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Riverwood Acoustics' Hudson Bluetooth speaker is made from century-old driftwood

Riverwood Acoustics Hudson speaker

As brand names go, Riverwood Acoustics has to be up there with Brad’s Drink (the original name for Pepsi) in the does-exactly-what-it-says-on-the-tin stakes. 

The company, based in Ontario, Canada, employs local "eco divers" to retrieve timber felled by Canadian lumberjacks more than 100 years ago. 

The wood, which was too dense to make its path along the Ottawa River in order to be used in construction, has been left languishing in the murky depths all this time. 

Riverwood Acoustics is now going about salvaging the wood and putting it to good use, in the shape of this little Bluetooth beauty, the Riverwood Acoustics Hudson.

The Hudson speaker features dual 7.5cm drivers and 9cm bottom-mount passive radiators, plus a 50-watt amplifier. Aside from aptX Bluetooth 4.2, the speaker also comes with a pair of analogue RCA connectors.

Crucially, the hand-crafted sold birch enclosure of the speaker promises to bring with it a special sonic tone thanks to that salvaged wood. 

The Riverwood Acoustics Hudson retails at $799 CAD (£454 plus shipping) and comes in a natural or walnut finish. And while we’ve yet to get one in for a solid sound appraisal, we can think of a Monty Python song we’d love to play on it...


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Becky is the newest staff writer on What Hi-Fi? and can most-often be found writing, reviewing and drinking coffee in the listening facility, or at her desk next to a stack of mags. (She is probably wearing in-ears, so don't be put off if she's unresponsive.) She supports Chelsea even when it hurts, and her other half is a football writer whose skill both amazes and irritates her.