Polk Audio is conducting demos at its CES Venetian suite this week of its first product in the streaming audio category: the Woodbourne tabletop wireless entertainment system.
The model, an unusual hybrid product in that it is both Bluetooth- and Apple AirPlay-compatible, is scheduled to ship in the April-May timeframe at $599, according to Al Baron, product line manager. It is 24-1/2 inches wide and its MDF cabinet houses two 5-1/4-inch polypropylene cones and two one-inch silk-dome tweeters in an acoustic-suspension design. Each driver in the 180-watt system is coupled with its own dedicated amplifier; 70-watt amps for each of the larger drivers and 20-watt amps for each of the tweeters. The system has five wireless and wired inputs; the digital signal processing technology used within is capable of 150 million instructions per second that tailor response shaping, crossover filtering, signal mixing and parametric broadband and band-limited compression.
The component’s rounded edges, mahogany-veneer top and light-beige grille suit it to use in the home and office, and hark back to the wood “basics” that signal a Polk Audio product, said Michael DiTullo, chief design officer of Polk parent DEI Holdings.