Forget paying over the odds for a Google Chromecast Audio on eBay. Step over the Raspberry Pi’s microSD card write and OS configuration. The Wiim Mini is probably the most affordable and simplest way to add Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect and (the Roon friendly) Apple AirPlay 2 to a hi-fi system. Connect the Mini to your home wifi network, hook it into an amplifier (or DAC) and you’re off to the races with a suite of streaming possibilities. Gapless playback guaranteed Wiim’s proposition is very much plug-n-play.
Inside the hockey-puck-sized device – it measures 7cm across – an internal Texas Instruments DAC circuit offers support for PCM up to 24bit/192kHz. Analogue output comes via a 3.5mm socket. No MQA. No DSD. For those already in possession of an external DAC, the Wiim Mini offers a TOSLINK output that, bit-perfect purists beware, resamples everything to 48kHz. That’s on par with the €50 Google Chromecast-fuelled Xiaomi Mi Box S. However, the Q&A section of this wallet-friendly streamer’s Amazon.ca listing suggests a forthcoming firmware update will upgrade TOSLINK to 24bit/192kHz.
Rounding out the Wiim Mini’s feature set is a 3.5mm analogue input, a microphone that assists with synchronising multi-room AirPlay 2 playback, capacitive touch controls (for volume up/down, play/pause) and Siri/Alexa voice assistant integration. Power comes via USB-C, presumably a 5V ‘phone charger’.
For €99 or US$99, that’s not a bad deal at all. In fact, that’s a really good deal.
Further information: Wiim Home