Tuesday 10 November 2020
By Klaus Wedekind
With Supreme On, Teufel is bringing relatively inexpensive on-ear Bluetooth headphones to the market that rival the best of their kind. The workmanship, comfort and sound are great, only active noise suppression is missing.
The Berlin audio forge Teufel has already released a series of headphones that have conquered ntv.de with excellent value for money. About two years ago, this also included the second Airy, a lightweight and durable on-ear Bluetooth headset with good sound. The pleasure of colored plastic, however, was not to everyone’s taste. That’s why Teufel has now launched some on-ear headphones that don’t unnecessarily call themselves Supreme On, but are relatively cheap at 150 euros.
The design of the headphones is quite classic compared to the elegant Airy, but it looks very noble and of high quality. This is due, among other things, to the matt aluminum rods with joints that seem unbreakable. Thanks to the zippers, the headphones can be folded extremely compactly and there is almost double the space in the supplied carrying bag.
The Teufel Supreme On is comfortable enough for on-ear headphones, as it is very well padded and strikes the right balance between secure fit and comfort when it comes to contact pressure. It is also very light at just 165 grams. However, earphones remain that sooner or later will harm sensitive listeners.
Smart tax stick
The manufacturer solved the check very cleverly. Instead of relying on tactile controls or multiple buttons, the Berliners installed a control stick on the right shell.
When pushed up or down, it controls the volume. When pushed forward or backward, it skips tracks forward or backward. If you hold the stick longer, you move forward or backward in the track. If you press the button vertically, playback stops or the digital assistant starts after two pulses. Good boy!
On the left body you will find the on / off switch, which also serves for pairing, a USB-C input for fast charging and a jack socket if you want or have to do without Bluetooth. The Supreme On receives an extra point due to the fact that playback automatically stops and resumes when the headphones are put on and taken off.
Great sound with oomph
In terms of sound, the Supreme On is a real devil. This means it has powerful bass with a lot of oomph, but never overdoes it. Nor do they shift the wide mids, which always take over and are decorated with lots of details from light heights. The Supreme On can certainly compete with the Beats Solo Pro, which costs almost double. The fact that it doesn’t offer active noise cancellation is only important if you sit a lot on the plane. The passive insulation provided by the shells is completely sufficient for everyday use.
If you don’t like the sound, you can open the pleasantly simple Teufel app. There you will find an equalizer with different preset genes, but also the possibility to find the perfect mix individually.
Excellent value for money
With Bluetooth 5.0, Supreme On can connect to two devices at the same time, aptX and AAC codecs ensure high-quality transmissions. Teufel provides autonomy at an average volume of 20 hours. That’s no exaggeration, headphones tend to last a little longer.
All in all, with the Supreme On, Teufel again manages to offer headphones with a very interesting price-performance ratio. Its sound is excellent, it is comfortable, attractive and long lasting.