Buyer's Guide & tips
Compact sound systems from Teufel
It doesn’t matter if ist for your summer house, office, party room or even for the kid's rooms – compact sound systems are beloved because of their no-fuss setups. Of course, however, smaller sound systems often come with smaller sound. Teufel, though, has proven again and again that mini sound systems can have heavy sound.
Compact systems – the advantages
The separate components for ready-to-play compact sound systems, such as the amplifier and speakers are technically compatible. Thanks to their compact dimensions mini stereo systems can easily be integrated into any living place. And if required they can easily be transported. Teufel has a wide range of portable sound systems so that you can find one for every purpose!
The things to look out for when buying a compact sound system
When it comes to deciding what system is for me, you have to think about how you want to use the system. Consider what you want to listen to, where you want to listen to and where will you set up the system. For the kitchen, Teufel has the Radio 3Sixty with FM and DAB+ or the Teufel MusicStation, which can plan recipes via Bluetooth from YouTube or other sources. In the office, you don’t just want something that can play radio, but something office parties, or at Afterwork events. Perhaps something that is CD and USB compatible.
In the kid’s room, summer house, or party room you want something a little more robust and easier to use. Something that the mini sound system Kombo 22 or its bigger brother Kombo 42 is perfect for. Also being able to hang the speakers on the wall is a nice option if you’re limited for space.
Multiroom and Music streaming
For those who like to listen to music everywhere in the house or apartment, compact systems with WLAN from the Teufel Streaming series are interesting, because they offer the possibility of networking. Like the Teufel One S.
Systems in review
In tests conducted by the trade press, Teufel Mini HiFi systems are regularly positively evaluated in various criteria such as sound, handling, radio, versatility, amplifier power and power consumption. Meanwhile, HiFi compact systems combine not only great sound and modern optics but also a lot of features. Wireless connection options such as Bluetooth are particularly important. Other popular features include CD playback and radio listening via DAB+. Features that Teufel has naturally integrated into numerous products.
Bookshelf speakers: quality sound and compact design
Top-quality in a small design, that's what Teufel's bookshelf speakers
in a nutshell. Due to their small size, they either be placed on the shelf, on the wall or even on a stand. They are ideally suited for any kind of sound playback, whether music, film or PC games. Despite their small size, the shelf speakers sound impressive due to their carefully tuned two-way system. This is ensured by the midrange/bass drivers and the tweeters built into the compacted design. The Teufel range includes the following shelf speaker models
- Theater 500S
- Definion 3S
- Ultima 20
- Teufel Stereo M
Bookshelf speakers with subtle design
All Teufel bookshelf speakers are stereo speakers that must be connected to the amplifier or AV receiver (except Teufel Stereo M). Due to their design, the speakers can connect to your already existing HiFi setups. Some of the speakers are also available in different colour combinations. This makes it easier to integrate the bookshelf speakers into your existing design. With the Teufel Stereo M, you also have two universal speaker sets at your disposal that have both Bluetooth and WIFI on board, which is ideal for streaming. The Teufel Stereo M is perfectly suited for placement in any living area or even garden. So, not only can you enjoy music in the kitchen or bathroom, you can also create a mood at a garden party.
Finding the ideal bookshelf speakers
In many cases, bookshelf speakers are a practical solution for sound systems in any space. For example, if the room is relatively small, it might not be possible to install several floor-standing speakers. Compact speakers can solve this issue. But what should you consider when buying such compact bookshelf speakers?
Balanced sound – with extra bass on request
What would a stereo system or Bluetooth speaker be without good sound? Music has to sound good, otherwise, it’s obviously no fun. If you are looking for good compact sound transducers, you will find a huge range of bookshelf and compact speakers. These speakers should be able to deliver a balanced mix of strong bass, a defined mid-range and clear trebles
, regardless of their size.
Due to the compact design of bookshelf speakers, the sound is naturally less brilliant than that of floor-standing speakers. This is especially true when it comes to comparing lower frequencies. But that doesn’t mean that bookshelf speakers produce a weak sound – it is just a little less powerful. If you are a bass enthusiast, you should look for systems with a separate subwoofer
, which we also offer in our range. For example, our T 8 subwoofer from the Kombo42 BT Power Edition really provides a heavy sound for any bookshelf speaker.
Important features of a bookshelf speaker
Before deciding on a bookshelf speaker, think about what you want to do with the speakers:
- Do you want individual speakers that you can connect to existing CD players or separate amplifiers?
- Are you looking for a small Hi-Fi system for listening to the radio and playing CDs?
- Do you want to build a multi-room speaker network and need speakers with Wi-Fi connectivity?
- Or do you mainly use your smartphone and streaming services as audio inputs and therefore need a good Bluetooth speaker for the shelf?
If you are unsure, look for a system that is designed for many purposes
like our Teufel Stereo M
, which also puts in good bass performance.
The bass offered by bookshelf speakers won’t push you into your seat like that of a full-blown home cinema system. But if space is limited, even without a 5.1 system with large floor-standing speakers, you can enjoy movies and music with powerful sound, for example with the Definion 3S, which offers high-end technology in a small chassis.
Sound is one thing, positioning is another
A compact bookshelf speaker is much more flexible
than a large floor-standing speaker. Depending on what you use it for and how you use it, you can set it up in a fixed location – for example, at ear level from your sofa – or you can move it around and put it where you need it, whether it’s in the bathroom to listen to your favourite audiobook in the kitchen or on the balcony to play your favourite playlist. Or even in your closest, to provide a little background beat as your rush to find the perfect outfit. There are no limits.
Here are some positioning tips
on how to get even more out of these compact sound wonders:
- Speakers generate vibrations during operation and have a certain amount of dead weight. Especially when you place them on a single shelf, make sure they are securely fastened.
- You should also note the speaker dimensions. It should not fit snugly into a shelf compartment, but should still have some space behind it so that the bass has enough room to expand.
- With a two-part speaker system, the speakers should emit sound directly towards the listener. Ideally, the listener position and location of the speakers form an isosceles triangle.
- In order to emit sound around the room evenly, it is best to place the speakers at head height and at an angle.
Of course, the speakers should ultimately be arranged according to where the shelf is and not the other way around, so set up and adjust your shelves as you like and consider where to put your speakers afterwards.
Active and passive bookshelf speakers
Bookshelf speakers are also available in both active and passive designs. Active speakers
– like our Teufel One M
– only need a connection to an audio device (e.g. via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) and already provide your living room with powerful sound. Passive bookshelf speakers
– like our Theater 500S
– need an additional amplifier, otherwise, they remain silent.
Ultima 20: powerful performance in a small space
The Ultima 20 Mk2 are ideal
for those who have little space
but still want speakers with full sound
. The two speakers provide a lot of sound pressure and convince not only with their elegant appearance but above all with powerful sound:
- 165 mm bass-midrange driver with a phase plug for precise bass response
- Reflex tubes with trumpet attachment eliminate flow noises
- Stable wooden struts prevent vibrations
- The power rating of 80-Watts