WiiM Ultra + Amp Pro | What HiFi

Credits: Kashfia Kabir | WhatHiFi

WiiM has announced two new products at High End Munich 2024: one is a step-up WiiM Ultra music streamer we’ve already been teased, while the other is the updated WiiM Amp Pro. Let’s get into the details.

WiiM ultra launch - WiiM-Ultra-Front-View

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As we know from the preview ahead of launch, the WiiM Ultra is a new music streamer with a touchscreen and a whole host of connectivity options that surpass the excellent, Award-winning WiiM Pro Plus, which impressed us so much for its affordable price tag.

The highlight of the WiiM Ultra is that lovely-looking 3.5-in full-colour touchscreen display sitting alongside the control/volume dial on the front panel. The aluminium casing and premium design look more substantial than the smaller, plastic-cased Pro Plus. The “premium, updated DAC” that was teased is confirmed as the new ESS Sabre ES9038QM2 DAC, which can handle hi-res audio files up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD512.

Billed as “a central digital hub for your audio ecosystem” and offering “unparalleled audio experience”, it’s clear that WiiM is pinning high hopes on the new streamer. Sure enough, the WiiM Ultra is a multi-tasking unit: it can handle music streaming, preamp and headphone amp duties. 

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There is a wealth of connectivity options for plugging in your TV, CD player, active speakers or separate amplifier: an HDMI ARC input, one pair of RCA line-level for input and output, optical input/output, coaxial output and a USB type A port. There’s even a moving magnet phono stage for connecting turntables. You can plug in your wired headphones to a 3.5mm socket at the front panel, and add a subwoofer too.

Streaming options are ample when connected via wi-fi or wired ethernet. You can stream via AirPlay 2, Chromecast, DLNA, Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect, Qobuz, Deezer and more – effectively, every streaming service that was supported on the Pro Plus and through the WiiM Home amp is present here.

WiiM Amp Pro Front Angle
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The WiiM Amp Pro, meanwhile, is a streaming amplifier that builds on the already existing WiiM Amp and includes the same new ESS DAC chip and streaming features as the Ultra. Connections are the same as the Amp: line level and optical input, HDMI ARC, USB type A port, ethernet socket and stereo speaker terminals. 

Audacity Australia is an official Australian distributor of WiiM Streaming products. If you’re looking to add the fantastic range of WiiM products to your business don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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