Credits: Ashley Riordan | Channelnews

WiiM, known for its music streamers, has entered the world of amplifiers with the launch of the WiiM Amp Streaming Amplifier. This compact device promises an “impeccable audio experience” for music lovers, aiming to bridge the gap between convenience and hi-fi quality.

Key Features:

  • Hi-Res Audio Support: Dive into lossless audio formats like FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and MQA with resolutions up to 24bit/192kHz. An ESS 32bit Hyperstream DAC ensures accurate and detailed sound reproduction.
  • Versatile Connectivity: Breathe new life into your existing audio setup. The WiiM Amp connects to passive hi-fi speakers, home theatre surround systems, and even record players via analog RCA, optical, and HDMI ARC inputs.
  • Streaming Powerhouse: Cut the cords and explore a vast universe of music. Access services like AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Deezer, Qobuz, and more. Bluetooth 5.0 ensures smooth streaming from mobile devices.
  • Intuitive App Control: Take control of your music experience with the user-friendly WiiM app. Browse libraries, adjust settings, and create multi-room setups, all from your smartphone.
  • Voice Assistant Integration: Control music selection, volume, and playback with your voice thanks to compatibility with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. Roon Ready certification is expected soon, offering further control and organization for audiophiles.
  • Powerful Performance: Don’t let the size fool you. This Class-D amplifier packs a punch, delivering 60W per channel (8 ohms) or 120W (4 ohms) for dynamic and clear audio.
  • Industry-Leading Low Distortion: Experience music as the artist intended, thanks to the ESS 32bit Hyperstream DAC’s low distortion levels.

Overall:

The WiiM Amp presents itself as a compelling option for those seeking a compact and versatile streaming amplifier. Its combination of hi-res audio support, diverse connectivity options, user-friendly app control, and voice assistant integration makes it appealing for both casual listeners and those with more discerning audio tastes. However, its long-term performance and impact on the market remain to be seen.

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