The new Piega connect plus, which the Swiss loudspeaker manufacturer Piega SA now presents as the successor to the Piega connect, is intended as an extension for the Piega Premium Wireless Series.
Piega connect plus, as the renowned Swiss loudspeaker specialist Piega SA calls the successor of the Piega connect, thus presents the latest generation of an extremely flexible component of the Piega Premium Wireless Series. This solution is intended to enable users to create a central, versatile interface between the wireless speakers of the said Piega Premium Wireless Series and an existing hi-fi system or even a multi-room audio system.
In doing so, the new Piega connect plus naturally relies on the advantages of the previously offered Piega connect, but now earns the “plus” in its name through additional connection options and a powerful integrated streaming client.
Piega Premium Wireless Series
The so-called Piega Premium Wireless Series represents an extremely impressive product line of wireless speaker systems. Here, the Swiss rely on the virtues that have distinguished the solutions from Lake Zurich for years, such as a fabulous performance in the smallest, most elegant form factor, with the possibilities that modern active speaker systems can offer.
Convenience, flexibility and versatility are thus to be combined with playback in true high-end HiFi quality, as the manufacturer itself puts it in a nutshell.
The series includes the floorstanding speaker systems Piega Premium Wireless 701, Piega Premium Wireless 501 and the bookshelf speaker system Piega Premium Wireless 301. In addition, there is the already repeatedly mentioned Piega connect, which is now, as described, replaced by the new Piega connect plus.
Piega connect plus – The central interface based on KleerNET
The primary task of the Piega connect plus is to act as a central interface between existing hi-fi systems and the loudspeakers of the Piega Premium Wireless Series.
The Piega connect plus presents itself as a compact solution, measuring no more than 172 x 101 x 42 mm and weighing no more than 350 g with a plastic housing, kept in discreet black.
The signal transmission between the Piega connect plus and the active wireless speakers of the Piega Premium Wireless Series is carried out using KleerNET, a radio technology also known as Kleer Wireless Technology, which operates as a tri-band technology in the range of 2.4 GHz, 5.2 GHz and 5.8 GHz with Auto Band Switching for interference-free transmission even in the environment of WiFi or Bluetooth. This allows data rates to be achieved that permit transmission of up to 24 bits and 96 kHz. In principle, KleerNET supports not only stereo but also surround, up to 7.1-channel configurations. In the case of the Piega connect plus, however, only stereo is supported, which is explicitly stated here.
Numerous interfaces – analog and digital including HDMI
The new Piega connect plus initially has analog inputs designed as a 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack as well as a pair of RCA jacks, plus three optical and one coaxial S/PDIF interface, whereby signals can be transmitted in Linear PCM at up to 24 bit and 192 kHz. In addition, there is a USB port that can establish a direct connection to a PC or Mac as a Type B port and transmit audio signals in Linear PCM with up to 24 bit and 192 kHz via USB.
In addition, there is now also an HDMI port, so that you can connect a TV directly to the new Piega connect plus, and thus use speaker systems from the Piega Premium Wireless Series as excellent audio systems for TV.
Streaming via WiFi – UPnP, Google Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2 and Roon Ready
But things get really exciting when you integrate the Piega connect plus into the network via the integrated WiFi module, because then it can first directly access content in the network via UPnP as a dlna-certified streaming client.
In addition, the new Piega connect plus supports both Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay 2, is equipped for Spotify including Spotify Connect, and will soon be designated as Roon Ready.
Bluetooth also on board
Bluetooth should not be missing either, since users should be able to use smartphones, tablets or computers as a source away from the network in the simplest way. However, only Bluetooth 4.2 is used here.
Simple control via remote control or app
The new Piega connect plus is controlled either via an included remote control, which is designed as a bidirectional solution, or also via the remote control of the TV set, at least when watching TV.
In addition, the Swiss company has its own app ready for the Piega Premium Wireless Series, namely the Piega Control App for Apple iOS and Google Android.
In addition to the actual control of all functions of the system, this also provides an uncomplicated and quick room calibration.
Prices and availability
The new Piega connect plus is to be found already these days in specialized trade, as the Swiss loudspeaker manufacture indicates. The price is reported at € 590, -.
Getting to the point
The new Piega connect plus combines the qualities of its predecessor, the Piega connect, with additional connectivity options, most notably an HDMI input, as well as integrated streaming capabilities, Piega SA says. Like bislant, the Piega connect plus serves as an interface between existing hi-fi components and the Piega Premium Wireless Series speakers. Operation of the system is now said to be even more convenient, as it can now be done via smart devices in addition to remote control with the help of an app.
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