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Wren V5PF

Powered wireless speaker system with DTS Play-Fi® (Rosewood)

4 Reviews | 4 questions - 5 answers

Item # 846V5PFRW

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Our take on the Wren V5PF

The Wren V5PF 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 the silver speaker grille complete the look of this elegant unit.

Distinctive look

The Wren V5PF 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 the silver speaker grille complete the look of this elegant unit.

Wren Play-Fi wireless speaker

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

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 V5PF's cabinet is made of MDF to minimize unwanted resonance. And the silicone pad on the bottom acts as a cushion to keep the cabinet vibration-free.

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.

DTS Play-Fi wireless technology

The Wren V5PF uses your home Wi-Fi® network and DTS Play-Fi technology to stream music wirelessly from your phone, tablet, or PC. The system's compatible with major music services, such as TIDAL, Spotify® Connect, Pandora®, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio. And you can also enjoy SiriusXM if you have a subscription.

Build out your multi-room audio system with additional Wren speakers or even other brands of Play-Fi speakers and components. You can have speakers in different rooms playing the same thing, or each speaker playing from a different source.

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:

  • DTS Play-Fi® software lets you wirelessly play music and create a multi-room music system with other Wren or Play-Fi speakers
  • DLNA-certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
  • requires free Wren Play-Fi app, downloadable from Google Play and Apple iTunes® App Store
  • two 3/4" tweeters and two 3" drivers
  • high-performance 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 mini and USB micro connector charging cables
  • 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

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless powered speaker
  • AC power supply (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 5.75' AC power cord
  • Setup Guide
  • Safety Instructions/Warranty

Wren V5PF Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Not reliable

Julie from Washington, DC on 3/15/2019

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sound is a little fuzzy at times, and the speakers have been a pain to set up. They keep dropping off the wifi network and losing connection. When they actually work they sound great, but they're not super-reliable.

Pros: Great sound most of the time

Cons: Hard to set up, fuzzy connection at times, drop off wifi frequently.

Good value, if you understand limitations

Crutchfield customer from Atlanta, GA on 12/14/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Wren is an amplified speaker with a streaming chip & radio built in. It is controlled by the DTS Play-Fi app (on IOS), or by a proprietary app (android). It works with most streaming services, but not Air Play. It does not have have Bluetooth (if that is important, there is an alternative Wren device). It is a good value for the $, if you understand its limitations. Pros: 1. nice sound from a variety of sources (spotify, internet radio, wired to my phone etc.). Sounds 90% as good as my W7, which cost 2x more. 2. nice look, fit & finish 3. fairly easy set-up 4. well-packaged. 5. Aux-in (at some point, technology will change, rendering this unit potentially obsolete--I have a Microsoft Zune to prove it--so this unit can operate as a powered speaker when that happens). 6. Seems a good value when compared to the new models of this unit with Bluetooth. (I do not use Bluetooth, so this was not important to me.) Cons: 1. only 2.4 MHz bandwidth, so it does not integrate with my other play-fi products (which use 5 MHz) to set-up multi-room speaker groups, which was very important to me. ( -1 star) -- I was aware of the 2.4 limitation when purchased, but not aware it would not play well with 5 MHz devices in a group. 2. does not support the high-res audio formats (-1/2 star). 3. Music streaming cannot be controlled outside an app (this is a limitation of most such devices, so zero stars deducted) Rounded up to 4 star

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: 2.4 MHz only prevents speaker grouping with other 5 MHz devices

Not apple compatible, but the replacement is awesom

Andrew from Chanhassen, MN on 1/16/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Okay... never was able to get this to work, it is. Or apple friendly. But the good people of wren replaced it with a v5us and this speaker is great. It was my oreding snafu that caused the problem, and Crutchfield also spent time helping me through the problems, both companies were great to deal with. The v5pf is essentially the same speaker with different software and firmware as the v5us, which is a great speaker, if you have android or windows, you will love this speaker

Pros: Great customer service from wren and Crutchfield. New speaker sounds great and is very easy to use

Cons: V5pf isn't apple compatible. The v5us is

Wren V5PF

Crutchfield customer from St Thomas, U.S.V.I. on 11/3/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great speaker for the money. It's not a high end speaker but it puts out a good sound. If your looking for something that has a lot of bass this is not the one for you but it does get very loud without any distortion. It's fills a room with sound as well and looks very good.




Hands-on research

Product Research

Wireless Speaker System
Variety Of Sources

Wireless Speaker System

High Performance Drivers & Amplifier: The Wren V5PF 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 V5PF 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 V5PF 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.

DTS Play-Fi: DTS Play-Fi combines DTS audio and WiFi (802.11 g/n, 2.4GHz) technology to wirelessly stream high-definition "lossless" audio with no impact on sound quality. DTS Play-Fi will stream pure, bit-for-bit, lossless audio, for uncompromised quality sound; up to 16-bit/48kHz. DTS Play-Fi has a range of up to 100' from your wireless router.

DTS Play-Fi App: You will need to download the free DTS Play-Fi app onto your Apple iOS 8.0+ device, Android OS 4.0+ device, or Windows 7/8/8.1/10 PC in order to access and stream Internet Radio, select online music service, DLNA server content, and your mobile device's music library. Music is then streamed directly over your home WiFi network from the DTS Play-Fi App running on your compatible device to the Wren V5PF speaker.

Supported Music Files: The Wren V5PF wireless speaker system and DTS Play-Fi support music formats such as MP3, AAC, FLAC, and WAV. The system will recognize music files up to 24-bit/192kHz and wirelessly stream these files at up to 16-bit/48kHz (CD quality sound). Some down-sampling may occur to ensure virtually lossless distribution throughout a home network.

Multiroom Configuration: Add more Wren V5PF speakers and/or other DTS Play-Fi enabled speakers to hear music throughout your home or office with perfect synchronization (up to 8 DTS Play-Fi devices can be combined in one multiroom system). Choose a single speaker in one room, group speakers together in zones, or link all your speakers together for a whole-home listening experience. You can stream the same audio or different audio to each speaker, group, or whole-house. You can also control the volume of each DTS Play-Fi speaker independently, control the volume of a group of speakers, or use a master volume control to set the level throughout the house. All of this can be done from the DTS Play-Fi app installed on your Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet, or Windows PC.

  • Compatible Multiroom Sources: Internet radio and built-in online music services (including Spotify Connect)
  • Incompatible Multiroom Sources: Aux Input

Note: All DTS Play-Fi enabled products work seamlessly together, so there's no hassle adding more speakers, or choosing more than one audio brand like Klipsch, Martin Logan, Definitive Technology, Polk Audio, Phorus, Wren, etc..) in your home.

USB Charging Port: The Wren V5PF features a USB (type-A) port used to charge your smartphone or other USB-enabled portable audio device. Simply use the included microUSB-to-USB cable or the cable that came with your device to connect the V5PF's USB port. This USB port does not support audio playback.

Simple Controls: The Wren V5PF 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 Android mobile device.

External AC Power Supply: The Wren V5PF 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

Variety Of Sources

Internet Radio & Online Music Services: From the DTS Play-Fi app on your mobile device or Windows PC, you can share and listen to Pandora, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster, and Internet Radio. While the DTS Play-Fi app is free, not all the online music services are (subscription & purchasing fees may apply).

Spotify Connect: The integration of Spotify Connect with DTS Play-Fi technology will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly see, select and stream to the Wren V5PF speaker from within the Spotify app (Apple iOS or Android). Subscribers will also be able to immediately launch and use the Spotify service from within the DTS Play-Fi app for Android or iOS. Spotify Connect will stream crystal-clear lossless audio over WiFi to the Wren V5PF.

Music Libraries From Your Mobile Device: You are able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps on your Apple iOS (8.0+) or Android (4.0+) device to the speaker system through the free DTS Play-Fi app.

DLNA Compliant: The Wren V5PF wireless speaker system is DLNA compliant for playback of various music files stored on your Windows PC (7/8) or DLNA-certified NAS drives connected to your home network. MAC OSX computers and laptops require third party software to be visible on the network (Twonky, Plex, Servio etc.) as they do not support DLNA. Use the free DTS Play-Fi app on your mobile device or computer to access these music files.

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.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

I have one already and like the sound. Wanted to get another that would easily connect to the first, which I'm assured can happen with Play-Fi. [ Maximilian  Apr 14, 2017 ]
Playing my own CD's via wireless in more than one location [ Waltraud  Jan 06, 2018 ]

4 questions already asked

DTS Play-Fi does support Google Play Music and can stream directly from your iTunes library (on the same network). Apple Music is not currently supported. [ Ryan  Jul 20, 2018 ]  Staff
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer, or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Dec 04, 2017 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. Yes on the back the unit has an 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. Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Nov 22, 2016 ]  Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Wren speakers do not list a signal to noise ratio, an overall frequency response or the total harmonic distortion for the product. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  May 14, 2015 ]  Staff
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question, and have escalated it to an Advisor. We will post the answer as soon as we have it. If you need immediate assistance please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  May 12, 2015 ]  Staff