Teufel Raumfeld Connector review

Useful if you own a powerful hi-fi system, but it’s not as sleek as having wireless speakers

6 May 2012
Our Rating 
3/5
Price when reviewed 
270
inc VAT

This head unit is part of Teufel's multi-room audio system. Other products in the range include the Teufel Raumfeld 3CSM plus the Teufel Raumfeld Speaker M and the Teufel Raumfeld Speaker S.

The £270 Raumfeld Connector can add streaming capabilities to an existing hi-fi setup. It looks almost identical to the Base Station, having another large Wi-Fi aerial extruding from the rear, but it has plenty of outputs to make it easy to set up.

Teufel Raumfeld Connector

As well as one analogue RCA and one digital optical output, it also has an analogue input that lets you connect an auxiliary source to the system. You won’t be able to control it using the Raumfeld Controller, but it should mean less time spent switching between inputs on your hi-fi.

There’s also a USB port that performs the same function as that in the Base Station, so if you’re planning a Raumfeld system without it you’ll still be able to connect a memory stick or external hard disk to play audio files locally.

Teufel Raumfeld Connector

The Connector appears like any other Raumfeld speaker, and can be controlled in the same way. Volume works independently of the system to which it’s connected, so you don’t have to worry about blowing your ears off when you change to a different source.

If you already own a powerful home cinema system or dedicated hi-fi, the Connector is a worthy addition to a Raumfeld setup, although it won’t be as slick as using a pair of dedicated speakers. You’ll have to turn on the amplifier manually and set it to the correct input before you can start listening, which is less than ideal if you want one-touch multi-room audio.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Media Streamer type audio streaming device

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playback Yes
Audio WMA playback Yes
Audio WMA-DRM playback No
Audio AAC playback Yes
Audio Protected AAC playback No
Audio OGG playback Yes
Audio WAV playback Yes
Audio Audible playback No
Other audio formats FLAC

Video Compatibility

Other video formats none

Image Compatibility

Image BMP support No
Image JPEG support No
Image TIFF support No

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs 0
Minijack headphone outputs 0
Stereo phono outputs 1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF outputs 1
Total SCART sockets 0
HDMI outputs 0
Component outputs 0
S-video output 0
Composite outputs 0
Other connectors USB

Physical

Size 30x155x130mm
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 5W

Server Compatibility

Software included none
UPnP Yes
iTunes Yes
SlimServer No
SMB Yes

Buying Information

Price £270
Warranty 12 years RTB speakers, 2 years RTB electronics
Supplier http://www.teufelaudio.co.uk
Details www.teufel.eu

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