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5.2 home cinema hybrid system with dually-integrated active subwoofers

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Highlights

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Key advantages at a glance

  • Home cinema set with partially-active floor speakers for large spaces
  • 2 integrated subwoofers (175 watt RMS each) with 250 mm bass drivers
  • 1 horizontal center speaker with dual mid-range drivers
  • 2 identically-configured rear loudspeakers
  • Works with any AV Receiver
  • Recommended for spaces up to 50 sqm.
HD World
"High-class listening."
hdworld-mag.de 12/2008

The Theater 4 Hybrid surprises with a neutral, vivid and fresh sound. There were a few moments of absolute astonishment, particularly when playing Celine Dion’s "A New Day". The way the small satellites handled the impressive voice of the singer within the box volume is, for this price level, excellent. With film playback, the loudspeakers manage a spatial density in the free hearing atmosphere with clear definition in the high-, mid- and bass tone ranges.

"Iron Man" had us convinced with its very good depths as well as the vivid detail in the high ranges, while the mighty explosions lacked neither power or force in the bass area. The tiniest, most exact details weren’t lost either, with the music score incorporated within the acoustic distribution. The two relatively small shelf loudspeakers (M 420 R) generated a realistic surround sound; also by their quickness and clarity they stood out from the rest.

Conclusion:
The Theater 4 Hybrid delivers the evidence that high-class listening is also possible for around € 1.100,-. The accurate worksmanship and the complete total package are factors that are usually only combined when clearly higher sums are paid. The set is also perfect for elegant living situations, thanks to the the great visuals.

• Sound: 9/10
• Max. Stability 8/10
• Equipment: 8/10
• Workmanship: 9/10
• Price/Performance: 10/10

Total: 9/10

(4.7 of 5 out of 10)
All reviews

Included components

  • 1× Centre Speaker M 420 C
  • 1× Hybrid Speaker M 420 F
  • 2× Rear Speaker M 420 R (pc.)
  • 1× Hybrid Speaker M 420 F

Specifications

  • M 420 C vorne mit Abdeckung Schwarz

    Centre Speaker M 420 C

    The centre that integrates seamlessly with the active floorstanders M 420 F.

    Two 2 x 130-mm carbon fibre woofers with metal phase plug and a 25-mm neodymium dome tweeter make this speaker assembly identical to large front box - of course minus the unnecessary subwoofer in the centre field.

    The THX standard and landscape format design ensures excellent sound dispersion, so that you get great Teufel sound even outside of the perfect listening zone.
    Thanks to a high maximum power rating of 180Watts, the centre can also be used in rooms up to 50 sqm.

    • Description Item
      Width 42.00 cm
      Weight 5.50 kg
      Height 16.00 cm
      Depth 17.00 cm
    • Description Item
      Suitable for AV receiver Yes
      Suitable for banana plug Yes
      Maximum cable diameter 4.00 mm
      Removable front cover Yes
      Wall mounting brackets Yes
      Tweeter (number per enclosure) Yes
      Tweeter (diameter) 25.00 mm
      Bass/Midrange driver (number per enclosure) 2
      Bass/Midrange driver (diameter) 130.00 mm
      Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 130 Watt
      Frequency range from/to 80 - 22000 Hz
      Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 180 Watt
      Impedance 4-8 Ohm
      Enclosure type Closed
      Tweeter (material) Textile dome with neodym magnet
      Bass/Midrange driver (material) Fibreglass membrane
    M 420 R vorne Schwarz mit Cover

    Pair Rear Speaker M 420 R

    Rear channel duties in the new Theater 4 system are handled by the M 420 R, a classic bookshelf speaker.

    By using the same drivers as the three front speakers – 130 mm fibreglass woofer and 25 mm fabric dome tweeter – the surround sound of this system is highly balanced.

    With a maximum power rating of 90 W, this speaker has sufficient reserves to handle loud signals on the rear channels.

    • Description Item
      Width 16.50 cm
      Weight 3.50 kg
      Height 26.00 cm
      Depth 19.00 cm
    • Description Item
      Suitable for AV receiver Yes
      Suitable for banana plug Yes
      Maximum cable diameter 4.00 mm
      Removable front cover Yes
      Enclosure type Closed
      Tweeter (number per enclosure) Yes
      Tweeter (diameter) 25.00 mm
      Tweeter (material) Textile dome with Neodym magnet
      Bass/Midrange driver (number per enclosure) Yes
      Bass/Midrange driver (diameter) 130.00 mm
      Bass/Midrange driver (material) Fibreglass membrane
      Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 70 Watt
      Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 90 Watt
      Impedance 8 Ohm
    M 420 F vorne Schwarz mit Cover

    Hybrid Speaker M 420 F

    The M 420 F column speaker is much more than a conventional column speaker. The special hybrid construction of this speaker allows it to simultaneously function as a passive stereo speaker and an active subwoofer.

    Two 130 mm carbon fibre woofers and a 25 mm neodymium tweeter have been implemented in each speaker using the tried-and-tested D’Appollito configuration. Flanked by a 250 mm side-firing subwoofer, the M 420 F has a full-bodied response with incredible bass – and all in an ultra thin design!

    The remarkable bass performance of this speaker is made possible by a separate 175 W amplifier which is solely responsible for the subwoofer channel. The tweeter/mid-range driver is located above, and is passively decoupled to handle frequencies from 90 Hz upwards. This driver can easily be seen from the front and is acoustically isolated within the column.

    The universal design of the integrated active subwoofer allows it to be connected to the ‘Sub Out’ of your AV receiver or the speaker terminals of your stereo amplifier. In any case, this relieves your amplifier/receiver from bass duties and frees it up to concentrate more on the other frequency ranges.

    With a pair of M 420 F speakers, you will dramatically improve the quality of the bass response in your stereo system. When used in a surround sound system, these two column speakers essentially add two subwoofers to your system.

    A three-stage volume selector switch allows you to select how much bass is split between the subwoofer and tweeter/mid-range drivers and thus match the system to your listening environment.

    This active/passive design delivers bass all the way down to 35 Hz and can generate sound pressure levels as high as 103 dB/m!

    • Description Item
      Width 16.50 cm
      Weight 23.60 kg
      Height 110.00 cm
      Depth 36.00 cm
    • Description Item
      Standby-Function Yes
      Standby-Power consumption 2 watt
      Level control Analogue
    • Description Item
      Suitable for AV receiver Yes
      Suitable for banana plug Yes
      Maximum cable diameter 4.00 mm
      Acoustic principle 2-way (passive part)
      Removable front cover Yes
      Enclosure type Closed (passive part)
      Tweeter (number per enclosure) Yes
      Tweeter (diameter) 25.00 mm
      Tweeter (material) Fabric with neodym magnet
      Bass/Midrange driver (number per enclosure) 2
      Bass/Midrange driver (diameter) 130.00 mm
      Bass/Midrange driver (material) Fibreglass membrane, chromium-coloured phase plug
      Woofer (number per enclosure) Yes
      Woofer (diameter) 250.00 mm
      Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 130 Watt
      Frequency range from/to 34 - 22000 Hz
      Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 180 Watt
      Maximum sound pressure level 103 dB/1m
      Impedance 4-8 Ohm
    M 420 F vorne Schwarz mit Cover

    Hybrid Speaker M 420 F

    The M 420 F column speaker is much more than a conventional column speaker. The special hybrid construction of this speaker allows it to simultaneously function as a passive stereo speaker and an active subwoofer.

    Two 130 mm carbon fibre woofers and a 25 mm neodymium tweeter have been implemented in each speaker using the tried-and-tested D’Appollito configuration. Flanked by a 250 mm side-firing subwoofer, the M 420 F has a full-bodied response with incredible bass – and all in an ultra thin design!

    The remarkable bass performance of this speaker is made possible by a separate 175 W amplifier which is solely responsible for the subwoofer channel. The tweeter/mid-range driver is located above, and is passively decoupled to handle frequencies from 90 Hz upwards. This driver can easily be seen from the front and is acoustically isolated within the column.

    The universal design of the integrated active subwoofer allows it to be connected to the ‘Sub Out’ of your AV receiver or the speaker terminals of your stereo amplifier. In any case, this relieves your amplifier/receiver from bass duties and frees it up to concentrate more on the other frequency ranges.

    With a pair of M 420 F speakers, you will dramatically improve the quality of the bass response in your stereo system. When used in a surround sound system, these two column speakers essentially add two subwoofers to your system.

    A three-stage volume selector switch allows you to select how much bass is split between the subwoofer and tweeter/mid-range drivers and thus match the system to your listening environment.

    This active/passive design delivers bass all the way down to 35 Hz and can generate sound pressure levels as high as 103 dB/m!

    • Description Item
      Width 16.50 cm
      Weight 23.60 kg
      Height 110.00 cm
      Depth 36.00 cm
    • Description Item
      Standby-Function Yes
      Standby-Power consumption 2 watt
      Level control Analogue
    • Description Item
      Suitable for banana plug Yes
      Removable front cover Yes
      Enclosure type Closed (passive part)
      Tweeter (number per enclosure) Yes
      Tweeter (diameter) 25.00 mm
      Tweeter (material) Textile dome with neodym magnet
      Bass/Midrange driver (number per enclosure) 2
      Bass/Midrange driver (diameter) 130.00 mm
      Bass/Midrange driver (material) Fibreglass membrane, chromium-coloured phase plug
      Woofer (number per enclosure) Yes
      Woofer (diameter) 250.00 mm
      Continuous power handling (IEC - Long Term) 130 Watt
      Frequency range from/to 34 - 22000 Hz
      Peak power capacity (IEC - Short Term) 180 Watt
      Maximum sound pressure level 103 dB/1m
      Impedance 4-8 Ohm

Expert reviews

  • HD World
    "High-class listening."
    hdworld-mag.de 12/2008
    Theater 4 Hybrid HD World Bewertung

    The Theater 4 Hybrid surprises with a neutral, vivid and fresh sound. There were a few moments of absolute astonishment, particularly when playing Celine Dion’s "A New Day". The way the small satellites handled the impressive voice of the singer within the box volume is, for this price level, excellent. With film playback, the loudspeakers manage a spatial density in the free hearing atmosphere with clear definition in the high-, mid- and bass tone ranges.

    "Iron Man" had us convinced with its very good depths as well as the vivid detail in the high ranges, while the mighty explosions lacked neither power or force in the bass area. The tiniest, most exact details weren’t lost either, with the music score incorporated within the acoustic distribution. The two relatively small shelf loudspeakers (M 420 R) generated a realistic surround sound; also by their quickness and clarity they stood out from the rest.

    Conclusion:
    The Theater 4 Hybrid delivers the evidence that high-class listening is also possible for around € 1.100,-. The accurate worksmanship and the complete total package are factors that are usually only combined when clearly higher sums are paid. The set is also perfect for elegant living situations, thanks to the the great visuals.

    • Sound: 9/10
    • Max. Stability 8/10
    • Equipment: 8/10
    • Workmanship: 9/10
    • Price/Performance: 10/10

    Total: 9/10

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  • Area DVD
    "Out of the ordinary, powerful, dynamic."
    Area DVD 11/2008
    Out of the ordinary, powerful, dynamic - this is the Theater 4 Hybrid.

    Another triumphant example of sound from Teufel - as always, there's a lt of positive to relate. It's really worth it to test the Theater 4 Hybrid when you're searching for maximum listening for all types of music and movies, but you don't want to speakd a fortune. This system exceeds what is found in its price range: an accurate, reasonable consistently gorgeous concept that are othewise only found at higher price points. The Theater 4 Hybrid fits into chic rooms well with its slimline powerful look.
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  • Heimkino
    "The engineers at Teufel have done a top-notch job!"
    Heimkino 08/2008
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    HiFi Test - Theater 4 Hybrid

    Summary
    "The Teufel Theater 4 Hybrid is an entry-level home theatre system that makes it easy for beginners to enjoy a cinematic experience within the confines of their own home: Not only is this system packed with practical features, it provides very well balanced and – when required – dynamic sound for films. The partially active front speakers can also double up as highly capable stereo speakers."

    Rating:
    • Sound, overall: A
    • Lab test, overall: A
    • Listening test, overall: A
    • Price/performance: Outstanding

    Pros:
    • Flexible setup options
    • Powerful bass response

    Overall rating: Outstanding / A

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  • AV
    "Teufel has achieved the golden mean between frequency range, SPL-handling capability and transient response."
    AV Magazin.de 06/2008

    The positioning of sounds in the surround field is also superb. A total of five identical midrange drivers – distributed between the left and right front, centre and surround speakers – ensure a balanced spatial distribution of sound.

    Thanks to the uniform drivers, film soundtrack effects emerge very homogeneously from the quintet of satellite speakers. With the explosion of a pod racer, pieces of metal seemed to fly directly through the AV-Magazin listening room. That's what the surround sound listening experience is all about; moving the listener into the midst of the action instead of remaining seated on the sidelines.

    Test results:
    • Sound (film soundtrack): Very good
    • Sound (music): Satisfactory
    • Features: Very good
    • Craftsmanship: Good
    • Ranking: Top of class
    • Price/performance: Outstanding

    • Overall rating: Good

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  • Stiftung Warentest
    "Best pair of loudspeakers for music lovers" (The stereo floor-standing loudspeakers M 420 F from Teufel were tested)
    Stiftung Warentest 01/2010
    In test: 12 stereo loudspeaker sets

    "Lively, well-balanced sound. Very easy to connect, "good" instructions. Active bass, three settings, higher energy consumption in operation. Highest and deepest loudspeaker."

    Listening test: Good (2.0 – best rating in the "stereo floor-standing loudspeakers" test)

    Technical tests: Satisfactory (2.8 – best rating in the "stereo floor-standing loudspeakers" test)

    Handling: Good (2.3 – best rating in the "stereo floor-standing loudspeakers" test)

    Workmanship: Satisfactory (2.7)

    Test quality rating: GOOD (2.2 – best rating in the test)
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  • Logo - Audio
    "This Teufel system really kicks up the dust."
    Audio 09/2007

    Summary
    Even without an external subwoofer, the Theater 4 Hybrid offers a compelling bass response – and it doesn't need huge amplifiers either. When purchasing a home theatre system, however, it is important to consider the various possible configurations. When set up close to a wall or in a small-sized room, the enormous bass reserves of the subwoofers can be overpowering when listening to music. Only correctly-positioned subwoofers will give you an accurate sub-bass response. Film fans need not worry about this at all, since this Teufel system will provide all the bass ever needed.

    Audiogramme:
    • Stereo sound: Good (69 points)
    • Surround sound: Good (75 points)
    • Craftsmanship: Good

    Total rating: Good (72 points)
    Price/performance: Outstanding

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super
Wasn't a bad buy with those things, man can make it really crack.
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Great sound!
So we are very excited about this plant! Together with the AV-Reseiver Pioneer VSX 922 k simply unbeatable. They're very happy.
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Since a few weeks I am satisfied owner of this set. After an exchange of one of the column speakers (transport damage, but exchanged without any hassle, my compliment!) the enjoyment is over. Not a mo...
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Since a few weeks I am satisfied owner of this set. After an exchange of one of the column speakers (transport damage, but exchanged without any hassle, my compliment!) the enjoyment is over. Not a moment of regret and good value for money! I had with one of my friends that Teufel has for it
Completely satisfied!
Fast delivery, top sound, and also pretty. Only the television set now seems almost tiny. I'd like to write again. But that has now at least 12 years rest, or just not! I'm happy.
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everything fits
Starting with the prompt delivery, over the packing of the goods, the processing quality, up to -last not least- the top sound in connection with my Onkyoreceiver 414 I am completely satisfied with th...
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everything fits
Starting with the prompt delivery, over the packing of the goods, the processing quality, up to -last not least- the top sound in connection with my Onkyoreceiver 414 I am completely satisfied with the company Teufel. I can recommend this with a clear conscience.
Grade 2 for Theater 4
The Theater 4 make a very good impression qualitatively and optically. I have these speakers standing in my living room with 50m². Connected to a Yamaha RX-V773 receiver. In the home cinema the sound...
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Grade 2 for Theater 4
The Theater 4 make a very good impression qualitatively and optically. I have these speakers standing in my living room with 50m². Connected to a Yamaha RX-V773 receiver. In the home cinema the sound is 1A. Basses come with plenty of pressure. Without distorting the sound or showing any other weaknesses. In stereo mode the bass is slightly "spongy". But this could also be due to the receiver... Otherwise, the price/performance ratio is completely in order.
Top Service!
It's okay! It's okay!
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Great sound system
Super sound, very powerful and nevertheless fine.
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I bought this set years ago in combination with an Onkyo receiver and still do not regret this purchase. Always had Canton for that (also fine) but the price/quality of Teufel is just better not to sp...
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I bought this set years ago in combination with an Onkyo receiver and still do not regret this purchase. Always had Canton for that (also fine) but the price/quality of Teufel is just better not to speak about the service. The Teufel speakers bought as a result of
Actually also just like that via google on this brand and therefore bought. Delivery was very fast and everything meets expectations. It turned out that a bass speaker didn't work and after contact a ...
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Actually also just like that via google on this brand and therefore bought. Delivery was very fast and everything meets expectations. It turned out that a bass speaker didn't work and after contact a new one was sent home within two days. Very fast and neat handling. Bright