Monitor Audio has designed the WS100 wireless audio system for people who store and play music from a desktop, laptop or smart phone.
The system comprises a pair of stylish 5-inch cube speakers with amps and wireless receiver on-board. The matching, compact monitors are precision engineered to deliver clean wideband lossless audio from any computer in seconds. A wire-free connection to any computer—desktop or laptop, Mac or PC—is performed via the USB dongle transmitter supplied, which configures automatically without the need for further software.
The WS100 monitors employ custom-designed tweeters and mid-bass drivers based on the C-CAM transducers used by Monitor Audio’s flagship hi-fi speakers. C-CAM is Monitor’s proprietary driver material, derived from the aerospace industry. According to the company, it’s extremely light, but also very rigid, and so is able to reproduce highs and dynamic lows accurately.
A further crucial element in the WS100 chemistry is Monitor Audio’s use of SKAA wireless transmission. Integrated with each DAC is a specialized wireless receiver, employing a very high quality digital audio protocol to transport audio from source to destination without compression. Operating in the 2.4GHz band, it protects the lossless signal from other networks with a patented Walking Frequency Diversity (WFD) technology, which uses sophisticated channel-hopping to eliminate clicks, pops and dropouts.
Built for ease of use, the WS100 operates with plug and play simplicity. Power up the speakers with a single mains connection and plug the SKAA transmitter dongle in the nearest USB. When in range of the transmitter (up to 10 meters) as many as four WS100 systems will receive the same source. Further dongles will send pristine lossless audio from up to four sources to the same WS100 system.
The WS100 remote, which is shaped to fit snugly in hand, will control power, play/pause, track up/down volume and input selection: the 3.5mm mini-jack input on the back of the WS100 will accept a wired connection from Apple iPhone, iPod, iPad and other sound sources. Connect wirelessly with Apple devices through an additional ultra-compact dongle purchased separately. System volume may also be controlled from a touch panel on the side of the WS100.