WiiM announces two new wireless audio streaming devices – one with a touch screen

WiiM has announced two new streaming devices for high-end wireless audio streaming devices. Called the WiiM Ultra and WiiM Amp Pro, both support AirPlay 2, Chromecast, DLNA, and several other streaming protocols and will be available this summer.

Both devices are equipped with a 32-bit/384kHz ES9038 Q2M Saber DAC. (Last year’s Wiim Amp used an ES9018 Saber DAC instead.) They also use Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 for wireless connectivity, and they all have the same mini Mac Studio look. WiiM says the two devices also automatically adjust their audio output to the room they’re in.

WiiM Ultra, front and back.
Image: Courtesy of WiiM

But the WiiM Ultra has a 3.5mm touchscreen on the front next to the volume knob, for displaying things like app UI elements, album art, playback controls, and various audio and input/output settings. On the back, it has an HDMI ARC port, optical and RCA jacks, and is the only WiiM to have a phono input.

WiiM Amp Pro: Very similar to the WiiM Amp, but different.
Image: Courtesy of WiiM

On the other hand, the WiiM Amp Pro is identical to the WiiM Amp in most ways, except for a few minor differences like support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3. (The WiiM Amp is limited to Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0.) It also has a higher signal-to-noise ratio of 120 dB, compared to the subwoofer’s 98 dB.

The WiiM Ultra will cost $329, while the Amp Pro will cost $369 when it releases in the third quarter in the US. We asked WiiM if the standard $299 WiiM Amp would still be in its lineup.

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