Teufel Ultima 800
Who knows the brand Teufel from hi‐fi products can skip the first lines of this article. Others might know Teufel from convenient speaker systems for home‐cinema or Desktop‐PCs. The high performance at low price of these products on the other hand is certainly undisputed. There is also another side, since Teufel is renowned in the field of high‐end products as well. Best example is the speaker set Ultima‐800.
The tower speakers are like a present for the 30th birthday of the manufacturer. Teufel themselves claim that the entire competence and knowledge of speaker manufacturing is bundled within this set. Customers can therefore look forward to high performance set without compromises.
Only first‐class materials have been applied without exeption. Main housing, cover, connections and all built‐in components are top‐graded. When looking under covers, the oversized tweeters of huge 33cm attract attention. The calotte is cooled, a neodymium‐magnet combined with long‐stroke results in dynamic and firm reproductions of the highest frequencies.
The midrange driver has got a diameter of 10 cm. The membrane is made of titanium; a neodymium‐ magnet is present here, too. The wide radiation and a concave structure are a guarantee for a first‐ class listening pleasure. Stability is enthroned on the highest level.
Altogether six bass drivers ensure the bass dominance. Two of them are active elements, while the other four passive drivers provide serious pressure from below in a sandwich construction. Each driver has got a diameter of 170 millimetres.
Only by knowing this one can estimate that these speakers are not made for small rooms. However, a four‐stage setting option for the passive membranes is available at rear. This way, every listener gets his or her setting and the speakers leave enough room for experiments. With a 43‐litres‐volume, they take quite some space, though. The weight of 31 kilograms each underlines the massive design. As special highlight, the speakers have got a low‐loss crossover‐network. The crossover‐network has been tuned to the optimum by Teufel through the most detailed elaboration.
Altogether the Teufel Ultima 800 speakers provide the highest performance at a reasonable price. At a list price of 2498.00 £ they are at significant distance below comparable speakers. In the end, the offered components are to be found only in models at five‐figure prices. Even though this isn’t small money, Teufel proves once more an outstanding price/performance ratio.