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Audioengine A2+ in Black Satin pictured with the optional DS1 desktop speaker stands
Audioengine's original A2 powered speakers have been putting big smiles on our customer's faces for years. Their rich, musical sound, impressive build quality, and attractive, desktop-friendly design have earned them many well-deserved accolades. Placed alongside your computer monitor, these little gems could breathe life into your favorite musical performances. So wouldn't it be a little crazy to change something that delivers such terrific sound and value? I mean, why mess with success, right?
Audioengine did. They took everything that people loved about the original A2 and added even more flexibility and performance. But as the folks from Audioengine themselves say — "Even if you're not an audio enthusiast, we guarantee you will still hear a difference!" We think you will, too.
So exactly how did Audioengine make a great speaker even better? First and foremost they gave the A2+ a USB port for making a direct digital connection to your computer. That connection bypasses your computer's built-in sound card (a low-cost afterthought on most PCs) as well as the underwhelming headphone jack circuitry. In its place, the speaker's own high-quality, built-in DAC (digital-to-analog converter) processes your music files, giving you far greater fidelity and reducing the potential for noise and interference that can degrade sound quality.
Audioengine also gave the A2+ variable audio output jacks. That makes it easy to add an optional powered subwoofer if you crave more bass, or even send audio wirelessly to another pair of powered speakers or a sub using Audioengine's optional W3 wireless adapter. Other thoughtful improvements include upgrades to the power supply, speaker connectors, and accessory cables to further improve sound quality. Audioengine even gave the A2+ threaded metal inserts for easier wall mounting with optional speaker brackets.
" Actually, they sounded really good. Really good. I would have never thought that 6" desktop speakers could sound this good, except for maybe those studio monitors that call themselves desktop speakers. But these are actually designed for use with your computer, hence Audioengine's tagline, "Join the computer audio [r]evolution." Okay, where do I sign? And at 15W RMS, these puppies can really crank. They were loud enough to fill my house with music and drown out the clang of pots and pans as I cooked breakfast, or, if you're so inclined, the noise of dorm- and roommates."
— From Spencer Holbert's review in The Absolute Sound, February, 2014Read the full review
Like their predecessors, the A2+ speakers sound simply amazing. While typical plastic computer speakers can sound lifeless and dull, these Audioengine speakers sparkle with musical energy. Their silk dome tweeters deliver smooth, open highs. Custom Kevlar woofers provide tight, punchy mids and bass. The drivers are powered by two very conservatively rated amplifiers built into the left speaker — a simple, secure connection between the left and right speakers using the included cable gets them hooked together. Plus, you still get minijack and RCA inputs for connecting your favorite portable music players and audio components. Audioengine wraps everything up in sturdy, low-resonance wood cabinets with a hand-polished finish that you'll be proud to display in your room.
If you're using a pair of the A2+ speakers as part of a desktop system, we highly recommend placing them on Audioengine's DS1 speaker stands. They improve mid-bass clarity and help the stereo image snap into focus.
I was expecting a marked improvement over the speakers in my laptop but I never anticipated the sound quality of these speakers. The sound is room filling and clear and without distortion. I am not an audiophile but I can't imagine speakers of this size being any better.
Pros: Perfect size for a small desk area and terrific appearance.
Cons: none so far
Before purchasing my Audioengine A2+ speakers, I was using a rather inferior pair of speakers with an external sub-woofer. They weren't all that great and I knew that it wasn't my hearing that made me wince every time I turned them on. Hubby recommended the Audioengine A2+ since he has these speakers and has used them for a while. I'm very happy I purchased these from Crutchfield. They are worth every sent and now I don't wince any longer!
Pros: Attractive, excellent sound for voice and music. Good size for desk use.
I enjoy Hi-Fi Audio quite a bit I do own mostly Dynaudio / Roksan integrated... anyway, the purpose of this review is not to compare the Audioengine A2+ but give you my honest opinion from an audiophile standpoint.
These little speakers certainly exceeded my expectations, what surprised the most was the big soundstage these produce. the bottom end is quite good coming from these tiny drivers, but where the sweet spot is perhaps the mids. The vocals and guitar string do shine. The high end is pleasant, but not as transparent and detailed as speakers 10 times this price (like my Dyaudio Xeo 3 for example) but overall, not a bad thing, you can listen for hours without fatigue.
I'm glad I bought these, they sound great with any kind of music.
I delayed buying because of the reviews talking about lack of bass -- very happy I bought them. The bass is quite good. Sure, it's not going to hit you in the chest like big drivers, but you can't expect that from small speakers. What you do get is good, solid bass and clean, clear sound. One suggestion if you use iTunes: Check the equalizer -- it can really affect the sound. I almost went with the less expensive monitors -- I'm sure they sound great, but I didn't want the green circles, and these speakers look great.
Pros: Great sound, great looks, DAC
I set these up on my desk top and plugged them into my PC's Xonar STX card.
The clarity and punch were immediatley obvious! These little guys sound terrific, actually
better than my Sennheiser headphones.
Although I really didn't have to, I went ahead and purchased the Audioengine sub to
fill in the very low end and will hook it up this weekend. To be honest though, the A2+
don't need a sub. They are full and rich the way they are. Highly recommended.
Pros: Great clarity. Mids and highs are superb. A little pricey but well worth it. These are not your typical PC speakers and are great for playing high bitrate flac files and concert DVD's on the pc.
Cons: None whatsoever.
Excellent speakers, I use them with the DAC via USB to get the best. I have added a spare sub at home to it. They are not great with out the added sub, but with it, these are awesome
I bought these to listen to music rather quietly in my office (didn't want to disturb anyone else) . At low volumes, they were muddy sounding. Song lyrics didn't even sound as clear as with the little speakers in my iMac; the upper and middle frequencies were just not there.
On the other hand, when I turned the volume up on Audioengine A2+'s, they sounded absolutely wonderful, but unfortunately that's not my typical listening environment. If you need to keep the noise down, these are not a good choice. If you can crank it up, you'll love the way they sound.
Another concern is that the enclosures do not have any cloth or grills over the speakers. The most delicate parts (cones, surrounds, and dust caps) are fully exposed and at risk. I don't understand why units this expensive don't have better protection from the bumps of daily life.
Pros: Great sound at higher volumes
Cons: Muddy sound at lower volumes, no speaker grills or other protection for cones
I got these to use in an office environment in which a subwoofer was causing a neighbor problems. I'm very pleased with the quality of sound these produce as replacements, minus of course the substantial bass that they are missing. Stereo separation is unbelievable, and I am really pleased with the music quality and fidelity even at the lower volumes I need to maintain in my office space.
Pros: Fidelity Clarity Stereo separation
Cons: Light on bass
This is my sixth pair of Audioengine A2's (first pair of A2+). I have them throughout the house mated via Apple Airport Express. If I'm in the kitchen, or office, or garage... I have music playing at a listening level. No part of the house is distortion loud, so that I can hear it elsewhere. These desktop wonders sound better than most bookshelf speakers mated to a good quality receiver. Good, solid low end... warm, engaging midrange...and sizzling, accurate highs. They are nice when entertaining, ambient music at nice levels in every corner of the house. At least 4 friends and family have purchased after listening. It's hard to go wrong with the Crutchfield return policy. Buy a set, connect to your computer, do some critical listening...call and thank Crutchfield.
Pros: Great sound. Well made product. Crutchfield reputation for customer satisfaction. Excellent customer service at Audioengine.
Cons: Perhaps a bit spendy. But definitely a case of getting more than you paid for...
Unbelievable. Bass response is incredible with these small speakers. Great sound and very smooth.
Pros: Comes with all the wires you need. Like the bags they come with too.
Cons: Wish it had a remote control.
I just got these speakers just 3 days ago and they sound great. Small size but big sound.
Pros: Sound, design of cabinet, wires provided with it, I also got the stand for them and they really make a differance
Cons: Wish it had a volume control knob on outside or a remote
I have a good stereo system at home, and found the speakers that came with my office computer grating every day. After reading reviews, I ordered the Audioengine A2+. Their great virtue is not that they can be loud (but I bet they can be), but that they produce very satisfying, musical sound at low volumes. I can listen to music while I work, and thoroughly enjoy it, without bothering people who work beyond my open door. It takes a good speaker to play quietly. These are very high quality, musical speakers.
Pros: Superb, hi-fi quality, sound. First-rate construction in every way.
Cons: Like many good speakers, they are sensitive to how they are placed. Having them slightly toed-in on either side of my monitor, they produce perfect sound. If I am not sitting directly in front of them, however, they are a little less convincing. As bookshelf speakers in a small apartment, I would not place them too far apart. Don't let that deter you from buying them! Just watch where you put them.
Purchasing these speakers without researching them on the internet proved to be a valuable lesson. These were purchased as an anniversary gift and I hated having to send them back, but had I done the research beforehand I would have learned that there are numerous complaints that the A2+ speakers run hot. These ran hot at 80 percent after three minutes, and also at 30 percent for an hour. A rep at AE said they had to be defective and to return them for another pair, but I decided to go one better: I purchased the A5+ and these do not run hot no matter how much I crank up the volume or how long they're used. The A2+ have a smaller footprint than the A5+, and they cost a bit more, but in this case, I got what I paid for: awesome sound and dependable speakers. These A5+ sound almost as good as my pair of Bose 901s. I'm impressed with the customer service I got from both AE and Crutchfield. Everyone at Crutchfield was patient, understanding, and more than willing to help me get the A2+ exchanged for the A5+s. As for the belated anniversary present, the A5+s proved to be worth the wait and every penny that I paid for them.
Pros: Small, compact size. Decent sounding. Easy to install. Excellent customer service!
Cons: Run hot!
These speakers look great and give amazing sound from a tiny foot print. I love them for gaming.
Pros: Amazing full range sound, very slick cabinets. Feel and are well built.
Cons: None so far
I had Klipsch computer speakers that sounded great but when one of the channels blew again on the second set, I decided to replace it with the Audioengine 2+. The Audioengine speakers sound good but they didn't come with a sub to provide the bass punch of the Klipsch THX. So I connected the systems in parallel, turned off the Klipsch L + R speakers, and balanced the volume. Now the Audioengine 2+ provides the treble and midrange and the Klipsch subwoofer augments the bass. It sounds very good and I hope it lasts a long time.
Pros: Good balanced sound. Easy to hook up.
Cons: Not enough bass punch.
I wanted great sound but I was limited on space. I didn't want a separate DAC because it would take up too much space on my desk. Having a build in DAC and a relatively compact enclosure was perfect for me. When I took these out of the box they sounded great and the packaging and reeked of high quality. I can't wait to get to work everyday so I can listen. The musical details are more apparent as I continue to listen to these speakers.
Pros: Attractive enclosure Small compact and built-in DAC Great sound
Cons: None so far
best speakers of this size I've ever heard. Played out of my audio technica lp120, they deliver quite a punch. Awesome customer service by Crutchfield, as these were received for an exchange.
Pros: Tight bass, active/ included amplification, clear & crisp miss, highs
Cons: Too early to tell...perhaps upgrade 16awg wire to 12awg w/ banana plugs?
I am NOT an audio aficionado but I have had a lot of desktop units through the years and I shoot product photography for a major, larger competitor of Audioengine - so I have heard a lot of very good systems. These speakers are a good buy for the price and you probably won't do much better. I am using them for computer audio and they are replacing my Bose Companion 2 (Series 1) speakers. These are way better! They have ample power and sound very clean. My biggest complaint is that they sound a little too bass-y (if that's a word) and I don't hear much at the very top end. In their defense, I'm just using the computer's sound card and no real mixer so maybe I could get even better sound out of them. That being said, they are a great buy and you won't be disappointed.
Pros: Very well constructed, very good sound.
Cons: Heavy on the bass (which could be a plus for some people).
I converted from a PC to an Apple iMac several years ago after a not-unexpected computer crash. I have always been satisfied with the quality of the computer's built in speakers but, now retired, I am able to spend more time enjoying music and podcasts while keeping up with online news. I had in mind to buy supplementary speakers a long time ago but something or other always moved into priority place. FINALLY I decided, it's time. What a wonderful improvement. These small but powerful little speakers are perfectly sized for the bookcase over my computer, and fill my office with full rich sound. I wish I had made this decision years ago, but am delighted to be enjoying them now.
Pros: Perfect size and easy easy setup. I think it took me about 15 minutes from mailbox to listening pleasure.
Cons: If you are someone who loves to feel deep DEEP base vibrations, you might want to consider a sub-woofer - but it really isn't needed.
I was in the market for an amplifier and speakers to go along with a new TEAC TN-300 turntable setup in a small space (corner table). I was about ready to pull the trigger on an Audioengine N22 amp + Klipsch KB-15 Icon speakers, but chose these Audioengine A2+ powered speakers instead. The pros and cons are within that context:
Pros: - Lower price. - Smaller size. - Amazing sound. Very clear mids and highs, and the lows pack a decent punch for the size. I didn't compare the amp + speakers head-to-head so I am unsure as to whether that setup will sound better, but these little guys leave little to be desired.
Cons: - Even though it was cheaper than the amp + speakers setup, the price still seemed a bit high at first blush. I had only purchased < $100 run-of-the mill speakers before and am entirely new to vinyl so I was unprepared for the investment. No regrets now that I've got them set up! Highly recommended.
I was in the market for a good desktop speaker and based off a recommendation I pulled the trigger on these and couldn't be happier. However if you enjoy a little bass hit you will need the S8 subwoofer if you want to keep it in the Audioengine family that is. I have heard the sub on a demo and with some adjustment it is excellent. I also recommend getting the angled stands to go along with these speakers. Installation is easy naturally. I strongly recommend using the USB option and grab a USB hub if all your usb ports are currently used up. Using the USB allows the built in DAC to do it's job the right way and it really cleans up the audio files ESP when using Itunes. World of a difference when you use USB compared to letting the itunes built in EQ control the sound. I am a MAC user so once you hook the speakers up and the USB is all ready to go all you have to do is go into your system preferences and in the sound tab you choose Audioengine A2+ as a device and let the speakers take over from there and you will definitely be pleased. I am not sure how that feature is done on a windows based machine. Getting these from Crutchfield was a pleasure, great advice and fast free shipping
Pros: Overall great speaker for its size
Cons: no grilles over the speakers
These are really good computer speakers. Very elegant styling and compact. Very nice soundstage and well balanced. These little guys sound about as good as can possibly be expected, given their size and lack of a sub.
Pros: Well balanced sound. Compact size. Attractive. Like the USB attachment and integrated DAC.
Cons: Could use more bass, but that would require a sub and more $$, not to mention more space.
These were delivered fast, easy to set up and they put out phenomenal sound. Best speakers I own.
Pros: Size, sound output, easy to assemble
Cons: Didn't come with the little wedge stands
I concur with and will echo the lone 2 star reviewer here. These certainly are capable of a certain punch - but only at the top and very bottom, leaving what little middle there is muddled and lost somewhere. No amount of repositioning or fiddling with the equalizer allowed me to fill that important part of the stage and ease the disharmony that I experienced. Perhaps proximity was the problem (sitting at the desktop with them), but that is how I will be listening. Adding to my displeasure was Audioengine's decision to forgo decorative or protective covering for the exposed cones, and the unattractive speaker wire included. The speakers are kinda cute, and were packaged nicely with adorable soft drawstring bags, but I repacked and returned them quickly.
Don't be afraid to buy an Open Box item. I bought these speakers as a Open Box item and they are excellent and I saved about $25. The speakers are very well crafted and sound great.
Pros: Great little speaker, easy to set up.
I was looking for some small-ish speakers to put on a dresser in the bedroom. These are the perfect size and they have the amp built in so you don't have an extra piece of gear taking up space. They sound great, and put out a decent amount of bass considering their size. (Don't kid yourself - if you're a bass head, you'll want a sub) They can also get loud - about halfway up on the volume is more than enough for me! I wanted to rig these up to my home wifi. There are lots of ways to do this: You could get a Chromecast + HDMI audio extractor; or get a Raspberry Pi and use the Volumio distribution with the A2+'s USB DAC. I went with the cheap route for the time being: I had my old android phone in a drawer doing nothing, so I set up BubbleUPnP on it - making the phone a DLNA renderer - and connected the headphone jack to these speakers. I can stream music from my NAS over wifi and control it all from my phone - a much better set up than some of the dedicated streaming speakers, in my opinion. Final note: Got these from Crutchfield's Scratch & Dent stock. I can't find a thing wrong with them! Plus it saved about $40 off list price, so you might check that out if you're wanting to save some money.
Pros: Excellent sound quality Visually attractive Compact size Built-in amp and USB DAC Includes all cables/wiring in the box Non-skid padding on bottom
Cons: None really - although I wish it came in wood grain options like some of their other speakers.
I was reluctant to spend this much on a pair of speakers. After much research and deliberation I pulled the trigger. They sound awesome with my MacBook Pro. I would do it all over again. Rock band drums sound great.
Pros: Great Sound. Cool look. You can hook them up with USB or RCA port.
Cons: Price but this time I got what I paid for.
I purchased these to replace the stock speakers that came with my home-office computer (Windows 8.1). Running them through the digital (USB) connection works great. The only problem was the audio equalizer on my PC would not work with the USB speakers. Some Internet research directed me to a great open-source program called "Equalizer APO" and its graphical interface, "Peace". The equalizer made the speakers come alive and sound is fantastic in my home office. I did not try the analog feed from my PC's soundcard, as the speakers built-in DAC is rated better,
I was a little concerned about the bass output with these small speakers, but with the help of the equalizer, I now get a very full range of crystal-clear audio. Connecting a subwoofer to these speakers would be simple, but really not needed in my 11x14 room. I've played lost of jazz, blues, classical, and classic rock through these speakers, and it all sounds great.
Pros: Excellent sound from a very small package. The digital connection through the USB works great. Easy to set up.
Cons: Without using an equalizer to adjust the audio, the sound was cloudy and dull. My PC's graphic equalizer would not work with the digital interface of the speakers, but an open-source tool (Equalizer APO) solved that problem quickly and easily. Once I adjusted the audio for my room and my ears, the audio is incredible.
These speakers replaced on older Bose Companion 5 system that has been having trouble for a while - I made the right choice. The speakers are clearly high quality, weighing in at nearly 10 lbs, the construction material is and the hardware that came with them has met my expectations. I think they are beautiful, and I really like the clean front with the volume knob on the back (in contrary to most reviews). The quality control, however, is not superb. I returned my first set (Crutchfield was awesome regarding this - I was on phone for 3 minutes and a new set was on its way) due to a minor problem with the volume knob. also bits of glue and scratches can be seen in the seems that the tweeters are pressed into the speaker box - these are minor problems and expected for the price. The sound IS SUPERB. focused on the midtones, music and movies are warm, clear, and fully embrace you into the experience. They needed to break in, and speaker position is crucial - other wise they have a slight under-water sound.
In comparison to the Bose Companion 5: The Bose focused on the high tuners and the bass, that gives a good sound stage but cold sound. The A2+ are clearly a higher quality the bring out sounds that you hear on only much nicer systems. The tweeters could have more of a presence, and I absolutely would like to have a subwoofer. With out a doubt, the speakers and a subwoofer would make the Bose system seem cheap.
Pros: Beautiful appearance amazing sound quality high quality components open to options - like subwoofer built in DAC quality for the price heavy at near 10 lbs
Cons: could have better high tones could have better quality control subwoofer is not necessary, although would greatly improve the sound
I never write reviews, but these speakers are amazing. I sacrificed the wireless for sound and I am so happy I did. Everything sounds excellent on these speakers. Full, beautiful sound. Also works w headphone apps for phones and iPods and while it doesn't sound as fantastic it still is great. A+. And working with Crutchfield has been a great experience.
I had to replace my desktop and thought I would also change my sound system as well. I had a pretty good Logictech system with 5 speakers and a subwoofer. I replaced them with these speakers and have to say it is a major upgrade in sound. The speakers don't need a subwoofer and the quality of sound is so crisp and precise that it is a delight to listen to any time I am in the room.
Pros: first quality of sound, second is the small footprint to free up desktop space
Excellent Speakers! I wanted some speakers for my wife's office/sewing room/study and was looking for something "classy" looking. I have had powered speakers in this room in the past, and although they sounded good, I had multiple issues with the plate amplifiers that the small satellite sub was powered with. I replaced the amplifier but also had other frustrating issues. The speakers themselves also looked like something a man would pick out for his office... THESE speakers are a work of art. They compliment my wife's new MacBook Pro Retina I bought her and are small in size. They also have very high quality components. I purchased the A2+ for the internal DACs it has. As quality of a product the MacBook is, I know the DAC's in these speakers are much better (using a USB). They sound Great! The bass is not quite as powerful as what I had with (Klipsch Promedia 2.1) but the bass is still impressive and is much "tighter" and more natural sounding (not like a boom box). You can tell Audioengine designed these well. Even opening the box is like opening an Apple product. High quality cloth covers and packaged well. I have a Very Expensive system in my personal A/V room. Dolby 11.2 with amplifiers everywhere. I also own EIGHT 18" SEALED Subwoofers. I know what quality bass sounds like and these small speakers are room filling (or at least small room filling). They seem a little pricey until you get them. You won't be disappointed. My Wife Love's Them So All Is Well;)
Pros: For their size it is amazing the quality sound these little guys put out. Very Well designed and constructed. Great Looking Also. If you are looking for stoplight, boomy, unnatural sounding speakers, look elsewhere. If you are looking for Quality, Excellent Sound in a small package, you have come to the right speakers. (If you want/need a little more bass, the A5 may be a better choice but they are Much Larger)
Cons: None Really
great sound. nice to have 3 ways to connect to input source. I use these with a projector for audio visual presentations
Pros: ordered in white from the scratch and dent dept. Speakers appeared perfect, can find no blemishes
Cons: heavy for their size
I bought these for my sister as a early x-mas gift and she loves them. She uses them as her main desktop speakers for a cheap pc i built for her.. She mostly listens to low quality compressed music like Pandora and they still sound amazing using the usb connection. Big sound stage for little speakers. I tested them on my rig with different formats Aiff, Monkey, Flac , Wav etc. with and without a subwoofer (polk psw111) and they sounded even better. Great speakers if you have limited space or are on a tight budget.
Pros: Big sound stage
Cons: none for the price
Great full sound from such compact speakers. The built in amplifier is incredible. Delivers on what it said it would. I matched these speakers with the turntable recommended and got a great product for about $500.00 loving my vinyl again!
Solid Speakers. Really, Solid Speakers. The sound these things put out is something special. I've never heard such quality and depth in sound produced from speakers of this size. The USB hookup to bypass the generic computer sound board is extremely noticeable. The look and cosmetics of these is simple, clean, and very stylish. Well worth the $250
Pros: Sound Quality Cosmetics Wire Quality Ease of Setup Packaging
Cons: Wish the volume control was on the front, but that's just being picky.
Starting with the packaging, it's clear that Audioengine is serious about their products. The speakers and even the cables came wrapped in individual microfiber bags. !6 gauge speaker wire is included - not the flimsy little wire that comes with most computer speakers in this price range.
I am using the A2+'s with a laptop in my bedroom. I like to listen to music before going to sleep! It's been four days since they arrived and I can't stop listening to them. Acoustic jazz, R&B, electronica, vocals and classical are all presented with an accurate and wide soundstage. They also play quite loud without any audible distortion. Except for the very low end, these little speakers have decent bass. I can feel the air they push out from three feet away! I had a 10-year old Klipsch subwoofer stashed away in a closet that provides the chest-thumping low end and the result is nothing less than stunning. For the money, the A2+'s can't be beat.
This is my first experience with Audioengine, but it won't be my last. In the future, I will be purchasing the A5's for my office desktop computer.
Shopping at Crutchfield, as always, is a great experience. Their customer service is bar none!.
Pros: Accurate, near audiophile sound.
Cons: This is a minor comment, but the delicate silk dome tweeters are exposed. I sure there are no grill cloths for reasons of audio quality.
Unbelievable sound quality for playing music on computer! Will also probably serve well as bookshelf speakers in a home entertainment stereo system, at least in a small room. I couldn't match it at anywhere near the price. Very highly recommended.
Pros: Superb music reproduction: clarity, detail, accuracy (especially at mid and high frequencies) for all types of music Very sturdy construction Moderately easy to set up High value (quality/price)
Cons: Moderate sound output (volume), best for smaller rooms Will need to add a sub-woofer for room thumping bass. Audioengine sub-woofer costs more than the A2+ speaker pair.
These speakers were packaged very nicely, came very quickly! Very satisfied with the sound, volume, and clarity of these speakers!
Pros: Small, compact, great sound, clarity, and volume level for a small office!! Great for listening to music and watching movies!! I would highly recommend them!!
Most of the other reviews are pretty spot on. Still, I was taken aback at the clarity, depth and detail these speakers delivered. Overall, they're an outstanding value. I'm using the speakers' built-in DAC and set up was a breeze.
Sure, a little extra bass at higher volumes would be nice, but it's not a drawback at moderate listening levels. I chose these because of the small footprint. If I had more room available I probably would have gone for the A5+.
I think the "listening geometry" makes a difference. I have the speakers in a computer/desk setup: 3.5 feet apart (6 inches in front of the back wall), and I sit 2 feet in front of the front plane of the speakers. This seems ideal. I can't help thinking these speakers were engineered specifically for this application and geometry. Changing the positions seems to alter characteristics - your mileage may vary.
Pros: Sound, set up, small footprint and, Oh yeah, More Sound!!!
I WAS AMAZED BY THE CLARITY AND DEPTH OF THESE WONDERFUL LITTLE SPEAKERS. THE FACT THEY COME EQUIPPED WITH A BUILT IN QUALITY DAC IS MAKES THIS A VERY EASY SOLUTION FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS AUDIOPHILE QUALITY SOUND FROM THEIR COMPUTER SPEAKERS.
Pros: SLEEK DESIGN AND HIGH QUALITY CONTRUCTION.
Cons: USB CORD COULD BE JUST A LITTLE LONGER.
I got them for Christmas for my son, he uses them with MacBook Pro - connection is USB and we utilize the built-in DAC.The speakers sound very natural and not a bit bright / harsh. We have them on the little stands which help with soundstage imaging and overall sound clarity. Overall we really like the sound, but we've added a subwoofer (also from Crutchfield - 10 inch Polk that was on closeout). With that subwoofer it is a complete system that can fill 200 square feet room with high quality sound. After a few months left speaker started crackling and eventually quit. Crutchfield replaced it quickly. I think we had to pay for shipping - it would be nice if defective product would be replaced for free. Giving 4 stars because of that issue.
Pros: High quality "audiophile" sound (well balanced, not too bright, non-fatiguing). Works perfectly with a subwoofer.
Cons: They broke and had to be replaced. I think they are a little pricey (but that's just me...)
Purchased the A2+ speakers after doing a lot of research and spending a good deal of time breaking in my A5+ speakers. I won't go into placement considerations on the A5's, but suffice to say the front porting of the A2's make them much easier in this regard; especially helpful given the limited of the real estate on my desktop. Highly recommend the Audioengine speaker wedges for the A2's as they do make a significant difference in the depth ot the mids and clarity of the high end.
Speaking of the sound, I've run the A2+ speakers using the built-in 16/44 DAC and also with a Dragonfly 1.0 USB DAC connected with an inexpensive Audioquest mini-stereo-RCA cable. While the Dragonfly definitely has a more "spacious" sound and better overall imaging, the DAC chip included in the A2+ speakers is really pretty good. Mids are it's strong suit to my ears. Bass is well controlled and seems more than you might think possible with this small a speaker. The treble is also quite pleasing and doesn't become strident until you've pushed the volume too high. In fact, these little speakers have no problem filling my office with quality sound (10x10). One thing to note: you will have to be patient as these little speakers do definitely have a break-in period. they sounded a little harsh and flat when I first installed them. Since that point, however, the detail and depth of the sound -- and soundstaging -- have just gotten better and better. Highly recommended!
Pros: Build quality, decent built in DAC, surprising bass -- the little woofers move a lot of air at higher volumes! Sweet sounding treble once broken in
Cons: Wish they had a remote like the A5+ speakers, definitely need speaker stands to angle the treble towards your ears. Otherwise, hard to fault.
Perfect for laptops and desktop computers! Sound is amazing and only gets better overtime! Whats best is their versatility, connected my a2+ to my old 2.1 system (Logitech X-230) that has a subwoofer and it makes the a2+ sound that much better! Dont expect ground shaking bass, thats what subs are for!!!!! Amazing sound quality...PERIOD!
Pros: Plug and play! Connect usb to computer and the DAC takes over! Sound is unbelievable! connections for subwoofer or previous computer speakers!
These are excellent little speakers. The other reviews you read about these really are true. I honestly love the way these sound, and they sit well on my desk without taking up too much space. I would highly recommend getting the speaker wedges that elevate them to ear level, this improves the sound, and honestly I'm a little disappointed they weren't included with the speakers for the price. I would rate these at 4.5/5 stars because they don't have bluetooth connectivity (like the edifier luna), however they do contain an onboard DAC which does improve the sound over my standard sound card in my mac. I also think the volume control should be on the front of the speaker, and the tweeter and main cone should have an X-bar cover of some sort similar to the edifier that wouldn't hinder the sound but would provide some sort of protection. Other than that, these are fantastic little speakers that produce excellent audio and pretty decent bass for their size.
Pros: Small Size, excellent clarity and sound, on-board DAC, USB connectivity, optional output for a subwoofer, 3.5mm connectivity, bass port on the front of the speaker
Cons: No bluetooth connectivity, cone and tweeter are exposed
When I set these speakers up in my office and played a few sound files through them I was amazed at the warmth and accuaracy of the sound. I heard very precise, detailed, rich sound with plenty of "oomph". While teaching a music workshop for 12 people I used these with a laptop in a smaller room and everyone was amazed at the quality of the sound. Really worth the money. Highly recommended.
These speakers produce absolutely amazing sound at both bass and treble levels. I could not be more pleased.
The A2+ is an exceptional value. The solid sound quality and ease of installation in my opinion makes the A2+ a computer speaker option that should be in a shoppers short list.
Pros: Terrific sound, especially at this price point.
Cons: None so far.
Just bought these for myself as a late Christmas gift and the sound is amazing. I listen to many types of music from BRUCE! to Freddy Hubbard and from Marvin Gaye to Placido Domingo and I have enjoyed every single note pumped though these amazing A2+. The reproduction of the sound of voice, guitar, piano, solo sax, rock bands, R&B and multi-voiced classical music are all great. I didn't just need loud; I needed good, and these beauties have delivered (and they can be loud when necessary!).
Pros: A solid sound for the price. I really can't believe that this level of performance can delivered for this price... Lucky us! Multiple hook-ups too.
Cons: Have not found any cons yet.
I'm using these purely for music while I work, typically at a fairly low volume level. Their ability to create a sound stage is just amazing. Every so often something comes up in the play list that makes me pause a say to myself "that sounded live" . I'm using the dac connection with Airfoil on a Mac which allows me to just send music to the A2+. I'm also "sharing" the sub from my main system - a 12" Velodyne - interesting combination $250 powered speakers with a $2K sub - best desktop system I've ever had!
Great Detail, and clarity, but no matter how I positioned the speakers I was unable to created a proper sound stage or imaging. Its sounded like I was listening to a very good system in a large arena or stadium. My cheaper Klipsch computer system created a better sound stage with the vocals clearly identified in the center of the sound stage.
Pros: Great detail
Cons: poor sound stage
I purchased these Speakers to play MUSIC from my laptop. My laptop does have the built in BEATS speakers. They sound Good, but these AUDIOENGINE A2+ powered speakers with the built in DAC sound much better. By using a USB cable A B plugs you by pass the computer DAC for great sound. I would recommend these speakers to anyone.
Pros: GREAT SOUND for small speakers, Multiple hook ups
Cons: none so far
This is a great set of speakers. Right from the unpacking you get an Apple kind of vibe.the speakers come with individual cloth bags and the same for accessories. I bought these from my son and he likes the clear stereo image and placement of the instruments. These are definitely high end speakers. They have sufficient bass for their size, but will not shake the desk. I perceive that as a good thing based on my musical taste. We also bought the stands and I think there are a must - looks great too.
Pros: Great sound, compact, great packaging and individual cloth bags for later moves.
Cons: Bass in line with size. Stands cost extra
These speakers reproduce the fine details of all types of music. The midrange and high frequency sounds are crystal clear and precise. The upper bass sound is good, with only the lower-end bass lacking. Considering the small size of these speakers, their frequency range is remarkable. If full range computer sound is important, the matching subwoofer can be added.
Pros: Wide, flat, frequency range and detailed sound production from a tiny pair of speakers. A built-in digital-to-analog converter that rivals standard computer sound cards.
Cons: A subwoofer is needed for the lower-bass range. However, considering that it is physically impossible for such a small woofer to produce low-end bass, these speakers are remarkable.
Nice little speakers - replaced an aging dell 5.1 system on our teenager's computer. Internal DAC and USB connection made installation super easy. Great sound and sound stage (couldn't say that about the 5.1 system).
Pros: Small, great sound; easy to install. Nicely constructed.
Cons: No grills.. even optional grills would have been a plus.
I was looking for an upgraded sound system for my office to include nice speakers and eventually a turntable. The Crutchfield rep directed me towards networked receivers and bookshelf speakers, but that was quickly getting too pricey for what I wanted to spend. Through more research, I found these speakers with a built-in DAC, bypassing the laptops weak sound card that also allowed for expansion through the RCA inputs. I settled on these and bought them for Christmas. I am very happy with my purchase. I listen mostly to itunes songs on my PC and the detail, clarity, and volume is much improved over the laptop speakers. I am looking to add a turntable next year and maybe add an unused subwoofer from home.
Pros: Great sound, expansion for multiple components through RCA/mini-plug, and USB inputs, built-in DAC
Cons: The instructions failed to explain that under certain circumstances one must go into Control Panel > Sounds to select the A2+ as the default sound output. Upon initial install, the speakers worked through the mini-plug, but not the USB to utilize the DAC. Some research revealed the trick in the settings..
Great speaker at good price, music clear and crisp. Added simple plug in for a little Cambridge sub I had sounds great.
Pros: Sound quality Price Ease of setup
Got these for my daughter but I kept them for about a week to break them in. Out of the box, they sounded a bit boomy in the bass and flat. Actually, not bad but not so good either. After about 50 hours of break in they started to sound more balanced and warm. I have the feeling they will sound even better after more play. Very nice speakers f for the price and size. The only thing I have to compare them with is my Spendor 3/5Rs monitors The Spendors are more refined sounding with greater clarity and depth. They are also much larger and 6x the price. Even so, the Audioengines weren't completely outclassed. My daughter was very happy with them. I may buy a pair of the 5s for myself!
Pros: Nice sound, size and price. Easy to set up.
Cons: Not very portable since there are no speaker grills. Tipped up bass which decreases but doesn't disappear after break in.
Very pleased with my Audioengine 2+. A vast upgrade from my computer speakers. My iTunes now come across with better clarity, more authority and a wider soundstage. I would recommend them to anyone looking for an alternative to standard off the shelf PC sound systems.
Pros: Clear and crisp sound, wide sound stage, flexible input choices, ie USB, RCA and mini plug
Cons: Wish they had a headphone connection
These speakers are just amazing. They are small and sleek looking and sound great. I did not buy the subwoofer and although some added bass would be welcome they still produce fantastic sound. So clear and crisp and fill my home office with great sound. Even at really high volume, they do not lose any crispness, warmth or clarity. The kevlar cones produce nice mids and bass for something so compact. If I opted for a powered subwoofer, this combo would compete with my Polk towers. I am super impressed and would recommend these speakers to any audiophile looking to maximize their desktop or laptop.
Pros: Amazing sound Great look Good value
|Pieces in System||2|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||0-3/4|
|Midrange size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer size (inches)||2-3/4|
|Power Output (Watts)||15|
|Frequency Response||65-22k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
Two-Way Speaker System: Each of the Audioengine 2+ speakers has two drivers; a 3/4" silk dome tweeter & a 2.75" Kevlar woofer. The A2+ provides a real, natural sound; very near to the originally-recorded music. The A2+ has a frequency response of 65Hz to 22,000Hz (+/-2dB)
Built-in Amplifier: The A2+ is powered by a 15-watt RMS x 2ch amplifier (SNR: >95dB, THD: <0.05%), built into the left speaker. The built-in power amplifier saves space & eliminates the need to connect Audioengine 2+ to a stereo receiver or external power amp. Simply plug the left speaker into an AC outlet & connect the included 6.5' speaker wire from the left speaker's binding-post terminal to right speaker's binding post terminals. All internal components of the 2+ are tuned together, providing a more efficient system requiring less power than passive speakers & amplifiers.
Note: With the amplifier built-in, the left speaker is heavier than the right (4 lbs vs. 3 lbs).
Bass Reflex MDF Cabinet: One of the reasons the Audioengine 2+ has such great bass response for a compact speaker is its slot-ported cabinet. Each cabinet features a front-firing slot-port that has been specifically tuned for accurate bass down to 65Hz. The result is incredible low end with minimal audible air turbulence, so you can use the Audioengine 2+ speakers with or without a separate subwoofer. The cabinets are built using 18mm MDF with internal bracing. Internal sound-damping material reduces unwanted reflections inside the cabinet. The cabinet edges are rounded to reduce high-frequency diffraction effects on the front baffles. The speakers are hand finished, then tuned and tested together to be sold in matching pairs.
Note: The speaker materials & construction are robust & extremely durable, so speaker grilles aren't needed.
USB (type-B) port + TI/Burr Brown DAC: The Audioengine 2+ is fitted with a USB (type-B) port and features a built-in TI/Burround Brown PCM2704C DAC. With its USB (type-B) port and built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC), the Audioengine 2+ allows you to send high-quality digital audio directly from your Windows or Mac computer's USB port. The A2+ internal DAC handles up to 48kHz/16-bit music files.
Analog Audio Inputs: The A2+ has two stereo audio inputs on the rear-panel of left speaker. The A2+ is fitted with a 3.5mm stereo minijack input & a stereo RCA input. There is no input selector switch, so both inputs are live simultaneously; if different signals are presented to both inputs, they are mixed together & both are played through the speakers.
Variable Audio Output: The Audioengine 2+ includes a variable stereo preamp audio output so you can connect a powered subwoofer (such as the Audioengine S8; sold separately), other Audioengine powered speakers, or an Audioengine wireless adapter to daisy-chaining music to other systems around the house. This output is variable (adjustable) so the volume level can be controlled from the A2+ or remote control.
Optional Wireless Adapters: Audioengine offers wireless adapters (772W3, sold separately) that can be used with the A2+ powered speakers and its analog audio input or output. The W3 includes a Sender (transmitter) & Receiver; the system is designed to deliver an audio signal wirelessly between your source component & the A2+ powered speaker, or between the A2+ powered speaker and your powered subwoofer (sold separately).
Mounting Options: Both speakers have a high-density foam isolation pad on the bottom for safe placement on your desk, stand, table, or shelf. The optional DS1 Desktop Stands (772DS1, sold separately), made of high-performance silicone rubber, angle the A2+ speakers upward at approximately 15° and add 1-3/4" the the height (for 8" total). Threaded brass inserts are found on the bottom each speaker cabinet to provide the ability to attach the speaker to free-standing floor stands or articulating wall-mount brackets (sold separately). Audioengine recommends placing the speakers at least 3" from the back wall for best audio performance.
Note: Both drivers (woofer & tweeter) are directly video shielded & allow you to place the speakers within a few inches of a video monitor. This shielding also offers protection for hard-drive digital music players.
External AC Power Supply: The Audioengine A2+ operates off of standard household current using the included AC power adapter and detachable power cord. The AC power adapter plugs into the left powered speaker and the included speaker wire is used to connect the right passive speaker. An auto-standby idle mode is also featured to conserve power when you're not playing music.
The review and sound quality. [ Titus D. Feb 01, 2016 ]
I told Daisy about my new Sirius radio, and she advised me to purchase these powered speakers! I had previously tried three Sirius radios for car/home with a large docking station use and had no luck with these so I hope this arrangement works! Daisy's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=86 [ J Jan 18, 2016 ]
Size, and price. [ Richard Jan 09, 2016 ]
Overall reviews, built in DAC, quality of sound, needed smaller footprint vs 2.1 (no sub) and Audioengine ecosystem for expanding this set up later if needed. [ Dan Jan 27, 2016 ]
The built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) uses a USB type B connection and would only be able to connect to your Windows or Mac computer's USB port for digital audio transfer. We carry a few DAC's that would work with an iPod/iPhone/iPad though and you can find those on our website here: http://www.crutchfield.com/g_372350/DACs-for-iPod-iPhone.html?tp=59490 [ Larry Nov 13, 2015 ] Staff
Correct. They have a built-in DA converter/designed around USB input. [ Mark Jul 06, 2015 ]
Hi Ken. It's true. One device that has worked well is the Blue Fidelity Bluethtooth receiver-about $80-80- to power the speakers via phone and tablet. Hope this helps. Garry [ Charles Jul 06, 2015 ]
Correct. No Bluetooth. [ JohnQ Jul 05, 2015 ]
These speakers are not bluetooth ready. However you can connect any mp3 player, Ipad,Iphone etc by using a 3.5 mm patch cord. You simply connect the Device and the speakers using this cable. One end of the cable goes into the headphone jack of the ipad/pod,iphone and the other end goes into the speaker's back marked Input. That's it. Hope this helps answer your question. [ TRIPU Jul 05, 2015 ]
Audioengine also markets a Blutooth receiver B1 [ DONNAJEAN Jul 05, 2015 ]
Audioengine does have a Bluetooth Speaker B2 [ DONNAJEAN Jul 05, 2015 ]
No, you would need a dangle, though I haven't tried it. [ robert Jul 05, 2015 ]
Unfortunately, you cannot run headphones via the A2+ speakers. While there is a mini-jack input on the back, there is no headphone out on the units. This is too bad as the DAC included in the A2+ is pretty decent and is a big improvement over the one in my PC. It would make for a much better headphone experience too if you could jack into the A2+ speakers. [ Matthew Jan 06, 2015 ]
No. The speakers sound very nice. But it is annoying that you cannot connect headphones to them and it is also a pain that the volume knob is in the back of the speakers. They sound and look great, but those are two downsides for me. [ Dean Dec 03, 2014 ]
You know, I have never tried. I don't have headphones, and use the speakers on my internet radio. They work great. Sorry I could not answer your question. Bob [ ROBERT R Dec 02, 2014 ]
There is no dedicated headphone jack. However there is an RCA output (two holes), I believe you can use an RCA to headphone (female) adapter to your headphone to it or use an headphone amp to connect to the RCA and then plug in your headphone. so there is a way to connect headphone to the left speaker, its not a straight connection though. Hope that helps. [ VIJAY Dec 02, 2014 ]
There is no headphone output jack on these speakers, so I don't believe you can connect headphones. [ MICHAEL Dec 01, 2014 ]
To be honest I cannot answer that since I set them up a while back and they are tightly enclosed my desk area so I can't really quickly check. I will say this -- they sound lovely and I do make a suggestion of adding their matching sub-woofer as this made a HUGE impact on the sound for low end. Good luck! [ FRANK Nov 30, 2014 ]
No - there is not a std. headphone jack output [ Jim D Nov 30, 2014 ]
No [ Titus D. Nov 30, 2014 ]
No and yes! If you want to connect headphones, you will need to purchase the audioengine D1 DAC... Which has a headphone jack, the a2+ speakers have no headphone jack. Although they are powered speakers and have a built-in dac, they are compatible with the d1 dac! [ JASON Nov 30, 2014 ]
No, not that I've tried. The only audio outputs are left and right RCA type jacks and the speaker wire connection between the left 'powered' speaker and the right speaker. [ GARY A Nov 30, 2014 ]
Hi Don -- I also have the A5+ speakers and like them very much. Significantly bigger and better sound than the A2+ speakers (which I also own and greatly like), but no built-in DAC like the A2+. For use with a PC, the built-in DAC offers huge improvement in sound -- as Charles W mentioned, the included DAC is of very good quality; especially in this application. Both speakers provide nice treble clarity without sounding overly bright. Mids are also very good -- especially at this price point. Bass is somewhat lacking in the A2+ units, though I would not describe them as anemic. Really intended for more of a nearfield experience rather than filling a room -- though I have no doubt they'd do a decent job of that when paired with the S8 sub. I can definitely recommend both the A5+ and A2+ speakers from AudioEngine. [ Matthew Jan 06, 2015 ]
First, let me praise the sound quality of these speakers, even without a subwoofer. They are first class. I also added a separate subwoofer that connects to the terminals of one of the Audioengine A2+ speakers. The USB connection is all you need for both. The combination is wonderful for a small set of speakers. I have them on a PC. I had considered Bose speakers, but an very glad to have gone with the Audioengine speakers. [ JohnQ Nov 30, 2014 ]
You don't need additional equipment. The sub does connect to the speakers. For convenience and the price you can't beat the A2s, but if you can afford it, you should spend more on the A5s, or the Definitive Incline active speakers. The Inclines are very clear and clean and *very* good -- way better than the A2s, which sound kind of muffled, in my opinion. [ Thomas Nov 29, 2014 ]
I have the A2+ speakers connected to a subwoofer in my office. No special equipment is needed other than an RC cable. For my setup, I am using the supplied USB cable from the speakers to my laptop. I had to supply the RCA cable to go from the speakers to the subwoofer. I selected these because of the built in DAC. Eventually, I may add a tape deck or record player or both to my setup. The speakers sound great with decent low end by themselves, but the 12" sub sure helps fill it in. They do get pretty loud and have driven an office dance party or three. These speakers are a good choice! [ NICHOLAS Nov 29, 2014 ]
Incredible set of speakers,just connect them to the Audioengine S8 Subwoofer and you will not believe the sound that comes out of them. Simple hook up, all wiring included needed nothing extra. I have them connected to a Desktop Computer with the S8 Sub and it sounds like I have a Super High End System. [ DONNAJEAN Nov 29, 2014 ]
Hi Don, My first recommendation is to buy them by themselves, warm them up for a couple of weeks before investing in a subwoofer. The DAC in these units punches above it's weight, in my unprofessional opinion. They are directly connected to my Lenovo Yoga laptop on small home office work desk. Mostly jazz and modern classical from online radio and Google play are my interests and I've been impressed with the range offered and clarity. Hope this helps. Garry. [ Charles Nov 29, 2014 ]
These small speakers do sound excellent - even without a subwoofer; that said, they are designed as a 2.0 system (no subwoofer integration). [ Mark Nov 29, 2014 ]
Hi Don, you can use either USB to utilize internal DAC, or use patch cable if you want to output from sound card. It has unfiltered output that can be used as subwoofer output in either case. If you have high end sound card it might be better than the internal DAC though. [ Chun Yin Nov 29, 2014 ]
two 50-watt amplifiers for more room-filling power
5" Kevlar mid/woofers for deeper bass response
remote control for adjusting volume
the USB port on the A5+ is for powering and charging connected devices only (does not support audio)