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WiiM readies Pro Plus streamer with better DAC

  • Linkplay has today announced the third model in its series of WiiM-branded streaming DACs.

    The WiiM Pro Plus builds on the WiiM Pro’s framework of Roon Ready, Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect, Chromecast Audio and AirPlay 2 (plus other services integrated into WiiM’s own very capable app) but adds an AKM 4493SEQ Velvet Sound DAC chip to the D/A conversion circuit and injects a TI op-amp into the unit’s analogue output stage. Combined with a new ultra-low-noise clock and power supply, the WiiM Pro Plus promises -110dB THD+N from its analogue RCA outputs.

    This is most welcome news because, per our video, the WiiM Pro’s DAC quality could best be described as ‘humdrum’.

    On connectivity, the Pro Plus copy/pastes the Pro’s plastic case and its suite of inputs and outputs: RCA out, RCA in, TOSLINK in, TOSLINK out, coaxial out, 5V USB-C power in and Ethernet in.

    The ADC chip behind the RCA inputs has also reportedly been upgraded on the Plus model. A TI Burr-Brown Audio PCM1861 now encodes all incoming analogue signals at 32bit/192kHz that according to Linkplay will improve the sound of our analogue sources.

    Rounding out the features of the new model, the WiiM Pro Plus ships with WiiM’s Voice Remote Control.

    The WiiM Pro Plus will sell for Β£219 / US$219.

    Further information: WiiM

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