Stream music with your phone or tablet
The electronics manufacturer Chaltec, our sponsor, offers various variants of its internet radio under the Numan brand. The Numan One and the Numan Mini Two are priced in the same segment. In my test of two devices provided by Chaltec, I was able to connect my mobile phone wirelessly with a loudspeaker / internet radio.
To begin with, the hope of being able to connect both devices together and play them in the stereo mode or in several rooms at the same time was not fulfilled - in fact, one has the impression that the corresponding technology is still in its infancy, because while streaming works well on a device, the problems usually begin with two devices.
The Numan One
So also with Numan: The Numan One 2.1. has an attractive design in a retro look and comes in four colors - black, white, mahogany and walnut. Bluetooth, WLAN, Internet radio with a DAB + function and finally Spotify Connect make wireless listening pleasure possible and allow access to music libraries in the home network as well as on Bluetooth-enabled devices. In addition, shared audio files in the network can be played via the integrated music player.
There is a large, high-resolution color display, which can be operated with a rotary knob on the top, for example, to select the appropriate audio channel - a handling that I personally found somewhat awkward. Comfortable is the operation of the included remote control and the Spotify Connect App, unfortunately, you have to be Spotify customer for it.
An AUX-in connector secures the possibility to connect cable-connected devices such as MP3 and CD players. Thanks to the LAN connection you can also connect the NUMAN One to your network via cable. There is also a line-out connection for connecting to your stereo system or sound system.
Two compact 6,35 cm (2,5 ??) broadband loudspeakers ensure accurate sound quality through precise frequencies and deep bass. Crystal-clear treble and intense mids are enriched by pressure-laden basses, which are guaranteed by the integrated downfire subwoofer. Nevertheless the device for me despite all rum play on the Equalizern not beyond the sound of a better kitchen radio.
Numan Mini Two
The Numan Mini Two 2.1. I like it because of its compact shape, the handle and the sound much better. Unfortunately, here is the multiroom function, which I could not test the connection of two devices. The mini not only cheaper but also significantly more compact than the big radio, but also has only an 6,35 cm (2,5 ??) - broadband loudspeaker.
But that does not detract from the sound, on the contrary: The Mini Two beats for me the Numan One with otherwise almost identical functions, especially in the sound. Practical is also the battery compartment, so that the device can be operated with a battery in the open, where you get the device easily transported with the handle. Unfortunately, the battery in the standard equipment of the device is not available, so I can say nothing about the effect and sound under changed conditions.
The Numan Internet radio series is recommended when you are looking for a convenient and affordable device to play music at parties, at the table, at the computer in the kitchen or outdoors.
As a replacement for a high-quality stereosystem, however, both radios are not recommended: The sound is not enough for me in both cases.
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