Dayton’s WF150A Makes Powered Wireless Audio Amazingly Affordable
(February 13, 2019) Here we are… AGAIN… with more red-hot Dayton Audio news. This time, Dayton is taking a break from adding to its MK Series of speakers, officially releasing what might be the company’s most intriguing product in recent memory. Meet the WF150A multi-Room Integrated Amplifier, a wireless streaming solution that can turn a pair of passive speakers into wireless performers. There are several products on the market similar to the WF150A (some offering more common integration methods), but Dayton is a clear winner when it comes to price. As of today, this unit is insanely affordable, currently selling on (you guessed it…) Parts Express for $276.90 ($352.89 MSRP).
At its core, the WF150A is a 2 x 75W stereo amplifier (20Hz – 20kHz, 0.1% THD, S/N 88.6 dB) with output that can be attenuated by both bass and treble controls (±6 dB). Size-wise, it’s a slim-line product, featuring a 17" W x 10-1/4" D x 2-5/16" H chassis that allows for room-friendly placement.
Content can be fed to the unit using traditional connection methods: three RCA inputs, an optical input that’s tied to an AK4388 24-bit/192 kHz DAC, and a single Ethernet input for LAN integration. But it also carries both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for convenient wire-free streaming. Additionally, the use of multiple WF150A units (or other Hi-Fly enabled products) in a single home allows for synchronized multi-room audio, device groupings throughout a home, or multi-user single device playback configurations.
And if added bass is desired, the WF150A provides a single pre-amp output for use with an active subwoofer. You can even tap the convenience of discrete playback using the front-mounted headphone output.
The free Hi-Fly app (Android/iOS) allows for control of the W1F150A (in single or whole-home configurations) right from your phone or favorite portable device. And owners can stream music from favorite services or networked devices, even managing integration other Hi-Fly enabled products. Also, Dayton has supplied quite a few front-mounted controls, including favorites presets, source selection, power, and volume control (and a remote control is included too!).
Take a moment to look at this unit’s price point, because $276 is insanely reasonable for amp/wireless combination product that introduces convenience into your home. Of course, it appears that widely popular streaming options (such as Apple AirPlay2) are missing. But, I look at WF150A and instantly think about outdoor speaker applications and areas of a home where easy to access music playback is desired but funds for gear are limited.
Well played, Dayton.
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