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Raumfeld Multi-Room Audio System Review

Raumfeld Multi-Room Audio System Review

Just as CDs have quickly been overtaken by digital downloads, so the number of people wanting to get their music off the computer and through speakers in their living room, kitchen and bedroom has increased. Wading into that market is Raumfeld, promising "Hi-Fi for the digital age" with their eponymous modular system. Still, you can't get far in multi-room audio without tripping over Sonos, so the question is whether the little-known German start-up can compete. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Sonos Controller for iPad released; Sonos Spotify activated

Sonos Controller for iPad released; Sonos Spotify activated

It's taken them a little longer than initially expected, but the Sonos controller for iPad app has finally landed in the App Store [iTunes link].  A free download, it allows Sonos system users to control their multi-room streaming music system on the iPad's sizeable touchscreen.  Meanwhile the company has also released Sonos Software 3.3, which updates the system with support for Spotify.

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Sonos Wireless Dock WD100 streams iPod/iPhone music

Sonos Wireless Dock WD100 streams iPod/iPhone music

Sonos has outed the latest part of its streaming music puzzle, in the shape of the Sonos Wireless Dock WD100.  Packing an integrated Sonos wireless connection and an iPod/iPhone docking connector, the WD100 basically takes whatever music is stored on your Apple PMP and funnels it around the house.

It's all Apple certified, so there shouldn't be any annoying "this accessory isn't supported" pop-ups, and it'll work with a broad range of the company's hardware: the iPod touch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPod classic, iPod nano (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), and iPhone (original, 3G, 3GS and 4).  Sadly no iPad support, since the cradle is the wrong shape.

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Spotify and Sonos team to stream Spotify tracks all around the house

Spotify and Sonos team to stream Spotify tracks all around the house

Sonos has been streaming music all around people's homes without any wires for a long time now. At the same time, Spotify has been around and streaming tunes that music fans really love. Sonos and Spotify have announced that they are teaming up for a new offering.

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Sonos Controller for iPad delayed until late September

Sonos Controller for iPad delayed until late September

Sonos' Controller for iPad app seemed too good to be true - a free, finger-friendly remote control for the wireless multiroom audio system that turned the Apple tablet into something Crestron owners would be jealous of - but it'll take a little longer than expected to arrive.  Initially promised for an August debut, the company has just informed us that they're postponing the release of Sonos Controller for iPad until late September.

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Sonos Controller for iPad app due August [Video]

Sonos Controller for iPad app due August [Video]

Sonos has spilt the beans on its upcoming Sonos Controller for iPad app, set for release in August 2010.  The new app, specially designed to take advantage of the iPad's 9.7-inch display, will turn the tablet into a touchscreen controller for the multi-room audio system, allowing users to control playback in each of their zones - either individually or linked together in party mode.

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New black Sonos S5 is better at lurking in the shadows

New black Sonos S5 is better at lurking in the shadows

The Sonos S5 has been given a makeover, with the company pushing out a new, black version of the all-in-one music system.  Priced at the same $399 as its white counterpart, the Sonos S5 has the same five integrated speakers - each with their own digital amp - and can be controlled via either Sonos' own special remotes or the company's iPhone and iPod touch app.

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Sonos adds new stereo pair mode to ZonePlayer S5

Sonos adds new stereo pair mode to ZonePlayer S5

The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 went on sale in the US back in November of 2009. The S5 has an amp and a wireless receiver along with a speaker sporting five drivers inside its sleek enclosure. Sonos has announced that it has added a new mode to the S5 called stereo pair.

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Sonos survey reveals tidbits about possible future gear

Sonos survey reveals tidbits about possible future gear

Sonos makes all sorts of gear for whole home audio. The company has sent an email questionnaire around to some of the users of its equipment to see what they think of future products. The questions on the survey offer some insight into what future Sonos gear might look like.

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Sonos ZonePlayer S5 goes on sale today [update with Video]

Sonos ZonePlayer S5 goes on sale today [update with Video]

Sonos' latest ZonePlayer, the all-in-one S5, has gone on sale in the US today.  Packing a wireless receiver and an amplified 5-driver speaker array into a single, bedroom and kitchen friendly unit, the S5 automatically integrates into an existing Sonos setup, or alternatively could be used by those not wanting the extraneous mess and hassle of separate speakers demanded by the company's previous ZonePlayers.

Sonos ZonePlayer S5 wireless speaker makes distributed audio (a little) cheaper [Video]

Sonos ZonePlayer S5 wireless speaker makes distributed audio (a little) cheaper [Video]

Sonos have pushed out a new ZonePlayer in their distributed home audio system, and in doing so drops the entry price by a (relatively) high amount.  The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 packages together a receiver and an amplified 5-driver speaker into a single unit, which for $399 (or €350 in Europe) undercuts the previous entry-level ZonePlayer 90 which demanded a separate set of powered speakers on top of its $349 sticker price.

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Sonos adding Twitter integration to remotes

Sonos adding Twitter integration to remotes

Sonos have announced Twitter integration with their multi-room audio system, which will allow users to send out tweets about the currently playing track.  Rolling out from today as a beta, the social networking addition comes in Sonos System Software v3.1 and will be available to all Sonos users later in the fall.

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