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WiiM announces two new audiophile wireless streamers – one with touchscreen

WiiM has announced two new audiophile streaming devices for the higher end of its wireless audio streaming devices. Called 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 Saber ES9038 Q2M 32-bit/384kHz DAC. (Last year’s Wiim Amp used a Saber ES9018 DAC instead). They also use Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 for wireless connectivity, and they each sport the same stripped-down Mac Studio look. WiiM says both devices also automatically adjust the audio output to the room they’re in.

The 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 button, to display things like app widgets, album art, playback controls and miscellaneous audio and input/output settings. On the back it has an HDMI ARC port, optical and RCA jacks and is the only WiiM device with a phono input.

The WiiM Amp Pro: a bit like the WiiM Amp, but different.
Image: Courtesy of WiiM

The WiiM Amp Pro, on the other hand, is identical to the WiiM Amp in many 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 Amp’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 United States. We asked WiiM if the standard $299 WiiM Amp would remain in its lineup.