WiiM Mini and Pro: Practical Alternatives to Chromecast Audio

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The WiiM Mini and WiiM Pro offer functional and affordable solutions for those seeking alternatives to the discontinued, but loved, Chromecast Audio. These devices are designed to integrate into existing audio setups, providing high-quality sound and the flexibility of multi-room streaming without the need for built-in speakers.


Revisiting Chromecast Audio's Legacy

Unlike the direct Bluetooth connections typically used by smartphones and portable speakers, the WiiM Mini and Pro devices leverage network connectivity, supporting both wired and wireless setups. This feature facilitates broader compatibility across various ecosystems, including Amazon and Apple, alongside options for local and high-resolution streaming, addressing a wider audience than just Android users.

WiiM Mini vs. WiiM Pro: Key Distinctions

For those specifically looking for a Chromecast Audio replacement, the WiiM Pro, despite its higher cost, might be the more fitting choice. The WiiM Mini supports Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, AirPlay 2, DLNA, and more, but due to hardware limitations, it does not support Chromecast Audio (and never will).

The WiiM Pro boasts the same capabilities as the WiiM Mini. Both can be grouped with Amazon Echo smart speakers and displays as well as Apple's HomePods, offering compatibility with Siri and Alexa. The device can stream gapless audio with high-fidelity up to 24-bit / 192 kHz. It features an auxiliary and optical output and an auxiliary input, giving you the freedom to choose your preferred speakers.

The WiiM Pro boasts unique features that set it apart from the WiiM Mini, including seamless integration with Google Chromecast Audio and the ability to be part of an Alexa multi-room setup. To ensure a seamless experience, the WiiM Pro also has an Ethernet jack, eliminating the need for a Wi-Fi connection and preserving your wireless bandwidth. The Pro model also offers RCA and optical line inputs. Its outputs include an RCA replacing the auxiliary, as well as a coaxial option. In terms of hardware, both devices feature a built-in Texas Instruments PCM5121 DAC, but the WiiM Pro boasts a more powerful SoC, increased RAM, and ample flash storage.

The WiiM Pro: A black, square-shaped streaming media player with rounded corners and a subtle logo on the top. The front edge features four minimalist icons indicating power, volume up, volume down, and mute functions.

Self-Calibrating Multi-Room Audio

The WiiM Home app elevates the overall experience with its functionality. With its ability to group multiple WiiM devices for synchronized play, and automatic speaker timing sync through a built-in microphone, you can effortlessly customize your listening experience. If you want more precise control, the app offers options for manual tweaking, including support for a graphic EQ. And for even greater sound customization, WiiM has plans to add a parametric EQ in the future. Though, do keep in mind that you should never buy a product based on promises.

Close-up of the WiiM Pro's back panel, showcasing various input and output ports. From left to right: a power port with a USB-C connector, a microphone port, a pair of RCA connectors labelled 'LINE IN' in red and white, another pair labelled 'LINE OUT', two optical ports labelled 'SPDIF IN' and 'SPDIF OUT', a 'TRIGGER OUT' port with RCA connector, a 'COAX OUT' port with a single RCA connector, and a LAN port for network connection. Above the ports, the device displays the WiiM logo.

Full Support for Local Playback

The WiiM Mini and Pro are not only capable of streaming from web services, but thanks to their support of DLNA, local playback is also possible. This allows you to stream any audio file, be it in the MP3 or FLAC format, to anywhere in your home. This is great news for those using open-source variants of the Logitech Media Server (LMS).

LMS is a free, open-source software that enables you to stream music from your computer or server to other devices on your home network. It is often used with the discontinued yet popular Logitech Squeezebox players, but can also work with a wide range of other devices, including Sonos speakers, various network-attached storage devices, and mobile devices. LMS allows you to manage and organize your media files and stream them to compatible devices on your network. It also provides a web interface for remote control and access to your media files.

If you are using AirPlay 2, the WiiM Mini and Pro should also work as Roon endpoints. An upcoming firmware update for the WiiM Pro will officially make the device Roon Ready. A separate firmware for the WiiM Mini is in active development, which will strip out some existing functions to make space on the limited storage for the Roon integration.

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Integrating WiiM With Home Assistant

The integration of the WiiM Mini with Home Assistant is underway, but still in a developmental phase. A custom component has been crafted and an active discussion surrounding it can be found on forums, though there are reports of it not functioning optimally. However, utilizing the DLNA integration is a viable option and has received positive feedback from a Reddit user for its seamless implementation.

Can WiiM Be Trusted?

Linkplay Technology, who makes the WiiM audio streamers, has shown itself as involved and very active when it comes to improving their line-up. Online, you will find roadmaps for both the WiiM Mini and WiiM Pro. Since their launch, both devices have received several firmware updates featuring not just bug-fixes, but also additional functionality.


The WiiM Mini is a top choice for anyone seeking to elevate their audio experience. Its multi-streaming service compatibility, ability to stream in multiple rooms, exceptional sound quality, and sleek design set it apart in the market. Upgrade your home entertainment system today with the WiiM Mini. If you need the added benefit of Chromecast Audio, the WiiM Pro is an upgraded option that also includes a wired network connection and other useful features.

A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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