Review Price £150.00
Above this arguably the biggest benefit of the WF100 is it is platform neutral. Unlike Apple's AirPlay, which is limited to streaming from iTunes, or the various Kleer solutions which tend to be tied to individual docks (as seen with the Arcam rCube) the WF100 can play any media from any programme or any device (albeit some more simply than others). Consequently music is not your only option, your PC or laptop can also get a healthy audio boost if you were to play video from any media player.
So the WF100 is an unqualified success? Yes and no. You see for what it does the setup is essentially flawless, but in what it is there are inherent problems compared to its rivals. Notably streaming by AirPlay may be limited, but if you are happy to stick within its boundaries it is a more straightforward solution - particularly when paired with Airplay compliant devices like the Zeppelin Air which removes the need for dongles altogether - music goes straight from your phone or laptop to the device.
Furthermore at £150 the WF100 is no impulse purchase and it adds cost to any home setup you may consider buying. You should also factor in buying some longer 3.5mm and RCA cables since the ones supplied by Audio Pro are just 1m long making them virtually useless for any output not positioned right beside a wall socket.
Consequently for those looking to buy a new audio setup it would be easier to build it around an integrated standard such as AirPlay or Kleer. Then again where the WF100 really shines is in making the equipment you already own wireless capable and in that regard £150 is a small price to pay for adding such useful new functionality. Furthermore the clever housecode system brings the flexibility to make your setup as complex or basic as you like.
The WF100 wireless streaming system works beautifully. Setup is a breeze and its lossless streaming means audiophiles and even movie buffs will be satisfied. Its platform neutrality and its flexibility to stream from virtually any device to almost any output will be a dream for those with expensive legacy equipment. Then again for those looking to start from scratch it may be more sensible to build your setup around an integrated standard such as AirPlay or Kleer.
The WF100 may not solve the ongoing issue of fragmentation in the audio streaming sector, but it is a neat, elegant and diverse workaround.
Scores In Detail
- Sound Quality