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Music instead of a facsimile of music,
This review is from: Audioengine A2 Premium Powered Desktop Speakers - Pair (Black) (Electronics)
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.
Set up and details:
Both speakers were used on stands, close to rear wall, about six feet apart and toed-in directly to the working area.
Like a few others, my Audioengine power supply did go out after just a day or two but Audioengine was very responsive and sent me a new one immediately.
I don't think there is a better solution for computer music listening if small size and simplicity is critical. If your listening space has more room, I'd opt for the Audioengine 5's for a similar sound but better and lower bass. There are also lots of professional monitors that are made for near-field listening but many are rather expensive. If the listener is not within 3-6 feet of the speakers, and can spare the room, a little extra coin, and added complication, top-notch small speakers like the Paradigm Atoms or PSB Alphas mated to a NAD C315BEE Integrated Amplifier would be a fantastic sounding alternative and offer more flexibility.
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Initial post: Aug 18, 2010 2:48:42 PM PDT
Ron Cronovich says:
Great review. I absolutely agree with everything you said.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2010 3:03:50 PM PDT
Thanks so much for your thoughts. I appreciate your taking a minute to send me a note.
Posted on Sep 4, 2014 3:57:02 PM PDT
Rick Brenner says:
"The Audioengine 2 powered speakers bring music to a computer desktop or an iPod."
Thanks for your review. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the A2 cannot charge an iPod while the A2+ can since it has a USB port.
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