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Audioengine A2 Premium Powered Desktop Speakers - Pair (Black)

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  • 2 audio inputs (RCA and mini-jack)
  • Built-in power amps (left speaker)
  • Kevlar woofers for super low end, Silk tweeters for smooth highs
  • Auto-sleep power-saving mode
  • Hand-built cabinets with satin black finish
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 4 x 6 inches ; 10.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000VKEFN2
  • Item model number: AUEA2B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description


Audioengine 2 (A2) Premium Powered Desktop Speakers is the new standard for multimedia sound and closes the gap between computer speakers and home audio. Audioengine 2 is the perfect upgrade for your computer, iPod, and all your music.

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  • Upgrade your Audio - Creating powered multimedia speakers to follow the Audioengine 5 was a challenge, but we feel we

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Customer Reviews

These speakers produce great sound and are surprisingly powerful for how small they are. The quality is outstanding. These aren't just desktop speakers. Read more ›
UPDATE (a few months later): Well, eventually the dealer replaced the pair I…However, they did eventually connect, and I have to admit that the sound quality is quite good. Read more ›
These speakers came highly recommended and have met and exceeded my expectations. The sound is full and clear, the sound stage is big, and the detail is far superior. If… Read more ›
I've been on the…Sound quality is amazing, they even have enough punchy bass to hear your music the way it was supposed to be heard without drowning you in the low end. I… Read more ›
I guess you could do a lot worse. Built quality is decent, power supply unit is garbage (as said in another person's review) Read more ›
Speakers in this quality range usually come from pairs into the 1000 dollar range. The sound is fantastic as well. The clarity from these speakers is crisp and enjoyable… Read more ›
The speakers sound good, they need some equalization, but after that the sound is quite pleasing. Bass is reasonable for the size. The issue I found consistently in three… Read more ›
Sound Quality: The bass is fantastic, especially considering their small size. The mids and highs are definitely no slouch either. Read more ›
When I turn off the lights in my office and just listen to music, the speakers disappear sonically. - The bass is usefull down to 65-70Hz or so. But....the speaker does not… Read more ›
I use my speakers for music only, and only listen to rock. The sound is very clear and the bass is great for the genres I listen to. Read more ›
While I was pleased with my purchase and the speakers…I'm sure the Audioengine S8 sub is a great choice however I was looking for something a little more budget friendly. Read more ›
I use them to listen to satellite radio because most commercial radio music is not to my taste or my generation. Unless you want super bass, these are great little speakers. Read more ›
Here's is where the one star deficit is justified for the A2s. The volume pot is poorly placed on the back of the left speaker. With the RCA cables installed, the only way… Read more ›
Rock sounds poor. At low volume, these are worse than the free speakers I got with a computer ten years ago. They don't come alive until the volume is up pretty loud. Read more ›
These speaker are awesome, they reintroduced me to…I have one small complaint however, i noticed the right speakers volume is slightly lower than the left at lower volumes. Read more ›
Small, powerful, clear sound, deep bass, adjustable volume on speaker, no bulky power adapter...it was everything I was looking for. Are there better speakers? Read more ›
They sounded a little hollow when I first plugged them in so I was a little disappointed but I went…I had to bump up the bass so it would be present at very low volume. T… Read more ›
They feel extremely sturdy…I really don't see why anyone would need the A5s, these are more than enough for desktop speakers and have excellent volume and sound quality. Read more ›
The speakers look great and the sound is very crisp. The set up was very easy too (although it didn't look like it would be at first). Read more ›
Setup was easy and all equipment nicely bagged in microfiber pouches. Volume setting on the back a little hard to get used to but my iMac keyboard controls the volume just… Read more ›
The power/volume knob being on the rear is a minor inconvenience, but not…Setup is quite easy, and bridging the two with actual speaker wire adds to the feeling of quality. Read more ›
I have a white pair and it compliments my white MacBook perfectly. Set up was simple and easy. One recommendation while plugging in: make sure you have you speakers powered… Read more ›
The sound is great and build/looks of it is amazing. Easy to hook up and I'm happy with its performance. Read more ›
I bought these because I wanted a more compact setup than my previous Swan M10s provided. The Swans are fantastic speakers but the 2.1 arrangement was just not conducive to… Read more ›
The lows are clear and not overbearing. The highs are crisp. Sound reproduction is INCREDIBLE. Read more ›
Obviously, it's not the room-shaking bass you'll get from a dedicated…The mids and highs are perfectly balanced in the speakers, which results in all-around clean sound. Read more ›
ALOT more than i had expected. The mids and highs are CRYSTAL clear. Read more ›
No, they're far too small for that, however what you will experience is clean, unprocessed,…The highs are just incredible, not piercing or fatiguing but clear and natural. Read more ›
The bass is there, complementing but not overwhelming the rest of the music. The highs are crystal clear, never harsh (at least in what I've listened to so far. The… Read more ›
If you're looking for really crisp highs and defined mids, you might look at some larger speakers with a separate subwoofer, since these kind of want to pump all the… Read more ›
Very nice pair of desktop speakers . Great bass ( tight and punchy ) and mids are clear and highs are crispy although it gets muffled by the bass sometimes . Read more ›
It lets guitars rip and scream and lets vocals shine with body and emotion. The mids are nicely detailed and can be called neutral if not slightly warm. Read more ›
I give the A2 a slight edge in imaging and overall sound, but not by much. Highs and mids were very clear. Bass response on the A2 was very disappointing without having to… Read more ›
The midrange is well balanced with the highs; this is a good feat for speakers this inexpensive, because most other speakers sound unbalanced or emphasized in one way or… Read more ›
The DX4 manages to go deeper and sound less boxy. The A2's midrange is smooth and natural sounding. The A2's treble character is quite different from the DX4's. Read more ›
I wanted something that had adequate volume with audiophile level sound reproduction and these fit the bill at a very affordable…They have excellent midrange and detail. Read more ›
Their size is perfect for a desktop application. So if you're looking for a new pair of desktop speakers like I was, my advice to you is: skip the gimmicks, the 5.1, the… Read more ›
non-muddy bass with a little thump size is perfect for a desk or armoire real speaker inputs (but don't connect to your stereo...cause they said not to) Read more ›
As others note, they're not going to rattle your license plate or fill your 1000sqft room with…For their diminutive size, these are excellent choices for desktop listening. Read more ›
good quality, nice size. very warm sound. Read more ›
Outstanding for their size. Clear, articulate highs and punchy lows. Read more ›
very happy with purchase perfect size for desktop setup....nice clear sound from small unit...glad I purchased to complete pc setup Read more ›
These have replaced my Bose speakers and these blow them out of the water! I highly recommend them, well worth the price! Read more ›
The speakers arrived quickly and were very easy to set up. Would recommend to anyone looking for a high quality, reasonably priced sound. Thanks Read more ›
Very clear and realistic. They demonstrate the value of premium speakers for a very reasonable price tag. An excellent choice for a small apartment. Read more ›
They sound amazing, the beats are good. High Frequency sounds are great for the price. Read more ›
I simply don't find these a good value. They sound OK but not great. Read more ›
I've tried everything to get great "3d" sound at a reasonable price. Sound bars, sound Read more ›
BUILD 5/5 - These speakers are so very well built and designed, they look and sound amazing. Read more ›
By far the best speakers I've EVER heard…Amazing sound, amazing build, amazing design, all around amazing and audio enthusiasts and audiophiles will not be disappointed. Read more ›
BUILD 5/5 - These speakers are so very well built and designed, they look and sound amazing. Read more ›
For me this is a poor design, because I would like to set the power button to one position that works with my computer and not have to adjust it every morning when I turn… Read more ›
A cloth bag for each speaker and for the power and cord units is a really…The speakers have real heft, are attractive, well designed and the sound quality is remarkable. Read more ›
I loved the design, compact look and reviews I read about this product. But upon receiving them and hooking them up to an IPod and MP3 player I was extremely disappointed… Read more ›
However, I was less impressed with the fact that the box included two right speakers and no left speaker (important, since the left speaker…Not very good quality control. Read more ›
So when my computer speakers died I bought a pair for my computer, I listen to music a lot on my computer…Poor mid range control, not full on the low end, and too bright. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

134 of 137 people found the following review helpful By rgonzale on November 5, 2007
I got the A2 for use as a portable studio monitor when recording music with my laptop. As such, I think its form factor is unmatched: I don't know of any other 4"W x 6"H powered full-range (2.0) speaker of this quality.

I appreciate the stated frequency response figure, which is offered with plus/minus 2dB tolerance -- unlike other iPod or computer speakers. The cabinet is made from MDF (medium density fiberboard), a material used in many of the most well-regarded audiophile speakers. The Kevlar woofer and quality binding posts also inspire confidence. A protective grille and front-mounted volume control might have been handy, but that's a matter of preference. I got the white (A2W) model which is understated and attractive.

I'm comparing the A2 with the larger (5.5"W x 8.5"H) M-Audio Studiophile DX4 speaker, which is intended for home music studios. The DX4 is actually a little less expensive, but too bulky for portable use. The DX4 comes with individual frequency response measurements which in my case indicated close pair-matching and equally flat response to that of the A2. Anyone who has built speakers knows, however, that on-axis frequency response measurements don't tell the whole story. I did not compare the A2 with larger or more expensive speakers, and my emphasis is on use as a monitor for mixing music.

Dynamics. The A2's little 3" woofer is surprisingly dynamic: turn up the volume control and you can feel the air pumping in front of the cone and the slot. The speaker sounds balanced at both low and high volumes. A speaker this size is of course only for near-field individual listening. It is not for watching movies from across the room. The DX4's 4.5" woofer has more than twice the surface area and is capable of higher sound pressure levels.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By TECK13 on September 9, 2008
The Audioengine 2 powered speakers bring music to a computer desktop or an iPod. For good or bad, I am an audiophile and I appreciate and respect great sounding gear at all price levels. I own several top-of-the-line B&W speakers so I feel I have a good reference regarding quality speakers.

Originally, I bought the M-Audio Studiopro 3s from Amazon. They are truly remarkable for under $100.00 but shortly after taking delivery the tweeter in the passive speaker (right) starting distorting at mid volume levels and higher. I actually think it was the poor connection, cheap 1/8" patch cord and 1/8" jacks, between the speakers inducing the distortion and not the driver itself. For those interested, the M-Audio speakers reproduced just slightly lower bass notes and the highs were more extended but the all-important mid-range (where music lives or dies) was not quite right. Thin and boxy sounding. For monitoring purposes only I suspect the Studiopro 3s were slightly more accurate to the recording but what they reproduced sounded less like music for listening/enjoying. I would have kept them if not for the distortion in the right speaker.

Anyway, I returned the Studiopro 3s and got a pair of Audioengine 2s. Now, when I am at the computer I actually stop fairly often and just listen to the music. Turn it up and toe-tap along. The equipment disappears and the music remains.

The tradeoffs Audioengine made were the correct ones. No unnatural pumped up mid-bass to compensate for the lack of any real low bass. A slightly soft high end that's not quite accurate but exactly right for near field listening for long time periods.
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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful By P. Jackson on March 20, 2008
I am a fairly serious audiophile with a dedicated two-channel audio system worth the price of a small car, and was turned on to these from a rave review I came across in Stereophile magazine recently. Even though I wasn't exactly sure how I'd use them (I do almost all of my listening on my "big" system and listen mostly to vinyl), I thought I'd give these a shot with my ipod and/or laptop computer to see what all the fuss was about.

Holy cow! To say I was blown away is an understatement. How they were able to do these many things right at a price of only $200 bucks is beyond me. The sound is amazingly free of artifice and is quite neutral from a tonal balance perspective -- more reminicent of a good high-end two-way bookshelf than a "multi-media" speaker. They particularly seem to have been voiced to sound good with recent ipods, for example -- my 80 GB ipod was a perfect match, with a lot of dynamic snap too -- far more than anyone would ever expect possible at this price point! And the bass was very well done -- while obviously not going to shake the walls, all the notes were there, and I never found myself wanting for more (and this is after listening to a lot of jazz and even som R&B too). These qualities made the music very involving and fun to listen to.

But what got me was the fact that all you really need is an ipod and you have an instant, relatively portable, bona-fide high-end audio system ready to go. They are fuss-free, are not picky with set-up, and sound good with just about any digital source you can throw at it. Plus the fit and finish is just outstanding (I keep looking at the binding posts and have to remind myself in disbelief that these are $200 speakers!)

At $200 bucks, you just can't get a more entertaining musical experience, period. They should be on everyone's short-list - they're that good.
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