Music enthusiasts looking to bridge the gap between vintage audio equipment and modern streaming technology have reason to rejoice as Linkplay Technology unveils the WiiM Pro Plus, an advanced audio streamer designed to breathe new life into classic hi-fi setups.
Following the success of its predecessor, the WiiM Pro, this latest offering aims to provide enhanced audiophile-grade music streaming, advanced connectivity options, and a budget-friendly price tag.
The WiiM Pro Plus promises to revolutionize the way vintage audio systems are utilized in today's digital era. With the rise of streaming services like TIDAL, Spotify, and Qobuz, music lovers have increasingly turned to convenient and personalized listening experiences. Linkplay's latest addition aims to seamlessly integrate the charm of legacy audio equipment with the convenience of modern streaming platforms.
Key among the enhancements is the inclusion of a premium AKM DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter), which promises improved audiophile reproduction. This upgrade should result in higher audio quality and a simplified streaming setup, which will undoubtedly be appreciated by listeners who value pristine sound reproduction. The DAC's capabilities include handling PCM files up to 768 kHz and DSD512, enabling the playback of the highest-resolution audio formats.
Equipped with a TI Burr-Brown Audio PCM1861 ADC (Analog-to-Digital Converter), the WiiM Pro Plus supports analog sources such as turntables and MP3 players, allowing users to digitize their cherished vinyl and vintage recordings. The addition of a redesigned circuit board and ultra-low-noise clock contributes to a reduction in distortion, maintaining the integrity of the original audio.
Linkplay ensures a seamless and versatile user experience with multiple connectivity options. The streamer supports Wi-Fi, Ethernet, RCA Phono, TOSLINK, and Coax output, making it compatible with a wide range of audio equipment. Furthermore, integration with popular voice assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant enables users to control their music through voice commands.
The WiiM Pro Plus offers compatibility with an array of streaming services and protocols. Users can enjoy the convenience of Apple AirPlay 2, Alexa Casting, and Spotify Connect, while also tapping into platforms like TIDAL, Qobuz, Amazon Music, and Deezer. Chromecast Audio support enables users to cast a variety of content directly from compatible apps, expanding the possibilities of music exploration.
While the WiiM Pro Plus boasts impressive features, it remains accessible to a broad range of consumers. The affordability of the device, retailing at $219, makes it an attractive option for audiophiles seeking to elevate their vintage setups without compromising on sound quality. The inclusion of the WiiM Voice Remote further enhances user convenience, offering wireless control over playback and volume adjustment.