Published on November 14th, 2015 | by Greg0
Small, Friendly, Well Rounded Sound’s WRS MM Speakers
Black is classy- but it’s also pretty boring. So many pieces of gear are essentially dark boxes in various shapes and sizes, and whether they are sitting on your cabinet, your side table, your counters or your desktop, it’d be nice if they added a little bit of style to the room. After checking out hundreds of makes and models of audio gear, we grow a little weary of having to choose between matte and glossy black. And plenty of speakers seem to be built to ignore their environment, almost impassively.
And then there are the well-designed, made-for-living products which brighten up their surroundings- like the Well Rounded Sound WRS MM Mini Monitor desktop speakers. The company, based in New York, is best known for their cylindrical, wood models, often angled for better listening and typically with cute names like Boxer and Yorkie. Their latest also are tilted ideally for use with a computer or for personal listening, featuring a single 2.5-inch high-definition, full-range driver. The wool felt cover makes for a nice aesthetic, and we broke them in for around 50 hours as recommended before listening to everything from classic Miles Davis to CHVRCHES.
The sound matches the looks- subtle, well-balanced, organic, authentic, with a mellow personality. As there isn’t a separate sub-woofer, they are a little light on the low end, so hip-hop lovers should probably consider another set. And the system isn’t built to keep a party roaring, with only 20 watts of max power. But the real wood body, made from American Oak, American Walnut, or with a satin lacquer. helped keep unwanted vibrations from getting in the way, meaning sounds were neutral without distortion. The WRS MMs are nicely heavy as well, weighing in at about five pounds.
If you have a computer, laptop or desktop with a monitor that looks chic, why would you frame it with your typical opaque black grills. Exposed drivers show off what you’re listening to, and the WRS MM Mini Monitors are transparent, well-detailed, and well worth giving to someone special this holiday season. The sales plan is as unconventional as the speakers too- Well Wounded Sound is taking the unusual step of selling these exclusively direct, and online only, starting at $249.