Powered wireless speaker system with DTS Play-Fi® (Bamboo)
Our take on the Wren V5PF by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
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.
Available with rosewood veneer (front) or bamboo wood veneer (rear).
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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- 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
- 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
- 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
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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
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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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: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ 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