Monitor Audio Airstream A100

Stereo integrated amplifier with Wi-Fi® and Apple AirPlay®

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Monitor Audio's first amp breaks the mold

No, it's not a cable box or a gaming console, though we'd forgive you for thinking so. When renowned speaker company Monitor Audio designed their first amplifier, they wanted to think outside the box. The result is the unique Airstream A100, an amp designed for the digital music age. Its cool, curved styling is just the tip of the iceberg. This integrated amp has built-in Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay, making it easier to get your music playing wirelessly from an iPhone® or a computer. It's also a well-made amp, great for driving stereo speakers in a small or medium-sized room.

Monitor Audio Airstream A100

With built-in Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, and its unique design, the Airstream A100 is far from a typical integrated amp.

Wireless music playback with AirPlay

When connected to your wireless home network, the sleek Airstream A100 offers numerous options for music listening. If you have an iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®, AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream music stored on those devices, or from apps like Spotify®, Pandora®, and YouTube™. You can also play music from a computer running iTunes®, so your entire music library can be at your fingertips and easily controlled using Apple's Remote app. Don't have a Wi-Fi network? Use the 'A100's AirPlay Direct feature to create a direct connection between your Apple device and the amp for AirPlay playback.

More digital delights

The Airstream A100 is also DLNA compliant, so you can stream music from almost any PC or network-attached storage (NAS) device. DLNA also makes it possible to stream tunes from compatible Android™ devices using an optional app. There's also an optical digital input, so you can connect your TV and bypass its minuscule speakers for much richer sound with your stereo speakers. No matter your digital source, your music will benefit from the 'A100's upsampling digital-to-analog converter (DAC), which brings out more detail and depth from digital music files.

Praise for the Monitor Audio A100 integrated amp from Soundstage! Access

Some audio products blow you away with detail; others lull you into a relaxing stupor with a smooth, sultry sound. Monitor Audio's little Airstream A100 struck a fine balance, confidently striding precisely between these two camps. I was smitten by its sound -- at once rich yet detailed, smooth but with a hint of sparkle, and surprisingly neutral.

Monitor's Airstream A100 is a honey of an amp that makes a compelling argument for never having to buy into traditional hi-fi of yore. With analog, digital, and wireless connectivity, an accomplished class-AB amplifier -- something its competitors can't boast -- and sound quality that reaches well past its $499 price, it comes highly, highly recommended. $500 never sounded so good.

— From Hans Wetzel's December, 2014 review in Soundstage! Access, part of the SoundStage! Network [Read the full review]

Not everything is digital

The Monitor Audio Airstream A100 uses Class A/B amplification, for robust sound that can easily power most stereo speakers. If you need more power for hard-to-drive speakers or to fill a larger room with sound, there are stereo preamp outputs for connecting an external power amp. You can also use these outputs to beef up the bass with a separate powered subwoofer.

Product Highlights:

  • 50 watts x 2
  • built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection to a wireless home network
  • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer running iTunes
  • AirPlay Direct lets you make a direct wireless connection to the amp from a compatible iOS device  no network router required
  • DLNA 1.5 certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
  • upsampling digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for enhanced resolution with lossy digital music files
  • supported file formats: AAC, ALAC, MP3 (with AirPlay); FLAC, ALAC, AAC, LPCM, MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis (via DLNA or Airstream Direct connection)
  • front-panel USB port for playback and charging of an iPod or iPhone
  • Class A/B amplification
  • unique curved chassis can rest horizontally or vertically in the included stand
  • optical digital audio input
  • analog stereo RCA inputs
  • stereo preamp outputs for connection to a separate power amp or powered subwoofer
  • spring-post speaker terminals
  • remote control
  • 14-1/8"W x 2-3/16"H x 8-1/16"D (resting horizontally)
  • weight: 4.2 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Everything you always wanted in a stereo receiver, except the radio

An integrated amplifier is essentially a receiver without a built-in AM/FM tuner. You get power to drive your speakers, audio controls, and inputs for music source components. Connect an iPod, a computer, a network music player, or any other device that can play Internet radio, and you may find you have no need for an AM/FM radio.

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Integrated stereo amplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • Vertical stand
  • Cable-strap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Battery Disposal Note

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Features

50W x 2Ch Amplifier: The Monitor Audio AirStream A100 features a powerful Class AB power amplifier section rated at 50-watts x 2-channels into 8Ω at 20-20kHz.

High-Resolution DAC: The AirStream A100 employs a high-resolution DAC for audiophile quality sound from a variety of digital music files.

Source Supported Music Files
Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad AirPlay AAC, ALAC, MP3
AirStream
USB
DLNA-certified Devices AAC, ALAC, MP3, FLAC

Wireless Connectivity: The Monitor Audio AirStream A100 features built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g) for streaming audio from your AirPlay enabled Apple iOS devices and DLNA certified devices.

  • AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (iOS 4.3.3+) or from your iTunes library (10.2.2+) on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the Monitor Audio A100, over your home's wireless network. By downloading Apple's free Remote App onto your Apple iOS device, you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library.
  • AirStream Direct: If you don't have a wireless WiFi router to connect your Apple iOS using Airplay, simply use the A100's
    AirStream Direct mode to still be able to stream music from your Apple iOS device to the Monitor Audio A100. Activating AirStream Direct mode creates a wireless network solely between the A100 and your Apple iOS device. If a telephone call is received while in AirStream Direct mode, music will pause and restart when the call is ended. While in AirStream Direct mode, cellular data will not function; so, iMessage, emails and mobile internet will not function simultaneously. More than one device can be connected in AirStream Direct mode, but only one device can play music in AirStream Direct mode.
  • DLNA Certified: The A100 also supports DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) streaming, allowing to access and enjoy digital music stored on your Windows PC, DLNA-compliant NAS drive, and most 3rd-party DLNA apps installed on your Android smartphone/tablet.
Note: There are a couple of different ways you can register the A100 onto your WiFi network. One method is to use your USB-connected Apple iOS (5.0+) device to connect the A100 to your network. The second method lets you use your Windows PC, Mac computer, or Apple iOS (7.0+) device that is already on your wireless network to connect the A100 to your network.

Apple Compliant USB Port: The A100's front-mounted USB (type-A) port can be used to connect your Apple iPod/iPhone device; including 30-pin or Lightning connector Apple devices. The USB port supports playback of stored music and music apps on your Apple device, basic playback controls (Play/Pause/Skip), and charging of your iPod/iPhone's battery.

Note: The USB port is not compatible with USB mass storage class devices or Android smartphone/tablets.

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Monitor Audio A100 is "made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" and supports the following iPod/iPhone/iPad model functions (as of 8/8/2014).

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connector Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
USB AirPlay Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Tex Track Info
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N
2 7.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N
3 7.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N
4/Air 7.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N N
mini 7.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4/4S 7.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5/5C/5S 7.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 7.1.2 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
nano
2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Analog & Digital Inputs: The Monitor Audio AirStream A100 is fitted with one optical (toslink) digital input and analog stereo (RCA) input for connecting external analog and digital audio devices.

Spring Post Speaker Terminals: The AirStream A100 is equipped with four spring post speaker terminals to connect a single pair of speakers. The spring post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 12AWG) and pin-connectors.

Preamp Output: The A100's stereo RCA preamp output can be used to connect an external power amplifier or powered subwoofer.

Simple Controls: Front panel controls and the A100's slender remote control provide effortless switching between all input sources, playback control for connected USB & DLNA devices, and system volume control.

Vertical or Horizontal Orientation: The Monitor Audio AirStream A100 can be mounted horizontally or vertically using the included vertical stand. The unit measures 3.6875" (w) x 12.875" (h) x 8.8125" (d) when vertically placed; see Specs for horizontal measurements.

Firmware Updates: Firmware and software updates can be installed via a wireless network connection or USB. Visit Monitor Audio's website for the latest firmware updates.

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Written By Rodrigo, Charlottesville - VA on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very good product, especially if you have a MacBook and connect it via Airplay. However, due to its design there are certain limitations to connecting it to the stereo speakers.

Pros: Slim and modern design. Easy to manage (after you understand its properties)

Cons: 1) The speaker audio-in is too hard to reach if you have good cables with large end connections. I had to connect my B&W speakers with a zip wire instead of a better expensive wire because I could not insert the end of the cable into the audio in space. 2) Wheres is the manual?? I had to download it online. I would assume it should come with the product.

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