Polk Audio might not be a household name in the speaker dock market, but with their recent announcement of the Polk Audio Woodbourne AirPlay and Bluetooth AptX speaker they might just make a few waves.
The new wireless speaker was presented at CES and based on initial reactions amongst tech media it sounds promising. Its tabletop design with the curved front is finished in mahogany wood veneer with a white casing. The whole front is pretty much in a white finish, with a small vertical strip in the middle that amongst other holds a few control buttons, leaving the top of the unit and its wooden finish untouched.
On the inside the Woodbourne speaker features dual 5.25-inch drivers and 1-inch tweeters that are powered by a 180W amplifier. This is definitely a home centrepiece to take on the competition with established systems such as the B&W Zeppelin Air and the B&O BeoPlay A8 of the wireless speaker market.
Besides streaming using AirPlay, the Woodbourne also comes with Bluetooth AptX for improved streaming from compatible smartphones and tablets, a codec that improves the streaming quality over Bluetooth. They have also added a minijack, optical input, USB and Ethernet port.
The Polk Audio Woodbourne wireless speaker is expected out in Q2 of this year with a retail price around £700. We hope to be back with a hands-on review later this year.