Wren V5BT

Powered Bluetooth® wireless speaker system (Rosewood)

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Distinctive look

The Wren V5BT 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 bluetooth speaker system

Available with rosewood veneer (front) or bamboo wood veneer (back).

Exceptional sound

The system features two 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 V5BT's cabinet is made of MDF to minimize unwanted resonance. And the silicone pad on the bottom acts as a cushion to soak up the cabinet vibrations.

Wren's proprietary Digital Signal Processing circuitry ensures accurate signal decoding and lifelike 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.

High quality Bluetooth audio

The V5BT features aptX® audio coding, an advanced form of Bluetooth that allows higher-fidelity sound with compatible Bluetooth devices. The system is backwards-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth, too. So you can wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other portable and still enjoy outstanding sound.


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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Product Highlights:

  • Bluetooth with aptX® technology for high-fidelity streaming with compatible devices
  • range: 30 feet
  • two 3/4" tweeters and two 3" long-throw drivers
  • efficient, cool-running Class-D amplifier
  • total system power: 25 watts x 2
  • bamboo wood 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
  • remote control
  • AC power cable
  • 16-3/4"W x 6-1/16"H x 5"D
  • weight: 6.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Bluetooth powered speaker
  • AC power supply (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 5.75' AC power cord
  • Setup Guide
  • Safety Instructions/Warranty
  • Thank You Letter/Registration Card

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Features

High Performance Drivers & Amplifier: The Wren V5BT 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 V5BT 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 V5BT 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.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP): The Wren V5BT supports Bluetooth A2DP which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, or laptop/computer. You'll be able to stream stored music or music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device. You will continue to navigate your music and view song/artist information from your Bluetooth-enabled device.

  • CSR aptX: aptX works within Bluetooth to deliver CD-quality audio over a Bluetooth wireless connection. If your Bluetooth-enabled source device is equipped with aptX, the Wren V5BT will automatically detect the aptX-equipped receiving device.  If your source device does not have aptX, the V5BT will default to standard Bluetooth audio.
  • Simple Pairing: A single button press pairs your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Wren V5BT. The unit can be paired with up to 6 devices (only one can be used at a time). Once paired, the Wren V5BT will automatically re-connect to the last device used when in wireless range (33').
Note: The Wren V5BT wireless Bluetooth speaker is compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device (Bluetooth 2.0 and higher); including laptops, netbooks, Windows phones, and Blackberry devices. It also works with all Apple iOS and Android devices.

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.

USB Charging Port: The Wren V5BT features a USB (type-A) port used to charge your smartphone or other USB-enabled portable audio device. Simply use the cable that came with your device to connect the V5BT's USB port. This USB port does not support audio playback.

Simple Controls: The Wren V5BT provides easy-to-use power, volume, and source buttons on the side-panel of the system. Music navigation and song/artist information will need to be done through your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device.

External AC Power Supply: The Wren V5BT 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

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Wren V5BT

Written By Rob Poulton, Lancaster, PA on Monday, December 29, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As the reviews I read prior to purchasing stated, it was easy to set up; a few minutes out of the box and I had paired 2 tablets, 2 laptops and a cell phone. I am waiting on some other gadgets to arrive to pair my smart TV but I am confident that it will be as seamless. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the WREN V5BT

Pros: Clean sound with effective volume range. Attractive casing with the wood trim and neutral colored grill. Easily to understand unit's controls. Easy to understand instructions.

Cons: Although the master volume is controlled by the source device, a remote for the master controls on the unit would have been a plus.

Great addition to a multi-room home audio system

Written By Toonces, California on Monday, December 29, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a solidly built and quality product from a manufacturer with lots of history in the audio business (Wren founder worked for Harmon for 22 years). I was looking to expand our home audio system (running on Logitech Media Server - unfortunately discontinued) and wanted something that would fit in with our living room decor and provide room filling sound. After much research, there a few products that carry the aesthetic quality (especially for the price) that the Wren speaker does. While limited in stereo separation due to the fixed combined speaker cabinet (we also didn't want lots of wires running over the place) it provides a warm room filling sound that compliments our existing system quite well. While exploring options, I found the support from Wren to be exceptional, and they were willing to answer obscure questions regarding their options (PlayFi, etc.). It provides two options for audio input, bluetooth and 3.5mm jack. We have primarily used it with the audio 3.5mm input jack, but switching between the two modes is a single button switch, which was important to me, as I wanted both options.

Pros: Looks great - compliments any home decor, sounds rich for its size

Cons: Would like more audio input options, e.g., wifi integration, coax, optical

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

A clear standout in a sea of choices

Written by Chris, Advisor, on 4/15/2014 11:28:00 AM
When it comes to wireless speakers, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. But the Wren V5BTs really stand out.

For their size and price, I think the new Wren units are a home run. I was blown away at how well these small units filled our large training room. I use a JBL OnBeat at home and have had it for a couple of years now. It's similarly sized to these Wren speakers but docks an iPod touch®. I've been looking to replace that since I now use an Android™ smartphone that has aptX® Bluetooth® that I could take advantage of. Right now, the V5BT is the front-runner for me.

Bluetooth pairing on the V5BT was really easy; we had audio in a matter of seconds. If you have a small- to medium-sized room, you'll find plenty of volume to fill it with no tinny sound to fatigue your ears. These speakers sound great. To top it all off, they have real wood veneer on them and look just as elegant as they sound.

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