Flat TV, flat sound. So, that’s out in the open… Sorry about that. But when we talk about soundbars, we can’t ignore the often disappointing TV sound. Improving the sound reproduction is necessary for most of today’s TVs. Teufel has released the Teufel Cinebar Lux. A slim soundbar where they say they don’t need a subwoofer for a “full and vibrant” sound. We’re going to test that.
The market is flooded with sound bars. Every reputable manufacturer has at least one in the line-up. And actually, the cards have already been shuffled, roughly the distribution is as follows: Sonos is the best selling, Yamaha the best for movies and Bluesound for music. So you have to come with an impressive product to get a spot under the TV. Let’s get this Teufel Cinebar Lux.
From Teufel we received a long, slim and quite heavy box and another small box. Wouldn’t there be a sub(s) included? No, there appear to be two wireless surround speakers in there, they’re for later. First, let’s unpack the sound bar.
After removing some foil and protective materials there is a relatively flat and quite wide soundbar on our furniture. Little embellishment, a white plastic panel on top with a row of small buttons and a subtle Teufel logo on the front. The rest of the Cinebar Lux consists of speaker cloth, at the front but also on top next to the white panel.
We’ll find several connections on the back. Of course HDMI, twice, including 1x ARC, an optical and analog input, Ethernet connection, USB and a subwoofer (!) output. There are also two screw eyes on the back so that the sound bar can be hung on the wall. We simply place the soundbar on the furniture, on the rubber caps.
Teufel works with its own streaming solution, Raumfeld, with its own app. Of course, we installed it first. Then in the app we add some folders with music from the NAS. Selecting from the NAS is a bit cumbersome, the app is not very intuitive to use. But the scanning of the library goes quite smoothly, after a few minutes the 50-60 albums have been added. Time to listen.
Before the Cinebar Lux can show its trick, it is important to check the sound bar’s settings. Apparently, after some searching, that can’t be done in the app, rather odd if you ask us. It is just not possible to use your phone or tablet to adjust the settings of the soundbar, or to view settings at all. With the remote control it is of course possible, but only on the display on the soundbar itself. Not via a menu on the TV. Pretty weird, too.
Speakers must always burn in (get loose). So don’t expect an immersive experience right away. Let’s play some music first. Fortunately, the Cinebar has Spotify Connect, in addition to numerous other streaming services such as Tidal, Deezer, Apple Music, TuneIn, Soundcloud and Amazon Music. We’ll set up one of the daily mixes and let it play for a few days.
Time to sit down and hear what it can do. The first impression is frankly not so good, the sound is very flat. Would a setting be wrong? Time to grab the remote control and go through the settings. Balance, Treble and Bass are good. Dynamore is “off”, no idea what it is but let’s turn it on. Suddenly there’s space, the sound isn’t flat anymore. Funny, what could that be? A nice DSP trick. Isn’t that right? At the top of the soundbar there appear to be two drivers facing upwards. With dynamore you turn it on which makes it sound much more spacious.
With dynamore on it is better, but the Teufel Cinebar Lux remains a relatively cheap sound bar so a wide and deep stereo image against a black background is not to be expected. At normal volume it sounds nice but the low response is moderate and the sound is a bit on the boring side with music. Who thinks: then you turn it a little harder … hmmm. At higher volumes, the Cinebar Lux is short of breath; the bass overrides and the whole cabinet resonates. For the non-critical listener, the Cinebar Lux may be a nice option. But against his competitors, he really puts the emphasis on musicality.