Audio Pro has a problem with wires. The 34 year old Swedish audio specialist has developed a laser-like focus on wireless products in recent years and its latest speaker system takes this to new extremes.
The catchily named 'LV2e' is a wireless, lossless, speaker system aimed at space saving audiophiles with a hatred of clutter. The concept is simple: the LV2e system uses a dedicated, protected wireless protocol which is built into each speaker and allows transmission in full CD quality. The speakers automatically pair with a driverless USB dongle which can turn any computer, TV, HiFi or dock into the audio source. Easy.
To enable complete independence each speaker has its own power cable and - since they take their stereo source from the dongle - have no need to be physically connected. This means you can position each speaker anywhere in a room. As for the dongle its USB connection can be plugged into a PC or USB AC adaptor and it has a 3.5mm jack for connecting virtually any device. Streaming is almost instantaneous (just a 20ms delay) and since it uses WiFi it has a range which should cover most households.
Where things get a smart added twist is Audio Pro's dongle which can transmit in three different network frequencies, which it calls 'house codes'. These can be adjusted on the dongles by simply sliding a switch between positions 1, 2 and 3. What this opens up is the ability to have multiple LV2e speakers around a home. If this sounds familiar it is because Audio Pro sells a similar dongle-only system, comprising the WF100 Wireless Transmitter and RX100 receiver, which is used to add wireless functionality between any source and speaker system. Think Sonos on a budget.
We loved these dongles giving them a TrustedReviews Recommended Award last year so how does the dedicated LV2e system stack up? Out of the box first impressions are promising. The speakers themselves (available in black, white and red) are beautifully made with a premium leather finish and simple controls on the rear to switch house code and zone. Behind the front grill of each speaker in the top left corner is a small LED display which indicates volume level, house code number and zone letter.
Audio Pro is determined to make the LV2e as convenient as possible and at just 210 x 145 x 180mm the speakers are very compact, but they do weigh a hefty 2.9Kg each. The reason for this is Audio Pro has crammed them full of gadgetry designed to belie their small size. Inside each speaker are twin discrete 25W Class D amplifiers driving a 25mm soft dome tweeter and 115mm aluminium woofer. There are also DSP filters and crossovers to optimise audio quality and Burr-Brown DACs which take the audio files at source and process them directly.
On paper therefore the LV2e would seem to have all the ingredients to be a top class system and in practice it does…