Polk Audio has built a good-looking and solid speaker, which enhances the attraction value of any living room. Furthermore, it sounds wickedly good, and the acquisitiveness is hard to stop.
The moment I lifted up the box in the "test lab", I suspected that this could be something good. Although it is quite small considering it weighing in at almost eighteen pounds, which indicates that there are a lot of electronics under the hood.
Works Well As A TV Speaker
When I opened the box, I realized quickly that Polk put a lot of effort trying to charm potential buyers. The arching speaker is built of wood, and the fabric-covered, curved front feels very appealing. In the middle of the front is a narrow ramp of LEDs and buttons to adjust the volume or switch between audio sources. The speaker gives a very solid impression, and judging from friends' and colleagues' gaze and comments, the wow-factor is high.
On the back we find a lot of connectivity options, clearly more than what is usually found on wireless speakers. Of course we choose to start with running wirelessly via AirPlay, and quickly do all the network settings by copying them from the phone via USB cable. It works perfectly - no hassle whatsoever. You can also connect via Bluetooth, which is probably the first choice for most people.
Those who prefer a wired connection has both an optical input and a standard RCA auxiliary input to choose from. Optical also provides support for Dolby Digital, which makes the speaker suitable as a TV speaker. There´s no support for DTS, unfortunately.
The sound is large and spacious, with a very prominent bass that adds a hefty foundation. This depends to some extent on where you choose to place the speaker, it is a bit sensitive to the distance to the walls. Correctly positioned, the speaker sounds warm and cozy, with a relaxed midrange that feels really inviting. In short, it sounds very good.
The curved front is also shown to have a positive impact on more than appearance. According to Polk, it also improves the stereo separation, and I experienced a quite wide sound image, given the source. Woodbourne can also play very loud, so if you're having a party at home you do not need much more than this.
The Polk Audio Woodbourne is no cheap story, but as they say, you can´t make an omelette without breaking eggs. Recommended retail price is $699.95, which is probably more than most people are willing to spend on a wireless speaker. But it's hard not to fall in love with Woodbourne - it's totally gorgeous and sounds tremendously good.
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6 incredible connectivity options: Airplay, Bluetooth with Apt-X, USB, Optical, Stereo 3.5mm, Ethernet.
Sealed, acoustic suspension MDF enclosure is gently curved for superior rigidity and more lifelike sound projection.
Uniquely engineered multiple-driver array delivers superior midrange detail, for pinpoint vocal clarity and realistic imaging.
Polk’s proprietary, patented Dynamic Balance tuning technology nixes distortion-causing driver and system resonances before the manufacturing stage, so you only hear the good sounds.
Advanced on-board power amplifier and on-board Dolby Digital processing: connect directly to your TV, DVD or Blu-Ray player, or gaming console.
Easily accessible front panel controls, plus advanced extended range learning remote controller.
ENERGY STAR Certified.
All Polk products are made using the best materials and the most advanced manufacturing techniques. They pass the industry’s most exhaustive quality tests, including drop testing, extreme signal response and UV & salt exposure testing. Polk loudspeakers are built to perform for a lifetime.
|Type||Dynamic Balance Silk/polymer dome|
|Mid / Woofer|
|Diameter||5 1/4" (13.34cm)|
|Type||Dynamic Balance mineral filled polypropylene|
|Wireless Connectivity||AirPlay, Bluetooth wireless technology with aptX|
|Wired Connectivity||Optical, 3.5mm analog, USB "A" for iOS devices|
|Total Frequency Response||36Hz-22kHz|
|Upper -3dB Limit||20 kHz|
|Lower -3dB Limit||41 Hz|
|Continuous||180 (70W x 2, midwoofers; 20W x 2, tweeters) watts|
|Product Weight (each)||24.1 x 6.9 x 7 inches ; 17.5 pounds|
|Included Accessories||Remote control; owner's manual|