If you liked our Wiim Mini network streamer story but bemoaned the lack of Ethernet network connectivity, then the Audio Pro Link 1 might be faster. Link 1 covers wireless and wired network streaming for a few dollars more than the Wiim Mini. The price of the Audiopro is 129 USD/149 €/99 £:

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The price of adding Ethernet not only hits our wallets, but also the streaming connectivity options: the Audio Pro Link 1 gives us Siri/Alexa integration, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect and AirPlay but no Tidal Connect. The Audio Pro website does not specify AirPlay 2, so we’ll assume that’s the original AirPlay where multiroom is not part of the deal.

Where multiroom is possible with the Audio Pro UPnP application supplied with the device; a free download for iOS and Android. The application offers us streaming possibilities on the local network as well as the integration of Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal. I am often asked if these kinds of apps integrate Apple Music. The answer is always “no”. Only Sonos integrates Apple AirPlay. Beyond Sonos, we have to use Bluetooth or AirPlay to stream Apple Music from the comfort of the couch, both of which see the stream travel through smartphone, tablet or Mac.

Does the Audio Pro app play without interruption? We do not know yet. This is a question that the manufacturer must answer. As are the specs of the unit’s two outputs: the 3.5mm analog output whose internal DAC spec is unknown; and the TOSLINK output whose sample rate ceiling and possible resampling are also unknown.

Note that the Audio Pro Link 1 is not new. It dates from 2017. I would like to thank one of the readers of this site for bringing it to my attention. Starting from the photograph of each manufacturer, the Link 1 is more aesthetic than the Wiim Mini. It could be important for you. I know it’s for me. And it’s (almost) always nice to have options.

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