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Wren V5US

Powered wireless speaker system with Apple® AirPlay®, Bluetooth aptX® and DTS Play-Fi® (Wenge/black)

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What music streaming technology do you use? With the Wren V5US powered speaker system, you have options. Apple® AirPlay® for your iPhone? Check. Bluetooth® for your Android tablet? Check. DTS Play-Fi® for a multi-room audio system? Check. However you want to stream high-fidelity music, the V5US can handle it — and look good doing so.

One for all

Wren V5US controls

Right side view showing controls (Wenge/black finish).

What music streaming technology do you use? With the Wren V5US powered speaker system, you have options. Apple® AirPlay® for your iPhone? Check. Bluetooth® for your Android tablet? Check. DTS Play-Fi® for a multi-room audio system? Check. However you want to stream high-fidelity music, the V5US can handle it — and look good doing so.

High-quality sound

The system features two high-performance 3/4" tweeters for clear highs and two 3" mid/woofers for clean midrange and bass. A port in the rear of the enclosure reinforces the low frequencies. The V5US'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 lifelike sound reproduction. The system is powered by a built-in 50-watt Class-D amplifier. You can count on clear, natural sound, whether you play your music at low or high volume levels.

DTS Play-Fi wireless technology

The Wren VS5US 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.

High-quality Bluetooth audio

You can stream from just about any portable device to the V5US via Bluetooth. The speaker features aptX® audio coding, an advanced form of Bluetooth that allows higher-fidelity sound with compatible devices.

Apple AirPlay

Stream music from your computer's iTunes library to the VS5US via Apple AirPlay. You can also stream music wirelessly directly from your iPhone® or iPad® to the V5US via Apple AirPlay.. 


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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Apple AirPlay

You can easily play music from your computer wirelessly on the V5US system through iTunes®. You can even stream to multiple V5USs (and other AirPlay-compatible systems) to simultaneously play your music in different locations throughout your home. With your Apple portable — iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® — you have even more options. Stream music wirelessly directly from your device to the V5US. Through AirPlay you can select songs and playlists, and adjust the volume level of the system as well.

DTS Play-Fi wireless technology

Download the free Wren Play-Fi app to your Android smartphone or tablet and you're ready to stream high-fidelity music. With Play-Fi, you can create a simple yet flexible multi-room audio system. Stream to multiple V5US speakers from one device, filling your home with music. Family members or friends can use their own Android devices to play music through one or more of the V5USs in your home network.

The V5US is also DLNA-certified. So you can use your DLNA-compatible Android smartphone, tablet, Windows® PC, or other compatible components as part of the same network. And you're not limited to just what's loaded on your device — stream from online music services like Pandora®, Internet radio stations, your computer's music library, and more.

High-quality Bluetooth audio

And of course you can stream from just about any portable device to the V5US via Bluetooth. The V5US 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.

Making the most of other music sources

Use the stereo minijack input to connect other portables to the system. The V5US'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:

  • DTS Play-Fi software lets you wirelessly play music and create a multi-room music system with other Wren or Play-Fi speakers
  • Bluetooth aptX® technology for high-fidelity streaming with compatible devices
  • Apple AirPlay® for Apple portable devices and computers
  • built-in Wi-Fi® for wireless music streaming when connected to a home network
  • DLNA support for streaming music from compatible networked PCs and devices
  • two 3/4" tweeters and two 3" mid/woofers
  • efficient, cool-running Class-D amplifier (25 watts x 2)
  • real 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
  • 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

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless active speaker
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote (CR2025 3V battery installed)
  • Setup Guide
  • Safety Instructions/Warranty
Reviews

Wren V5US Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

Stylish - Great Sounding

David from West Orange, NJ on 3/5/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love it! A bit clunky to get the WiFi connected but if you followed the instructions you can do it in about 5 min. After your synced you're ready! Agree with previous poster that it took a day or so for it to 'warm' up and give a bit more responsive. Definitely can handle it loud if you want it to.. but also plays well at lower volumes. I use it in my home office and it's a perfect compromise between a full system and a small bluetooth speaker. Recommend!

Pros: Strong spectrum of sound and can push the base if you want (can scale back via the EQ switch). Good Connections with AirPlay!

Cons: Clunky initial WiFi set up

Excellent Airplay Speaker

Timothy J from Vermont on 9/26/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I really prefer a wifi based wireless sound system over bluetooth - better audio quality, better connectivity, better range. After considerable research, I purchased the WREN V5US. I couldn't be more please. Sound is excellent, setup was without a hitch. I had a question for WREN tech support regarding power usage and sleep modes. Their response was swift and complete.

Pros: Excellent sound, easy setup, responsive tech support

Cons: Documentation and website FAQs could be a little more complete.

Mixed bag

Anonymous from New York, NY on 9/25/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I researched this purchase as much as I could without being able to do listening tests. The main competition to the Wren V5US was by Audio Engine but the consensus in the reviews appeared to be that the Audio Emgjne lacked bass compared to the Wren. I also read complaints about the Audio Engine not maintaining its connection to paired wireless devices. I can tell you now that if I do not use the Wren for what seems to be 48 hours, the connection to any and all of my previously connected wireless devices is lost. The only fix appears to be to disconnect and reconnect the Wren's power which restores the wireless connection(s) upon turning the power back on. As for the bass, there is a sort of sickness in how music is listened to or presented now, be it when the conditions are under your control or in public spaces that unless the bass or sub-bass is disproportionately loud or just excessive, people consciously or unconciously think there is something wrong. The V5US plays to this 'modern' way of listening. While it has a control to tailor the bass response, it seems to affect the lower midrange more than the actual lower frequencies that this small box manages to generate via its rear port. Also, changing the bass response setting on the box seems to mute the audio reuqiring various retweaking or reloading of whatever app you might have been using before audio is restored. I've found that blocking the port with some bunched up cloth results in a more even bass r

Pros: Pretty good audio quality.

Cons: Excessive bass, incionsistent wireless connectivity. Very expensive considering the cons.

Crutchfield response on 9/28/2016 Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

Superb speaker, high quality, warm sound

Erik from Newberg, OR on 9/19/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What a fantastic little speaker. I purchased the V5US primarily for its universal connectivity capability, but with the intent on using primarily AirPlay from a host of family iDevices. As is expected, Crutchfield's order and shipping process was flawless. The V5US is a gorgeous piece of kit, and appears very well constructed. It's relatively heavy and solid, and exudes a sense of quality. Setting it up using the iPhone app is a little wonky, but not onerously so. Basically, you need to connect to the V5US acting as a wi-fi access point in order to configure it. Configuration was very quick and worked the first time. I found the instructions included in the box to be a little wanting in clarity, but easy enough to follow along. Setup took approximately five minutes. It initially sounded a little trebly -- even my wife noted the tinny sound -- but over a three day period of use it warmed up significantly. I don't know if this was due to stiff, new speakers, but it now sounds rich and chewy and performs flawlessly. Nice! Once setup and connected to my home/office wi-fi, the V5US immediately advertised its availability via AirPlay (i.e. Bonjour advertisement). I was able to immediately connect to the unit and started streaming. One problem I did encounter was that the enclosed (heavy aluminum) remote didn't seem to be working. I pulled the CR2032 battery from the remote to ensure that it didn't have a mylar insulation strip inserted to prevent battery drain,

Pros: Very well constructed using quality materials. Warm, loud sound; great resolution at lower volumes. AirPlay has worked flawlessly and the V5US does not drop its connection. Perfect size for a bookshelf. Beautiful to look at; great design. Very long power cord -- thank you! Did I mention excellent sound?

Cons: Sounded tinny/trebly for the first three days, but warmed up significantly in that time. Slightly clumsy setup using an iPhone app. Remote didn't work initially; replaced battery and it worked fine.

Amazing sound, beautiful package

Jerry from New Castle, PA on 9/14/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This Wren V5US is replacing a B&W Zeppelin Air...no easy task. After opening, the Wren looks gorgeous and looks great where I placed it. Now to the all important, sound quality. Oh, the set up was sort of quick and easy, took a couple of minutes to find the WiFi, but no big deal, haven't thought out that until just now, week later. The sound coming from the Wren is superb. A little surprising but then again, not. I bought based on reviews that said the sound quality was amazing. It just takes you back a second that the Wren sounds real close to the Zepp Air. I asked a few visitors to take my "sound test" and all were stunned that "all of that sound is coming from that...". Yes. It does sound great, from pop, rock, classical and jazz. 'Ol Blue Eyes sounds the same on Wren as he did on Zepp. I got a discount from Crutchfield and am giving it and Crutchfield my highest recommendations. They both deliver top quality in their own way. Some call the Wren overpriced at, but this model certainly is not. I am enjoying it every second it is playing music and that is a lot. Wren wasn't born on third and thinking it hit a triple but Wren knocked it out of the park with the V5US. The bass is surprisingly superb. I like crystal clear music, if bass, play bass, etc. And the Wren hits all of my criteria. I made a great purchase.

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Liked it so much we bought another!

Jeff W. from Clarendon Hills, IL on 6/5/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the best home speaker I've ever used! We have three Polk Omni S2s, a Phorus, and we bought one Wren V5PF originally to create a whole-house Play-Fi system. We generally run them from an iPhone or iPad app. Shortly after we bought those, the Wren V5US came out - and made it possible to use one as the main speaker for a home office TV as well as part of the whole-house system. It also works great through Apple AIrPlay through my iMac in the office. The V5US is *almost* perfect - setup was easy, it is very versatile with AirPlay, a wired connection and Play-Fi, and it sounds absolutely great - but I wish it came in more case colors! I would sell the V5PF we have in a heartbeat and replace it with a third V5US if it came in the rosewood finish! In any case, I can't recommend this speaker enough, for sound, ease of setup, and versatility. We have one in the family room, the V5PF in the living room, and the second V5US in the office. All have worked very well for us - or I wouldn't have bought so many! We like a wide range of music, from a cappella vocal to funk to symphony orchestra, and these speakers render all of it very accurately and without the forced boomy sound some smaller speakers seem to get. Oh, and when we bought this one, Crutchfield had it on sale! And Crutchfield's service is always great!

Pros: Easy Play-Fi setup, well-built, sounds wonderful with great bass that doesn't get overly "boomy." Very versatile with AirPlay, Play-fi, Bluetooth and wired connections. Even works great as a TV speaker!

Cons: Limited finishes. I would love to see a rosewood-finish version!

Gorgeous and sounds great

Krismer from North Carolina on 12/27/2015

i got this speaker as a gift for Christmas. I had it set up in about 15 minutes and it sounds great. Plenty of bass and great imaging for such a small speaker - although it not tiny it sounds much bigger than it looks. Speaking of looks, the real wood finish is stunning; it looks like furniture. Spotify has never sounded better and I am really happy with unit.

Pros: Works on 5 gHz and 2.4Gahz - easy to set up on any network Sounds great - plenty of bass, big image from a relatively small speaker Spotify Connect, Pandora, and all my iTunes music. Beautify wood cabinet Has Bluetooth too

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Wireless Speaker System
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Wireless Speaker System

High Performance Drivers & Amplifier: The Wren V5US 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.

Bass EQ: Your V5US is equipped with a 3-position bass equalization switch to compensate for room "boundary effects" on bass output. Room boundaries can change the sound of a speaker because its bass output is either amplified or diminished depending on how near the speaker is to the room's walls, floor or ceiling.

Solid Anti-Resonance Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Wren V5US 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 V5US 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 V5US speaker.

Supported Music Files: The Wren V5US 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 V5US 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, Bluetooth source device, AirPlay

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.

Side-Panel & Remote Control: The Wren V5US includes side-panel controls and includes an IR remote. 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 Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet, or Bluetooth-enabled mobile device.

External AC Power Supply: The Wren V5US operates off of standard household current using the supplied AC cord.

  • Input: 100-240V ~1.8A, 50-60Hz
  • Output: 18-24V, 3.3-2.5A
Note: This unit is not battery powered.

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 V5US 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 V5US.

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 V5US 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.

AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the Wren V5US 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 4.3.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP): The Wren V5US supports Bluetooth A2DP which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC/Phone, Mac computer/laptop, or other Bluetooth audio source device. You'll be able to stream stored music or music apps from your Bluetooth source 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 V5US will automatically detect the aptX-equipped receiving device.  If your source device does not have aptX, the V5US will default to standard Bluetooth audio (SBC codec).
  • Simple Pairing: A single button press pairs your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Wren V5US. The unit can be paired with up to 6 devices, but only one can be used at a time. Once paired, the Wren V5US will automatically re-connect to the last device used when in wireless range (33').

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

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Hoping that multitude of wireless connection types keeps product useful for many users. Prepared to be disappointed. [ Logan P.  Dec 26, 2016 ]
Strong reputation for quality sound and Airplay / Bluetooth combination. [ Erik  Sep 06, 2016 ]
given all the options i told the rep exactly what i needed and he provided me with 3 really good options. I have always been satisfied in the past. [ James  Nov 29, 2016 ]
looks and wifi. [ nick  Jan 20, 2016 ]
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