With the Teufel Cage, the Berlin audio specialists launched a gaming headset for the first time and were able to establish themselves immediately because the headset was good, even really good. Now there is a new version of the headset and it has it all. It is certainly not a bargain at 169.99 euros, but it is finally establishing itself in the Champions League of gaming headsets and can even stink against more expensive sizes such as Beyerdynamic MMX 300 or Sennheiser's GSP headsets.
When unpacking it becomes clear that Teufel relentlessly relies on quality and equipment, but also dares to detox a little. The Teufel Cage can be connected either via USB or jack and can therefore be used on a PC as well as on consoles (PS4 via USB, Xbox via jack) or mobile devices. However, it is primarily intended for use on a PC, because thanks to Teufel Audio Center software, it can reach its full potential there.
Let us first come to processing. The Teufel Cage makes an extremely robust and long-lasting impression. The construction is similar to that of the old cage, but the details have been noticeably optimized. Thanks to Gunmetal aluminum and flexible spring steel, it can be easily twisted and bent without being affected in the slightest. The ear cups are not rotatable, but thanks to the flexible construction, this is not important. Together with the spacious, softly padded ear cups, the comfort is immensely high, although the headset is a bit heavier than its predecessor, long sessions are no problem at all.
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The controls have been cleaned up a bit. Microphone button, multifunction button and volume control are easily accessible and are basically the only elements that are located directly on the headset. There are other options via the software, more on that in a moment. The connection is made either by means of a 3 meter (!) Long USB to MicroUSB cable or a 1.3 meter long jack cable. Both cables are covered with textile and accordingly robust, but also not so rigid that it bothers.
Visually, the cage does a lot, it looks high-quality in all respects, but not too playful. It is more reminiscent of an audio headphone than a pure gaming headset. The only concession to the gaming optics is the illuminated logo on the side panels. Its lighting can be regulated in three stages (off, medium, bright).
Even with the removable microphone, improvements can be found. Above all, it is striking that the wire mesh of the microphone arm is more stable and therefore no longer as flabby as the predecessor. A pop protection is also on board. The microphone itself has been completely redesigned and delivers flawless voice transmission, an additional internal microphone helps to reduce ambient noise, which also makes a very good impression.
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Inside the Teufel Cage are 40 mm drivers that work with the usual bandwidth of 20 to 20,000 Hz with an impedance of 32 ohms. Doesn't sound extraordinary, but the sound of the speakers is even more so. The cage can collect plenty of points even when the jack on the console or tablet is bare. The stereo sound image is wide and voluminous. The highs are crystal clear and present, the mids create a lot of pressure and the basses are typical of Teufel-dry, but massive, without ever booming or rumbling. The mix is pleasantly neutral and balanced.
The Teufel Cage also scores in all respects via USB. Even the default settings are almost flawless and deliver a powerful, clear and dynamic sound. Just listening to music is a joy. The dry basses provide a solid foundation at all times, snare drums sound like a punch in the face without ever being painful, while filigree acoustic sounds flood the ears with great detail. Great. Even in games, the cage convinces in the basic settings. The wide sound pattern creates a beautiful directional perception, thunderstorms sound powerful in the ears, voice output is implemented in a perfectly understandable way.
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And these are just the basics, because in USB mode on the PC you have the opportunity to make countless fine adjustments and adjustments using the Teufel Audio Center. This is where the multifunction button on the headset comes into play, because you can assign it to the function in the software that you use most from the drop-down menu. By default, it is responsible for controlling the logo lighting, but you can also use it to assign EQ, surround, game chat balance or anything else.
There is no shortage of settings for the sound either. There are microphone settings including noise canceling and voice alienation, various XEAR functions (bass, brilliance), various presets for game genres and the sample rate for speaker and microphone can be set. There is also an equalizer with eight presets and two manually created variants, designed for music and game genres. In the very good virtual 7.1 surround mode you can also choose between game and movie and set the virtual room size. This is all very simple and does not require a degree in rocket technology.
If you don't want to deal with the whole set of settings, you can be happy that the presets and presets are well thought out and usable by the bank. If you want to dig deeper into the matter and adapt the sound to your own preferences, there are plenty of possibilities. We tried the Teufel Cage with different settings in different applications, from games of different genres to films and videos to different music genres and can sum it up in one word: Geil!