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Audioengine A5 Powered Multimedia Speaker System (Black)

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  • Model Number: A5 Black
  • Color: Black
  • Item Package Quantity: 2

Product Description

Audioengine 5 is a full-size speaker system in a bookshelf-sized package. Internal power amps eliminate the need to connect the Audioengine 5 to a bulky stereo receiver or power amplifier. And with built-in subwoofer ports, the Audioengine 5 adds incredible low-end bass without the need for an external subwoofer.Audioengine

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.8 x 7 x 10 inches
Item Weight 23 pounds
Shipping Weight 28 pounds
ASIN B000OABTPQ
Item model number A5 Black
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4.1 out of 5 stars 174 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #109,231 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#258 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers > Bookshelf Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com April 18, 2005

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These really do deliver remarkably clean, powerful sound for their size, and they also do well at lower volumes. There's no shortage of gushing reviews for these on the web, so I'll just add a few tidbits of possible additional interest to prospective buyers:

- 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.
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As many, many reviewers have already said, these speakers sound great to a non-audiophile like myself who just wants a decent, not ridiculously expensive stereo system to play once in a while.

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.
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These speakers are just plain awesome! There's no excuse for buying an iPod hifi, EVER. These speakers are the same price and so much better. Which is to say they are a bit pricey but they have the sound of much more expensive speakers. People say they are too big for my desktop, but I just tell them that their sound is too big for my apartment and their quality too big for my budget, but they magically fit into both of those spaces anyway. So bottom line, if you are looking to spend anything close to this amount on some speakers, I would definitely recommend shelling out just a bit more to get these Audioengines.

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.
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These speakers are amazing. I have had them for 5 months and they produce amazing sound regardless what I am using them for. Only downside to them is that you can hear the compression on MP3 files. So what may sound acceptable on your ipod when your on the go may sound flat on these speakers. So make sure you encode your music files to at least 192kps with a variable bit rate. Anything lower and your music will sound flat.
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How good can a $350 speaker be? To preface this "review", I am a bit jaded when it comes to audio equipment after decades of exposure to some very high end equipment capable of exquisite sound reproduction. Therefore I was a bit surprised to note the remarkable build quality of the Audioengine A5's the moment they were removed from their unique cloth packaging. The solidity, fit and finish of the speaker is first class by any standard.

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.
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