Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
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- PREMIUM POWERED DESKTOP SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED DAC. The A2+ Computer Speakers provide CLEAR, FULL AUDIO and can easily connect to any device in seconds. Great for your desktop and smaller rooms.
- FEATURES: Built-in analog power amplifiers, dual analog audio inputs, USB audio input, hand-finished wood cabinets, variable audio output, subwoofer connection, custom aramid fiber woofers and silk tweeters, power-saving idle mode, cables included, works with Mac or PC, no software required, designed for desktop audio and fills most rooms.
- WORKS WITH: Turntables with built-in or external preamps, all music players: phones, desktop computers, laptops, notebooks, TVs with an analog output, CD and DVD players, video game consoles and all products with 1/8" mini-jack or RCA outputs.
- WHAT’S INCLUDED: Pair of Audioengine A2+ Powered Speakers, 2m Speaker Wire, Power Supply & Cord, USB cable,1.5m Mini-Jack Audio Cable, Microfiber Speaker bags and Cable Bags, Setup Guide, Brochure.
- WARRANTY: Audioengine builds quality speakers that they stand behind. All Audioengine products come with a 3-year transferable warranty.
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AUDIOENGINE IS AN INDEPENDENT SPEAKER COMPANY BASED IN AUSTIN, TX.
In 2005 Audioengine was founded with a simple goal: Build a speaker that sounds great, is easy to set up and use, and that makes people want to listen to music every day.
Audioengine’s core products are powered speakers; all-in-one music systems which allow you to connect all your devices wirelessly (or wired) for great stereo sound. They started with just one powered speaker, the A5; simple and beautiful, yet versatile enough to be used in your workspace as computer speakers, on stands in your living room, or in a home theater setup.
But the Audioengine team wanted to offer even more for their customers. After years of hard work, the versatility of their products was pushed even further by offering a number of add-on audio products that can be used with existing music systems.
Their passion is to help people hear all their favorite songs as they were meant to be heard and to discover new music and appreciate it with the highest sound quality. And they’re doing exactly what they had planned, which is to change the way people listen to music. Audioengine is now proud to offer a complete line of products that bring the sound quality of professional studio monitors right into your living room, without the inconvenience of multi-device stereo receivers or big clunky passive speakers.
Mac or PC plug-n-play - no drivers required
What’s in the Box:
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT
THE MUST-HAVE DESKTOP EXPERIENCE
The Audioengine A2+ Powered Speakers are the reference standard for computer audio and these small but high-performance speakers are the perfect upgrade for all your music.
Everyone knows the difference between custom-built, small batch products and the general disappointment of mass-produced products. The A2+ was designed and is hand-built with the goal of exceeding expectations of both value and performance. These small desktop speakers really pack a punch, making them the go-to system for desktop setups and smaller-room audio.
The A2+ Powered Speakers have amassed a vast collection of awards from the likes of WIRED, Sound & Vision, Gizmodo, The Absolute Sound, PCMag, and many others.
AUDIOENGINE A2+ DESKTOP SPEAKERS
Clear, full and powerful audio ideal for your desktop and smaller rooms. The A2+ Desktop Speakers are constructed with custom Audioengine components: aramid fiber woofers, silk tweeters, and built-in power amps wrapped in precision tuned, hand-crafted cabinets. The bass was teased from the A2+ with some clever acoustic and electrical design without using any digital signal processing or fake bass boost circuits. To say the bass on the A2+ is substantial for their size may be an understatement, but you be the judge.
"These lofty audio chops easily make the A2+ one of the best desktop audio solutions available in its low cost range…"
- GEAR PATROL
A2+ Desktop Speakers
- Amplifier type: Dual class AB monolithic
- Power output: 60W peak power total (15W RMS / 30W peak per channel), AES
- Drivers: 2.75″ aramid fiber woofers, 3/4” silk dome tweeters
- Inputs: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA, USB
- Outputs: RCA variable line-out
- Input bit depth: up to 16 bits native
- Internal D/A converter: TI/Burr Brown PCM2704C
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THE A2+ DESKTOP SPEAKERS
The A2+ Desktop Speakers provide clear, full audio and can easily be connected to any device in seconds. Great for your desktop and smaller rooms.
“…the A2+ brings the clarity and dynamics audiophiles crave to a relatively affordable realm audiophile gear rarely visits.”
"I love my A2+ speakers! They are one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I have recommended these to several friends. Thank you again for a great product (and a great value)."
- Designed for desktops + smaller spaces
- Analog inputs
- USB audio input
- Subwoofer connection
- Wireless options available
|A2+ Desktop Speaker||A5+ Bluetooth Speaker||A5+ Speaker||B2 Bluetooth Speaker||HD3 Speaker||HD6 Speaker|
|Built-in Power Amp||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Power Output||60W Peak Total||150W Peak Total||150W Peak Total||60W Peak Total||60W Peak Total||150W Peak Total|
|Built-in DAC||PMC2704C||AKM AK4396||PMC5102A||PMC 5102||AKM AK4396|
|Optical Input||24-bit up to 192kHz|
|USB Input||16-bit up to 48kHz||24-bit (Upsampled) up to 48kHz|
|Mini Stereo Input||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Bluetooth||AAC, aptX, aptX HD||AAC, aptx||AAC, aptX, aptX HD||AAC, aptX, aptX HD|
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|Connectivity Technology||bluetooth/usb/wireless||usb||bluetooth, wireless||wired||wired|
|Item Dimensions||4.00 x 5.25 x 6.00 inches||9.57 x 4.96 x 4.96 inches||4.94 x 9.61 x 8.54 inches||5.63 x 3.46 x 9.06 inches||5.90 x 3.10 x 7.50 inches|
|Item Weight||6.61 lbs||1.42 lbs||2.18 lbs||1.00 lbs||5.10 lbs|
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The main board looked cheaply made. It had a dusty, sticky feeling and look. Many of the solder joints were poorly done. Many had a white, crystalline look. I re-soldered every major connection. There were two pins on the main IC amplifier chip that didn't appear to have been soldered.
These speakers have only been in a protected, dry, clean climate controlled environment.
Now it seems to work, but you shouldn't have resort to this.
CONS: I was not blown away based on the glowing reviews and listings around the web as a top choice for the money I paid ($250; now $200 as of this writing; it figures); but they still have very positive aspects worth considering; all cables included, however, the satellite speaker wire was way too short for me and I replaced it. No big deal.
If you watch the prices and can get these for under $200, they seem a much better value for the output (to me). That said, I think MOST people will think these are the bee's knees if not compared to anything else above $225. If you are adding them to any laptop or all in one (iMac, etc.), you will be BLOWN AWAY by the vast improvement.
Biggest issue: These speakers are VERY dependent on direction if you sit close or intend to use them with a computer. Make sure they are situated so they point DIRECTLY at your ears -- or are at least EQUALLY NOT pointed at your ears, else you will definitely observe imbalance and lack of midrange impact left to right. If you move about your desk/office space frequently, and want these for music, do yourself a favor and place them as far apart as you can manage; when you leave the "sweet spot", the quality drops rapidly.
I have six LCD displays on three vertical VESA mounts, and added articulating VESA boom arms and made a simple adapter from painted wood to use the thoughtfully included ¼" tripod/camera mount on the bottom of the speaker to VESA 100 mounting plate. Now I am able to rapidly adjust direction/pitch/angle of each speaker for upright computer tasks, or laid-back Netflix or fill-the-room-with-sound while I work.
Most of you will not go through this, but consider an inexpensive pair of adjustable speaker stands or camera tripods/stand (tabletop are very cheap) to both elevate and adjust angle/pitch for your needs. You could also use very inexpensive threaded wall mounts intended for surround satellite speakers. The AudioEngine speaker stand accessory option *might* work for a lot of you, but all it does is adjust the pitch to try to get the sound up to your ears. If you're tall or short, it will miss.
They are otherwise quite warm sounding, good midrange and highs with no appreciable distortion at high volume when playing lossless audio. They do start to distort playing heavily or badly compressed audio (MP3, AAC, etc, under 160kb). Excellent for voice, such as podcasts or Skype, FaceTime, etc. These will get VERY LOUD; louder than any neighbors will appreciate.
If you are looking for more bass for games or dance/trance/metal, either opt for the 4" version, or add a good subwoofer. If you intend to watch a lot of movies, these are a good addition to a 3.1/5.1/7.1 output, paired with a good center soundbar or speaker. I am using the output to a second preamp to subwoofer and an extra set of 2x2 1" tweeters for a richer "surround" experience for music and movies. If I am doing reference work, I rely only on the A2+, and am reasonably happy. I would probably like the 4" version better, but did not want the larger enclosures or expense.
I very much appreciate the multiple (3x) inputs and outputs (1x RCA), the primary reason (after sound quality reviews) for choosing this item. Many people are extremely upset by the volume knob being on the back; however, for my purposes, the input/output volume is always controlled by computer or preamp or AirPortExpress WiFi input, so I set it a notch shy of full and never have to touch it.
I wish they had covers for the rear to hide ugly connections for an open-back, front-facing desk installation. Recommend 90º right angle banana plug adapters.
Power adapter is an inline brick, which, again, for most people is not a big deal; this keeps the heat of a power transformer outside the speaker enclosure, which is fine by me. The power input plug even has a lock button to prevent accidental disconnection; a very nice touch reflective of the price you are paying. The length from the brick to the enclosure could stand to be 2-3 feet longer, but I'm an outlier with equipment placement.
Preamp enclosure gets quite warm to hot on the back plate; should not be an issue for most people, but they will add to the heat of a small room.
Ultimately, I decided to return the A2+ and picked up a pair of Vanatoo T0. They are about the same size if you are using the A2+ with a stand, but sound much better with plenty of bass, as well as blue tooth, optical in and a remote. I'm much happier with them.
I got these for a friend who owns a small bar. I told him he didn't need Bose (like, EVER), and that smaller speakers would be fine to fill the room.
When they first arrived, I didn't expect them to be so small. However, once plugged in and once I started playing music through my AK120, it was a HUGE surprise. These have got some juice!
The mids are what shine with these speakers, but even the higher register has a nice, rounded texture to my ears. The bass is not overwhelming, nor is it anemic. I was shocked to hear speakers this size push out so much air - and so well refined as well.
Another added bonus was the packaging. Each speaker was encased in a nice fabric cloth, and it included 16-gauge wire. That kind of surprised me. I purchased many computer speakers, and they almost always have 18 - 20 guage wire. The extra little bit of attention to detail, and the minimal cost difference for going with a higher gauge kind of shows Audioengine's desire to provide the feeling of quality presentation. I appreciated that.
I was so impressed, that I have been considering purchasing the bigger model just to hear the difference.
My few years old Bose Companion 5 system recently passed on to the land of dead electric pixies, so I was faced with finding a replacement.
Every review I read, every comparison article, and every forum discussion ended with these Audioengine A2+ speakers being the very best set of desktop speakers. My requirements were great sound quality for music at higher volumes (as I constantly have music playing while at my workbench), as well as clear audio across a large frequency range for gaming. This checked both those boxes, a few times.
I can't say how much I appreciate the beautiful sound quality produced by these speakers, especially since they sound better than my old Bose speaker system and for $150 less!
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HOWEVER, the left hand speaker has now developed a fault, it emits a soft quiet buzzing. Worse this is an intermittent fault. Contacted AudioVisual Online & was instructed to return for examination (£20 including insurance). Within ONE day I received an e-mail saying there was nothing wrong with them & to contact AudioVisual Online to arrange o pay for their return. What's the point, they can't be used
Having re-read several other reviews it is clear that there is a consensus, great speakers if nothing goes wrong with them, hard luck if it does,
The above review was given some weeks ago & I feel it only fair to update it.
After what I considered was an unsatisfactory initial response to my reporting that the speakers had developed a fault, my speakers were
replaced & I have had no further problems with them. One cannot really ask for more & they really are excellent speakers, clear, transparent
& detailed. No overwhelming thud thud thud bass, but if its on the recording one hears it.
I feel I have to raise my initial rating to four
In my sitting room I have an ancient pair of Spendor BC1 speakers with high quality amplification, tuner and CD. That system would cost £5000 to replace with new kit of the same standard.
Not to my surprise the quality is intermediate between the two.
I tend to listen to classical music at moderate levels - except when playing Wagner! These speakers are definitely good enough for me to listen to when at the computer or sitting elsewhere in the spare bedroom. I have the volume turned down quite low (12 o'clock on the control knob and 25% output from the computer). That's plenty loud enough when sitting two feet in front of them, and I think that you could sit anywhere in a small room and never run out of power.
The bass is slightly boomy and you definitely would not want an external subwoofer. I am using the USB input. This does mean no tone control. I could use the headphone jack (also supplied) and use the PC soundcard which does have tone controls. On the other hand the soundcard within the computer probably has higher distortion anyway. I will experiment.
The main point is that I now have something worth listening to, and the freedom to listen to anything available over the internet. I bought the red ones and they are quite pretty.
Since writing this I have moved them from my desktop to a shelf above it, and found that the bass quality is less boomy and the stereo imaging a bit better. Even at this price level, care with speaker placement makes a difference. For your room and your ears, you may find the best place is not where I would put them.
Support is limited to USA exclusively. Emails back and forth giving basic and condescending advice. Until eventually dismissed being outside USA despite their so called three year guarantee only to be referred back to Amazon.
So many better respectable manufacturers such as Creative Gigaworks or Logitech Z Series, m-audio and more. You have so much choice.
Other positive reviews aren't wrong just written within first twelve months. So disappointed.
+Clear, quality, punchy sound in games( RTS/MMO) & music is equally so, picks up all the little backing lyrics/sounds really well.
+Nice stylish appearance, with 3 colour options available.
+Good quality feel, sturdy, solid weight wooden cabinets.
+That something extra packaging, everything comes in microfiber cloth bags.
+No sub, so takes up less room.
+A breeze to unbox & setup.
+No hassle, goes into power saving idle mode if no input for a period of time.
-Volume control is somewhat awkwardly placed on the back of the power speaker.
-No sub, so less bass.
In conclusion, these Audioengine A2+W's are a great replacement for our Corsair SP2500's, very pleased with them. Having always had speakers with a sub, the lack of a sub made us hesitant initially, but actually it hasn't been much of a miss at all in terms of our audio enjoyment, and the extra space is great to have. Highly recommended.
They sit either side of my computer monitor, they sit on the Oak work top upon Oak mini stands I put together to to get them at the correct height/angle.
I'm sitting very close to the speakers <1 metre from either.
The sound stage is very impressive. OK no great thumping base, but I could add a sub for that should I want it - which I don't.
They can go louder than I find comfortable - (Though I'm right on top of them - Not trying to fill a large room)
They were bought to replace my previous set-up because re-arranging my office meant there was no longer room for my old NAD 3020 amp and monitor speakers. This system had produced a sound superior to almost every friend's computer for many years and seen off about 10 upgraded computer towers... I thought they'd be sorely missed... but 5 days in with the Audioengines and I'm beginning to hear why they get rave reviews - I really like them !
OK - Gripes that the volume control is behind the left speaker, which for my set-up isn't the best of access...
(Memo to self that next keyboard will have a mechanical rotary volume control - the one thing I still miss from the NAD amp)
I connected the speakers to my Mac mini using USB connection so I can use the Mac's built in DAC and also so I can control the speaker's volume via my keyboard and mouse. This model isn't bluetooth capable but that's fine because I bought it to be use solely as desktop speakers.
The sound from the speakers are excellent and what you would expect from speakers this size. The sound is rich, balanced and packs some bass even without a sub. It is recommended that you put the speakers on stands which are angled for better listening experience. I personally don't like the Audioengine A2 speaker stands so I got the Kanto Yu2 speaker stands which actually fit very well. I am not an audiophile so I cant say the speakers being at an angle made a drastic change to my listening experience but I did notice a difference, and if nothing at all then the speakers look nicer on the stands.
The speakers can connect to your computer via USB so you can control the volume via the computer controls (keyboard, on screen, mouse etc), otherwise you'd have to use the volume knob (also used as the on/off button) on the back of the left speaker. I am sure many would prefer for this to be at the front for convenience and ease of use. For those who aren't completely satisfied with the bass you have the option to add a sub woofer.
The build quality is excellent with a nice premium look and finish. Although I would've preferred a matte white finish, the black and gloss white design is still very stylish. Not only do they sound great, they look nice and complement a contemporary desk set up.
Even though the speakers are great there are a few things I don't love and many others wont either. These speakers are powered and add quite a bit of wires to your desk set up, it isn't bluetooth enabled, the speakers are very pricey, especially for the average listener.
If you can afford it and are looking to upgrade your desk top/PC speaker sound then you should give these Audioengines a go. Hope this was helpful.
I have paired these with the Yamaha NSW - NS 300 sub woofer which as a pair completely blow my mind. They work amazingly well together with my PC. I'm using my onboard audio over 3.5mm headphone jack to my ASUS MAXIMUS HERO VII.
The combination of these speakers really does walk all over my old Corsair SP2500 which sadly died after 3 years. The Corsair speakers were good speakers in their own right but this combination is a night and day difference, very pleased indeed.
I purchased a new small LCD flatscreen television for the bedroom which was brilliant, except for one thing - the sound quality. So I purchased these desktop speakers in order to rectify this problem. The detailed description of these speakers was somewhat lacking, but I realised that these speakers were probably primely designed for use with desktop computers.
Having a built-in amplifier included, I naively believed that apart from an on/off + volume control, there would be controls to adjust the balance between the two speakers and also separate 'Treble' & 'Bass' controls on the back of the 'master' Audioengine speaker.
Unfortunately, my Samsung television didn't recognise the presence of the connected amplifier + speakers, so any sound options on that were 'greyed-out'.
On balance, I'm glad that I purchased these neat stylish speakers, but I do find that for news type programmes that the bass is someone too great and cannot be reduced with my tv setup.
However, after about 3-4 months, they started to have a slight hissing/crackling sound in the background which is very noticeable when no sound is playing which is gutting.
After 5h listening it I'm impressed with the quality. I have a massive hi-fi on the living room and it's easy to compare. The size is perfect.
The bottom line: I've opted to buy some Kanto stands over the Audioengine due to the price and the visual. I think the Audioengine stands aren't the best presentation. I was wondering why they send some (useless I think) velvet pouches instead the rubber angled stands.
The result is - so far so good! They do what I wanted them to do, which is give a wider range of frequency and stereo sound for things like movies and concert videos/broadcasts. I've not so far had the sound issues reported in other reviews. Be aware that being only small, you're not going to get serious bass woof out of them, and being designed for computers, the connecting cable between them won't stretch across a room, but they're good enough for what I wanted them for.
I rigged them up to a T1 MK2 TUBE USB DAC and using a Russian Gold Valve to drive the sound.
I prefer them to the Genelec 8010 because the sound is much bigger even if on some range the Genelec might give you more detail in some frequencies, the soundstage of the Audioengines are so much better overall.
- quality of the product
- good sound quality
- multiple input options
Things that would make them better
- volume control on the front- it is a pain to have to reach behind to change the volume- best option is to have volume buttons on your PC keyboard
- bass is a little lacking - I bought a sub to go with them in the end- they are small so do a decent job but won't be shaking your floors