TechPulse got to work with the new Cinebar 11 from audio specialist Teufel. After more than a month, we have a good idea of the soundbar.
Who does not enjoy a cozy movie night. While modern televisions deliver beautiful images, the perfect sound is almost always missing. The Cinebar 11 MK2 20 from Teufel changes this in an easy way.
Cinebar 11 MK2 20
The Teufel Cinebar 11 is a very slim and small soundbar, a lot more compact than most alternatives. With a height of 5.4 cm, it fits under almost any TV set. Even with the recent devices that often have short feet. For the test I should have placed my LG television a little higher. But that provision was there, so that the Cinebar 11 could be placed nicely in front of my TV. There are also cut-outs at the back to quickly mount the Cinebar 11 on the wall.
With a width of 95 cm, the soundbar connects seamlessly to a 43-inch monitor. The ideal ratio is probably somewhere between a 50 and 60 inch screen. If your TV is larger, your soundbar will look a bit scrap.
The soundbar is equipped with an LED display, which you can dim if desired. This is useful if you are watching a movie in a darkened room.
The Cinebar includes the Teufel T6 MK2 subwoofer, which easily connects wirelessly to the soundbar via the ‘pairing’ option. It is significantly narrower and the legs are supplied separately so that depending on the space, you can decide whether to put the subwoofer down or upright. Both are possible. You can also slide the T6 Sub under the seat, as long as the sofa offers at least 12 cm from the floor.
Depending on the setup of the subwoofer, slide the switch at the back to freestanding, corner or under the seat. Which is positive, because it does affect the sound that basses produce. The whole looks very solid and sleek. With its sober design, it does not distract your attention while watching a movie. The Cinebar 11 is available in both black and white.
For a true 5.1 surround experience, you can expand the Cinebar 11 with two wireless speakers that you place next to the seat.
The best way to connect the soundbar to your television is via an HDMI connection. In this way you can also control the volume via the remote control of your TV. When you turn on your TV, the soundbar also wakes up from standby.
Two HDMI connections are provided, which is practical for connecting a game console.
In addition to HDMI, the Teufel soundbar also has an optical digital audio input and a jack connection for, for example, an MP3 player and a CD player or for older TV sets. There is also a micro USB connection for software updates, for example. Since the Cinebar 11 cannot be connected to Wifi. Streaming via WiFi is therefore not an option. Playing music is super convenient via Bluetooth. The pairing is very fast by pressing the Bluetooth button on the remote for a few seconds and then clicking on your phone in the Bluetooth settings on the Teufel.
A remote control is also included with the Cinebar 11. With which you can even operate your smartphone. When connected to the soundbar via Bluetooth, your remote can also be used to pause the music or go to the next or previous song in your playlist.
The menu navigation is also clear. You don’t have to dive deep into the menu to level the speakers. For almost all options there is a button on the remote control including the equalizer.
Cinebar 11: the sound quality
Whether it is film, series or music, everything sounds of course much better than any TV. You have three sound modes to choose from. Language, normal and night mode. My experience is that with the option ‘normal’ I had the best quality. You understand the actors well, especially when watching films and series. And with action scenes you can still clearly understand what is being said. What I had the feeling with option ‘language’ that the speech was a bit lost. If you don’t want to disturb the neighbors, activate the night mode, where both treble and bass go to a lower volume.
The various connection options allow you to use the Cinebar for more than just your TV. On Spotify I found a list with ’10 songs to test your speakers’. Different genres and each of the songs produces a nice clear sound. I am not an audiophile, audiophiles may lack a bit of power or finesse. And will probably also opt for a heavier device. But for average listening and in its price range, the Cinebar 11 does fine.
Teufel also equips the Cinebar 11 with a Dynamore function for a more dynamic and much wider stereo image. I was also looking for a film clip to test this. I ended up with Zhang Yimou’s 2004 martial arts movie ‘House of Flying Daggers’. When playing the echo game scene, the Cinebar 11 is tested on every level. The system does not disappoint me. Beans hurled across the room in slow motion, bouncing on a circle of drums. Sparkling bubbles on the dancer’s headjoint, breaking glass challenged the system to keep the high notes under control. The drum arrangement was an excellent test of the dynamics, you end up almost in the middle of the circle. I got a WOW feeling when playing.
You can also deactivate this function if the sound would not come across well in certain films or certain music genres.
In short, the Cinebar 11 may not be the ultimate soundbar, but it is a good solution for better TV sound. A reasonable price for the set of 399 euros, a subwoofer that has enough power and is easy to move. Provided a small expansion of separate wireless speakers at the back, you come quite close to a 3D Dolby experience.