Flat-screen TVs are getting thinner every year, but with space at a premium, the built-in speakers are rarely impressive. Teufel's Cinebar 50 is designed to offer a more substantial sound for a TV without using external amplifiers, speakers or cables. ZDNet UK has one system up for grabs, courtesy of Teufel, as the first prize in our Christmas competition.
The system comes in two parts — a long, thin soundbar designed to provide spatial surround sound and an external subwoofer for deep, powerful bass.
Dolby virtual speaker algorithms analyse and process the tone signal to create a virtual surround field that replicates a standard 5.1 surround speaker arrangement. In addition, the Cinebar 50 is ready out of the box, with no need to measure the room or calculate wall reflections.
The Cinebar 50 also has an internal amplifier, allowing Teufel has to add some neat features. Nowadays, a TV is only one part of a home cinema system — many households now own a Sky+ or Virgin Media box, DVD player, PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, media streamer or home theatre PC. Each of these devices will have its own digital output and therefore require a separate input. The Cinebar 50 offers five separate, auto-switched inputs, ensuring that whatever is making noise will play directly through the soundbar.
There is also a USB socket on the front of the bar, so you can copy MP3 music files to a USB stick and play them directly from the Cinebar 50.
The Cinebar 50 ships with an ergonomic remote control. Also included are two rear-mounting brackets, for placing the speaker directly on the wall, and a table stand.
You can find more details about the Cinebar 50 system, which retails at £598, on the Teufel website.