Wiim’s new amplified streamer mimics the Sonos Amp, for $299

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Simon Cohen

By Simon Cohen November 22, 2023 7:27AM

Wiim Amp in amplitude grey.Wiim

Wiim’s newest product, the Wiim Amp, is an amplified arrangement media amateur that bears a able affinity to the Sonos Amp, both in action and form. However, in archetypal Wiim fashion, it costs far beneath than Sonos’ amplified player. At aloof $299, and accessible in argent and amplitude blah colors, it’s beneath than bisected the amount of the Sonos Amp. You can buy the Wiim Amp on Amazon starting November 22.

The Wiim Amp accompany the Wiim Mini, Wiim Pro, and Wiim Pro Plus network music streamers. Each can be acclimated on its own or as allotment of a multiroom audio arrangement via the Wiim app, which additionally appearance abounding of the aforementioned functions as Sonos’ software. Unlike Wiim’s previous products, the Wiim Amp can serve as a standalone device. With its complete amplifier, it can ability two or four acquiescent speakers.

Wiim Amp in silver.Wiim

Inside the Wiim Amp is a chic D amplifier controlled by a TI 3255 amplifier chip. This food either 120 watts at 4 ohms or 60 watts per approach at 8 ohms. Digital-to-analog about-face is handled by the ESS ES9018K2M, a DAC that is 10 years old, but charcoal a admired with audiophiles. It supports PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz lossless, hi-res audio. The four-speaker terminals can be acclimated with bald wire or assistant plugs.

Much like the Sonos Amp, the Wiim Amp is both an analog stereo ascribe for accessories including turntables, and an HDMI ARC anchorage so you can use the Wiim Amp as a soundbar alternative. There’s additionally a subwoofer output. But the Wiim Amp additionally appearance two added ports — an optical ascribe and a USB accumulation accumulator anchorage — which expands the cardinal of sources that can be used. Like Wiim’s added media players, you can affix to the Wiim Amp via Bluetooth as well.

Wiim Amp rear panel.Wiim

The Wiim app provides assorted EQ and parametric EQ options including 24 preset EQ settings, a 10-brand clear EQ adjustable to every audio antecedent (Line-in, Bluetooth, or network), and a four-band parametric EQ that allows added accomplished diminutive adjustments.

The amateur works with Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, Alexa Music Cast, Deezer, Qobuz, Pandora, DLNA, Spotify Connect, and Tidal HiFi/HiFi+, and it’s accordant with Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. Wiim says it expects the Wiim Amp to acquire Roon acceptance in the abreast future.

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