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Published on November 14th, 2015 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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