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Powered desktop stereo speaker system (High-gloss White)

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by Dave Bar
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Audioengine A2+ in Black Satin with optional DS1 stands

Audioengine A2+ in Black Satin pictured with the optional DS1 desktop speaker stands

Put a concert on your desktop

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.

A pocket full of upgrades

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, 2014

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What hasn't changed? Fantastic Audioengine sound

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.

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Highlights:

  • powered stereo speakers
  • USB input and built-in Burr-Brown DAC let you bypass your computer's sound card for better performance (works with Mac or PC, no software to install)
  • accepts music files up to 16-bit/48kHz
  • variable audio output for connecting a subwoofer or wirelessly sending audio to other speakers with the optional W3 wireless adapter
  • two 15-watt RMS amplifiers built into left speaker
  • frequency response: 65-22,000 Hz (±2 dB)
  • each speaker features:
    • one 3/4" silk dome tweeter
    • one 2-3/4" Kevlar mid/woofer
  • video-shielded to prevent interference in tube TVs and monitors
  • rear-panel volume control
  • gold-plated binding post speaker terminals (6-1/2' cable included to connect left and right speaker together)
  • USB input (USB type-A to USB type-B cable included)
  • minijack stereo input (mini-to-mini cable included)
  • stereo RCA audio input and output
  • AC power cord and outboard power supply
  • bottom-mount threaded inserts for optional wall brackets
  • 4-3/16"W x 6-1/4"H x 5-5/8"D (7"D with power cord)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Pieces in System
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2
Wireless
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O
Video Shielded
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Yes
Tweeter Type
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Dome
Tweeter Size (inches)
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0-3/4
Midrange size (inches)
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N/A
Woofer size (inches)
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2-3/4
Woofer Composition
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Kevlar
Powered Subwoofer
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No
Power Output (Watts)
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15
Frequency Response
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65-22k Hz
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6-1/4
Width (inches)
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4-3/16
Depth (inches)
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6-5/8
Parts Warranty
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3 Years
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3 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Powered left speaker
  • Passive right speaker
  • AC power supply (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 6.5' Length of 16 gauge speaker wire
  • 5' USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) cable
  • 6' Stereo minijack cable
  • 2 Cloth drawstring speaker pouches
  • 2 Cloth drawstring accessory pouches
  • Setup guide
  • Audioengine product brochure

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Features

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)

  • Silk Dome Tweeters: Audioengine uses audiophile-quality, ferro-fluid cooled silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets. Silk tweeters hold up well under high power & the edge-driven design gives very smooth response.
  • Kevlar Woofers: The woofers are made of Kevlar woven glass aramid composite with rubber surrounds. Kevlar is very strong, which means that the woofer retains its shape when being driven at high levels.

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 and 772AW2, 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). The AW2 includes an iPod Sender (transmitter) & Receiver; the system is designed to deliver an audio signal wirelessly from your iPod/iPhone to the A2+ powered speaker for playback.

Note: The Audioengine USB Power Adapter (772USBP, sold separately) is required in order to supply power to the 772W3 or 772AW2 wireless adapters.

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.

 

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Quick impressions from the Lab

Comment by Dave Bar Staff Writer - Creative,

Desktop dynamos

Written by Dave Bar, Staff Writer - Creative, on 11/20/2013 11:04:00 AM

It's hard to know where to even start with these little beasts. It seems that no matter how I connected or placed them, it was impossible to make them sound bad. Seriously.

I began playing Ray Charles using the supplied mini-to-mini cable plugged into the headphone jack of my work laptop, and the speakers just killed. I then intentionally placed them at a distance I thought was way too far apart, and had them facing straight ahead without any toe-in. No matter. They still delivered a rock-solid center image with an impressive spread of instruments across a wide and deep soundstage.

Next I plugged them into the USB output of my MacBook Pro with the included cable and fired up Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland. I was witnessing a 3D sonic firestorm unfolding on my living room coffee table. The album's full hard-panning, phase-shifting, multi-tracking splendor was laid bare right in front of me — or maybe I should say all around me. The experience was almost headphone-like.

The final proof that these Audioengines rock came when I sat my wife down in front of them and put on "A Day in the Life" from the Beatle's Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Her response? "Wow, these sound amazing!" Now she's no audiophile snob (like me), but she definitely knows when something sounds right, and she hit this nail right on the head. They really do sound amazing.

A couple of things I observed from my listening experience:

  • Break in time: Even after listening to the speakers for 10-12 hours, their sound continued to improve with smoother, more detailed treble response and somewhat fuller, better defined bass.
  • Stands: I borrowed a pair of Audioengine DS1 desktop speaker stands and found that they really tightened up the bass and improved high-frequency dispersion.
  • Higher quality sources: The better the recording and the higher resolution the source, the better the speakers sounded. Yet they were still quite forgiving of lower-quality, compressed music sources like streaming Internet radio.
  • Placement: As noted before it's hard to go wrong with these speakers anywhere you plunk them down. However, playing with their placement and making a few micro adjustments really opened up their soundstage and imaging.
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5 out of 5

Awesome desktop speakers

Written By IraR, NYC on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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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.
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5 out of 5

Great Sounding!!!

Written By Dave, Simi Valley, ca on Saturday, June 28, 2014
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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!!
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5 out of 5

Stunning Clarity

Written By JSD, Vermont on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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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!!!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

SUPER LITTLE SPEAKERS

Written By BK, EAST HARTFORD, CT on Thursday, June 12, 2014
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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.
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4 out of 5

Well balanced, natural non-tiring sound

Written By Tomek K, Walpole, MA on Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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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...)
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5 out of 5

Small & Mighty

Written By mmmMatt!, Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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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.
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5 out of 5

A2+ Desktop Speakers

Written By JaySin, Watsonville Ca on Saturday, May 03, 2014
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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!
Cons:
None!
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5 out of 5

Excellent desktop speakers

Written By EP, Florida on Thursday, March 13, 2014
 
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
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Outstanding Computer Speakers

Written By David P., Richmond, VA on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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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.
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5 out of 5

Audioengine A2+

Written By Ed G, Washington, DC on Monday, March 10, 2014
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These speakers produce absolutely amazing sound at both bass and treble levels. I could not be more pleased.
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5 out of 5

A2+

Written By Garry, Frisco, Texas on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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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.
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5 out of 5

Really Wonderful Speakers

Written By Happy Dave, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, February 03, 2014
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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.
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5 out of 5

Great sound stage and very accurate

Written By Bruce T, Boston, Ma on Monday, January 27, 2014
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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!
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2 out of 5

Audioengine A2+

Written By Fred, Carson, CA on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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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
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

AWESOME SMALL SPEAKERS

Written By Gary, Chillicothe, Ohio on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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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
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5 out of 5

Great set of Speakers

Written By jg, Johns Creek, GA on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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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
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5 out of 5

Great computer speakers!

Written By LG, Austin, TX on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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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.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Impressive desktop speakers

Written By EEWdad, Snohomish, WA on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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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.
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5 out of 5

Great sounding and expandable upgrade

Written By Cackalacky, Waxhaw, NC on Friday, December 27, 2013
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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..
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Audioengine 2+

Written By JT49, Salinas,CA on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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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
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Audioengine A2+

Written By Ibrahim B, New Mexico on Friday, December 06, 2013
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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.
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4 out of 5

Audioengine A2+

Written By Mark, Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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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
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Kevin, Maryland on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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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
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