UPDATE: Monitor Audio launches Airstream A100 wireless streaming amplifier in UK

Update 22.02.14

First seen at CES last month (see original story below), Monitor Audio's Airstream A100 is making its UK debut here at the Bristol Show. It goes on sale in March for £400. You can check it out for yourself in Rooms 206/208 in the Marriott Hotel.

Published 08.01.14

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Monitor Audio has unveiled its first ever amplifier at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, the Airstream A100, due out in March for £400.

Promising a marriage of Monitor Audio's traditional audio expertise with an eye-catching modern design and a host of wireless connectivity options.

The A100 has stereo RCA analogue inputs (and outputs), a digital optical audio input, a sub out and a front-mounted USB, but also majors on wireless music, with Apple AirPlay and DLNA on board.

There's also WiFi Direct streaming, or Airstream Direct as MA calls it, meaning you can stream music from an iOS device without a WiFi network and router.

The wireless streaming means you can access your music library on a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, and you can even drive multiple speakers for a basic multiroom system from the AirStream A100.

Class A/B amplification delivers 2 x 50 watts of power per channel, a high-resolution DAC and there's support for AAC, ALAC, FLAC, LPCM and MP3 files, and more.

Due for release in March, the Monitor Audio Airstream A100 is available in black or white, can sit vertically or horizontally.

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Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, 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 almost 20 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).