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Raumfeld's nifty One S bathroom speakerThe Raumfeld One S offers great sonics for a small speaker and its moisture-resistant design is an added bonus.
I tried to count how many different multi-room music standards there were out there the other day, I think I lost count after 15. With so many different systems to choose from, and most less than a year old, how do you know if you've got the right one. For the money, one of my favorites so far this year is the Raumfeld One S from [UNKNOWN] in Germany. This is a wi-fi speaker which is humidity resistant and designed to be used in kitchens or bathrooms. Design wise, it doesn't look like much but it's well built and thoughtful as well. It even has a little rubber stopper on the bottom to protect the ports. At $299, this is the baby in their range and it extends right up to the stereo L4 standing speakers which are $2,400. Why choose [UNKNOWN] over [UNKNOWN] Firstly performance. When compared against against the Sonos Play 1, the One S has much better bass response and can actually fill a small to medium room very easily. Secondly, it has better file support. If you're an audiophile, the Raumfeld supports 24-bit files without an issue, whereas the Sonos can't. The only downside is that Raumfeld is only available online. But, the company does offer a 60 day in-home trial period, so you can try it out. Also, it only supports a small number of apps, including Tidal and Spotify. And it's really designed for people to stream files stored on their phone, or network. While there are plenty of wireless speakers out there, The [UNKNOWN] is one of the better ones, and if it can add more streaming services, it's one of the first real alternatives to [UNKNOWN]. This has been Ty Pendlebry for CNET.com.