Wren V5PF Play-Fi Speaker Review
When most people think about serious mobile oriented portable home entertainment speaker solutions, brand names like Bose, Beats, JBL, Sonos and Klipsch come to mind right away. Another name you’ll want to include is Wren, a company based out of Phoenixville, PA that’s focused on blending cutting-edge technology with premium style and design. One of their current offerings, the Wren V5PF Play-Fi Speaker, is an interesting take at the segment since it’s a Wi-Fi connected speaker that supports a medley of music services for Android devices.
The package contains:
- Wall charger
Exciting, bold, and daring. Wren’s meticulous approach is seen from every facet of the speaker’s design.
In a world of stale, rectangular, and cookie cutter speaker designs, the Wren V5PF Play-Fi Speaker is a refreshing change of scenery, as it majestically differentiates itself from the crop. For starters, it’s not like those speaker dock designs we’ve become accustomed to seeing time-after-time. Rather, Wren’s design is bold, daring, and unequivocally striking with its tilde-like shape – and it helps too that it’s constructed from materials that emphasize its premium nature.
Specifically, the majority of the housing is comprised out of rosewood, which is further strengthened by half-inch thick MDF board. Slowly caressing our hand over it, there’s no denying the meticulous effort on Wren’s part to deliver a speaker that has a solid construction. Indeed, there’s certainly a fair amount of weight with this speaker, but it’s an expected result from having such design.
Looking at it from the front, the façade is dominated by the unique internal diamond matrix-grille from edge-to-edge. At first glance, it appears to be solid, but in fact, it has a fabric-like feel to it. All of its physical controls are located towards the right most edge of the speaker – they include the power, volume, and source controls. Potentially a bummer for some, this particular unit lacks a dedicated remote, but it’s something available with the Bluetooth enabled Wren V5AP speaker. There’s a recessed cutout in the rear that accommodates its tiny setup button, aux-in port, power port, and a full-sized USB port to charge our devices. Finally, the underside of the Wren V5PF Play-Fi Speaker is fully reinforced by a 4mm low-durometer silicone pad to keep the unit firmly in place even when its volume is cranked to the max!
There’s no kidding that the design is elegant, but it also extends well into its internals as well. Being the heart of it all, the Wren V5PF Play-Fi Speaker is housing two custom designed 3-inch long throw drivers with four layer voice coils. They are accompanied by a pair of edge-driven, wide dispersion 19mm soft done tweeters, and Intersil’s D2 50-watt DSP-controlled class D amplifier. Obviously, there’s a lot of jargon there that some folks might not be attuned to, but rest assure, we’ll keep you up to snuff about its quality later.