Audioengine W3 wireless audio adapter makes any system wireless

Audioengine has announced its new W3 wireless audio adapter, a USB DAC and wireless system that can send music from a laptop, computer or other music source to any active speakers or stereo systems around your home.

Consisting of a sender and a receiver, the former transmits audio from your computer through USB audio (or from any product with 3.5mm mini-jack or RCA audio outputs) to a receiver.

The W3 receiver connects to any product with a mini-jack or RCA audio connectors – Audioengine's powered speakers, the A2 and A5+ would do the job. And hey presto, you have a wireless music system.

The transmitter can also send music to up to three different receivers for a basic multiroom system.

The upgraded W3 claims CD-quality stereo sound with no compression and can handle USB audio up to 16 bits/48KHz, as well as analogue audio via a 3.5mm mini-jack.

Audioengine was one of the first companies to deliver such a product, launching the W1 wireless adapter a few years ago.

The upgraded UK edition of the W3 also provides greater resistance to interference from other wi-fi devices – plus other ‘noisy’ devices around your home. Audioengine claims the W3 can transmit to devices over 30m away.

The price of the Audioengine W3 is £125, which gives you a sender and a receiver. You can add extra receivers for £75 each.

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Joe Cox
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Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).