Teufel Concept E 300

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Testing

Test Rig

Processor

Intel Core i7 920 C0 @ 2.67GHz

Motherboard

Asus P6T SE

Memory

OCZ Gold Triple Channel PC3-10666 6GB (3 x 2GB) 1333MHZ @ 1.64V

Graphics Card

XFX Radeon 1GB 4870

Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB

Power Supply

NOX Apex 700W

Enclosure

Cooler Master ATCS-840

OS

Windows Vista 64-bit

Methodology

Speakers, like many other peripherals, are quite difficult to test as the results are going to be based mainly around the user’s personal preference for bass and treble levels, and their ability to convey the quality of the sound. To fully test the speakers though, we play different types of music, movies and games while using the speakers, which give us as clear picture as possible of what the device can do.

Results

Games

Call of Duty: World at War

Call of Duty World at War is the latest in a long line of CoD titles. Featuring an
array of explosions, gunfire, booms and bangs, it’s a great test for any audio device. The E300’s were as good as any speakers I have used in conjunction with this game if not better, and they coped very well with the constant artillery bombardments and barking packs of dogs.

The surround sound really puts you in the centre of the action with bullets seemingly whizzing past from all directions and the howling of distant dogs even more realistic. The overall effect is an intense gaming sensation transporting you right into the heat of the battle making it nerve racking, pulse-racing and just generally a much better experience.

Full gaming immersion is found at higher volumes and the big sub doesn’t disappoint with crystal clear sound even at high decibel levels that set the floor shaking.

Battlefield 2

Battlefield 2 is again a similar game in that it’s a war themed first person shooter but the action is solely multiplayer with much more emphasis on team work. The speakers came up trumps once again with the sound rendered immaculately with the positional effects, especially for the rear satellites, enveloping you completely.

The explosions sound so realistic – clear and loud, they set your pulse racing as you dodge the raining grenades and risk your live reviving team mates as bullets fly overhead.

Modern gaming demands a high quality surround setup and the Concept E300’s certainly deliver with the positional sounds adding a new dimension to any game title.

Music

In order to fully test out the Concept E300’s, we needed to use a varied playlist combining many different genres and artists to see how the speakers would cope. The first track up was Structure by InnerPartySystem and I must admit that the sound quality was top notch right from the off.

The clarity is very good and pumping the volume up, even to full, didn’t produce any distortion or lack of clarity at all.

Other songs such as Green Onions by Booker T. & The MG’s and Soul Man by the Blue Brothers were handled with the same high quality with the subtle effects conveyed very well indeed.

The full range of frequencies right from the low tones to the higher ones are all very impressive with a rich surround sound that is only found with the better systems – there is no doubt about the build quality of the Concept E300’s – very very good.

Movie

Finally, I quickly tested out a few scenes from I Am Legend starring Will Smith and a whole load of mutant zombies. The speakers are simply faultless in terms of sound quality with the sheer power of the speakers, especially the sub, making this film and surely any other an even more immersive experience.

In particular and although not a major scene in the film, the part where he is hunting the deer with them running all around is conveyed brilliantly and you feel right in the centre of the herd with them darting in and around.

Cost

Clearly, a 5.1 set of this quality isn’t going to be cheap and at £248, it’s not in this economic climate. That said, as some 5.1 setups go, it’s not an outrageous amount and indeed the sound quality certainly lives up to the price tag.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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