It is as if the devil is playing with it. Just like I think I am ready for something new in the field of audio, a bunch of Germans come with a nice new set of speakers. Teufel has released the T-300 mk2’s. I have tested this thoroughly.
And by thorough, I mean loud of course. Not something you immediately think of when you see the small two-way speakers. Another surprise comes when you lift them and a vertebra pops out of your back. Things are remarkably heavy for their small size. About 7.5 kilos each. So before you put them on a bookshelf, you can first test whether the shelf can handle the weight. It is a shame if you can pull them straight out of the laminate. The weight is therefore already a bit of a precursor to the quality with which we are dealing.
But now that you have been warned, I will continue to the appearance, because the Germans are also able to deliver this again. What am I saying, more than decent. The set looks very luxurious and neatly finished. Beautiful shiny piano black paint on the front that remains visible when you choose to click on the fabric fronts. Incidentally, this is magnetic in order not to get ugly holes in the housing (they really think about everything). In addition, the set is of course finished with a beautiful wood grain, which makes it perfect for your super expensive wooden furniture that, of course, does not come from Ikea.
More important than all of the above is the sound. An investment of almost three hundred euros is not just something and of course you can expect something in return. Fortunately, we can trust Teufel with small budgets. Nobody knows how they do it, but the small T-300s perform well above expectations. During testing, the much larger Ultima 60s were next to it and the little Davidies were able to keep up with the Goliats. The only thing they get wet is the lack of mid-tones and bass, but that is very simple to explain since the mentioned Ultima 60’s 3-way speakers are built in with subwoofers and thus moderately contrast any other set.
What I was especially looking at was the clear but also warm sound that my earcups received from the second version (mk2, from ‘make’) of the T-300. Something that doesn’t just happen naturally. The technical department at Teufel managed to get Adjusted Group Delay (Teufel-AGD) and a tweeter in waveguide mode. That’s right.
Back to the sound: a good room-filling and warm sound when playing live Blu-rays from Adele and Placebo, but the speakers can also handle the harder work such as metal and dub-step. Although you have to keep an eye on the volume. The woofers were so fluttering in their closet at certain times that I started to worry, but even after a long time, the speakers did not budge. The fat sound just kept on going. In addition, I am very happy that Teufel did not color the sound. By that I mean to say they kept the bass and treble neutral. No built-in super bass or ultra clarity or anything. Just as it should be. Also ensures that you can listen to all kinds of music on set and are not bound by rap or dub-step.
That Germans were able to produce high-quality products is nothing new, but that they can also do it for a reasonable price is something else. Teufel once again shows that this is possible with the T-300 mk2 set. For just under 300 euros you have a set at home that does not take up much space, but knows how to produce sound that you can be proud of. The speakers know how to produce a nice full and clear sound where, only when you know better, you will miss the midtones a bit. Stand alone, the T-300 set performs above expectations and in combination with somewhat larger speakers (in my case the Ultima 60) it turns out to be the perfect addition. I therefore believe that you will not find better bookshelf speakers for this money.
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