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.
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.