Wren V5AP

Powered wireless speaker system with Apple® AirPlay® (Bamboo)

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Distinctive look

The Wren V5AP AirPlay wireless speaker system blurs the line between quality audio gear and fine home décor. This stylish retro-looking design features a curved cabinet, trimmed in silver. The wood veneer top and silver speaker grille complete the look of this elegant system.

Wren V5AP Airplay wireless speaker

Exceptional sound

The system features high-performance 3/4" tweeters for clear highs and two 3" drivers for clean midrange and low tones. A bass port in the rear further reinforces the low frequencies. The V5AP's cabinet is made of MDF to minimize unwanted resonance. And the silicone pad on the bottom acts as a cushion to soak up cabinet vibrations.

Wren's proprietary Digital Signal Processing circuitry ensures accurate signal decoding and life-like sound reproduction. The system is powered by a built-in 50-watt Class-D amplifier. You'll experience warm, natural sound, whether playing your music at low or high volume levels.

The AirPlay advantage

You can easily play music from your computer wirelessly on the V5AP system through iTunes®. You can even stream to multiple V5APs (and other AirPlay-compatible systems) to simultaneously play your music in different locations throughout your home. And you can control the volume levels of each connected player individually or jointly through your computer's iTunes program.

With your Apple portable — iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® — you have even more options. Stream music wirelessly directly from your device to the V5AP. Or use your portable as a remote to control your computer's iTunes® library. Through AirPlay you can select songs and playlists, and adjust the volume level of the system as well.


Praise for the Wren V5 from inner|fidelity

"I've heard some reasonably good sounding devices of this type in the past... I'd say the Wren is my favorite of the bunch. It sounds great, but more importantly — it looks better in a stylish-yet-not-in-your-face sort of way."

— From John Grandberg's review in inner|fidelity, September 4, 2013
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Making the most of other music sources

Use the stereo minijack input to connect other portables to the system. The V5AP's USB port lets you connect an Apple portable with its charging cable. Your device will automatically recharge, and you can use the system's remote to control your connected player.

Product Highlights:

  • AirPlay lets you stream music via Wi-Fi from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or computer
  • two 3/4" tweeters and two 3" drivers
  • efficient, cool-running Class-D amplifier
  • total system power: 25 watts x 2
  • rosewood veneer and silver metal trim
  • MDF cabinet and silicone pad to minimize unwanted resonance for more accurate sound
  • stereo minijack auxiliary input for portable devices
  • USB port allows charging and audio playback from connected Apple portable
  • 30-pin-to-USB docking cable
  • AC power cable
  • 16-5/8"W x 4-1/4"H x 6-1/8"D
  • weight: 6.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • AirPlay powered speaker
  • AC power supply (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 5.75' AC power cord
  • 23" USB dock connector cable
  • Remote (CR2025 3V battery installed)
  • Setup Guide
  • Safety Instructions/Warranty
  • Thank You Letter/Registration Card

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Features

High Performance Drivers & Amplifier: The Wren V5 employs two 3" long-throw drivers with 4-layer voice coils to handle big power while dissipating heat. High frequencies are rendered smooth and natural by a pair of edge-driven, wide dispersion 0.75" soft dome tweeters optimally positioned on the front baffle to create a wide, realistic soundstage. The drivers are powered by Intersil's D2 Audio DSP-controlled 25 watts x 2 channel digital amplifier. DSP optimization allows you to play your music louder with more bass and less distortion.

Solid Anti-Resonance Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Wren V5 is made from real wood, with natural bamboo or rosewood finishes instead of painted plastic. Beneath the beautiful bamboo or rosewood veneer is half-inch laminated MDF board that eliminates resonance and coloration. A precisely tuned acoustic rear-firing port extends the low end of the driver to provide power bass performance. The underside of the Wren V5 is covered with a 4mm low durometer silicone pad that stabilizes the chassis and absorbs cabinet vibration. Wren's unique internal diamond-matrix grille design protects the drivers without distorting the sound.

Apple Device Connectivity: The Wren V5AP powered speaker supports iPod, iPhone, and iPad connectivity via built-in AirPlay and its rear-panel USB port.

  • AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to the Wren V5AP speaker system, over your home network connection. By downloading Apple's free Remote app onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 5.0 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
  • USB: The Wren V5AP supports digital music playback from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad using its rear-panel USB (type-A) port. Simply plug your compatible Apple device into the speaker system's rear-panel USB port, using the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone/iPad. Stored music and music apps from your connected Apple device can be played through the speaker, bypassing the iPod/iPhone D/A converter for better sound quality. The V5AP offers limited playback control (Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Shuffle/Repeat) of your music from the included IR remote. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information will still be done from your connected Apple device. Your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (max. 2A).
Note: The V5AP's AirPlay and USB port only support Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices. Its not compatible with Android smartphone/tablets, other USB mass storage class devices, DLNA, or Bluetooth.

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Wren V5AP is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 12/6/2013).

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
USB AirPlay Audio Video iPod/iPhone Remote Track Info Artist/Song Text
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
2 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
3 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
mini 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
air 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4S 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5C 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5S 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
nano
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Simple Controls: The Wren V5 provides easy-to-use power, volume, and source buttons on the side-panel of the system. It also includes an IR remote for wireless operation of the system. In addition to power, volume, and source control, the remote allows you to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Shuffle/Repeat. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information will need to be done through your Apple AirPlay device.

Note: When in AirPlay mode, the volume control on the AirPlay source device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or iTunes running on a PC or MAC) will override the volume control on the Wren V5AP and the remote control.

Multi-Room Application: You can link multiple Wren V5AP speakers together to create an audio system for your entire home. You can stream to all the speakers at once, or let individual listeners stream different music to different parts of the house.

Aux Input: A 3.5mm auxiliary input lets you connect and play music from other audio sources, such as a portable CD player or MP3 player with an audio output or headphone output jack.

External AC Power Supply: The Wren V5 operates off of standard household current using the supplied AC power adapter and cord.

  • Input: 100-240V ~1.8A, 50-60Hz
  • Output: 18-24V, 3.3-2.5A

Auto Standby & Sleep Modes: After twenty-five minutes of inactivity, the system will automatically enter Auto Standby mode, shutting down all power except WiFi. The speaker will remain available on AirPlay and can be awakened by connecting to the product via AirPlay or by briefly pressing the power button on the speaker. After seven minutes in Auto Standby mode, the speaker will enter Auto Sleep mode, which reduces power usage to the minimum. The speaker will not be available as an AirPlay product in this mode and can only be awakened by pressing the power button on the system or remote control. When in Auto Sleep mode, no indicators will be lit.

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Wren V5AP

Written By Mark, Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, December 06, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Setup was simple following the instruction, connecting to a iPad unit. Sound is good to excellent it depends on what is playing at the time. All in all it was a good purchase for the small room that it was place in.

Good choice for the 'almost audiophile'

Written By CBR, Boston, MA on Monday, November 24, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent speaker for a reasonable price.Well made. Easy to set-up and use. Have listened to jazz, classical, opera, and some pop and found the instruments and voices to be distinct and clean. Good bass; even could get a 'feel' for the low organ notes in Bach's great Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Volume may be a limiting factor at the loudest setting levels, but I have not ever got there as I can get it to the point where it will be at an acceptable 'concert hall' setting - and I don't mean a rock concert. Have only used it via the direct connection method, as my WiFi is non-existant.

Pros: Well designed and manufactured.

Cons: Lack of bass and treble and balance controls.

Good product, big.

Written By smellstein, Cincinnati on Sunday, June 29, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The speaker is great sounding. It is definitely a "stereo replacement" type of product. Consequently, it is rather large. There's no surprise that it performs better than other bluetooth/airplay speaker, simply because it can house bigger speakers. Please look at the size properly before you buy, I found it a little unwieldy compared to other products pitched with the same functionality.

Pros: Great sounds.

Cons: Its a big speaker.

Wren AP

Written By JW, Lincoln, NE on Friday, April 04, 2014

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Nice construction. Really conveys a sense of quality. Same can be said for the sound this little speaker system produces (bass response is pleasant and the high end is not tinny). Only issue I have had is connection to Airplay, and my guess is that this is a function of the size of the house and the proximity of the speaker to my Apple time Capsule. May need to boost the network to achieve a strong steady wi-fi, especially if using other wi-fi intensive applications simultaneously.

Pros: Great sound and great looks in a small Airplay-compatible package for a reasonable price.

Cons: Optimal airplay may require a bridge or boost of your Wi-fi depending on the arrangement, construction materials, and distance.

Great product in every way

Written By JK007, Greensboro, NC on Monday, January 27, 2014

I have heard good things on the net about Wren so I decided to take a chance on there product. Glad I did, the wood cabinet is gorgeous and the sound is amazing. Everything about the product has impressed me - the packaging is all recyclable, the manual is easy to use, set up was a breeze, and the product is top notch. It was easy to connect to my network, works with my iPad and iTunes on my PC and my kids love using it as well. I'm still blown away with how good it sounds, no matter what I have played on it, from Pink to Norah Jones to Boston, Jazz, rock, and classical all sound great! Every time I turn it on I'm impressed.

Pros: Great look - the bamboo finish it great, nice to see wood on a speaker again Great sound - I still can't get over how good this little thing sounds Easy to use - I was up and running in about 10 minutes after I got it.

Cons: It would be nice to have Bluetooth in it as well as airplay.

Questions & Answers Ask the community. Share your knowledge.

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Yes. I stream exclusively through iTunes. [ James  Nov 12, 2014 ]
After looking at other AirPlay compatible speakers, I decided to go with the Bowers & Wilkins speakers as they have the Ethernet port for a more reliable connection. [ W.Eng  Nov 10, 2014 ]
Yes. These speakers can play any audio transmitted via AirPlay or a 3.5mm jack. [ Scott  Nov 09, 2014 ]
Thanks, I decided to go with the Bowers & Wilkins speakers as those have the Ethernet port option for a more reliable connection than wireless. [ W.Eng  Nov 09, 2014 ]
It's just a speaker. It will play whatever you can play in iTunes, or on your iPhone or iPad. [ Peter  Nov 09, 2014 ]

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