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Highlights

System 5 THX Select 2 Concert - Set - Wenge

Why we love this product

Das Höchste der Klang-Gefühle in der Filmwelt ist THX. Ein Prädikat, ein Standard, der an nichts Vergleichbares heranreicht. Wer also nur mit dem Optimum zufrieden ist, der liegt hier genau richtig. Filmton immer in "Directors Cut-Qualität", Musik so packend wie im Konzert.

Key advantages at a glance

  • Home cinema and music powerhouse
  • World first: THX Select 2 home cinema certified
  • Concert version includes five identical satellites
  • Flat membrane speakers for the front
  • Two subwoofers (300 mm drivers) for easy placement
  • Recommended for rooms up to 50 sqm
Logo - Allround-PC [NL]
"We were unable to uncover any flaws in the sound."
Allround-PC 04/2011
Sound quality

The highs are high, the bass is deep – this sort of description would do the System 5 THX Select2 an injustice. We experienced a room-filling sound during our test like never before, a sound normally only experienced in cinemas. Both subwoofers support the speakers with an intensely forceful power, so that some of the action scenes could have been taking place right alongside of the listener: A clarity and succinct coherence without equal. The quality of the sound can, in this case, only be given the highest possible rating.

Film music is transformed into a new experience and even Playstation games utterly transport the player into an imaginary world thanks to an incomparable sound image.  In the THX mode, the system unfolds its full – to be interpreted literally in this case – power. We were unable to uncover any flaws in the sound. The system doesn’t seem to have an limits in the physical location we put it in, which began to vibrate with the truly deep bass frequencies.

Conclusion

With the System 5 THX Select2, Teufel really did an outstanding job. Whoever hears this system, will want to watch every movie over again so that certain scenes can be burned into memory with even more power and vividness. Both subwoofers, capable of reproducing every bass frequency without any limitation, play no small role in this. With this, according to the manufacturer, world’s first loudspeaker set with THX Select2 certification, Teufel markedly pulls away from the competition. The price/performance ratio is just about unbeatable. The system can be purchased on Teufel.de for 1,599 Euros. This, however, does not include accessories such as the Y adapter for connecting to the subwoofer. Since generally everyone will need this, it would have been the icing on the cake. The total result is still outstanding. With this system, Teufel offers a nearly incomparable product that offers an extremely pleasurable listening experience.

Allround-PC Recommendation

(4.67 of 5 out of 3)
All reviews

Flat-diaphragm front speakers

The main speakers have an indentical construction featuring integrated midrange drivers with flat membrane technology for the following advantages: zero phase shifting, reduced distortion, and no noise. Frequencies above 2000 Hz and taken up by the adjacent dome tweeters.

Subwoofer S 5000 SW

Within the 55 litre enclosure, a 300 mm neodymium high-excursion down-firing woofer creates fulminating bass. Thanks to Teufel’s proprietary Air Stream Bass technology, no wind noise will disturb your enjoyment of movies, games and music.

Included components

  • 5× Satellite Speaker S 500 FCR
  • 2× Power cable
  • 2× Subwoofer S 5000 SW

Specifications

  • S 5000 SW vorne Schwarz

    Subwoofer S 5000 SW

    The S 5000 SW of the System 5 THX Select 2 set impressively continues Teufel’s tradition of very powerful subwoofers.

    • Description Item
      Width 37.00 cm
      Weight 22.40 kg
      Height 54.60 cm
      Depth 47.50 cm
    • Description Item
      Cinch input Yes
    • Description Item
      Mains cable - IEC connector (non-heating device) Yes
      Standby-Function Yes
      Level control Yes
      Phase control Switchable
      Lowest frequency (-3 dB) 25 Hz
      Power output capacity sinus (RMS) Bass 200 W
      Amplifier technology Class-D
      Subwoofer Yes
    • Description Item
      Equalisation openings (pos.) Back
      Equalisation openings Yes
      Enclosure type Bass reflex, Downfire
      Enclosure material MDF
      Enclosure surface Foil
      Net internal volume 55 Litres
      Integrated stand Yes
      Woofer (number per enclosure) Yes
      Woofer (diameter) 300.00 mm
      Woofer (material) Neodym-Chassis
      Maximum sound pressure level 105 dB/1m
    System 5 THX Select 2 S 500 FCR Lautsprecher

    Satellite Speaker S 500 FCR

    The S 500 FCR is the first external loudspeaker worldwide to have passed the stringent THX Select 2 certification.

    • Description Item
      Width 31.80 cm
      Weight 3.10 kg
      Height 21.00 cm
      Depth 16.00 cm
    • Description Item
      Suitable for AV receiver Yes
      Suitable for banana plug Yes
      Maximum cable diameter 6 qmm
      Acoustic principle Closed
      Removable front cover Yes
      Enclosure type Closed
      Enclosure material MDF
      Enclosure surface Film
      Net internal volume 5,5 Litres
      Tweeter (number per enclosure) Yes
      Tweeter (diameter) 25.00 mm
      Tweeter (material) Textile dome
      Woofer (number per enclosure) 2
      Woofer (diameter) 130.00 mm
      Woofer (material) Flat membrane
      Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 130 Watt
      Sensitivity (2.83 V / 1 m) 91 dB
      Frequency range from/to 80 - 22000 Hz
      Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 180 Watt
      Maximum sound pressure level 104 dB/1m
      Impedance 4-8 Ohm
      Crossover frequency internal switch 1900 Hz
      Wall mounting brackets Yes
      Crossover frequency to Woofer (recommended) 80 Hz

Expert reviews

  • Logo - Allround-PC [NL]
    "We were unable to uncover any flaws in the sound."
    Allround-PC 04/2011
    Testbericht - Allround-PC - System 5 THX 04/2011
    Sound quality

    The highs are high, the bass is deep – this sort of description would do the System 5 THX Select2 an injustice. We experienced a room-filling sound during our test like never before, a sound normally only experienced in cinemas. Both subwoofers support the speakers with an intensely forceful power, so that some of the action scenes could have been taking place right alongside of the listener: A clarity and succinct coherence without equal. The quality of the sound can, in this case, only be given the highest possible rating.

    Film music is transformed into a new experience and even Playstation games utterly transport the player into an imaginary world thanks to an incomparable sound image.  In the THX mode, the system unfolds its full – to be interpreted literally in this case – power. We were unable to uncover any flaws in the sound. The system doesn’t seem to have an limits in the physical location we put it in, which began to vibrate with the truly deep bass frequencies.

    Conclusion

    With the System 5 THX Select2, Teufel really did an outstanding job. Whoever hears this system, will want to watch every movie over again so that certain scenes can be burned into memory with even more power and vividness. Both subwoofers, capable of reproducing every bass frequency without any limitation, play no small role in this. With this, according to the manufacturer, world’s first loudspeaker set with THX Select2 certification, Teufel markedly pulls away from the competition. The price/performance ratio is just about unbeatable. The system can be purchased on Teufel.de for 1,599 Euros. This, however, does not include accessories such as the Y adapter for connecting to the subwoofer. Since generally everyone will need this, it would have been the icing on the cake. The total result is still outstanding. With this system, Teufel offers a nearly incomparable product that offers an extremely pleasurable listening experience.

    Allround-PC Recommendation

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  • Logo - Video Home Vision
    "Test winner"
    Video Home Vision 01//2010
    "The 6 Berlin loudspeakers are unimpressed by heavy action scenes. When roofs are blown off or wndows blasted open in 'X Men,‘ the Teufel set seems to be really in its element. With a tone that's more even that JBL speakers, one has the feeling of being closer to the action, and in the previously mentioned thunderstorm at the beginning of ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith,’ the low frequency surge resounds longer and fresher. Teufel’s set creates more of a cinema atmosphere thanks in no small part to the diffuse dipole dispersion in the back. Even sets from Canton and Nubert can’t match it.”


    + Authentic, cinematic sound reproduction

    + Dynamic, agile performance

    + Extremely deep subwoofer

    Price/performance: Very good

    Overall assessment : good / test winner!
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  • Home Cinema Choice
    "Bigger sound for smaller rooms."
    Home Cinema Choice 01/2010
    [...]You get two whacking greate cartons with full-size subwoofers inside (hooray) and five speakers no bigger than the regular bookshelves you might find in a kid's room [...]

    Call the police!
    [...] But the business of these boxes is film soundtracks. I slapped Dark Knight into the Blu-ray deck and settled down for the ride...

    Filmed in large chunks in the IMAX format, the soundtrack of Dark Knight has a serious level of difference between quiet parts and the most literally explosive. As the film begins, you get quiet and tinkly sounds, followed by a big smash, as the crooks set up a wire from one building to the next. The performance capabilities of the Teufel system suddenly become clear. Like a full set of bike leathers that make their owner look silly whilst doing the weekend shop, but badass when the dude is on his Ducati, these speakers, once fed a good slice of power, came to life and absolutely stonked.

    All that the THX certification implies is in there. Great directionality, superb placement of sounds around the room due to excellent off-axis performance, and a bass-end that is literally stupefying.[...]When Batman thudded down onto the roof of an escaping van, I was almost lifted out of my seat. The system can go loud from quiet effortlessly.

    I also loved how well the subwoofers blended with the small speakers, without any trace of a 'hole' between the two sorts - impressive considering the size of the surrounds.

    Get set, go
    [...] You will either need cool neighbours or a detached home, as they do go very loud and with absolutely brain-splitting dynamics.

    HCC Verdict:
    Pros:
    THX Select 2 certification delivers huge impact; excellent value for money.

    Cons:
    Less suitable for 5.1 music than some; a bit ugly, too.

    • Performance: 4 / 5
    • Design: 3 / 5
    • Features: 3 / 5

    Overall: 4 / 5
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  • Techradar.com
    "Excellent value for money"
    TechRadar UK 09-2009
    At first sight, you could be forgiven for being slightly underwhelmed by the appearance of the Teufel THX Select 2 Cinema set. [...]

    The performance capabilities of the Teufel system suddenly became clear. Like a full set of bike leathers that make their owner look silly whilst doing the weekend shop, but a badass when the dude is on his Ducati, these speakers, once fed a decent slice of power, came to life and absolutely stonked.

    All that the THX certification implies is in there. Great directionality, superb placement of sounds around the room due to excellent off-axis performance, and a bass-end that is literally stupefying. However, the main five speakers do not seem that efficient, and I needed to crank ten percent more than I normally would to get the satisfying reference level.

    At this point, the two 12in subwoofers, which had been left at the little mark that says "THX" on the main knob's marking, had to be turned down a touch by way of the LFE level on the remote. With that sorted, it was back to the film and, as the villains got offed one by one in the early sequences, I was beaten into joyfull jelly - metaphorically speaking.

    When Batman thudded down into the roof of an escaping van, I was almost lifted out of my seat. The system can go from loud to quiet effortlessly. I also loved how well the subwoofers blended with the small speakers, without any trace of a "hole" between the two sorts - impressive considering the size of the surrounds.
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  • Logo - audiovision
    "First choice!"
    audiovision 11/2009
    audiovision_highlight

    Its premiere in Germany: as the first manufacturer worldwide, Teufel showcases the new, improved power of the Norm THX Select 2 out of Berlin. It's crazy, what Teufel offers for 1600 euro. The near-to-perfect realisation of THX Norm with first class sound with music or film secures the set First Place in our test as well as our "Highlight" recommendation.

    Pros:
    • Worksmanship
    • Dynamic, amazing yet fine sound
    • Very deep yet hefty bass
    • With films plays very nicely, gives a nice room atmostphere

    Results:
    • Sound fidelity (frequency variation): 5/5
    • Sound fidelity (lateral radiation variation): 4/5
    • Sensitivity: 1/2
    • Minimal resistance: 2/2
    • Lower ground frequencies, front: 10/10
    • Maximal bass performance: 7/8
    • Listeninig test: (Surround: Good) 32/40
    • Listening test: (Stereo: Good) 8/10

    Test Results: Excellent (85/100)
    An audiovision Highlight!

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  • TrustedReviews
    "The System 5 THX Select2 makes good on its promise: Fast, lively and well-defined sound."
    Trusted Reviews 09/2009
    The System 5 THX Select2 makes good on its promise: Fast, lively and well-defined sound. One can't even complain about the price for such a well-designed system, which not only earned the "recommended" rating from George Lucas, but from us as well!

    • Design: 8/10
    • Features: 9/10
    • Performance: 9/10
    • Price/Performance: 9/10

    Overal Assessment: 9/10
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  • Logo - HEAR SEE
    "Worth every cent!"
    hear+see.nl 09-2009
    The Teufel System 5 THX Select 2 is a fantastic set with clear, dynamic and realistic sound. All loudspeakers in this system sound balanced and harmonise perfectly together. The bass is hefty, deep and before everything else extremely powerful. With them you have a strong sound - perhaps too strong for the average sitting room if you ever give consideration to others living in your flat complex!

    The list price for this set is € 1599,-, and for that you get two subwoofers, three identical front speakers and fantastic switchable Dipoles. This set is amazingly flexible, allowing breathtaking action scenes or seeming participation in live concerts right from the comfort of your own couch. This set is really worth every cent!
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  • Area DVD
    "Berlin film sound spectacular!"
    Area DVD 10/2009
    Testbericht - Area DVD - Preisklassen-Referenz

    That's how we present this 5.2 set for ambitious home cinema fans – impressive in the room yet clean, neutral tone, enormously dynamic, excellent level controls and with a bearish active subwoofer included that sets new standards for the price class the System 5 THX Select 2 is in.The optics work so well that it's also easy for this set to seamlessly integrate in an elegantly designed sitting room.

    Perfect playing with all components – dipoles for a extensive room atmosphere, two active subwoofers for for homogeneous bass play, three identical front speakers for acoustic uniformity and excellent, imperceptible effects changes from speaker to speaker – it also gives a shock to experienced home cinema enthusiasts because it is quite difficult to catch this system "in the wrong."

    Sure – whoever listens to lots of music in stereo would better take a multichannel ensemble whose components include two large speakers for the left and right front – but only when real, true film sound with amazing special effects isn't so important. When both are important we recommend to bring in a separate stereo solution at the start as such an authentic home cinema system as the System 5 THX Select 2 is simply not possible with just two standing loudspeakers and a landscape.

    • Amazing room atmosphere
    • Neutral, surprising sound
    • Active subwoofer with amazing lows
    • Absolutely homogeneous front sounds thanks to three identical loudspeakers
    • Intense surround sound feeling thanks to thoroughly construted dipoles
    • Excellent large dynamics
    • Fantastic fine dynamics, especially considering the price class
    • Elegant visuals
    • Very fair sales price

    Home cinema performance that hits all the marks, and that with a briskly calculated price -
    Teufel has overtaken even themselves!

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  • AV
    "Open the curtain!"
    AV Magazin.de 10-2009

    There's a 600 euro price difference between the Teufel System 5 THX Select and the Select 2. At a glance it appears that the two home cinema systems have a lot that ist he same, but the second impression shows marked differences. AV Magazine tests to see if the extra money is worth it for the THX Select 2. […]

    Delivery and Equipment
    A System 5 THX Select 2 home cinema set is comprised of seven loudspeakers. Two active subwoofer S 5000 SW, three identical S 500 FCR front speakers and two S 500 D Dipoles. There are also connections for further speakers on the boxes. In the online shop at Teufel you can find the appropriate cables and connection materials to purchase. […]

    Before the installation take a quick glance at the Installation guide. It's well structured and informative, detailing the best setups for the boxes depending on the rooms it will be placed in, and gives great setup and usage tips. The Teufel set, tested here in the Cinema version with two dipole loudspeakers, offers outstanding subwoofers for a real low feel.

    Cinema or Concert?
    If you decide to go to the internet site from Teufel and order a THX Select 2, you must decide between two versions: the Cinema 5.2 set or the Concert 5.2 set. Both combinations include three identical S 500 FCR front loudspeakers and two S 5000 SW subwoofers. With a price from 1599 euro the sets both cost the same. So what's the difference?

    The loudspeakers for the back sound area. While with the concert set you receive two more of the front S 500 FCR loudspeakers, for the Cinema version you receive two dipole boxes for the back. The test here at AV Magazine we used the cinema set, which offers diffuse radiation characteristics and a different acoustic overall, which you'll see in the following paragraphs.

    THX Licencing
    Check out what's inside: home cinema listening culture in its richest form! […]

    Depending on the room volume used, the speaker test must be customised. For example, a box set that would receive the Select 2 seal must achieve specific values within a listening distance of 3.65 metres, maximum. Besides for the omnidirectional sound distribution and levels linearity, the electromechanical system resiliency plays a major role. If the percentage of distortion in the sampled measurement signal from a particular volume exceeds a fixed value, the manufacturer or petitioner must make it better. If all strict guidelines are complied and the product has passed all its tests, it's awarded the hoped-for seal. Which happened with the System 5 THX Select 2 from Teufel. […] The best part about this ist hat the customer benefits from being able to acquire a technically sophisticated and powerful player in the category according to the product needed.

    Front and Centre loudspeakers
    […] A major THX target is a single speaker that can be used for the channel front left, middle and right. With the System 5 THX Select 2, the compact S 500 FCR loudspeaker is used in this area which handily has a width of 32 and a height of only 21 cm. This three kilo box has a body from medium density fibreboard which is covered with a plastic film. The dark brown overlay mimics the Wenge which is so hot at the moment, including the typical structure. […]

    Three different variants are available for a flexible placement in your sitting room. When positioned on normal surfaces, the included rubber feet are glued under the S 500 FCR. For wall mounting, two key-lock attachments are included on the back of the S 500. When a horizontal placement is needed, the speakers can be mounted with a M6 on a commercial 90 degree angle wall. The third option ist o mount it on a speaker stand, which uses a M6 to fix the speaker to the stand.

    The S 500 D surround loudspeaker
    Thanks to the spacer and wall connection the S 500 D surround loudspeakers are quickly and easily set up on the wall. In comparison to the front speakers that are directly connected to the wall, the S 500 D surround loudspeakers have three possible sound panels. […]

    Mounted on the rear side walls of the listening room, the Dipoles shine from both the front and the back. […] The connection to the home theater amplifier by speaker cable is achieved through massive screw terminals. The interface is gold-gilded to ensure a minimal resistance. A clear plastic insulation prevents dangerous short circuits between the poles.

    Subwoofer S 5000 SW
    […] The large operating and port field of the active model in the housing is on the back of the driver. A purebred digital amplifier can generate a demand of up to 200 watts of power to really pump the bass. […]There is no high level inputs or outputs and a separator frequency slider. The front of the S 5000 SW has a plastic application affixed there that has a lit diode so that the small display placed there can be read.

    Sound
    In the system menu the audio-amplifier combination places the crossover frequency between the subwoofer and the satellites at 80 Hz. After the individual loudspeakers were aligned, we configured the different loudspeakers and the listening area on the configurations menu of the AV Receiver. In our Panasonic Blu-ray DMP-BD80 the fantasy action film Batman, The Dark Knight was ready to play. The loudspeaker group immediately made it clear exactly where Teufel and THX sound emerges. The impressive sound of the hospital explosion shook the adjacent editorial rooms. Two 30 cm subwoofers presented a huge bass performance defined by enormous depth and high level resistance.

    Through using the uniform loudspeakers for front left, middle and right, the front sound picture sounded very tidy. The dialogue from the S 500 FCR was also very clear and quite easily understood. The accurately defined stereo front also offers a realistic spacial area which effectively delivered special effects through the listening area. The S 500 D dipole loudspeakers delighted front the back surround sound area with diffuse, well distributed room sound. […]

    Particularly fantastic is when Batman drives in his Lamborghini. As Bruce Wayne goes under the one way in Gotham City, you really think you're sitting right by the camera man. Screaming tires, crunching metal and heavy motor roaring are brought forward authentically by the Teufel Loudspeakers. It really brings definite pleasure to the ears and goosebumps to the skin. The total set sounds exactly like a home cinema ought to sound.

    Test results
    Features: 5.2 home cinema loudspeaker system, THX Select 2 certification, three identical loudspeakers, two dipole surround loudspeakers, two active subwoofers with 30 cm woofers, gold-plated screw terminals, integrated wall hanging.

    In plain english: The new, certified THX Select 2 certified System 5 from Teufel offers world class home cinema sound with an almost brutish bass. This is mainly due to the two enormous subwoofers that definitely justify the elevated price premium over the normal System 5 THX Select system. Powerful, dynamic and strong – that's precisely how this seven-loudspeaker set from Teufel presents itself to AV Magazine. This speaker set for fans offers authentic Home Cinema sounds with an impressive room prescence thanks to the powerful subwoofer and well-coordinated satellite boxes.

    Conclusion
    • Sound: Excellent
    • Equipment: Good
    • Worksmanship: Good
    • Price/performance: Excellent
    • Class: World class

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  • AV
    "The new THX Select2 certified System 5 from Teufel offers first-class home cinema sound with mighty bass power."
    AV-Magazin 10/2009
    Testbericht System 5 THX Select - sehr gut
    "The new THX Select2 certified System 5 from Teufel offers first-class home cinema sound with mighty bass power. This is mostly due to the system’s two subwoofers which justifies the higher price compared to a normal System 5 THX. Powerful, dynamic, with strong levels – this is how the 7 member Teufel ensemble performed in AV magazine’s test. Thanks to the potent subwoofer and well-tuned satellite speakers, this set is recommend for those who enjoy authentic cinema sound with a powerful surround sound reproduction.“

    • Sound: Very good
    + Powerful, deep bass
    + Impressive surround sound reproductuion
    + Dynamic, with strong levels

    • Features: Good
    + Two 30 cm subwoofer
    + Integrated wall mounts
    + Dipole surround sound speakers

    • Workmanship: Good

    Price/Performance: Very good
    Overly assessment: Very good
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  • TrustedReviews
    "In a word - sensational."
    TrustedReviews.com 02-2011

    Teufel has modified its successful System 5 to create the world's first THX Select 2-certified speaker package, which means it's designed to meet the exacting sonic standards laid down by George Lucas and his band of hardcore home cinema crusaders.

    The idea behind THX Select 2 is to deliver the best possible sound quality in rooms where the distance from the listening position to the screen is between 10 and 12 feet. To that end, THX Select 2 certified speakers must feature controlled directivity, in order to achieve "a full soundstage with precise imaging for all types of audio content", and that's one of the things Teufel has tweaked to earn this certification.

    Another is the inclusion of two subwoofers, which helps the system reach THX's bass requirements (105dB continuous output at 25Hz minimum frequency, at -3 dB). To get that sort of performance from a single sub it would have to be absolutely massive, so instead Teufel has opted for two reasonably-sized bass boxes, which make the system more 'living room-friendly'.

    For the front and centre channels, you get three S 500 FCR speakers, an upgraded version of its predecessor, the M 550 FCR. It's the first speaker ever to get the THX Select 2 seal of approval so we're deep in uncharted territory here. Key to their performance is their newly-developed flat diaphragm midrange drivers, which radiate mids from the entire effective surface area and avoid pesky phase shifts that conventional cone drivers can suffer from.

    Teufel also reckons that the drivers' rigid sandwich construction ensures a balanced frequency response, while the central placement of the dome tweeter improves sound radiation and lets you hear full-range sound outside of the sweet spot. And because they fit flush into the enclosure, you don't get any detrimental diffraction effects off corners or edges.

    Unsurprisingly, the build quality of these front/centre speakers is phenomenal. Weighty, robust and clad in a fetching old school dark wenge finish, they really look the part. The speaker grille is a removable hood that fits over the front without the need for bolts, another measure designed to keep the distortion wolf from the door.
    At 16cm deep, they're surprisingly compact compared with Teufel's other high-end speakers, and can be mounted on optional M 4002 P stands or on the wall using the pre-attached brackets on the back. Also on the rear is an alcove housing a pair of sturdy gold-plated binding posts, found on all of the system's speakers.

    Because this is a movie-centric system through and through, you get dipole speakers for the rear-channels, in this case a pair of S 500 D's - again the first of their type to be THX Select 2 certified. As opposed to direct radiating speakers, which fire sound towards the listener, these three-way dipole speakers create a diffuse, enveloping effect, as if the sound is coming from the rear walls, which is preferable for movies.

    Again they're beautifully constructed and effortlessly elegant. Each one features 100mm midrange drivers and 25mm dome tweeters on the front and back, while the speaker grilles on each side also slip on without any bolts or clips.

    The sub charged with the task of delivering THX's tricky bass demands is the S 5000 SW, which boasts a 300mm neodymium woofer and musters 200W of firepower. As mentioned, you get two with this system, removing the need for one massive back-breaking box, but their 37 x 54 x 47cm dimensions aren't exactly compact either - it could still take some serious reshuffling to squeeze two of these bad boys in your front room.

    They're built like a tank, dressed in dark wenge and sport a fetching silver blob on the front that makes them look a bit like Star Wars droids. On the back of each one you'll find a phase switch, volume dial (with a mark helpfully showing THX's recommended level) and RCA input and output.

    But enough of its features, how does the system sound? In a word sensational. First of all, it's earth-shakingly powerful - feed it any of the loud, chaotic action scenes from Transformers on Blu-ray and the ferocious sound could strip wallpaper. But the beauty is you don't need an amp the size of a house to make them sing - the system's high efficiency means you get decent results even from modestly-rated amps.

    The potent soundstage is boosted in no small part by those two subs, which work in perfect harmony and dig down to the very depths of the frequency range. When Megatron and Prime lock horns at the movie's denouement, there's lots of deep bass rumbling and the enormous explosions really thumb you in the chest. There's no flab to the low frequencies - they're tight and forthright, which allows them to respond to sudden bangs and pops without any delays that could upset the rhythm of a scene.

    But it's not all about brute force. The sound is incredibly detailed too, and therefore the Teufels are able to explore the finer nuances of the movie's few quiet scenes with real finesse. This also lets voices come through clear and natural at all times, even when robots are clattering around the soundstage.

    The system is also admirably cohesive - the fronts, centre and rears are beautifully matched, and don't reveal any tonal variation as sounds sweep from front to back. The subs contribute to this unified front, blending seamlessly with the other speakers - all of which results in massively entertaining movie playback.

    Despite its home cinema credentials, System 5 is also a dab hand with music, handling DVD-Audio, CDs and Blu-ray music discs with the level of refinement we've come to expect from Teufel speakers. The smooth, elegant and insightful sound is pure aural seduction.

    Verdict
    Overall then, the System 5 really delivers on its promises, providing a fast, feisty and well-integrated sound that lives up to its Select 2 certification. We can't even quibble with the price, as it's a reasonable amount to pay for such an accomplished system, which not only comes with George Lucas' seal of approval but now ours too.

    • Design: 8 / 10 stars
    • Features: 9 / 10 stars
    • Performance: 9 / 10 stars
    • Value: 9 / 10 stars

    Overall Results: 9 / 10 stars

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  • Heimkino
    "THX is coming home."
    Heimkino 01-2003
    Testbericht - Heimkino - System 5 THX Select 2 - Überragend

    With the world's first THX Select 2 home cinema system, Teufel has really succeeded at their turn of the dice. Not only has the Berlin manufacturer created a compact system for modern sitting rooms that needed dedicated home cinema sets, but this 5.2 set meets all THX requirements and would fill a larger room with full cinema sound. Finally you must really appreciate the performance when related tot he price, an extremely fair value for the money, as you get a 5.2 system for 1,599- euro that really is a blast to play. Just one question remains: "What could you possibly make better in this set?"

    Results:
    • Sound 70% 1,1
    • Lab 15% 1,0
    • Practice 15% 1,1
    • Price/Performance: Outstanding
    • Clean deep bass delivery
    • Room-filling sound scenery

    Total results: Amazing 1,1

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  • Stereoplay
    "Perfect for concert clippings and action films."
    Stereoplay 06/2009

    "The absolutely extravagant use of sound-generating surface area lends not only to this set’s exorbitant dynamic reserves, but also to its considerably energy-efficiency. This means that System 5 has achieved new heights in bass power and low-resonance and dissonance-free fundamental tone stiffness equivalent to a receiver in the 800-euro power range (see the test review in 1/2009).

    In addition, this system guarantees amazing speech and text intelligibility, even in complicated and noisy scenes. Even the set costs mentioned in the 03/2009 issue available at double the price were hardly any better. With its imposing aura, this new Teufel set is perfectly designed for playing back concert footage and action films, which are sure to be a regular feature.

    The producers of James Bond's classic Casino Royale would have certainly been quite impressed by the close proximity reproduced by this superb Teufel set to a professional cinema resolution. Take, for instance, the car chase scene through the road works site, where wood and metal parts are crashing and flying everywhere. The bass tones remain true to life, thanks to the diffusely radiating rear speakers.

    And what about pure stereo sound? Well, this is expertly mastered by this seven-component, low-resonance and broad-banded set as well. This leaves one thing that's without a doubt: the System 5 THX Select 2 is – in terms of purchase price, dimensions, and sound quality – simply a blockbuster!"

    Summary:
    A speaker set at great value, with dipoles and two woofers for THX Select 2. Played loudly or softly, it sounds incredibly alive, spatially authentic, and full of bass. In respect to price and size, it is a real smash!

    • Sound: Absolutely top! (57 points)
    • Overall grade: Good – very good (76 points)
    • Price/Performance: Outstanding

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    "Double the Hertz."
    HDTV 05/2009
    System 5 THX Select 2 HDTV 05/2009

    The set trumps with THX playback for films. The two certified woofers bring their hefty bass easily from the box to the sofa. Your experience is brought to even a higher level through the surround sound speakers S 500 D. Thanks to dipol technology these give an excellent full room sound picture, which is partiuclarly necessary by concert excerpts for a proper atmosphere[…]

    The Teufel company philosophie is obvious through our test set: excellent sound available for every person – the System 5 THX Select 2 offers a cost-efficient alternative as no other set can. So much sound for so little money? This question can be answered by the Berlin manufacturer with a resounding YES

    Test results:
    • Film (Listening impression): excellent, precise sound
    • Music (listening impression): excellent, needed subwoofer
    • Equipment/worksmanship: 7 / 10
    • Ease of use/User friendliness: 10 / 10
    • Playback quality: 65 / 80

    Total Results: GOOD (82 / 100)

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In possession for 8-9 months. What a sound! Price quality ratio is top. The design is less but I also chose the sound. The dual subwoofer gives a much more beautiful bass and no vibrations.
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Hey, hey, I've been enjoying this absolute top set for over a year now! My set is connected to my THX Select2 Plus certified Pioneer VSX2020. I hear sounds that I just couldn't hear with my previous s...
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Hey, hey, I've been enjoying this absolute top set for over a year now! My set is connected to my THX Select2 Plus certified Pioneer VSX2020. I hear sounds that I just couldn't hear with my previous set! I've chosen the dipoles as the back speaker.
After reading a lot of comparisons and reviews, I arrived at this Teufel System 5 in 7.2 configuration. From the test that can be found on the internet, this set comes out very well and as far as I c...
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After reading a lot of comparisons and reviews, I arrived at this Teufel System 5 in 7.2 configuration. From the test that can be found on the internet, this set comes out very well and as far as I can see it's pretty much the cheapest one. I got these on an Onkyo