"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