Pop a year back in time and AirPlay speakers where few and far between, or at least it felt like it. This year has been different, with several new and interesting systems popping up, such as the Wren V5AP AirPlay speaker from Wren Sound Systems.
With Wren’s founder having spent over 20 years with Harman Kardon, there is plenty of audio ability put into the Wren V5AP, and luckily they seem to have placed a lot of attention on creating a system with a unique and versatile design. With its curvy shape and wood veneer finish (available in rosewood or bamboo), minimalistic buttons, and fabric speaker grill, it is like a nice piece of furnishing. In a way it reminds me a bit of the more old school audio systems from the likes of Bang & Olufsens.
Inside the 16.5-inch unit they have packed 3-inch throw drivers, 19mm soft dome tweeters, all powered by a class D amplifier with 50W power output. With the wooden veneer casing, they have placed 4mm silicone pads to the bottom of the unit so that it won’t bounce around on the surface when you crank up the volume.
AirPlay streaming is the main feature and use of the Wren V5AP, but it also comes with 3.5mm line-in and USB port located at the back of the unit. The USB port can also be used to charge your Apple device.
At the moment we have not been able to find any UK retailers stocking the Wren V5AP. From their own store it looks like they only ship to US, Canada, and Germany at the moment. Price on the website is listed at $399.
See an overview of other AirPlay speakers here.