Anyone who buys a TV now – or since the introduction of the flat screen TV – will have noticed that the sound of such a moving picture painting is just as thin as the screen. That’s a bummer… But there is a solution for those who do not have room for two large monitors: a sound bar. We are testing the Teufel Cinebar Ultima. Not exactly the smallest of the bunch… but before we’ll explain why it certainly solves the sound problem
Soundbars come in many shapes and sizes. There are small models that are actually only suitable for better voice reproduction. There are soundplates, sound-bases, mid-size models for music and film and large models with Atmos and DTS-X capabilities. Then there are models that accept additional things like subwoofers and rear speakers for real surround. To be short: it’s quite a large market.
With the Cinebar Ultima, Teufel has created a model with six speakers that enable virtual surround. An optional subwoofer – wirelessly connectable – is possible, but – as we’ll see later – not really necessary. The sound picture is impressively complete. Add to that a complete support of codecs and inputs and we have a capable soundbar for a reasonable price: 699 euro.
The Teufel Cinebar Ultima is a big sound bar. It is 1.10 meters wide and 13cm high. So, not something you’re going to overlook when it’s lying on a piece of furniture. The build quality is really fine. The Teufel Cinebar Ultima feels firm and high-quality.
The advantage of the hefty enclosure is that it fits six serious units, including two woofers for the low end. These oval bmr-units produce quite a foundation after all. We have absolutely no direct urge to grab and add a subwoofer. Now there is a possibility to add a wireless subwoofer. So, no cables, which in turn has the advantage that you can place the subwoofer correctly. Be sure to try several – suitable – spots, because bass might not be directional: annoying standing waves can occur.
The six units have 380 watts of power available. This 380 watt is distributed over six channels. Of course we’re talking about Class-D amps. Class AB gets much too hot in such a housing.
Just about the inputs. We see an hdmi input (ARC) and a specific connection for the TV or projector. ARC is of course the most advantageous, as you can simply use this link from the TV to the sound bar. The TV then acts as a hub.
Furthermore we see an analog input, optical, usb and bluetooth. There is no streaming capability over the network. That’s a pity, because many competitors do. However, it is perfectly possible to connect a streamer via an optical input. Or stream via AptX (bluetooth). But remember: there will be compression.