Chat
Contact us
Close contact box
Connect ID #
754 519 747 4
Connect ID #
754 519 747 4
Don't wait on hold. We'll call you back when it's your turn to talk with the next available .
Please enter your name  
Please enter your phone number  
Please enter a message  

Calls may be recorded for training and quality control purposes.

We are located in Virginia USA.

Thank you. We will be calling you .
We're sorry. We have encountered a problem.

WiiM streamer review

Our writer sets up a multi-room audio system with three WiiM streamers

In this article: We'll introduce the WiiM family of wireless multi-room high-res streamers and their easy-to-use WiiM Home control app, including...

  1. WiiM Pro Plus
  2. WiiM Pro
  3. WiiM Mini

...And we'll talk about the WiiM Amp, an amplified "just-add-speakers" component.

W

iiM components let you add high-res streaming to pretty much any sound system. They can also be parts of a multi-room music system with the easy-to-use WiiM Home app. In fact, WiiM touts their regularly updated control app as the single most important part of their products.

To paraphrase Origin Acoustic's Marc Fisher, who demonstrated the components to Crutchfield Advisors: "It doesn't matter how fantastic it sounds if you can't figure out how to use it."

I had the WiiM Pro Plus, Pro, Mini, and the Amp in my home for testing and can attest to the app's powerful user friendliness. Setup took minutes, even when units needed an automatically initiated software update. It's also got attractive features like easy grouping, 10-band EQ, and smooth Amazon Alexa voice-control capability.

Ned with Wiim Pro Plus

I used the WiiM Pro Plus to add streaming convenience to a vintage tube receiver.

My ultimate goal is great sound though. And WiiM has that covered. Their affordable top-of-the-line models have high-performance DAC circuitry that delivers rich, detailed sound rivaling streamers that cost several times more, so you can get the best out of digital sources, including music services like Qobuz, TIDAL, Spotify, and more.

WiiM streamers also have digital and analog inputs that allow you to add sources — like a CD player or turntable — to your multi-room streaming system. And they're all unobtrusive, compact components that you can place almost anywhere.

Flexible audio connections

You can connect any of these streamers to your receiver, amp, or powered speakers using the analog stereo output — RCA on the Pro and Pro Plus and 3.5mm on the Mini — to take advantage of the their built-in DACs. Or use a digital output to connect to your favorite outboard DAC.

You can also use the analog input to connect sources like a turntable or cassette deck, or the optical digital input for a TV or CD player. Then you can stream those sources to other compatible multi-room speakers or WiiM components in your system.

User-friendly streaming options

Two-way Bluetooth lets you stream wirelessly from your compatible smartphone, tablet, computer, or other device using that familiar and popular platform to play music through whatever sound system your Pro Plus is connected to. You can also stream from the Pro Plus to your favorite Bluetooth headphones or speaker.

If you're like me, you'll want to connect to your home network using Wi-Fi or Ethernet — and it's super-easy to set up using the free WiiM Home app for Apple® and Android™ devices. You can access and manage a bunch of music services from within the app, and control music across multiple WiiM players in different rooms. A sync audio option in the WiiM app uses a built-in mic on the Pro Plus to get rid of any playback latency between grouped devices.

Wiim app screens

The WiiM Home app gives you access to your favorite music, powerful multi-room control, and more.

Versatile multi-room performance

Grouping and controlling all three WiiMs together worked great when I used the WiiM Home app, with fast playback response and stable settings that stay put — you don't have to re-pair every time you start a fresh streaming session. Engaging the sync audio feature quickly and efficiently corrected an initial delay between the three devices. The Pro Plus and Pro both support Chromecast Built-in, and grouping those two together using Chromecast built-in worked well. Using AirPlay 2 to group all three streamers also worked fine.

Plenty of users will take advantage of WiiM's Apple AirPlay 2 and Alexa support — both for single-zone and multi-room streaming. WiiM streamers also work with Spotify Connect and TIDAL Connect, which give you access to your WiiM device natively from within those apps.

Wiim Pro Plus streaming music player and digital preamp

WiiM Pro Plus

The Pro Plus uses a premium AKM VELVETSOUND™ DAC along with an ultra-low-noise clock. It's also got a high-quality Texas Instruments op-amp (essentially a preamp stage), and a carefully chosen power supply. The sum of this thoughtfully designed circuitry helps the Pro Plus deliver exceptionally clear and dynamic sound from your streaming and digital sources.

I set the Pro Plus to fixed output in the WiiM Home app audio settings, then connected it directly to my Parasound Zamp v3 power amplifier and MartinLogan floor-standing speakers — simplicity itself.

Glitch-free streaming via Qobuz sounded full, rich, and detailed — in fact, its audio quality beats any streamer that I've tested or owned in its price range and is easily on par with or better than much more expensive ones.

Listening impressions

The Rudy Van Gelder-produced Stone Flower album from Antonio Carlos Jobim absolutely glistened when I played it through the Pro Plus. Jobim's melodic guitar, piano lines, and occasional vocals drifted like smoke through Eumir Deodato's chill-yet-tense arrangements, underpinned by Ron Carter's nimble, in-the-pocket bass and the impeccable polyrhythmic interplay of percussionists with drummer João Palma.

The Pro Plus rendered John Anderson's stomping "Wild and Blue" — with Anderson's soulful, idiosyncratic vocals and Buddy Spicher's fiddle driving the crack Nashville band — with a lively, lifelike soundstage full of musical detail. And for a reality check, I played one of my standby reference tracks: Steely Dan's "Aja" — yup. Clear, articulate, and muscular sound.

Details

  • high-performance AKM 4493SEQ VELVETSOUND DAC with up to 32-bit/384kHz decoding
  • control with free WiiM Home app for Apple and Android devices
  • play music from Qobuz, Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and more
  • control and group with other WiiM devices (sold separately) on your network
  • supports Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Chromecast built-in, and Apple AirPlay 2
  • works with Amazon Alexa, Siri (Apple), and Google Assistant voice control devices (sold separately)
  • built-in mic accepts Amazon Alexa voice commands
  • analog stereo RCA and digital optical and coaxial audio outputs
  • optical digital and analog stereo RCA inputs
  • connects to your home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet
  • included remote controls volume and playback with four presets

Wiim Pro streaming music player and digital preamp

WiiM Pro

The Pro looks almost exactly like its sibling, the Pro Plus, which has upgraded DAC circuitry that gives it the edge when it comes to sound quality. But the Pro is no slouch, and its streaming capabilities are the same, which means if you use one of its digital outputs to connect to an outboard DAC, you can get as good or better sound from it. So if you've already got a DAC that you love — like the Crutchfield customer-favorite Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M — the more affordable Pro might be the best choice for you.

I connected it to my NAD C700 integrated amp and ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UBR62 bookshelf speakers. Setup was fast and easy with the streamlined, user-friendly app. Within three minutes I was listening to glitch-free streaming music via Qobuz that sounded full and detailed.

Listening impressions

If you approach multi-room streaming the way I do, with multiple stereo setups, you might use the Pro Plus in your dedicated listening room and a Pro in the living room, where you listen while you talk with family and friends. It will sound very nice, as I discovered listening to the Rolling Stones' "Monkey Man." The Pro showcased the dramatic intro, with Nicky Hopkins' icicle piano setting the stage for Keith Richards' stabbing rhythm guitar riffs and strangled-then-soaring slide guitar. I could even pick out the subtle vibraphone accents in the raunchy mix — no mean feat, especially for a component in this price range.

Details

  • built-in Texas Instruments PCM 5121 DAC with up to 32-bit/384kHz decoding
  • control with free WiiM Home app for Apple and Android devices
  • play music from Qobuz, Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and more
  • control and group with other WiiM devices (sold separately) on your network
  • supports Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Chromecast built-in, and Apple AirPlay 2
  • works with Amazon Alexa, Siri (Apple), and Google Assistant voice control devices (sold separately)
  • built-in mic accepts Amazon Alexa voice commands
  • analog stereo RCA and digital optical and coaxial audio outputs
  • optical digital and analog stereo RCA inputs
  • connects to your home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet
  • included remote controls volume and playback with four presets
Wiim Mini streaming music player and digital preamp

WiiM Mini

The Mini has the same DAC as its bigger sibling, the Pro, but with a streamlined form factor and connection bank. That makes it perfect for adding high-res streaming to things like a set of powered speakers with an aux input or a sound bar.

I connected it to the 3.5mm aux input on a Boston Acoustics table radio I bought at Crutchfield around 2010. In my home, it was an easy way to extend multi-room playback to our bedroom and bring an older but great-sounding clock radio into the streaming age instead of replacing it.

Details

  • built-in Texas Instruments PCM 5121 DAC provides high-res audio decoding
  • control with free WiiM Home app for Apple and Android devices
  • play music from Qobuz, Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and more
  • control and group with other WiiM devices (sold separately) on your network
  • supports Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, and Apple AirPlay 2
  • works with Amazon Alexa and Apple's Siri voice control devices (sold separately)
  • 3.5mm analog stereo input and output
  • optical digital audio output
  • connects to your home network via Wi-Fi
Wiim Amp wireless streaming amplifier

WiiM Amp

The Amp contains all the WiiM connectivity plus 60 watts x 2 of Class D amplification inside its compact chassis. That means all you need to do is add your favorite passive stereo speakers and you’ve got a viable hi-fi system.

It sounded deceptively huge when I connected it to my MartinLogan floor-standing speakers. And it also flawlessly connected to my Wi-Fi network and responded to WiiM Home app control when I streamed high-res music files via Qobuz.

Details

  • high-performance ESS SABRE HyperStream DAC with up to 32-bit/192kHz decoding
  • 60 watts x 2 into 8 ohms, 120 watts x 2 into 4 ohms
  • analog stereo RCA, digital optical, USB Type A, and HDMI ARC audio inputs
  • subwoofer output
  • control with free WiiM Home app for Apple and Android devices
  • play music from Qobuz, Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and more
  • control and group with other WiiM devices (sold separately) on your network
  • supports Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Chromecast built-in, and Apple AirPlay 2
  • works with Amazon Alexa, Siri (Apple), and Google Assistant voice control devices (sold separately)
  • connects to your home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet
  • included remote controls volume and playback with four presets

Listening impressions

Can you ever really hear "detail" in Link Wray's trashy, swampy roots-rock? Yes! His 1970s Polydor recordings, collected on Guitar Preacher feature some brilliant distorted guitar tones, but also some beautiful acoustic and clean electric sounds in his refreshingly stripped-down and soulful tunes. And the Amp handled it all very nicely.

I also listened to The Oscar Peterson Trio's beautifully recorded We Get Requests album. The Jobim-penned opening track, "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)" features Peterson and bassist Ray Brown working the upper registers while drummer Ed Thigpen eases his way into the trio's interpretation of the bossa nova groove. The Amp rendered a crisp, articulate soundstage that let the uncluttered arrangement shine.

Want more advice on the different WiiM streamers?

If you need some help choosing the best WiiM streamer or streamers for your setup, get in touch. And remember: all of your Crutchfield purchases come with free lifetime tech support.

Looking for
wi-fi multi-room audio?

Wi-Fi Multi-room Audio Shop our selection
Compare the sound