"The look of the subwoofer, which was also adopted by the satellites, is characterized by soft lines and rounded edges. The set is unified by an attractive design that can be easily integrated any modern interior. The subwoofer and satellites with their matte white lacquered cabinets are all complimented by refined aluminium trim.
The active subwoofer conceals a substantial 25 cm bass driver in its robust wooden enclosure supported by a bass reflex vent on the bottom for a substantial amount of power in the lower frequencies. The subwoofer additionally serves as a central command centre and powerhouse in one. Unlike the rest of its class, the class D amplifier not only supplies itself with efficient and flawless power, but the two coaxially constructed satellites as well. In these, the tweeter is positioned directly in front of the midrange driver allowing for a compact form as well as a closer approximation of an ideal point source. The aluminium wave guide in front of the tweeter not only looks good, it also prevents the formation of unlovely and sound-distorting reflections.
As a special feature, Teufel Audio granted the design five amplification stages that guide individual areas via bi-amping technology. In this way, the tweeter and midrange drivers from either satellite have a total of 4 amplification channels at their disposal. According to the manufacturer, these distribute a maximal power capacity of 100 watts to both satellites. The subwoofer has a redoubtable 120 watts to itself. After all, it needs to achieve the 38 Hertz promised by Teufel. A digital DSP located inside the subwoofer takes care of filtering the signals.
When it comes to connectivity, no limits are set to one’s imagination. From PC/Mac to smartphone, TV/MP3/DVD/Blu-ray players to Playstations, etc. - can all be accommodated. The Motiv 2 Mk2 is especially compelling when used with anaemic-sounding flatscreen TVs, but the sound will make even hardcore gamers sit up and take notice.
Various connections are located on the back of the subwoofer for the satellites as well as a total of 4 connection possibilities for analogue or digital (optical / coaxial) players. There is even a headphone input and a USB port for smartphones. A switch allows the subwoofer to be accommodated in positions either directly against or away from walls."
"With the first few beats from the piece‚ ‘The Krockadile’ from the young London artist King Krule’s album ‘6 Feet Beneath the Moon,’ the set makes it clear that we’re dealing with a wolf in sheep’s clothing. With great authority in the lower frequencies, the subwoofer proves that realistic playback and a precise bass can summon the human apparatus of locomotion to action. The funky strumming from King Krule’s Telecaster comes forth bodily and in fine resolution from the satellites. King Krule’s distinctive and sonorous voice appears in a near life-size scale in the room with a vivid, completely natural and clear delineation. The transparency in the pieces is especially impressive. Fine nuances seem tangible instead of being subsumed in an amorphous mass as with many cheap sound solutions. The relaxed unravelling of the pulsating bass in the background is equally notable."Conclusion
"The Motiv 2 Mk2 set from Teufel Audio has an impressively fresh and astonishing dynamic with a strikingly robust, clear, and relaxed tone. In close proximity, it sounds agile and present at the same time. Capable of filling even larger rooms in the style of a classic, free standing 2.1 system.
Markedly neutral without imprinting the source material with its own sound, the set maintains a very differentiated and clearly transparent performance even at low volumes. The Motiv 2 Mk2 doesn’t lose the plot at high volumes, either, remaining in control and free from distortion.
An additional plus point along with a variety of connection possibilities is flexibility. The set could be used without hesitation for a garden or garage party. It can also be employed with superior equanimity to drive back the sound blast from local folk music festivals with a rousing offering of Panteras’ ‘Strength Beyond Strength’ (from ‘Far Beyond Driven’) for once and all time."