Gorgeous Wren AirPlay Speaker Might Make You Ditch Your Stereo

Gorgeous Wren AirPlay Speaker Might Make You Ditch Your Stereo

After testing AirPlay speakers against Bluetooth speakers, one thing has jumped out at me: AirPlay is way, way better. In terms of sound at least. Which is why I’m interested in the Wren v5 wireless speaker, an AirPlay speaker from an ex-president at Harman International.

The Wren is a $400 cabinet with a wireless radio and a gorgeous rosewood or bamboo body. It packs a 50-watt class D amp, and sits on a silicone mat so it doesn’t skip and vibrate when you crank the tunes.

You can also connect sources via USB or AUX.

I still use little Bluetooth speakers for in-shower audio and podcast listening, not to mention travel and the like, but for music and movies I’m all about AirPlay these days. But AirPlay, and it’s required Wi-Fi radio, sucks batteries. So the fact that Wren is just about to launch a Bluetooth version will make some people happy. I’d skip that though, and just add a cheap Bluetooth audio dongle for the times I really need it. After all, who wants to drop $400 on a lossy speaker?

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