- Model Number: A5 Black
- Color: Black
- Item Package Quantity: 2
Audioengine A5 Powered Multimedia Speaker System (Black)
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- Each speaker is satisfyingly heavy, and the entire bottom surface is covered by a solid rubber pad to help keep the speaker in place when you're driving them hard.
- The speaker enclosures are silky smooth (no sharp edges or seams anywhere) and feel thick and well made. Overall fit and finish is lovely to behold. You can't help but believe that these will last for a long time.
- The large speakers are exposed (as pictured), but they're made of kevlar, so they look tough and feel tough, and you won't think twice about the lack of a speaker grille.
- The volume control is on the lower-right corner of the left speaker. It's a knurled dial the size of a standard button, and it turns with a nice, smooth resistance for a feeling of scratch-free precision. Ideally, I'd like to see the volume knob on the top of the speaker for easier access, and I'd rather it extended outward a bit further (it's a bit shallow). But tastes will differ depending upon speaker placement.
- The LED power light is on the lower-left of corner of the left speaker. It's a muted, cool blue that looks great when the lights are off. Not too bright to be a nuisance. The kind of blue light that you know is there but almost seems to disappear into the blackness.
- The power on/off switch is on the middle back of the left speaker, near the outside edge, so you can easily wrap your fingers behind the speaker and feel for the switch to turn it off. Not as easy as I'd like it to be, but not a big hassle.Read more ›
Unfortunately, they have a serious heat problem.
Playing the speakers at anything over about 20-30 percent of maximum volume (measure by the position of the volume knob) causes the master speaker -- the one with the amplifier -- to heat up. The back of the speaker actually becomes too hot to touch. And if the speakers remain at that volume for more than about an hour they will cut off.
Once the speakers cool off for a while they seem fine.
I e-mailed Audioengine about this and they say it's a safety feature. The speakers are built to cut out if they get too hot, and playing them loudly won't damage them, the CSR told me. He recommended running a fan on the master speaker if I planned to play them at elevated volume, which I think is an unacceptable solution. I told him I wasn't sure I would have purchased the speakers if I had known about the overheating issue.
Still not sure I'd return them, because they sound so good and work so well at lower volume. I'd give them five stars without the heat problem.
A side note to any buyers, these speakers benefit greatly from a break in period. First time I listened to them they sounded nice but gave me a headache after 20 minutes of listening. Don't be discouraged. Leave them with music playing for 24-48 hours (like the manual suggests) and the harsh sound just smooths out and is so much better. I can't say enough good things about these speakers.
The A5's are easily and quickly connected in a matter of minutes with the comprehensive assortment of interconnecting cables/wires. These cables/wires can easily be upgraded with higher quality aftermarket connections if the user so chooses.
Listening to the A5's with a variety of good quality source material shows that my positive first impression was indeed warranted! These do not sound like $350 department store speakers, but rather more like...real music. Vocals have a wonderful breathy tonality and projection into the room. You can hear the reed resonating on wind instruments, and percussion instruments have a "snap" and a sort of spontaneous dynamic that (I think) is part of the live music experience. The speakers performance from the mid-bass upwards is really quite impressive!
My smallish apartment living room does not show the bass performance of the speaker in it's best light. Careful positioning of the speakers (mounted atop sand-filled Lovan Affinity 29" speaker stands) has mitigated many of this rooms problem resonances, but the quest for the ideal placement shall continue.
With attention to symmetrical placement in the room, the A5's image quite well, as I would expect a good quality speaker to do.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At low volumes the left speaker fades to almost nothing. We disliked these speakers for quite a while until we found a Sennheiser inline balance control device. Anyway: AVOID.Published 9 months ago by Ripoff Britain
Great support from the company. I've had the speakers for over 5 years, using them only with my iPod. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Audioengine A5 speakers play loud, and sound great. If you have seen more than a handful of reviews you know this is the overall consensus. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kenneth L. Anderson
These speakers look good, sound fantastic, turn on and shut off automatically, and did I mention they sound great?
I only wish I could control the volume with a remote... Read more
These speakers offer a great sounding "desktop" or bookshelf audio solution on a budget. The sound is very balanced with slightly rolled off highs, full mids, and full... Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by markv
I'm an audiophile and don't mind spending money on great accurate sound reproduction. I put these in my office hoping they wouldn't suck too badly for when I'm on my computer. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by Solana Beach Mike
I've had these for several years at least now....have been very pleased with the sound quality, especially given the price. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by gsgoinwest
For 40 years I've had top rated mid-priced speakers: Advent, Monitor Audio, BostonA's, Klipsch. I've had them rebuilt; I've rebuilt them. They all still sound great. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by H. Daniel Brown