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!
- Easy, Active, High Performance Wire-Free Speaker System
- Plug n’ Play: no software required
- CD audio quality
- Universal: operates with PC and Mac
- Remote control of volume, play/pause, track up/down
- Robust, die-cast metal enclosure with pivoting action
- 2 x 75mm (3”) C-CAM® bass drivers
- 2 x 19mm (3/4”) C-CAM gold dome tweeters
- Total system power 60W from 4 x integral amplifiers
- Advanced DSP. Discrete, dedicated DACs
- Patented SKAA™ wire-less system with WFD™ wireless protocol
- Noise-free music reproduction: no cross-talk, dropouts, clicks or pops
- Single USB transmitter dongle powers up to four pairs of WS100
- Connect portables through a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack
80Hz - 25kHz
Maximum SPL (each @ 1M)
Power output (RMS)
Bass 2 x 20 watts
Tweeter 2 x 10 watts
Drive unit complement
2 x 75mm (3") C-CAM Cone Bass Driver
2 x 19mm (3/4") C-CAM Gold Dome Tweeter
Auxiliary input impedeance/sensitivity
Up to 10 metres
Signal to noise SNR
A.C. input voltage
90-264V (auto range)
Class D - high resolution amplifiers
<0.5 watts (standby); 14.5 watts (Max)
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")
Silver cabinet with black glass top and black grille
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
Airstream WS100 Sound+Vision Review
“Monitor Audio’s WS100 sports a streamlined design that will let it blend with most environments.”
“With its fleshed-out, dynamic sound, the compact WS100 performs better than most desktop speakers I’ve encountered: Guitars and other acoustic instruments had texture and body, and drums sounded like actual drums.”
“...the bass it does put out sounds tuneful and tight. And it plays loud! With the WS100 sitting on a desk 3 feet from your head, chances are you’ll cry uncle and turn the volume down long before these speakers show signs of strain.”
- Al Griffin, Sound+Vision, November 2012
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."
FOR: Decent price; excellent build; stable streaming; fantastic clarity, scale and detail.
VERDICT: The hunt for excellent desktop speakers just got a little easier.
WS100 GROUPTEST WINNER
“And they sound great... there’s impressive scale for speakers so small. The atmospheric sound of the track fills the room, doing a fine job of belying the diminutive dimensions.”
“Timing is good, while there’s impressive punch and detail.”
“Bass notes go deep and remain clear and controlled. Turn the WS100s up and not only will you be impressed by the volume and clarity, you’ll really notice the punch and dynamics.”
“Wireless music delivery gives you added flexibility, and audio performance remains impressive. There’s little drop-off in sound quality, and the connection proves solid, suffering no drop-outs or instability even in our listening rooms, which are surrounded by more wireless networks and devices than the average home or office.”
“These Monitor Audio WS100 speakers remain a great set of stylish, compact and excellent-sounding desktop speakers, with the added flexibility of wireless connectivity. They come highly recommended.”
“The perfect size for such a product, nicely styled with a neat design feature, and offering wireless streaming, they’re the complete desktop speaker on paper. And they seal the deal with superb sound that defies their dimensions.”
- What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, April 2013
We Can't Believe It's Wireless: Airstream WS100 Speakers
“Installation is easier than any other desktop speaker system you've ever used.”
" These are the best 2.0 speakers this size that we've heard, with lush and vibrant mids and surprisingly present highs."
"We played through around a hundred hours of music and movies, and found few instances where we were anything less than impressed."
"Nothing was ever harsh, and acoustic tracks (think B.B. King) had appropriate punch."
"Altogether, Monitor offers an easy, sleek, and winning package."
- Greg May, TrulyGadgets.com, May 2013
Airstream WS100 - The Answer To Poor Sonics in your Laptop or Desktop?
"The aluminum cubes look smart... they look better than the price tag suggests."
"You can pair four sets of speakers if you wish and the dedicated dongle technology is impressive and simple to set up."
"Tilting the speakers back for the best performance is easy and feels natural... Powered by amplifiers in each speaker, the WS100s are assured and loud. The cube style means there's plenty of space for a meaty sound and the stereo effect is made even better by tilting each speaker back."
"Sonically, these speakers beat many budget hi-fi systems hands down - without the design, remote and wireless skills, they would still represent a decent buy."
"If you have a home office and need decent sound for the price of a pair of decent headphones, these speakers are enough to worry rivals at twice the price. Build is amazing and that's not something we say lightly about laptop speakers."
"Sound rivals the best dock systems at this price but then beats them for laptop and desktop use by offering a 1m stereo soundstage."
"Sit back from them on a desk while they're tilted back and you'll be surprised at the performance. They're worth every penny if you can live without AirPlay and Bluetooth."
WS100: What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision draws a Five-Star Conclusion
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Magazine loves everything about the WS100 wireless desktop speaker system. Not only is the sound ‘seriously good’, the build is ‘reassuringly weighty and sturdy’ and the SKAA connection ‘reliable and robust’. In fact, says the mag, ‘it’s hard to believe these speakers cost just £250. If you’re looking for an instant upgrade to sound from your computer, ‘the WS100s are capable of greater scale and dynamics than many rivals at this price’. According to the experts at What Hi-Fi, ‘the hunt for excellent desktop speakers just got a little easier’. Five star verdict!
WS100 review by Trusted Reviews
If you’re looking for an easy way to maximise sound from your computer in-room and around the home, the WS100 system will fit the bill, says Trusted’s Gordon Kelly. In scoring the system 8/10 with a coveted ‘recommended’ citation he says “…those living in the dock world will have forgotten what a difference clear left and right channels can make, particularly to the high quality audio sources provided by the DAC. In addition SKAA streaming works brilliantly. There is no lag (something which haunts AirPlay users), no trouble streaming even the highest bitrate lossless files and we heard no drop-outs during a full day's listening…We like the WS100 a great deal. Monitor Audio has combined cutting edge SKAA wireless connectivity with high class audio to produce an exceptional pair of desktop speakers which are equally happy in a kitchen or under the TV as sat next to a computer. Add to that SKAA's ability to pair with as many as four sets of WS100s and there is expandability in there too.”
WS100 Review in BBC Music Magazine's Audio Round-Up
"In keeping with Monitor Audio's heritage, the system delivers huge levels of detail and has a surprising amount of sound, given the compact size of the speakers, largely due to its custom design."
Read the full review in January's issue of BBC Music Magazine, available now.
Best Buy for Wire-Free Wonders
"Monitor Audio has outdone itself with the Airstream WS100 speakers. If you want a simple wireless audio solution with outstanding sound quality at a great price, look no further."
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