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Teufel Impaq 3000 review

Tom Morgan
16 May 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
619
inc VAT

Powerful sound from this mid-range home cinema all-in-one, but the Blu-ray receiver is missing features we would expect at this price.

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If you don’t have the space for a dedicated audio amplifier, an all-in-one system could be the ideal way to upgrade your home cinema setup. Teufel’s Impaq 3000 set includes a 5.1 speaker system and a Blu-ray player that doubles as a 600W amp.

Teufel Impaq 3000 Front 1

The Teufel brand isn’t normally associated with Blu-ray playback, but the Impaq 3000's player looks great and has many of the features we would expect from a high-end player. As well as BD-Live support and 1080p upscaling, a front-mounted USB port lets you attach an external hard disk to play multimedia content. Both DivX and XviD are supported and we had no trouble playing MKV files. An FM radio is another useful addition, although we would have preferred DAB. The only obvious omission is 3D support, which will dissuade anyone that’s recently invested in a 3DTV. There's also no support for internet video services.

Around the back of the receiver are a number of input and output connections. As well as coaxial and optical S/PDIF inputs, three stereo RCA and 3.5mm audio out, there are also spring terminal connections for the included 5.1 speaker system. There are fewer ways to connect video devices, but component HD and a single HDMI output will cover all HD TVs. Two HDMI inputs also allow you to attach a games console or PVR to the receiver, in order to use the speaker system for more than just movies.