Maximise the sound of your Mac or PC, wire-free with the WS100 Wireless Multimedia System. Four decades of design expertise delivers room-filling CD-quality audio from a pair of luxury go-anywhere speaker cubes, and connection through USB is instant and automatic. Each active space-efficient 5” cube employs custom-designed C-CAM drivers, based on the transducers used by our flagship hi-fi speakers. They’re driven directly by DSP (Digital Signal Processor) optimised signals from individual cool-running hi-fi amplifiers, so all the music gets through and goes loud! What’s more, our use of the excellent and robust SKAA™ wireless transmission system ensures that no clicks, pops or dropouts will disturb your enjoyment of the WS100 system in action. Plug-in. Press play. Go loud without wires. Great sound was never this easy!
|Frequency Response:||80Hz - 25kHz|
|Maximum SPL (each @ 1M):||99.5dBA|
|Power output (RMS):||
Bass 2 x 20 watts
|Drive unit complement:||
2 x 75mm (3") C-CAM Cone Bass Driver
|System configuration:||Sealed box|
|Auxiliary input impedeance/sensitivity:||10k ohms/300mV|
|Wireless system:||SKAAtm 2.4GHz|
|Wireless range:||Up to 10 metres|
|Signal to noise SNR:||>95dB|
|A.C. input voltage:||90-264V (auto range)|
|Amplifier category:||Class D - high resolution amplifiers|
|Power consumption:||<0.5 watts (standby); 14.5 watts (Max)|
|Electrical approvals:||ErP, CE, CB, cTUVus, FCC, IC, GOST|
|Dimensions (each) (H x W x D):||125 x 120 x 120mm (415/17 x 43/4 x 43/4")|
|Colour/Finish:||Silver cabinet with black glass top and black grille|
|Weight (each)||1.8kg (4lb)|
The gold dome tweeter is formed from a ceramic-coated aluminium/magnesium alloy, gold anodised to a specific thickness for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Its new profile and surround geometry have been developed using advanced modelling tools, to provide the optimum qualities for accurate sound reproduction. The new design moves the first order of breakup to beyond 35kHz, producing a linear response way beyond audibility, which matches the wide frequency bandwidth available from HD music and cinema sound formats.
The gold dome is thinner, lighter, more rigid and therefore more efficient than domes made from other materials which are prone to distortion in the audio band.
Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium is a material originally developed by the aerospace industry for jet engine components. Its properties are ideal for loudspeaker cones being extremely rigid, yet light enough to yield high overall efficiency. In manufacture, aluminium/magnesium alloy undergoes a three-stage stress-relieving process to remove surface deformation and molecular weakness. Once formed, the alloy cone is subjected to a high temperature anodic coating process in which a layer of pure ceramic alumina is depleted onto its surfaces to a depth of 50 microns, producing a completely rigid sandwich of alloy and heat-dissipating ceramic material.
Conventional cones are liable to flex or twist in operation, producing a significant level of audible distortion. C-CAM cones have a much higher resistance to bending stress and therefore exhibit much greater fidelity over their entire operating range. C-CAM tweeters and woofers share an audible consistency producing a smooth transition of frequencies and a sense of realism and cohesion in the soundstage.
Airstream WS100 - Premium Desktop Hi-Fi
"The WS100's die-cast aluminum cubes are a good size and feel reassuringly weighty and sturdy."
"In practice, we were treated to a reliable and robust connection - there was no signal breakup, even with the speakers and dongle in separate rooms."
"Considering their size, the WS100s are capable of greater scale and dynamics then many rivals at this price. Stream Childish Gambino's L.E.S. and the sealed boxes fire out a solid bass kick."
"Edges of notes are well defined while strings flow with an air of both subtlety and authority."
"Switch to the 3.5mm auxiliary input and the tune sounds even smoother and more natural."
"Perched on a desktop or shelf, they can fire out a seriously good sound."
WS100 Wireless Powered Desktop Speaker
"Making the WS100s work was a snap and did not require even so much as a peak at the included Quick Start Guide."
"The Monitor Audio WS100s sound really good. They sound surprisingly full-bodied considering they're rated at 80Hz - 25kHz."
"The practically disappear on my desktop."
"The WS100s sound, in a word, fun."
"And the very clever in-built hinged stands provide just the right amount of tilt to deliver that surprisingly full-bodied sound to your ears."
"I find them well balanced and engaging and the Wi-Fi worked flawlessly in-room as advertised. And they look good, especially with the like-designed computers."
"If you are looking for a small, attractive, good-sounding, reasonably-priced powered wireless speaker with a built-in DAC and stands for near-field listening, I would send you to Monitor Audio and their WS100s in a heart beat."
- Michael Lavorgna, AudioStream.com, November 2012
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