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Wren unites wood and wireless in speakers

By Staff writers | 4:45 pm 27/03/2013

Wood is often considered one of the nicest materials for speakers, and now that everyone is going wireless, it makes sense to try and combine the two. Luckily, there are new speakers designed by ex-Harman Kardon talent that feature both.

Encased in a wood cabinet, the Wren V5AP speaker takes the wireless speaker formula made famous by Sonos and provides it with high-end components, such as class D amplifier controlled by an Intersil D2 Audio digital signal processor, two 3 inch long throw drivers, 19mm soft dome tweeters, and a 4mm silicone pad to absorb vibrations.

The design is unique, and the team responsible is led by Mike Giffin, formerly of Harman International, with Wren focusing on creating modern products with “old school materials and build quality,” which we assume means the gear will be designed to last.

“Combining premium audio and technology components with natural timber cabinets, Wren has the audio performance to match its product design,” said David Murray, Managing Director of Conexus, the company bringing Wren products to Australia.

Compatible with Apple AirPlay, the Wren speaker also works with Pandora, Spotify, iTunes , and like the Sonos devices, can be streamed to multiple V5 speakers at the same time.

Or you could skip the wireless connectivity altogether and connect up a device over the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Audio stockists and retailers dealing in high-end audio should be receiving units soon, with the Wren V5AP being made available in bamboo or rosewood options, and sold at a recommended retail price of $499 each.

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