The form of this beautifully compact new amplifier has a heritage in French design. The sleek curved brushed black aluminium casework with silver edge accents, intuitive and breathtakingly simple front panel controls and display, look unlike any other entry level amplifier.
Understanding the D-Stream WAMP-200SB requires a re-think of what an amplifier actually does and the level of connectivity required – while there are 3 physical inputs (Ethernet, Optical and Analogue) and 2 types of wireless input (Bluetooth and Wifi), the array of software controlled inputs via the ap make conventional amplifiers look threadbare – you have…Streaming services – Spotify, Tidal, Napster and more, Internet Radio, Podcasts.
D-Stream is an innovative French and Chinese owned company. The D-Stream software applications are developed in France, while all of the product hardware is manufactured at the D-Stream facility in China. The unique advantage of D-Stream is that it successfully combines French creativity and design with efficient engineering techniques.
"On sound quality alone, the new D-Stream WAMP-200SB stands as the best sub-$1000 amplifier I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. It’s engaging, balanced, and produces room filling sound on a good variety of speakers – both compact and floor standing. It’s easy to use, beautifully designed and finished, and is quite possibly the smallest amplifier you have seen. My two demonstration units have performed faultlessly and identically.
This would be enough to warrant our firm recommendation. But there is a lot more to the D-Stream story – the streaming, wifi and multi-room abilities make this amplifier even better. As either an introduction to real hifi, or as a way to breathe new life into an existing system, The D-Stream WAMP-200SB has exceeded all our expectations and we’re confident you’ll be thrilled with how it sounds and performs in your own home."
John Ransley – Totally Wired