pleasantly powerful and brilliant sound. That the Cinebase can also wirelessly receive music via Bluetooth and offers an extensive range of connections makes it a true AV Magazin Highlight. Sound
: Very good Feature
: Very good – excellent Workmanship
: Very good Price
: € 499.99