Wren V5AP

7.9/10 AVG.
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  • Wren V5AP

Specs / Features


Stream music and apps with AirPlay. | Bamboo wood veneer over rigid MDF body. | 25 watts of power drives dual 3" woofer & 19mm tweeters.

Stream music and apps with AirPlay. | Bamboo wood veneer over rigid MDF body. | 25 watts of power drives dual 3" woofer & 19mm tweeters.

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Specification

Brand Wren
Model Wren Sound V5AP bamboo
Size 10 x 42 cm (3.9 x 16.5 in)

Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)


Excellent design and audio quality

from Macgasm

Overall, I can definitely recommend the WREN V5AP to any iOS user who wants a simple, no-frills audio setup for their apartment or other small space. It’s worth noting that the speaker does run a hefty $400 price-tag, but that shows between the excellent design and audio quality.

Overall, I can definitely recommend the WREN V5AP to any iOS user who wants a simple, no-frills audio setup for their apartment or other small space. It’s worth noting that the speaker does run a hefty $400 price-tag, but that shows between the excellent design and audio quality.

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Awesome speaker with a killer design and excellent price

from TechnologyTell

At $400, the Wren V5AP is clearly an investment, but when compared with its competitors like the B&W Zeppelin Air ($600), it’s an exceptionally good value. The sound easily equals more expensive speakers, and the Wren’s good looks really give it an edge. You can pick it up at eith... More

At $400, the Wren V5AP is clearly an investment, but when compared with its competitors like the B&W Zeppelin Air ($600), it’s an exceptionally good value. The sound easily equals more expensive speakers, and the Wren’s good looks really give it an edge. You can pick it up at either Amazon or directly from the Wren Store (after first picking the right model, of course) for $399.99. Whether you’re shopping for a gift or something for yourself, the Wren V5Ap is an awesome speaker with a killer design and excellent price.

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Beautiful design, great full-range sound

from Mac Life

Wren's great sound and good looks are fitting for its $400 price tag, but the long lag time to get your AirPlay tunes going is disappointing.

Wren's great sound and good looks are fitting for its $400 price tag, but the long lag time to get your AirPlay tunes going is disappointing.

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It’s a rare thing of beauty

from T3

Why should you buy the Wren V5AP then? Well for a start it’s around £255 thanks to the current exchange rate making it nearly £100 cheaper than the Cambridge Audio Minx and nearly £250 cheaper than the Zeppelin Air.

On the downside you will get a US plug, which mea... More

Why should you buy the Wren V5AP then? Well for a start it’s around £255 thanks to the current exchange rate making it nearly £100 cheaper than the Cambridge Audio Minx and nearly £250 cheaper than the Zeppelin Air.

On the downside you will get a US plug, which means either buying a UK replacement from the outset (not difficult but a pain nevertheless) or finding an adaptor.

There’s also the issue of why Wren is releasing three versions of the same speaker. Releasing two, one for Apple and one for Android makes sense but releasing a solely Bluetooth variant is baffling, it’s like taking a sports car and then filling it with watered down fuel.

Finally you’ll also be faced with the question; does it do anything different to the competition? Certainly from a specs perspective the answer is going to be no. There are also plenty of AirPlay speakers out there that won’t need to be shipped from the US, and while it does sound very impressive it is on par with the competition.

Why you would buy the Wren V5AP then is because it’s a rare thing of beauty, combining a design that will actually age rather than scuff with a warm, rich sound quality that can match products costing twice as much and looking, in some cases a lot uglier. Just because it’s a nostalgic decision doesn’t mean it has to be a duff one.

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Strong all-around speaker

from Cult of Mac

If you want a small-ish speaker, and if you don’t plan on moving it around a lot, then you should really check out the V5AP. It sounds great, looks fantastic, and will fool most people into thinking you have much bigger speakers hiding away somewhere.

If you want a small-ish speaker, and if you don’t plan on moving it around a lot, then you should really check out the V5AP. It sounds great, looks fantastic, and will fool most people into thinking you have much bigger speakers hiding away somewhere.

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Excellent sound from well crafted speaker

from The Mac Observer

Do I recommend it? I do. If quality sound from your iOS devices or Mac is of real importance, and spending US$399 isn’t an issue, then this should be a worthy purchase. It is obvious that a lot of skill and effort has gone into the development of the V5AP, and the fact that it is an Apple s... More

Do I recommend it? I do. If quality sound from your iOS devices or Mac is of real importance, and spending US$399 isn’t an issue, then this should be a worthy purchase. It is obvious that a lot of skill and effort has gone into the development of the V5AP, and the fact that it is an Apple specific product means you can get what you pay for.

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Top-notch audio with impressive sound and clarity

from Macenstein

Hey, remember Apple’s iPod Hi-Fi? Well, THIS is what the iPod Hi-Fi SHOULD have been. A beautifully designed compact speaker capable of producing beautiful, rich, room-filling sound across a wide range of musical genres. While primarily a geared towards streaming your music form an iOS devi... More

Hey, remember Apple’s iPod Hi-Fi? Well, THIS is what the iPod Hi-Fi SHOULD have been. A beautifully designed compact speaker capable of producing beautiful, rich, room-filling sound across a wide range of musical genres. While primarily a geared towards streaming your music form an iOS device with AirPlay, with multiple connection methods the V5AP ensure the speaker will not be made obsolete by Apple’s future random decisions to discontinue AirPlay in favor of the latest flavor of the month technology. While the price tag or $399 puts it right on the edge of a “no brainer” buying recommendation, I can’t imagine anyone not being happy with the V5AP, and with free shipping and a 30-day money back guarantee, the Wren V5AP Wireless Airplay Speaker comes highly recommended.

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Gorgeous aesthetic, beautifully rendered mid and high frequencies, and nearly-flawless wireless sound delivery

from Digital Trends

With a gorgeous aesthetic, beautifully rendered mid and high frequencies, and nearly-flawless wireless sound delivery, Wren’s V5AP has a lot to admire. In fact, this speaker came extremely close to earning our Editor’s Choice award. Unfortunately, the almost inescapable port noise it... More

With a gorgeous aesthetic, beautifully rendered mid and high frequencies, and nearly-flawless wireless sound delivery, Wren’s V5AP has a lot to admire. In fact, this speaker came extremely close to earning our Editor’s Choice award. Unfortunately, the almost inescapable port noise it generates when producing bass gives us real pause. We thoroughly enjoyed a lot of what we heard, but at $400, the bass buzz that continued to sneak its way into the music was, tragically, just too obvious to ignore. We hope Wren can resolve the issue on its next offering.

For those whose musical preferences involve selections with little bass, the Wren V5AP could be a great choice.

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Stunning design, incredible sound

from TUAW

Many AirPlay or Bluetooth speakers on the market are plagued with either boring design, bad sound, or complicated setup. Wren's V5AP is simple to set up, pleasant to look at, and boasts audiophile sound quality.

Many AirPlay or Bluetooth speakers on the market are plagued with either boring design, bad sound, or complicated setup. Wren's V5AP is simple to set up, pleasant to look at, and boasts audiophile sound quality.

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It has a nice balance of highs, mids, and lows that we found instantly engaging and respectably detailed at virtually all of its volume levels

from iLounge

Rating V5AP was a challenge for only one reason: despite the well-understood AirPlay wireless speaker performance and pricing issues, which have all but destroyed the standard’s prospects against Bluetooth alternatives, we really liked this system’s sound and industrial design. Wren h... More

Rating V5AP was a challenge for only one reason: despite the well-understood AirPlay wireless speaker performance and pricing issues, which have all but destroyed the standard’s prospects against Bluetooth alternatives, we really liked this system’s sound and industrial design. Wren has come up with something that looks original and sounds good when it’s fully working, though the price tag and AirPlay hiccups will deter many prospective users. Should the Bluetooth version of this speaker come in at the right price point and offer comparable audio quality, it has the potential to be a good option for many iOS users. The AirPlay version merits only our limited recommendation, but it’s obvious that Wren can and will improve upon this model in the near future.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

17 from Amazon.com

17 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Wren V5AP. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

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