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Audioengine HD6 Powered Speakers (Pair) Walnut
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- Built-in Class A/B monoblock power amplifiers
- Inputs include analog, optical and Advanced Bluetooth aptX
- Audiophile-grade components
- Furniture finishes and magnetic grilles
- Solid aluminum remote control
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|Color||Walnut||Walnut||—||Walnut||Wood||wooden and black|
|Item Dimensions||7.28 x 9.84 x 11.81 in||8.86 x 11.81 x 11.61 in||9.45 x 6.89 x 5.71 in||15 x 17 x 20 in||7 x 7.75 x 10.75 in||8 x 11 x 13.5 in|
|Item Weight||29.76 lbs||9.92 lbs||10.8 lbs||—||25 lbs||18 lbs|
|Speaker Type||Bookshelf Speakers||Bookshelf Speakers||Bookshelf||Bookshelf Speakers||Bookshelf Speakers||Wireless, Subwoofers, Bookshelf|
Featuring built-in amplifiers that pack a punch, as well as analog and digital inputs, including aptX® Bluetooth® and optical, Audioengine's flagship HD6 is easy to set up, simple to use, and designed for the way you listen to music today. Versatile connectivity: Stream TIDAL, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube - or any streaming service or media player - wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet or computer. For the highest resolution, connect to the optical input, which is perfect for network music players. It can also be used to connect any component with an optical output, including your TV system. You can also connect your favorite turntable or a subwoofer, so no matter how you connect and listen, HD6 has you covered. Retro-forward design: The HD6 was designed first for performance, but speakers also need to look great. The furniture-grade wood veneers and detachable magnetic grills give the HD6 a look and feel of old-school elegance that blends with any decor. Easy setup: Built-in power amplifiers save space and eliminate the need to connect HD6 to a stereo receiver or external power amp. Simply plug the left speaker into a power outlet and connect the included speaker wire from the left to the right passive speaker. All internal components of the HD6 are designed and tuned together, so you'll get Audioengine's Signature Sound and a much more efficient system than traditional separate passive speakers and amplifiers. Quality sound: The all-new woofers have diecast aluminum frames allowing the lower-end to really perform. Also new are the silk dome tweeters which have been upgraded for even smoother, more extended highs, superior stereo separation, and incredible imaging. The HD6 speaker cabinets feature a new design that is thicker and more stable, which reduces unwanted resonances.
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In pricing a solid integrated amp, either in combination with an external DAC or featuring one, I found that it would set me back, a tidy sum. Adding Bluetooth capability would further complicate and add to the expense. Then there was the matter of finding a high quality set of speakers that were prettier, smaller, and yet still carried enough palpable weight to enjoy challenging music. Cheap speakers abound, but they typically look cheap, and I was not interested in trading down in regard to sound quality.
They say all roads lead to Rome. Well, it seemed like all roads were leading me back to the Audioengine HD6s. I read a lot of reviews of the A5+ and HD6, looked at the price, and hoped for the best.
I was impressed by the care in which Audioengine packaged the speakers. They came (Triple!) boxed, such that I had packing material strewn about the room before I caught a glimpse of the soft gray bags that come for both speakers and all the peripheral cables.
These are pretty speakers up close. If you're familiar with real hardwood furnishings, you can tell that these are veneer over MDF, but they look sharp and feel substantial. I will note that my pair didn't have nearly the reddish tones that the picture on the site features. Much more biased to brown/gray/black tones. Which, I suppose, is more accurately walnut. But I digress.
The included cable is of good quality, but I elected to sub in a heavier gauge RCA cable to attach my CD player (Onkyo 7030, also newly-purchased). Everything went together as expected, powered on, and had a reassuring solidity to it. I let the system stand for several minutes to warm up, then loaded in a disk.
No malfunctions followed. The speakers played, the remote altered the levels as expected (you have to aim a bit carefully with this remote). After a few disks had played, the bass began to open up. I don't think a long or stultifying break-in is required with these units, but giving them a few days to burn in and seat the voice coils in the speakers before getting too critical of the sound is probably the best course.
And onto the sound. If I had to describe it, I suppose "natural" would be the most apt word. These are good sounding speakers, that have the ability to play quite loud and produce punchy bass if it is present in the program material. Now, you're not going to shake coffee mugs off of the table or fully communicate T-Rex footfalls. Physics is physics, and 5.5" drivers can only push so much air. That said, for purely music listening, especially if your tastes run to small group jazz, chamber music, and classic rock, you could easily produce satisfying volume and sweep with these speakers. The caveat being that you're not trying to fill an enormous room.
The silk dome tweeter is not as incisive or "hot" as a metal dome. It is quite detailed, but errs on the side of being laid-back and slightly gentle at the top end, rather than being bright or sharp. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a dark upper register. Rather, it lets you look with some depth into the soundscape, while avoiding being unfriendly or strident.
The midrange is rendered very well. On a CD such as Bill Frissell's "Guitar in the Space Age", the sound of the guitar, the amp, and the level of overdrive or reverb being used is beautifully drawn.
The bass is solid and taut, fairly deep but not, perhaps, as authoritative as some will be used to. The lower registers are in no way boosted. There is no "loudness" feeling to this system. It is not foreflushing in the mid-bass to mask a lack of extension or impress over the short run.
Overall, the speakers are friendly, inviting, and non-fatiguing. When paired with a well recorded piece of music, they allow you to think of the sound, not the source, which is good praise for their size and price, I think.
One thing to consider is this: if you have the intractable urge to twiddle with EQ levels, these are not for you. They sound how they sound. Unless the source component has some ability to introduce EQ settings into the mix, they are not present on the HD6 itself. For me, this is fine. I almost never use EQs, and choose a source direct option to cut them out of the signal chain if possible.
I didn't buy the HD6 simply to play from a component disk player, however. If that had been the case, saving some cash and purchasing the A5+ would have been the wise course. My plans included streaming FLAC audio from a tablet that I would use as a media center. I have found that my (aptX capable) Android tablet (Asus Zen 8) easily paired with the speakers, had a solid BT connection, and sounded great. No issues while sitting across the room, reading an e-book or browsing while the device cast the music to the speakers. The underpinnings for bluetooth and DAC conversion seem solid and well implemented here. I like that incoming signals are upsampled to 24/192. Streaming music from Amazon Prime Music still resulted in a good sound. No glare, no major veiling, no grit or heavy treble attenuation.
After playing the HD6 for several days on their own, I paired them up with a Klipsch subwoofer, crossing the sub over at around 65-70 hertz to let them roll naturally in at full volume as the main speakers began to drop off. Integrating a sub can be rather a hassle, but I was able to get a satisfactory blend within about 45 minutes of tweaking. To be honest, the first twenty minutes yielded a good blend, but I kept a/b testing and being obsessive a while longer. The addition of the sub is a somewhat subtle thing, at least with speakers that aren't too anemic in the lower registers. If the change is too obvious, the sub level is probably too high.
With the sub in the mix, that hint of authority that is required for upright bass and kickdrums tuned without a lot of polyfill is added in. Very nice.
In the end, I'm very pleased with the purchase. They are nice looking, compact speakers, and a lot more. Using a product like this, it's possible to create a very streamlined, uncluttered sound system that will fill a small to midsized room with excellent sound. If all the products that these speakers replace are tallied and checked for cost, it's something of a bargain. It might not seem so, as the price seems a bit princely for a small speaker system, but you would be awfully hard pressed to improve upon it for a similar fee, even with less attractive or integrated components.
One last note: some people might consider purchasing these as high end computer speakers. Now, they do sound very nice in the nearfield, with no audible hiss and none of the face-melting over-brightness of a speaker ill-suited to monitor duties. However...they are quite large, and I think they would be overkill for the bulk of your desktop setups. They'd look more at home above a mixing board than flanking a computer screen.
I researched from soup-to-nuts, decided to focus on powered speakers, then decided and purchased a pair of KEF X300A, they sounded great, but did not work properly, (hardware/software something) I returned them not wanting to try another pair. I was told to wait for the LS50 wireless, they were 3 times the cost and not due to release for months.
Longer story than this short, I decided to purchase the HD6s and I've been very pleased. They're mounted on 30 inch stands, I listen to a wide variety of music primarily in my living room but they're so easy to move I listen to them them outside as well. These little speakers just sound great, I want to say for what they are, but they really sound great regardless their size. They sound fantastic in near field listening and are still quite good in a in a more standard set-up - they do however have a small "sweet spot" both left/right and up/down. Don't get me wrong, they are not LS50s but they are still impressive.
Base is good - for what they are but I did just order an SVS SB-2000.