Polk Audio’s Woodbourne is a Bluetooth speaker with high-end refinement

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Polk Audio Woodbourne
(Credit: David Carnoy / CNET)
LAS VEGAS – Bluetooth speakers are taking CES 2013, but most of them are cheap, small, and apparently indistinguishable.
Polk Audio’s new Woodbourne is at the other end of the spectrum, with an elegant retro-looking design that is made to be the center of a room. Wood Woodbourne top mahogany veneer provides a mobile-like feel, not to mention its considerable size: 24 cm wide, 7 inches tall, 6.88 inches deep, and 17.5 pounds. The most speakers Bluetooth focus on portability, but the Woodbourne is intended to be placed in a room and did not move.

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(Credit: David Carnoy / CNET)
The rear panel is poor, with only a minijack input and optics, as well as a USB port and Ethernet port. This is because most of the Woodbourne technology is wireless, with built-in Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth. In Bluetooth, the apt-X codec is supported, for a better quality audio devices that support it.
CNET got a chance to check out the Woodbourne in a private demo before CES 2013. (Here’s where the pictures are from.) The Woodbourne looks even better in person and Polk Audio least talked a good game about designing with sound quality in mind. The Woodbourne has two 5.25-inch drivers and two 1-inch tweeters, powered by a 180-watt amplifier – not your typical plasticy wireless audio speaker. It ‘s always hard to judge the sound quality, without comparing models head to head, so I’m excited to see how the batteries Woodbourne once we have a review sample.

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(Credit: David Carnoy / CNET)
The Polk Audio Woodbourne is scheduled to be released in the 2nd quarter of 2013 with a list price of $ 600. That puts them in a similar price range with other high-end wireless audio dock, as the B & W Zeppelin Air and the Samsung DA-E750.

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