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By Simon Cohen November 22, 2023 7:27AM
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.
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.
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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Sonos has clearly apparent two new wireless acute speakers -- the $249 Sonos Era 100, and the $449 Sonos Era 300. While the Era 100 is bigger a new adaptation of the crumbling Sonos One, which it replaces, the Era 300 is an absolutely new blazon of apostle for the company, with six drivers (including an up-firing tweeter) and affinity with spatial audio formats like Dolby Atmos.
The leaks appealing abundant nailed it. Both speakers will be accessible on March 28 in 26 countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Ireland, Germany, and Australia, with preorders alpha March 7.
BluOS will be adapted to 4.0 with a beginning look, new features
Lenbrook International, the aggregation that creates BluOS, says that the software is activity to get a above amend in the spring, to adaptation 4.0. BluOS controls wireless speakers from Bluesound, as able-bodied as a array of audio accessory from NAD, Dali, and PSB. The change will accompany a cleaner attending to the interface, as able-bodied as several enhancements to how the app works.
“BluOS 4.0 brings added abyss to personalized, multiroom hi-res listening,” said Andrew Haines, BluOS artefact manager, in an emailed columnist release. “This absolute redesign of the adaptable app interface reflects a charge to carrying seamless user adventures for BluOS users.”
Bose Music Amplifier takes a absolute attempt at the Sonos Amp
With no alarum of any kind, not alike a columnist release, Bose launched its Bose Music Amplifier in October 2022 -- and we alone aloof became acquainted of it. It's adamantine to say why the aggregation absitively to booty such a catlike approach, except maybe it capital all of the absorption on its Smart Soundbar 600, which hit retail at the aforementioned time. One attending at the Music Amplifier and its amount ($699) and it's anon accessible that it has been advised as a absolute adversary to the $699 Sonos Amp, as the similarities are unmistakable.
Like the Sonos Amp, the Bose Music Amplifier is an all-in-one wireless audio basic for those who already own (or intend to buy) a set of active speakers. In fact, as continued as you don't apperception alert to the aforementioned thing, you can ability two pairs of active speakers from the Music Amplifier, like a set of beam speakers and a set of bookshelf units. With 125 watts per approach (same as the Sonos Amp), there should be affluence of ability for two sets, as continued as you pay absorption to the impedance requirements: with a distinct set, no beneath than 4 ohms will work, but if you bandy in that added set, all four speakers should be no beneath than 8 ohms.