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The world's most impressive 5.1 multimedia set

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Highlights

Concept E 400

Key advantages at a glance

  • Absolute peak quality PC surround sound
  • Fill rooms with immense multimedia sound
  • 500 watt subwoofer with a 300 mm bass driver
  • 5 two-way satellite speakers on table stands
  • Direct access to three front controllers
  • Recommended for spaces up to 30 sqm.
Awardfabrik
"Cream of the crop"
AwardFabrik.de 05/2010
"Anyone looking for a good sound system for both watching films and gaming with should definitely consider Teufel's Concept E 400. The sound quality delivered by this system is definitely the cream of the crop. Concept E 400 offers solid, deep bass coupled with detailed peaks. The subwoofer performs excellently, as do the little satellite boxes, which one would otherwise be quick to expect tinny, unpleasant sound from..."
"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
(4.43 of 5 out of 7)
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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!

The bass
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!

The satellites
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.

Consistently good
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!

Simply better
Concept E 400 guarantees peak-quality multimedia sound right at your PC.

Included components

  • 5× Satellite Speaker CE 20 FCR
  • 1× 5.1 Subwoofer CE 400 SW

Specifications

  • Concept E 400 - CE 400 SW vorne

    5.1 Subwoofer CE 400 SW

    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 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.

    • Description Item
      Width 25.00 cm
      Weight 22.50 kg
      Height 59.00 cm
      Depth 55.00 cm
    • Description Item
      Cinch input 5.1 1
      Terminal clamps Push terminals
    • Description Item
      Power supply voltage 220 - 240 volts
      Maximum power consumption 650 watt
      Mains cable - IEC connector (non-heating device) Yes
      Safety class 2
      Fuse T4AL250V
      Standby-Function Yes
      Standby-Function Yes
      Standby-Power consumption 2 watt
      Bass boost/EQ Bass control
      Level control Bass control
      Lowest frequency (-3 dB) 32 Hz
      Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Satellite 35 W
      Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Bass 150 W
      Power output capacity impulse (peak) Satellite 55 W
      Power output capacity impulse (peak) Bass 225 W
      Amplifier configuration 5.1
      Amplifier technology Class AB, IC type
      Amplifier channels 6
      Subwoofer Yes
      Input gain adjustment Yes
    • Description Item
      Maximum cable diameter 3.00 mm
      Equalisation openings (pos.) Front
      Equalisation openings 1
      Enclosure type Bassreflex
      Enclosure material MDF
      Enclosure surface High gloss (front), foil (corpus)
      Magnetic shielding Yes
      Net internal volume 63 Litres
      Woofer (number per enclosure) 1
      Woofer (diameter) 300.00 mm
      Woofer (material) Cellulose
    CE 20 FCR vorne mit Abdeckung

    Satellite Speaker CE 20 FCR

    The compact CE 20 FCR satellite represents the current highpoint in the development of powerful multimedia speakers at Teufel.

    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.

    • Description Item
      Width 9.00 cm
      Weight 0.53 kg
      Height 12.50 cm
      Depth 9.80 cm
    • Description Item
      Suitable for AV receiver Yes
      Maximum cable diameter 2.00 mm
      Acoustic principle 2-Way-System
      Diameter of the stand screw threads 6.00 mm
      Removable front cover Yes
      Enclosure type Closed
      Enclosure material ABS plastic
      Enclosure surface Laquer, high gloss
      Net internal volume 0.70 Litres
      Integrated stand Yes
      Wall mounting brackets Yes
      Tweeter (number per enclosure) 1
      Tweeter (diameter) 19.00 mm
      Tweeter (material) Fabric
      Midrange driver (number per enclosure) 1
      Midrange driver (diameter) 80.00 mm
      Midrange driver (material) Cellulose
      Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 60 Watt
      Sensitivity (2.83 V / 1 m) 84 dB
      Frequency range from/to 150 - 20.000 Hz
      Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 100 Watt
      Impedance 4-8 Ohm
      Miscellaneous Linear frequency response with active filtering
      Enclosure type Closed
    • Description Item
      Terminal clamps Push terminals

Expert reviews

  • Awardfabrik
    "Cream of the crop"
    AwardFabrik.de 05/2010
    Testbericht - AwardFabrik.de - Golden Wheel
    Testbericht Microlautsprecher Concept E 400
    "Anyone looking for a good sound system for both watching films and gaming with should definitely consider Teufel's Concept E 400. The sound quality delivered by this system is definitely the cream of the crop. Concept E 400 offers solid, deep bass coupled with detailed peaks. The subwoofer performs excellently, as do the little satellite boxes, which one would otherwise be quick to expect tinny, unpleasant sound from..."
    "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
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  • Logo - Allround-PC [NL]
    "Price/Performance Winner!"
    allround-pc.com 06/2009
    Testbericht - Concept E 400

    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 (…)

    Conclusion
    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
    • Workmanship

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  • "Worth every penny!"
    gamers against rejection 10/2009
    Concept E 400 Gamers against Rejection

    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:

    Movie
    The Teufel Concept E 400 brings the sound clearly and dynamically through, and the bass is precise and strong.

    Music
    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.

    Games
    Ka-Boom! The system also provides perfect sound for the gamer. It really rings your eardrums! With gaming it gives an absolutely perfect impression…

    Conclusion
    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 %

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  • HardwareLuxx Logo
    "Leaves your hands wobbling"
    HardwareLuxx 06/2009
    "Regardless of what we threw at our test set, its performance consistently got us grinning at the free-and-easy sound quality of this 5.1 set. The sound spatiality delivered by this set is helped along greatly by its five identical satellite loudspeakers – regardless of what direction the sound comes from, it is identical. The Concept E 400's subwoofer impressed us not only because of its sheer capacity for volume, but also because of its excellent tonal quality. When it comes to the stylish acoustic rendering of an explosion, none of the competing subwoofers can hold a candle to Teufel's."
    "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."
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  • Techreview logo
    "A real multi-talent."
    TECH-REVIEW 05/2009
    Tech-Review.de Preis/Leistung
    Tech-Review.de Perfect Design


    Conclusion:
    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.

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  • "The Teufel Concept E 400 - Review."
    GAMER-network.com 05/2009
    Gamer-Network.com Gold
    Gamer-Network.com 4 games
    Gamer-Network.com Sound

    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!

    Conclusion:
    For 329,- euro you get a solid, good sounding and modern 5.1 loudspeaker system.

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  • TrustedReviews
    "This setup offers decent value for money."
    Trusted Reviews 07/2009
    Trusted Reviews Recommended

    "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!"

    Conclusion
    "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

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  • "An uninhibited recommended buy!"
    Technic3D.com 05/2009
    Technic3D_Gold

    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!

    Pros
    • Worksmanship
    • Sound quality
    • Fantastic Subwoofer
    • Full-use home theatre system

    Results
    • 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%

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  • Computer Base
    "Recommended!"
    Computer Base 04/2009
    Computerbase Empfehlung 04/2009
    Teufel has, with the Concept E 400, certainly not visually and audibly stumbled. This system looks fresh and is an excellent PC system in its price class, and will sell there and in other classes as well.

    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!
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  • HardwareLuxx Logo
    "The Teufel Concept E 400 – more than a facelift."
    Hardwareluxx 04/2009
    HardwareLuxx Excellent Hardware

    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.

    Pros:
    • Great looks
    • Slim subwoofer
    • Very homogeneous sound picture
    • Excellent subwoofer
    • Outstanding sound

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  • PCFrags
    "Because there's no more to more."
    PC Frags.com 06/2009

    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.

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Product Ratings
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These speakers are super! Sound quality excellent, subwoofer power unrivalled, easily fills a room with music.Fully adjustable and user-friendly.Design is also very elegant I find.Only downside are al...
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These speakers are super! Sound quality excellent, subwoofer power unrivalled, easily fills a room with music.Fully adjustable and user-friendly.Design is also very elegant I find.Only downside are all the cables, only if you are working with a decking station, and pla
Product is absolute madness - pure music enjoyment brand Teufel
Originally I wanted to give a maximum of 3 stars and there is a reason for that. I had to wait unusually long for my 5.1 loudspeaker system Concept E 400 - instead of the promised 3-5 working days del...
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Product is absolute madness - pure music enjoyment brand Teufel
Originally I wanted to give a maximum of 3 stars and there is a reason for that. I had to wait unusually long for my 5.1 loudspeaker system Concept E 400 - instead of the promised 3-5 working days delivery time the shipping took a proud 8 1/2 working days. Including two weekends. I was very disappointed with this crutch-lame shipment and also not happy with Teufel's "customer service" and DHL's information policy. (3 of 5 stars) But then suddenly everything was forgotten when the huge parcel arrived: The subwoofer is an immense and massive bass speaker that delivers precise or all-pervading bass from minute 1 on, depending on use, paired with crystal-clear, pin sharp reproduction of music - whether at adequate or high volume. It is a pure pleasure to listen to bass-heavy music with this power system. My legs stand up from the bass, the vibrating bass ensures that the corners of my mouth move upwards in the direction of my forehead. It makes me happy to be able to enjoy my music in this way for a moderate price. (full 5 of 5 stars) Unfortunately, I also have clear criticisms of the product itself: I think that the buyer will be deceived if he has to buy both the corresponding cables and a 5.1 sound box (external sound card) to play music through all the speakers at the same time. At least the cables could be included in the purchase price and at least you could point out that another device for the 5 plugs is needed to fully enjoy the 5.1 sound system. Conclusion: Service ugh - product ugh! Exceptional sound enjoyment in high-quality and noble garb at affordable prices. The lame-ass shipping and the secrecy with regard to the additional costs, which still come to the buyer with the purchase of the sound system, are clear points of criticism. Therefore 4 stars total.
Concept E 400 "5.1 Set"
Very recommendable! Price Performance Reference Class Frequency Gang Bass slightly too high, for borrowing could go even lower at 16 -20 Hz In the middle dominating heights somewhat shrill For a compu...
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Very recommendable! Price Performance Reference Class Frequency Gang Bass slightly too high, for borrowing could go even lower at 16 -20 Hz In the middle dominating heights somewhat shrill For a computer set there is nothing better! Already tried many MfG To Teufels Keep it up!!!!
I have had this set for some time now and can say that I am very pleased with it. Teufel isn't really known yet, but hope for them that they will turn around because that's what they deserve. The soun...
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I have had this set for some time now and can say that I am very pleased with it. Teufel isn't really known yet, but hope for them that they will turn around because that's what they deserve. The sound is clear and direct. Kwa design may be there, but it's not the best there is. In the end, it's all about the
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So far I am still very satisfied with this excellent home theater set, for PC use it is especially very optimal with the included cables is the plug and play! (If you have a 5.1 or 7.1 internal or ext...
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So far I am still very satisfied with this excellent home theater set, for PC use it is especially very optimal with the included cables is the plug and play! (If you have a 5.1 or 7.1 internal or external sound card) I was therefore very satisfied with the price at which he
Beautiful powerful set with 5 identical speakers and a subwoofer. Connection for 3.5mm audio jack I personally think sounds better than Coaxial because the sound is then warmer. Also, this set is not ...
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Beautiful powerful set with 5 identical speakers and a subwoofer. Connection for 3.5mm audio jack I personally think sounds better than Coaxial because the sound is then warmer. Also, this set is not inferior in games and the positioning of sounds from different sides is good, n