WiiM has just announced its groundbreaking addition to the audio streaming world, the WiiM Amp, a streaming amplifier that seamlessly integrates the streaming capabilities of the WiiM Pro and WiiM Pro Plus with a powerful Class D amplifier. The device is designed to deliver a high-resolution and lossless audio experience, catering to audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike.
The WiiM Amp distinguishes itself by featuring a 60-watt Class D stereo amplifier, driven by a TI 3255 chip, with an impressive power output of 120 watts per channel when paired with 4-ohm speakers.
Priced at $299, this device can be connected to passive loudspeakers, forming a versatile audio setup without the need for additional amplifiers. It's a true plug-and-play solution, allowing users to simply add speakers for a complete audio experience.
The amplifier supports a range of connectivity options, including HDMI ARC for TV integration, Bluetooth 5.0 with BLE support, and both wired and wireless multi-room audio capabilities. Analog stereo inputs, a 10/100 ethernet jack, subwoofer output, Toslink optical digital audio input, and a USB port for playing music from a thumb drive further enhance its versatility.
The WiiM Amp embraces a wide array of music-streaming protocols, including DLNA servers, Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, and Alexa Music Cast. The device is compatible with popular music-streaming services such as Deezer, Spotify Connect, Tidal Hi-Fi, and Qobuz. Additionally, it seamlessly integrates with voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.
The company is in the process of obtaining Roon Ready certification, further expanding its compatibility with high-end streamers. Despite the lack of detailed specifications, the WiiM Amp is claimed to decode 24-bit/192kHz audio, maintaining the high standard set by its predecessors, the WiiM Pro and WiiM Pro Plus.
The WiiM Amp, priced at $299, positions itself as an affordable yet feature-rich streaming amplifier. It comes in two color options, silver and space gray, and is currently available for purchase on Amazon.
WiiM emphasizes its commitment to user satisfaction through regular over-the-air (OTA) firmware upgrades. The device's press release suggests that user feedback will influence future features, ensuring the amplifier continues to evolve over time. The imminent Roon Ready certification is expected to further enhance the WiiM Amp's capabilities.