WiiM’s Pro Plus Might Be the Affordable Network Streamer You Have Been Waiting For…

The affordable network streamer category is one segment in high-end audio that has us truly excited. Manufacturers have come to the realization that music listeners already have a network streamer in their pocket but that some of them might want something better when it comes to playback at home. Products like the WiiM Pro Plus are a huge step in the right direction.

Smartphones don’t have the internal space for better quality DACs and analog output stages and there is a definite advantage to having access to all of your favorite streaming platforms in one place and none of that involves draining the battery on your phone.

WiiM, a part of Linkplay Technology Inc. has announced the WiiM Pro Plus, an upgraded version of their already popular WiiM Pro network streamer. Building on the foundation of the WiiM Pro, the Pro Plus adds significant audio enhancements. 

The “Plus” in the WiiM Pro Plus

WiiM Pro Plus Front

So what’s different about the WiiM Pro Plus? Let’s take a look at some of changes that are rather significant.

Better ADC (Analog to Digital Converter): The inclusion of TI Burr-Brown Audio PCM1861 ADC supports up to 192kHz/32-bit digital output. This provides the best possible audio quality from analog source devices such as turntables, and MP3 players. The result is clear, detailed sound, with a signal-to-noise ratio of 110 dB.

Ultra-low Noise Clock, Power, and Circuit Design: The Pro Plus incorporates an ultra-low noise clock, power supply, and careful PCB layout to achieve less than -110dB THD+N performance for analog audio output, reducing any unwanted noise or distortion.

Premium AKM DAC and TI OP AMP: The AKM 4493SEQ premium DAC provides low distortion and wide dynamic range with AKM’s Velvet Sound Technology. The chip supports up to 768kHz PCM, and DSD512, with PCM/DSD automatic switching ideal for the latest high-resolution audio source. Achieve 120 dB (A-wt) SNR, THD+N of -110dB from 44.1k to 192k.

Bring Smarts To Your Audio Equipment: The WiiM Pro Plus caters to those seeking to revive beloved, decades-old, high-quality audio systems or those looking to modernize and connect their current audio equipment. By seamlessly connecting your audio gear to Wi-Fi, Ethernet, RCA, TOSLINK, or Coax output, the WiiM Pro Plus simplifies the process, ensuring a smooth transition. 

WiiM Pro Plus Connections

Voice Control: The Pro Plus is compatible with Siri, Alexa, and Google. This allows easy control of music selection, volume adjustments, and playback. The WiiM Pro Plus comes with a voice-compatible remote control.

Streaming Platform and Services Support: The WiiM Pro Plus supports AirPlay 2, Alexa Casting, Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Qobuz, Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more. It also features Chromecast Audio, which lets you cast YouTube Music, TV audio, radio stations, podcasts, and local content directly from your favorite Chromecast-enabled App. 

Tip: Roon Ready and Parametric EQ (which are already included on the WiiM Pro) will be added to the Pro Plus via firmware update. 

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The WiiM Home App: WiiM Pro Plus will pop up automatically in the WiiM Home app. With the simple in-app guide and compact size, the device can be set up in less than two minutes. 

From Dr. Lifeng Zhao, CEO of Linkplay Technology: “My vision for the WiiM Pro Plus was clear: to create a product that reflects our users’ desires and elevates their music streaming experience…With their invaluable feedback, we’ve achieved just that, delivering superior audio quality, a simplified setup, and an affordable solution that exceeds expectations. The WiiM Pro Plus stands as a statement of our dedication to providing music enthusiasts with a seamless and enriching audio experience.”

WiiM Pro Plus Lifestyle Example

WiiM Music Streamers Comparison

With the addition of the WiiM Plus Pro, Linkplay now offers three affordable music streamers for your listening pleasure. Here is how their features and specifications compare. 

Model WiiM Mini WiiM Pro WiiM Pro Plus
MSRP $99 $149 $219
Ethernet  No Yes Yes
Chromecast Audio No Yes Yes
Group with Nest Speakers and Display No Yes Yes
Group with Echo Speakers and Display Yes Yes Yes
Alexa Multiroom with UHD No Yes Yes
Group with Homepods Yes Yes Yes
Works with Alexa Yes Yes Yes
Works with Google No Yes Yes
Works with Siri Yes Yes Yes
Group with WiiM or Linkplay Devices Yes Yes Yes
Airplay 2 Yes Yes Yes
DLNA Yes Yes Yes
Spotify Connect Yes Yes Yes
TIDAL Connect Yes Yes Yes
Gapless Playback Yes Yes Yes
PEQ Yes Yes Yes (after firmware update)
10 Band Graphic EQ Yes Yes Yes
Linkplay Music Streaming Platform Yes Yes Yes
Roon Ready No Yes Yes (after firmware update)
CPU Dual Core A7 Dual Core A53 ARM Cortex A53 Quadcore Configuration
DRAM 128mb 512mb 512mb
Flash 128mb 512mb 512mb
Audio Input (wired) Aux Line-in, Optical Line-in, Optical
Audio Output (wired) Aux, Optical Line-out, Optical, Coax Line-out, Optical, Coax
AKM 4493SEQ DAC No No  Yes
TI Burr-Brown Audio PCM1861 ADC  No No Yes

Pricing and Availability

The WiiM Pro Plus, sold as a bundle with the voice remote, is available now for $219 on Amazon

WiiM Pro Plus with Remote

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