Klipsch and Teufel are two renowned and well respected brands in the audio industry. While Klipsch produces high quality speakers, soundbars, headphones, and subwoofers, Teufel produces, amplifiers, receivers, subwoofers and speakers.
In this article, we will cover a general overview of both brands, looking specifically at sound quality, durability, price and so on. Of course, each brand has different devices at different price points, however we will compare them as closely as we can.
Klipsch Quick History
Klipsch Audio Technologies (also known as Klipsch Speakers or Klipsch Group, Inc.) is an American loudspeaker manufacturing company based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The company was founded in Hope, Arkansas, in 1946 by Paul W. Klipsch. Klipsch audio also makes loudspeaker drivers and enclosures, as well as complete loudspeakers for high-end, high-fidelity sound systems, public address systems, and personal computers.
It has expanded a lot and has undergone a lot of changes since its establishment. Klipsch audio still manufactures some legacy speakers that have been around since the days when the genius of P.W. Klipsch made his first speakers.
Teufel Quick History
Teufel was founded in 1979 as a dealer for DIY loudspeaker kits and parts. Teufel’s founder, Peter Tschimmel, landed on a winning business concept when he decided to start producing high-quality and economical DIY speaker sets. He started off his production in Berlin in 1980.
Teufel now owns products such as mounts and stands, cables, subwoofers, and speaker system expansion sets. Teufel offers compatible and quality complementing products.
Klipsch Sound Quality
Klipsch speakers are well-known for the high quality, stunningly precise sound they produce, which can be matched by only a few select brands. The speakers produce crisp highs, powerful bass, and full, encompassing sound with low distortion. However, many people don’t like the Klipsch sound because it can tend to sound ‘bright’ or harsh.
Klipsch speakers use a horn tweeter (Klipschorn), which is what makes horns and brass instruments sound more realistic. They are ideal for higher frequencies, which is why Klipsch speakers are often recommended when dealing with high-frequency sounds (like movies and certain music genres). This is also why high-efficiency design is a core Klipsch design principle.
Klipschorn design, patented by the founder, Paul W. Klipsch himself, is a fully horn-loaded three-way speaker, which means that it houses three separate speaker units, each with their own diaphragm and horn in three frequency ranges: high, mid and low. Separating the frequencies in this way ensures less frequency modulation distortion. The Klipschorn design is still used in many Klipsch speakers, which explains their quality audio and energy efficiency.
Teufel Sound Quality
Teufel since its establishment has been known for its great sound quality, and this is evident from its many positive reviews from users. Teufel devices have a good and well-balanced sound. Their products produce sound with clarity in all ranges. The bass is also satisfying with no distortion and clearly defined treble.
Klipsch devices are best known for the premium sound they produce, but they also have a host of features to ensure a wholesome experience for users.
Below are some common features that Klipsch speakers are known for:
- HDMI-eARC connectivity: Single Cable, Single Remote
- Dolby Atmos Decoding for immersive surround sound, stereo multiple channel systems
- 8K Video Pass-Through
- Dialogue enhancement mode for crystal clear voices
- Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi, HDMI, USB Audio, and Analog/AUX and optical audio input connectivity
- Built-in universal wifi for existing Smart Home ecosystems- featuring Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Spotify Connect
- Klipsch Connect and Klipsch stream are two apps that can be used with your speakers. There are a lot of features included in the apps apart from controlling your Klipsch sound system. They are available for both iOS and Android.
- Efficiency and low power consumption: Due to the company’s use of horn-loaded speakers, they are able to manufacture speakers with high sensitivity (efficiency). It also makes the speakers consume less power compared to similarly performing speakers.
Some common features you will find on most Teufel devices are:
- Direct audio streaming from Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming services.
- Bluetooth connections
- On-device controls for Play/Pause, Skip, and volume
- Sleep timer and energy-saving function
- A 3-way system with two high-power woofers for high, distortion-free sound production
- Double-tube bass reflex port for deep bass.
- Fiberglass mid-range driver with a phase plug for excellent speech intelligibility.
Klipsch Build Quality
High-efficiency design is a core Klipsch design principle, and this is evident in all their products. Klipsch devices are very popular for the quality and sturdy materials that are used in their construction. This gives their products excellent performance and remarkable durability.
The materials used in construction, such as wood, cerametallic material or plastic, are carefully selected for their acoustic, aesthetic and durability properties.
Teufel Build Quality
Most Teufel products are carefully designed for durability and are well-made. Teufel device enclosures are built from sound-absorbing hardboards.
Internal structures are built with acoustic damping materials that ensure the enclosure doesn’t eliminate internal standing waves. They make use of interference-reducing grilles for the exterior of some of their products.
Hand-buffed furniture-grade finishes are applied to the design to create an audio art piece you’ll be proud to display.
Ease of Use
Klipsch Ease Of Use
Klipsch devices are very easy to set up and use. With a wide range of ports for easy connectivity, such as the HDMI Arc port, setting up is as easy as plugging in and playing. Remote control support and iOS and Android apps also make it much easier to use your Klipsch devices.
Teufel Ease Of Use
You probably won’t need to contact an expert when trying to install or set up any Teufel devices. With the help of the Teufel Rumsfeld app available on every downloading platform, the Teufel devices are very easy to use. Also, the company provides a manual for every product in case a user finds it difficult to customize any settings or set up.
Because of the materials used in Klipsch speakers, they tend to have premium prices, such as the RP-8000F floorstanding speaker, which costs from $800 to $1000 apiece. But they deliver much more than what you pay for. If you really care about the quality of the sound and the durability of your speaker, it is easy to overlook the cost.
There are also a few Klipsch product lines that do not cost as much (the Klipsch Reference RSB-3 home cinema speaker costs from $150 to $300, while a Klipsch Reference On-Ear headphone costs from $99 to $200), but sometimes this results in lesser than premium sound quality.
Klipsch Space Requirements
Klipsch speakers have a wide range of sizes, and therefore require different amounts of space for effective operation. For example, there are portable PC speakers that can be easily placed on a desk while there are large cinematic models that require much more space.
Teufel Space Requirements
Some Teufel devices have stands or hangers that can be used to situate them in any position you see fit. They also have portable bookshelf speakers which use less space in your room. Hence, you have to consider your available space before buying any audio devices.
Klipsch Remote Controls
Klipsch supports some universal remote controllers as well as custom-made Klipsch remotes. This brings additional functionality to your devices.
Klipsch also has apps for both iOS and Android that can be used to control your Klipsch sound system remotely. The apps also allow for the use of voice assistants like Google Assistant, Spotify Connect, and Amazon Alexa, which respond to simple voice commands. Klips stream allows you to stream directly from music platforms such as Spotify and Amazon Music.
Teufel Remote Controls
Teufel produces remote controls which can be programmed to work with four different devices i.e you can control several different devices with the remote control. It works perfectly in a 5-10 meter range.
Klipsch Connectivity Options
Klipsch devices have several connectivity options including both wired and wireless choices. These include Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi, HDMI, USB Audio and Analog/AUX, and so on.
This allows you to connect your Klipsch speaker to a lot of different devices such as phones, personal computer, TV or used as part of a system of other speakers. The support for voice assistants also allows quick WiFi connection for several different speakers.
Teufel Connectivity Options
Wireless options: Bluetooth and Wifi
Wired options vary depending on the type of device in question. However, most Teufel devices come with the appropriate connection type that won’t stress you.
Klipsch Power Range
Klipsch speakers consume much less power compared to other speakers of the same performance range. This is largely due to the horn tweeter that is used in their speakers, which reduces the need for a high-powered amplifier to boost the sound produced. 1 Watt RMS produces a 105 decibel at 1 meter sound pressure level (SPL), which is about 14–20 decibels higher than ordinary speakers.
The power range is different for each of the various Klipsch devices, so it is advisable to check the information included in the user manual.
Teufel Power Range
Teufel devices do not consume much power, although the power range varies. Most Teufel devices have a power range of 50 W to 200 W.
Klipsch Frequency Response
Klipsch speakers have very pleasing and natural frequency responses. The speakers all have frequency ranges that all lie within the recommended frequencies to produce full and natural sound.
Due to the diversity of devices produced by Klipsch, there is a wide range of frequencies ranging from about 30Hz to 15KHz. The information about the frequency response of a particular device can be obtained from the user manual.
Teufel Frequency Response
The frequency response of most Teufel devices ranges from 50Hz to 20KHz on average. It also varies from device to device, just like the power range. An example is the Teufel floor speaker UL 40 Mk3 18 with a frequency response of 45Hz-20Khz.
Klipsch has been in the speaker component manufacturing business for over seventy years and they have the experience to make great sounding speakers as shown in their array of quality devices. If premium quality sound is what you want, Klipsch speakers are great options to try out.
Teufel may be a good option for anyone looking for an easy-to-use and not-so-expensive audio device. The company has been at its very best since its establishment. Their devices are well built and have great sound quality.