Before we get to the most important aspect, sound, it is worth taking a look at the settings. First there are the four Quick Configurations “Music”, “Voice”, “Movie” and “Night”. The night mode, for example, separates the frequencies in such a way that the neighbour does not experience every film explosion. The modes are quite nice, but a real difference is only audible for experienced ears. The soundbar sounds equally good in all modes. It is practical to be able to make the settings at the touch of a button on the remote control. After all, you don’t want to torture yourself in a menu for every movie. The rudimentary operation can also be carried out via keys on the device.
Dynamore Ultra is one of the functions that make the sound bar really interesting. Adjusting the sound range and spatial expansion at the touch of a button is super practical and child’s play. The sound image expands to a slightly greater spatial distance. This leads to the fact that it really arrives at the sofa – and that unmistakably better than before. The disappointment described in the first impression dissolves quickly. The sound is output with the system in all directions and diverted from the room. In this way, both the spatial acoustics and the sound from a medium distance (approx. 3m) are significantly better.
Several small features of the sound bar as well as the sophisticated Design elements stand out positively. When restarting, the volume resets so that your ears do not bleed directly, depending on the earphones. Small red cable loops on the rear side bundle the cables practically. The subwoofer can be adjusted at the touch of a button (+/-). The user can switch between Inputs “TV”, “Bluetooth”, “HDMI”, “AUX” and “OPT” with the remote control.
If tested for a longer time, the sound scores in all ranges. The initial disappointment is ironed out with the Dynamore Ultra function. It’s a difference like heaven and hell. The eight midrange drivers (44-mm) and two tweeters (20-mm) perform well despite their comparably small size. The 20l subwoofer radiates downwards (Downfire-Subwoofer). You can find that good or bad. Although the directional pattern of the bass tones suffers, the system provides even coverage of the room. The 165-mm bass driver gives the Cinebar Duett a good basis.
The directional characteristic of the ten drivers is convincing during the test. All seating positions in medium-sized rooms can hear well. There is no background noise and no noise interference. Even in silent sequences the sound output is pure.
Musically Teufel’s TV box scores particularly well with Hip-Hop, Techno, House, Electro etc., thus with bass-heavy genres. She is always strong enough for football evenings and small celebrations in the apartment. It is particularly convincing for blockbusters. She impressively enhances films and series, this applies equally to quieter and action scenes. The quality is enough to make cinema feeling come up. The Cinebar also resolves the test film music from Game of Thrones, Batman, Interstellar and True Detective respectfully.
With the Cinebar Duett you don’t have a high-end music system, but a multifunctional sound bar for this price and with this sound – not much more is possible. It can score high in the test for music and home cinema alike. The overall picture of the sound is differentiated and precise . Individual sound elements can be easily distinguished from each other (e.g. voices in films). The mids and highs are good, the lows very good. The sound, which is rare for sound bars, does justice to many musical genres. The sound elements are well matched to each other, the overall sound image is upper class.
The Cinebar Duett is a sound bar of the upper middle class with a very good sound. Audiophile users should still use speakers with more volume to listen to music. The Cinebar is a compact solution and cannot compete with high level speaker systems. In comparison, the highs are not clean, the weaknesses are especially audible in classical music and quieter passages. The frequencies could be separated more cleanly and it lacks Volume despite dynamore. Even with the functionality of the remote control there is still room to move upwards. Operation is simple and functional for everyone, but could offer a wider range of functions. In addition, there are small things like a lack of playback capability for USB and the fact that a cable is not included in the scope of delivery. The sound pressure is – understandably – not sufficient for larger rooms.