Theater 3 Hybrid "Concert-Set 5.2" – with dual integrated active subwoofers
Theater 3 Hybrid
The Theater 3 Hybrid is the newest addition to Teufel’s line of column speakers with integratedsubwoofers. Similar to the extensively tested and proven Theater 4 Hybrid and Theater 5 Hybrid models, the newest member of Teufel’s speaker range is a 5.2 set with two active subwoofers integrated in the column speakers. It may seem like conventional surround sound at first, but given a closer look the Theater 3 Hybrid will blow you away!
A pair of over waist high M 320 F column speakers form the heart of the new Theater 3 Hybrid. The thin and streamlined design of these speakers lies in stark contrast to the extremely powerful sound they are capable of delivering. The primary reason for this are the two subwoofers integrated in the sides of the columns. These subwoofers are not separated by a passive crossover as is typically the case, but are used to drive the 200 millimetre laterally positioned woofer chassis with their own 150 watt amplifiers.
This method of active subwoofer integration has three main advantages. Number one: The receiver has less work to do. Number two: Space for a separate bass cube is no longer needed. Number three: The subwoofers do not cost anything extra because everything is already contained in the column speakers!
The active subwoofers in the column speakers can be controlled through the sub-out output of the AV receiver using a Y adaptor or the speaker terminals of a stereo amplifier. This universal connection option means the column speakers can be used independently as high quality stereo speakers, which is why the two M 320 F speakers are also offered separately as a stereo speaker pair. The two subwoofer chassis of both hybrid columns provides you with twice the amount of cone surface that is standard for this class. More cone surface is still the most effective way of providing maximum airflow and hence maximum bass.
But bass is not all – other frequency ranges are also reproduced at a level of quality that is unrivalled in this price class. The optimally configured 25 mm cloth dome tweeter and 130 mm fibreglass midbass driver used in all of the speakers guarantee extremely harmonic surround sound reproduction!
The horizontal M 320 C centre speaker can be placed below or above the TV screen while the compact M 320 R rear speakers can unobtrusively be positioned in the rear zone. Either wall-mounted or on stands like the M 110 P.
This is the smallest set in the Hybrid speaker line, and with a comparable level of sound quality – but a somewhat lower volume range than the two larger sets – it is perfectly suitable for use in rooms up to 35 sqm. The set can easily be integrated into your home due to its smaller size.
Of course, the Theater 3 Hybrid also costs less than the Theater 4 Hybrid und Theater 5 Hybrid. For under 1000 euros, you get a top of the line column speaker surround sound set with two active subwoofers. Only from Teufel.
It may seem like conventional surround sound at first, but given a closer look the Theater 3 Hybrid will blow you away!
The slender M 320 F may look like a conventional column speaker, but it offers so much more. An active/passive hybrid design with an integrated subwoofer amplifier, this compact column speaker functions as both an active subwoofer and a passive stereo speaker at the same time.
The 130 mm fibreglass woofer and 25 mm neodymium tweeter are responsible for the stereo sound. With the help of a side-mounted 200 mm subwoofer, the M 320 F has a full-range frequency response with powerful sub-bass.
The remarkable bass response of this speaker is made possible by a separate 150 W amplifier intended solely for the subwoofer channel. The tweeter/mid-range driver module is passively decoupled for frequencies above 120 Hz. An acoustic partition in the cabinet prevents the drivers from interfering with each other.
By using two of these column speakers, Theater 3 Hybrid owners benefit from having two subwoofers in one system. Rooms of up to 35 m2 can be immersed in intense deep bass.
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 320 F speakers, you will dramatically improve the quality of the bass response in your stereo system.
These two column speakers provide Theater 3 Hybrid owners with the advantage of having two subwoofers in one 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.
“The excellent craftsmanship of the Theater 3 Hybrid is just as impressive as its top-notch sound. It’s difficult to imagine another system offering this much performance with a size this compact and a price tag this low. Most of all, it’s the intense, distortion-free bass at high SPLs and the nuanced details that leave us astounded.” audiovision 2008