From the electronics wing of German company Teufel, the Connector exists as a standalone source that allows an existing hi-fi setup to be integrated into a wider Raumfeld ecosystem. Like the other products here, it works perfectly well as an add-on streamer in its own right and has some useful functionality.
The Connector handles all lossless formats - bar DSD - at sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz. Wired and wireless connectivity is supported and there's an analogue loop-through, which allows it to share an input with an existing source component, while the optical digital output allows you to use it with an external DAC.
The Connector is supplied with a dedicated app (iOS and Android), which is a slick and effective piece of software. Like others here, it renders the library on the controlling device, which takes longer to compile but is stable once complete. As well as your music library, there is Spotify Connect support and Tidal integration. There's no Bluetooth or AirPlay, but you do get Chromecast support built-in.
Having completed the simple setup and let the album library compile, the Raumfeld demonstrates more sonic character than some of the other streamers here and whether or not you like the effects of this will play a big part in how you get on with it. Adagio for Tron
is presented with a small but appreciable life to the upper mid and treble. This helps the sense of separation and perception of individual instruments, so as the piece builds it can feel a little sharper and harder than some of the other players.
With the tonally darker recording of Dissolved Girl
, the balance achieved is much more satisfying. There is a life and energy to the vocals that keeps them more defined and distinct from the electronics accompaniment that underpins them. Bass isn't the deepest here, but there is a speed and sense of agility to it that creates engagement with the listener. This also ensures the distinctive timing of Sinner in the Sea
is delivered with assurance while highlighting the vocals and supporting instruments in a subtle but highly effective way.
That top-end lift is less effective with Mr Clean
, though. Although a superb recording, the Raumfeld has the trumpet coming across as a little hard and sharp in comparison with some of the players here. The recording is presented with a good sense of space and three dimensionality, however. Moving on to hi-res material presents no playback issues, while the low-end agility is once again on hand to caputre the flow of Song of the Stars
in a manner that consistently engages the listener. The Chromecast integartion is also effective, although rather more so with Android devices than it is with iOS ones where AirPlay is perhaps a more effective option.
Sound quality: 4/5
Value for money 4.5/5
Build quality: 4/5
*Review featured as part of a group test of network music players.