"Five Stars" - What Hi-fi? Magazine
"Fantastic Clarity, Scale, and Detail"
Monitor Audio's WS100 wireless speakers are designed for music lovers not network engineers. They perform a 'wire-free' connection to any desktop, laptop, Mac, or PC computer via the super-smart USB dongle transmitter that's included with the WS100. Plug it in, and the device configures automatically. Within seconds you’re ready to send clean, accurate, CD-quality music to the WS100 speakers.
"The Hunt for Excellent Desktop Speakers Just Got a Little Easier"
The WS100 earned a top rating of "Five Stars" from England's What Hi-fi? magazine, which praised these speakers for their "decent price, excellent build, stable streaming, and fantastic clarity, scale, and detail." According to the magazine, "The hunt for excellent desktop speakers just got a little easier."
"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," raves Michael Lavorgna in his AudioStream.com review for November 2012.
Ease-of-Use is Just the Beginning
Incomparable ease-of-use is just part of the WS100 story. In the finest tradition of Monitor Audio design, each active speaker has been engineered to deliver the best audio experience possible from a space-efficient 5” cube. The WS100 monitor uses custom-designed C-CAM drivers, based on the transducers used by Monitor Audio’s flagship hi-fi speakers. They're driven directly by DSP (Digital Signal Processor) to optimize the signals from the individual cool-running hi-fi amplifiers, so all the music gets through and goes loud!
What's more, Monitor Audio's 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.
Feel the Quality
Each WS100 speaker cube has a rigid die-cast metal shell with a scratch-resistant polished glass top panel. A unique magnetic pivot system allows the speaker to be tilted backwards, ensuring great sound from shelf or table at any distance.
Plug and Play Anywhere
When you’re ready for the music, plug the SKAA transmitter dongle into the USB port, switch on the speakers, and you're done! You can add as many as four WS100 systems to receive the same source. Buy more dongles and send pristine CD-quality audio from up to four sources to the same WS100 speaker system.
The stylish remote fits snugly in hand. If you’re listening to music through a media player or through the auxiliary input, use the remote to control play/pause, track up/down and volume. The volume can also be adjusted via a button on the right-hand WS100 speaker.
Free Your Music
Four decades of design knowhow give the compact WS100 monitors a specialised advantage, which offers you fabulous audio and robust reliability. When all you want is all the music, the WS100 system will bring it to life like no computer accessory ever could!
Advanced C-CAM Drivers
The advanced WS100 drivers consist of two 3" C-CAM® bass drivers and two 3/4" C-CAM® gold dome tweeters (one woofer and tweeter per speaker).
C-CAM Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/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, aluminum/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.
Gold Dome C-CAM Tweeter
The gold dome tweeter is formed from a ceramic-coated aluminum/magnesium alloy, gold anodized to a specific thickness for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Its new profile and surround geometry have been developed using advanced modeling 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.
"Five Stars" - What Hi-fi? Magazine
"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."
"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."
- What Hi-fi? magazine, February 2013
"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