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Audioengine A5+

Premium powered bookshelf speakers (Black)

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High-quality sound from a powered speaker system

Audioengine's A5+ speakers are perfect for a small dedicated listening system. Use these powered speakers with an iPod® to bring the sound from your portable player to life. Or pair them with a digital-to-analog converter for a computer audio system that brings out the subtle nuances in your music.

Audioengine A5+ speakers in a living room setup

Not just for your desktop: Audioengine's A5+ make excellent speakers for a small living room A/V system.


Smart, stylish design

The A5+'s custom silk tweeters deliver smooth, open highs. Advanced Kevlar woofers provide tight, punchy mids and bass. The drivers are powered by no-nonsense built-in amplifiers. All components are housed in sturdy wood cabinets with a hand-polished finish.


Easy connections and control

Convenient connections built into the back of one speaker make it easy to hook up a portable music player like an iPod or iPhone®. A USB power output lets you charge your player, and a minijack input accepts the audio signal from its headphone jack. A rear RCA input lets you connect another audio source. Both channels of amplification are built into the left speaker, so you just make a simple, secure connection between the left and right speakers using the gold-plated speaker terminals. An included remote control makes it easy to adjust the volume, even when you're sitting across the room.

For a wireless connection to your Bluetooth®-enabled mobile device, check out AudioEngine's B1 Bluetooth adapter.

Product Highlights:

  • powered bookshelf stereo speakers
  • two 50-watt amplifiers built into left speaker
  • frequency response: 50-22,000 Hz
  • each speaker features:
    • one 3/4" silk dome tweeter
    • one 5" Kevlar mid/woofer
  • video-shielded to prevent interference in tube TVs and monitors
  • volume control
  • rear USB power output allows you to charge a connected device (does not support audio transfer)
  • rear minijack input
  • rear RCA stereo input
  • RCA stereo line output
  • power cord
  • 7-3/16"W x 10-7/8"H x 9-3/4"D (each)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Not quite what I expected

Written By Matthew, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 02, 2015

Note I'm comparing to the Paradigm Shift A2 speakers. Both are hooked up by Audioquest cinnamon cables and a schiit audio modi dac. I ordered the Paradigm speakers first and I wondered if I made the correct choice. Looking back I did. Don't get me wrong these speakers are good just not as good at the Paradigm. I did various tests on each to see what ones I liked after breaking BOTH pairs in for 48 hrs. The highs are ok. They are slightly dull almost veiled. Symbols in rock music and picks from a guitar are VERY unnoticeable. The Paradigm's do a much better job for the high end after break in. Mids are decent pretty good sound overall. They lack clarity again due to the tweeter not having as much detail for the voices in the higher end. Low end is decent as well. You can hear it hit but the tonality is missing to me. It drops the sound off very quickly. They also cut out at around 40hz lowest whereas the Paradigm's I have hit down to 35hz very soundly and 30 is breaking point were they really drop off. To me the Paradigms have much better bass. More accurate, better tone, just beautiful sound. So in final the soundstage. Yes there is some soundstage. Ive angled them 10 degrees in all the way to straight and many other positions, but again compared to the Paradigms they just dont compare. Good for the money but if you can swing the extra you really have to try the Paradigms they beat this speaker out. Ps there is a small hiss from the Paradigms that is very minor.

Pros: Remote that the Paradigms are missing, subtle front light, multiple hook ups, volume knob on front instead of back like Paradigm.

Cons: No grill, an almost muddy sound, lack of detail for audiophile ears, Bass is not as described in many reviews with or without enhancements, Price doesn't reflect quality.

Great Powered Speakers

Written By FloydFanatic, Berkeley, CA on Friday, June 26, 2015

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These little speakers pack quite a punch! I was looking at options for speakers for a small listening room and was trying to decide between a powered speaker option or stand-alone speakers paired with a dedicated amplifier. Since I already had a DAC which I would be pumping all of my digital music through, the Crutchfield associate I was speaking with suggested I try the A5+'s. I have really enjoyed these speakers in all of my listening, and they have definitely gotten better the more that I listened to them (I'd say somewhere along the 30-40 hour mark). I ended up pairing them with the Audioengine S7 sub for a little more punch in the low-end, but as a stand-alone option these were well worth the price.

Pros: Great sound, solid build quality, no issues with overheating yet.

Cons: Lacking a little in the low-low end, to be expected in a speaker this size though. Easily fixed by adding a sub.

Great bookshelf speakers for vinyl

Written By Kris, California on Sunday, June 07, 2015

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Purchased these as a part of a minimalist vinyl setup (along with my denon dp300f TT and Audiotechnica at440mla cartridge). Still in the break-in period but these speakers are perfect for the application. Great sound, fully analog amplification, and I don't think I could do better without spending a good deal more on a tube amp + speakers (and adding more clutter). Was initially a bit scared off by the fact that these are really monitored as computer speakers, but they really do the job. Recommended!

Audioengine A5+

Written By Rory, Citrus Heights, California on Thursday, April 23, 2015

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If you looking for a great sounding set of speakers for your computer or other application, then look no further. These speakers sound amazing and I am very satisfied with the Audioengine A5+ speakers. I also bought the Pinpoint AM-41 mounting brackets and mounted the A5's on the wall. These speakers not only fill my computer room with great sound, but I can enjoy the music wherever I go in my house. I Just ordered the Audioengine S8 powered subwoofer to complete the set. The A5+ do provide decent bass and will probably be enough for most folks, but I like lots of rich deep bass so the S8 is a must have for me personally. I also bought the Audioengine D1 DAC converter as I enjoy listening to High Definition Audio FLAC files. In my opinion, there is such a big difference in sound quality when listening to an FLAC vs. MP3 file.

Pros: Great looking, sound amazing, quality construction, built in amplifier, and easy set up.

Cons: I honestly can't think of any Cons...

Audioengine A5+

Written By F4LENS, California on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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It is taller than I thought. It can sound very loud. I thought it is for desktop computer but end up in my bedroom. I use it with Onkyo C-7030 Compact Disc Player and the sound quality is good. Since I do not have $5000 equipments to compare against so I don't know how much I have to spend to up another notch. But for the price I paid it is a good deal for such sound quality. I test it with Classical, Jazz, and pop music.

Pros: sound quality for a small room

Cons: It shows what CD with not-so-good recording quality. I used to love those 70' pop music CDs. I cannot play them with this A5+. Have to use my cheap speakers instead.

Exelentes speakers

Written By Manuel, Florida on Thursday, March 19, 2015

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El sonido es exelente. No distorcionan y tienen muy buen balance entre las señalea de Baja, media y altas frecuencias. Son versatiles, pueden ser usados en la computadora directamente a la conexion de la tarjeta de sonido o a traves de un DAC. En ambos casos tiene un exelente sonido. El amplificador incorporado es de muy buena calidad y tiene suficiente potencia . Ademas pueden ser usado como Boxshell speakers conectandolos a un wireless adapater. Yo, personalmente, los uso en mi computadora conectado a traves de un DAC HiRes y escucho con ellos files Flac 24/192 y DSD con Buena calidad.Solo les sugiero a los diseñadores de la compañia Audioengine, que a los futuros diseños les coloquen el switcher de encendido en la parte frontal de la caja. Es realmente muy incomodo apagarlo y encenderlos cuando el interruptor se encuentra en la parte de atras.

The sound is excellent. It doesn't distort and has a good balance between the high, mid and low frequencies. They are versatile; they can be used directly with the computer's sound card or via the DAC. It has excellent sound in both instances. The incorporated amplifier is of high quality and has enough power. Also, they can be used as Boxshell speakers with a wireless adapter. I, personally use them connected to my computer by way of a Hi Res DAC and listen to FLAC 24/192 files with really good quality. One suggestion I have for Audioengine's design team for future designs is to place the power switch on the front part of the box. It is really uncomfortable to turn the speakers on and off when the switch is located in the back.

Pros: Exelente sonido. Versalitildad para distintos usos. Excellent sound. Versatility for different uses.

Cons: Interruptor en la parte de atras de la caja. Power switch in the back of the box.

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Audioengine A5+

Written By mark, Maryland on Monday, March 02, 2015

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Never heard of Audioengine before. I was going to buy a set of Klipsch and after reading some of the reviews became a little reluctant to invest in the brand names. One of the reviews mentioned Audioengine Speakers. The more I read about them the more confident I felt in giving them a try. Boy was I surprised. These speakers are great. I like to listen to not only quality sound but I like it load as well. These Audioengine A5+ speakers have both. If you like great realistic sound loud or soft you should buy these speakers. No hiss, No distortion hands down the best.

Audioengine A5+

Written By art, hudson valley NY on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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I own or have owned several high end brands of stereo speakers as well as speakers for my computers. I was looking for yet another level of quality and found it in the A5+. Hands down the best speakers for my computer and even better than some of my stereo speakers. I ordered the sub woofer which may be overkill for sitting at a desk, but i am glad to have it for when i want to fill the entire room with deep rich sound. I also added the cambridge Dac Magic 100 which also adds to the quality of sound. I am extremely happy with all three products. The Crutchfield support team has been excellent as well.

Pros: everything was easy to set up and the sound is great. The energy saving standby is easily used from the remote.

Cons: On off switch in the back of left speaker.

Great pair of powered speakers

Written By Gene, New Jersey on Sunday, August 03, 2014

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I bought these speakers to replace my preamp, power amp, and speakers in a compact, remote volume control package. They don't sound quite as good, but I find them enjoyable and convenient enough to keep them. I have them on 24" stands which is a good height. They have warm punchy bass that make music fun, the highs are smooth and crisp. Only in the midrange does it fall short, not quite portraying "you are there" vocals. My room reinforces bass very well and I could live without a subwoofer but will probably get one at some time. Connect these to a great DAC (I am using the Centrance DacMini) and in a small space you are set.

Pros: Warm punchy bass Compact and convenient Easy setup Remote control Excellent value

Cons: No grilles / covers Won't play at very loud levels without sound quality deteriorating More cable clutter than a typical speaker

Great sound!!

Written By Jared B, Woodway, TX on Saturday, August 02, 2014

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After reading through good review after good review, I had to give them a try. They look good and they sound even better. I was surprised how much low end these sized speakers put out no matter the level. I listen to audio with a flat EQ for the most part, but you can really make them shine with a little tweaking. With the flat EQ, I use a Schiit Modi DAC, which also makes audio come to life. So it's pc->DAC-> A5+. I did purchase a Polk PSW108 sub or round out the low end. I don't have them far enough apart since they are on my desk, but they sound great to me. Very great product!

Pros: Clear sound Good low end for the size Multiple inputs and outputs Looks good (got the black ones)

Cons: Need a tiny bit more room. I have them about 3-4 ft apart on my desk.

Audioengine A5+ Speakers

Written By Mike, Bryan, TX on Monday, June 30, 2014

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I have had a pair of these speakers for my computer for a very short time (a little over a week) but so far I really like them. The sound is clear and clean and the base is good enough so that a sub woofer is not necessary. But I like the idea of being able to attach a sub woofer later if I decide I want to. I have only run them at low volume so I am not aware of any high volume issues; good or bad. I purchased these, having never seen them or heard them, because of the research I did. I wanted better speakers than the average computer speaker especially for listening to music. Also, the helpful people at Crutchfield from whom I bought these spoke highly of them.

Great product and great customer service

Written By kindleboy, Nashville, TN on Sunday, June 22, 2014

I bought a pair of Audioengine A5 speakers from Crutchfield in May of 2011. Shorty after the 3 year warranty expired, I noticed that the amplifier for the right speaker had gone bad. I contacted Audioengine and they asked me to ship them the speakers - I did this and they promptly replaced the old A5 speakers with a new pair of A5+ speakers. I was very impressed with the fact that the replaced the speakers even after the 3 year warranty had expired by about 3 weeks. Additionally, they shipped me the new speakers very quickly - I had the new A5+ speakers in about a week. I cannot speak to the quality of the A5+ speakers just yet, but the A5 speakers were amazing and I loved them. Based on the reviews I have read, I trust the A5+ speakers will be just a good, if not better, than the A5s. Bottom line, Audioengine makes a great product and their customer service is just as great. I highly recommend Audioengine.

Pros: Great sound for active speakers. Perfect for use with computers and/or Airplay via an Airport Express Great customer service from Audioengine

Cons: None

Audioengine A5+

Written By Anonymous, QUEENS, NY on Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Audioengine A5+ is a pair of very good desktop speakers. It may lack some high-frequency detail and delicacy, but offered outstanding bass control and transparency.

Pros: - overall sound qualities are very good. - has a built in 50Wpc dual class-AB monolithic amplifier. - price is reasonable.

Cons: - none.

AWESOME

Written By Dunamis, Hawaii on Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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These speakers are incredible, the sound clarity is amazing. I truly love these speakers, my neighbors probably don't share my opinion. Oh well...

Pros: Easy set up, great sound, just the right size, looks great and affordable...

Cons: I have neighbors...

Audio Engine A5+ Speakers

Written By Anonymous, Evanston IL on Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Audio Engine A5+ speakers are my most recommended speakers for folks who need a space saving, awesome sounding speaker for any mid-size room. I have purchased four pairs of A5+ and they never fail to impress.

Pros: Compact Size, Crisp, clear highs and wonderful rich lows. Ample power. Extremely easy set up! plug & play!

Cons: None

Excellent speakers

Written By Scott, Fredericksburg, va. on Saturday, April 05, 2014

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I sent an email asking, what would be the best speaker to pair with my Dragonfly DAC? Kyle suggested the AudioEngine 5+. I had done my own research on them before, but thought they were little pricey. But taking Kyle's advice I went for it and was that ever the right choice. These speakers are AMAZING. The booklet that accompanies the pair says to give the speakers 30-50 hrs before any critical listening, that being said, It's hard to believe it only gets better. I can't wait until then and I will be sure to add to this review at that time. Thanks to Kyle and Crutchfield, my Desktop has never sounded better.....

Pros: Excellent sound reproduction out of the box. Great looking speakers. Easy to connect.

Cons: I used to think price, but it is honestly worth it!!

Audioengine A5+

Written By artief, pennsylvania on Saturday, March 22, 2014

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I absolutely love the sound quality and the construction is sound and strong

Audioengine A5+

Written By JD, estes park colorado on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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We just got the speakers and love them. there is less than 40 hours on them so we are just getting used to having great sound. (compared to basic computer speakers). living in the Rockies we get poor reception fro FM rradio and can't listen to local radio. Now we can get wireless content from our computer and listen to radio from around the world.

Pros: wonderful sound

Cons: they are pretty big for a desktop. We will hang them up off the desk...

awesome product

Written By steven j, baltimore on Sunday, March 02, 2014

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I could not be happier with this product. excellent quality for a great price. these are some of the best sounding speakers I've ever owned.

Pros: great quality. solidly built. excellent sound.

Cons: none

Outstanding speakers

Written By Tim E., Houston TX on Friday, January 24, 2014

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I bought a pair of the Audioengine A5+ after having looked closely at the Bowers & Wilkins MM1. I am convinced that I made the right choice. I have a set of B&W CM speakers on my entertainment system, which I am also very happy with. But, I also believe that the A5+ was the better (and cheaper) choice for computer speakers. Note: these speakers are large.

Pros: Sound quality, clean appearance with simple lines

Cons: Might be too large for some desk tops.

Love it!

Written By Km, Maine on Friday, January 24, 2014

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These speakers are excellent for the money and will not disappoint.

Pros: Crisp highs and great mids, brings your music alive!

Cons: Not for super low "bass"

Awesome monitors

Written By OT, Sault Sainte Marie, MI on Monday, January 20, 2014

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I'm not an audiophile, but the music I listen too is very different then any general listener, I listen to a lot of Jazz, Hindi, Pakistani, Pop, Rock, and Tech music, therefore any reviews out there for me becomes a bigger question as most of Hindi and Pakistani music have a very different beat and instrumental presentation, but A5+ being so true to what you want to hear made it very simple and nice for me, at loud volume they tend to distort a bit but I never listen that loud no matter what, I also added a S8 sub to it and tuned it to 65hz so the blend is very nice, also im using DACMagic 100 which I think is also an amazing DAC to purchase, so I don't know what you are trying to achieve from your stereo setup but A5+ will not let you down I can assure that. Also I want to thank Crutchfield staff as the monitors I got on the first place had a bit of buzz in it, but the tech guys immediately sent me the replacement.

Pros: looks, quality, packaging

Cons: only if they can have high pass filter so if you want to set them according to your needs you can.

Big Quality small $

Written By Ralph, Athens on Sunday, January 05, 2014

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For the money it's top of the line for a powered desktop. Really I think they're more shelf speakers then computer bookends. I returned the white for bamboo because they have ended up in the den. Our primary source is off an iPhone and i pad air. I gave them 5 stars because of the sound and quality for the price but I have listed a couple cons for lacking features.

Pros: We'll built, heavy, sounds great even streaming online music. Beefy enough for shelf speakers in my opinion. Comparing the white to the bamboo I feel a richer warmer sound comes from the wood.

Cons: USB plug is strictly for charging it should be for audio as well a quality DAC. Also you get a humming or buzz when you are charging off the speaker (USB) plug and playing that same device, that's silly and I should probably remove a star but I won't.

Good Office Spkrs

Written By Duditude, DE on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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Put these in the home office, nice set, no need for an amp, plenty of power for an office.

Pros: Small, plenty of power, w/o separate amp, look nice on office bookshelf.

Cons: Expensive, esp when paired w/D1 DAC. Probably a less expensive comparable solution out there but I didn't look too hard.

Audio Engine

Written By JimD, Wash DC on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Very Satisfied with purchase. Great clear sound and soundstage. Replaced Klipsch THX speakers, compared head to head and a night and day improvement in sound quality. I haven't found the need for a sub woofer at all. I've been running an Iphone 5 and Ipod plugged in directly and sound is great. I'm sure my dac would improve the sound, but haven't felt the need.

Pros: Sounds quality, ease of setup, charging plug

Cons: little large for a desktop

Audioengine A5+

Written By carlton w, Dennisport.Ma on Thursday, November 07, 2013

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Still testing but I am sure this is going to turn out fine....Will check in a couple months.

Pros: all is well

Cons: Would like switch on frount of speaker

BEST SPEAKERS MONEY CAN BUY

Written By Kale, Evanston Illinois on Sunday, October 13, 2013

I would pay double what I paid for these!!!! Best money I've ever spent in my entire life. They get better and better as you use them, deeper bass, better clarity. Pair them with the audioengine DAC and its pretty much heaven for your ears. Just buy them, quit thinking.

Pros: EVERYTHING

Cons: They are too cheap

A5+

Written By tony f, Long Island NY on Thursday, October 03, 2013

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Very well made and easy to use. Good tone and solid bass. The reason I didn't give five stars is the mids mainly vocals are the only weak point of these speakers.

Pros: Superb fit & finish, surprising good tone. Remote

Cons: Don't like the rolling volume knob as you don't know what level the gain is. Only sound flaw I hear is in the vocals if there's a loud bass part playing at the same time it seems the bass compromises the clarity of the vocal onlt on certain songs though like Steve Stills " Johnny's Garden" .

Simply Awesome for WMC!

Written By JohnB, Fort Mitchell, AL on Friday, September 06, 2013

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I should have gotten these a long time ago for my expensive self custom built desktop computer! I enjoy running Windows Media Center (WMC) going to sleep now (love playing my RUSH collection!). Being able to play MY music at the volume I want. For years I was using Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System (or lower)...ya, they're okay speakers. Being okay, I used WMC...sometimes. With Audioengine A5+ speakers now...all the time! I really enjoy the bass these produce; no need for a subwoofer. Some say they produce too much bass, but not me. I can crank up the volume and really enjoy (not at night of course)! For a sound card, I'm using a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional purchased in 2011...works just fine on Windows 8 64-bit. I placed these on 16" speaker stands behind two large LCD monitors, as to not block direct sound. They simply look great and sound great!! Highly recommended!

Pros: Self-powered; awesome sound at high levels; perfect bass (no subwoofer needed); remote control; ship very well protected (packaged - two boxes); I love my RUSH ripped CD collection again!

Cons: Absolutely none for me...but for some maybe: No protective grills (may be an issue if kids have finger access), but this is not for me; cost may be for some, but you really get what you pay for IMO so not a con for me.

very happy

Written By Anonymous, sf, bay area, ca on Thursday, September 05, 2013

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It was between the a5+ and the bose companion 5s. Im glad I chose the a5+, with one exception, get a powered subwoofer for the a5+ if you want full range.

Pros: best sound, solid design.

Cons: needs better low range sub 60hz

vinyl resurrectors

Written By leslie71, San Juan on Friday, July 26, 2013

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Bought a pair to build a simple system for my old records. Paired them with a Project Debut Carbon USB and I don't thing I'm ever going back to a passive speaker / amp combo. The simplicity and clarity of the sound was exactly what I was looking for. I recommend you buy a pair of good stands and upgrade the speaker cable if you are planing on using as main speakers. Overall this speakers deliver on everything they promise and for the price is next to impossible to build an amp / speaker system that sounds as good as the Audioengines do.

Pros: Great soundstage and clarity, remote, design

Cons: No grilles. No input selector.

Audioengine A5+

Written By Mark, Connecticut on Friday, July 26, 2013

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These areexcelent sounding, quite powerful, and quite accurate, if not a bit bass heavy. (I like the bass. My wife not so much.) I use them for parties on a screened in porch. The whole yard gets plenty of sound. When I play them through a Squeezebox radio, in a12x13 foot kitchen, The can bow you out of the room. Otherwiise are great in that room. Completely satisfied.

Best computer speakers, period.

Written By MarkM, Indianapolis, IN on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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I was looking for powered speakers for my home office that would come close to my higher end tube amp and Klipsch KG4 speaker system. I found the the amp/speaker combination in the A5+ equal to the task. I have them hooked up to my iMac through a midrange DAC. The audio was superb. What really stands out is the smooth balance between bass, midrange and treble. The speakers project a realistic sound stage right at my working area and have lots of output . A best buy.

Pros: Fantastic, rich sound across the entire frequency range. Efficient sound stage. Audiophile sound quality w high bit rate music.

Cons: I haven't found any.

2.0 and the bass

Written By DaveD, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Paired the A5+ with the AD-1 DAC from Audioengine. Great sound throughout the spectrum, solid punchy bass, nice soundstage and good clarity up top. Really wanted to get away from the sub at my feet and the A5's really provide all the bass I could ask for, sometimes requiring a little equalization to dial back bass a touch when playing loud (and they will) though I am waiting to really dial them in until broken in. Still outstanding sound, right out of the box.

Pros: Great sound top to bottom, plenty of bass no sub, great soundstage, easy install with the AD-1DAC

Cons: Be nice if they were smaller, but not the sound!

Surprisingly good

Written By Chuck, Belmont, MA on Thursday, May 02, 2013

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We have had stereo speakers in three rooms of our house for many years. I was never satisfied with the speakers in one room, and I bought these to replace the speakers in that room. Before setting up these speakers in that room, I set them up next to my best speakers, in another room, for comparison. This other room is where I do most of my listening, so naturally it has the best speakers. I was pleasantly surprised to find that these Audioengine A5+ speakers are much better than my previously-best speakers. So now the Audioengine self-powered speakers occupy my primary listening room; the pair of stereo speakers plus the big subwoofer plus the big amplifier that drives them all have been moved from my primary room to my number-two room; my previously number-two speakers have been moved from my number-two room to my number-three room; and my previously third-ranked speakers are gone. Thus, every room has gotten better speakers. Such a deal!

Pros: Surprisingly good for a pair of bookshelf-size speakers without a subwoofer. I expected to need a subwoofer with these but found that I do not. The angular dispersion of the tweeters is also surprisingly good. My room is 24 ft square, and these speakers fill it quite well. Distortion is quite low throughout the audio spectrum.

Cons: I'm thinking.... It's hard to find fault with these speakers.

Audioengine A5+

Written By Anonymous, Bladensburg, OH on Friday, April 26, 2013

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These speakers have more than met my expectations! Absolutely love them!

Audioengine A5+

Written By Anonymous, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Overall great speakers. I have them hooked up to my iMac and they sound great. Bass is clean, which makes me reconsider whether I need to get the subwoofer, but I will probably end up buying that as well. My music is crisp and clear. Overall, I recommend buying these speakers if you have the money.

Pros: Great sound and very powerful!

Cons: Price, but I'm a firm believer that generally you get what you pay for.

Audio engine 5+

Written By Dw, Isanti mn on Sunday, April 21, 2013

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I received these speakers a few weeks ago, I can say that I am very pleased. They have the ability to get very loud when asked without distortion, they do sound best when they are a bit loud, if I gave it one knock it would be at lower volume sit would be nice if you could get a bit more bass out of them, I think I can add a sub and get that.

Pros: Great at higher volumes

Cons: Need more bass at lower volumes, if you were watching a movie, it would be nice to get the thump with out having the volume so high.

SOUND FANTASTIC

Written By DMIKE5249, Boynton Beach Fl. on Monday, April 08, 2013

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These speakers sound great. I have them hooked up to the Audioengine D1 dac I have them to use on my Computer to play all kind's of music. The sound through these speakers are AMAZING they sound like you were at a a concert.I did not want to spend a lot of money on speakers but im glad I did they are worth every penny,Now I can enjoy my favorite song's.

Pros: NONE

Cons: WISH ON/OFF SWITCH WAS EASY TO GET TO.

Outstanding sound and money well spent!

Written By AriD, Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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Out of the box, these speakers impress with their weight and quality of construction. Extremely easy to set up and I was listening to music in 10 minutes. I spaced them about 5 feet apart and toed in to the listening position. These speakers offer so many ways to listen to your music. I used line inputs, connected to the out of my Carver pre-amp. The sound is warm well defined and the speakers could resolve even the most complex choral works, that I auditioned. With rock and jazz, these speakers rock and groove. I did not miss the low -end that a sub would provide. They definitely offer more than the price one paid for them

Pros: Great connectivity options, clear defined and musical sounding, great build and quality is noticeable. Great sound stage!!. All music styles tend to sparkle with these speakers

Cons: I did not like the volume control, I would have preferred one with limits, not one that keeps turning. No headphone jack on the front of these speakers

Amazing!

Written By PaysonDuck, Payson, AZ on Monday, April 01, 2013

Is it possible to rate these more that 5 stars? I just received these (bamboo) audioengine 5+ speakers this afternoon and have them connected to my computer, replacing a set of Swans that, in their day, were impeccable but have been generating a lot of noise of late. After listening to a couple hours of Lisa Stansfield I am now mid-way through '50 Words for Snow' by Kate Bush and I already love these speakers. Clear. Clean. Natural. I can't think of anything I would change. The 'setup guide' states to expect a 30 to 50 hour break-in period and I can't imagine these sounding any better. I am very happy I made this purchase!

Pros: Everything!

Cons: Nothing!

PC Use Problem

Written By Ron, PA on Monday, April 01, 2013

I connected the A5 with Autoengine D1 DAC to my PC. Works fine when playing only CDs in my PC. However if I use PC programs at the same time it causes an interruption in the music like a skip or noise when I click on the mouse.

great value and excellent sound

Written By Mike, New Jersey on Saturday, February 09, 2013

i have these in my office running off my Dell computer listening to satellite radio. i have the computer set to studio quality sound and these speakers sound great at any\ volume. cant beat them for the money.

Pros: compact and high power

Cons: none

Audioengine A5+

Written By Sue, OIB, NC on Monday, January 14, 2013

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Too much bass.

Pros: Appearance, size, looks all good. When you raise the volume, it's not bad.

Cons: No way to to adjust the bass.

Nice!

Written By Kurt W., Los Lunas, NM on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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After reading all the reviews and associated materials on this product, I decided to purchase. Well packed and promptly shipped. This was a gift, so we had to wait to hear them. We were impressed. The crisp clean sound quality is awesome. The frequency response with the also purchased DAC is very nice. Tried multiple styles of music and was impressed on every level. Highs are crisp and clean, Mid range sharp but not overpowering, Bass is good and has enough power without becoming distorted (I hate bass that falls apart). .

Pros: Everything they are advertised to be..Nice! To be honest, Typical Crutchfield ~

Cons: A little pricey for a gift. After purchase, you realize that you made the right choice.

Audioengine A5+

Written By marc, Denver on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Great pair of speakers! Amazing sound! Worth the price.

Great buy!

Written By David, VA on Wednesday, September 05, 2012

I purchased these speakers to connect to my television and to have something to connect my iPod to in my main listening room. They ROCK! The sound imaging is impeccable, the mids and highs are on point and they provide great depth in bass response WITHOUT A SUB!! Whether watching a movie or listening to my favorite tunes, the A5+ go above and beyond in performace. I would highly recommend them to any interested customer. Only negative is the lack of optical digital input

Pros: great sound, easy installation, aesthetically pleasing in size/shape/design

Cons: wish it had opticial digital in for higher quality sound.

Audioengine A5+

Written By bb, San Francisco, CA on Sunday, July 15, 2012

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very happy with the speakers. saved some money by buying the opened box/ blemish deal and they look perfect.

Pros: great full sound

The Little Audioengine that could!

Written By David, NYC on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Pair these little beasts to a DAC and turn your computer system into a symphony! I also added a subwoofer for the thrill and the music just blows me away. If you really want to appreciate what they can do to your jams, go to HDtracks.com and download some lovely 24 bit, uncompressed music...a little FLAC action and really HEAR what music should sound like. I no regrets for a second buy. They are GREAT GREAT GREAT

Great speakers

Written By Kerry, Anchorage, AK on Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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Got these for the master bedroom. They sound AMAZING. I was initially worried that I would have to get a sub to help these speakers out. They go plenty low enough for music enjoyment. Great quality and finish. I would recommend these speakers to anyone.

Pros: amazing sound quality. great build. excellent price.

Worth it!

Written By Dave, Queens, ny on Sunday, May 20, 2012

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I've had these speakers for about 6 months now and they are great! I live in a small apartment and have them connected to my TV, as well as have them connected to my laptop via the W3 wireless adapter. Watching movies and listening music stream from my laptop sounds great. Sound is clear, crisp, and balanced. Bass isn't too heavy, but for the size of the speakers, it is remarkable the mids & lows that are produced. What really impressed me was how they preformed at a backyard bbq yesterday. I brought one speaker (one with the amp) out to the backyard and connected my ipod. It was the first time that I really got to crank it up and that one speaker performed well. As the evening progressed and more "special beverages" were consumed the volume knob was progressively turned to the right. Each time it was, the speaker was produced clear and crisp music. With the absence of the heavy bass, it was as if we had a much larger system, which was evident when the cops finally came to request us to turn it down...hehe ...sorry neighbors.

Pros: Great sound quality.

Audioengine A5 +

Written By mhouglum, Radford, VA on Thursday, March 15, 2012

These speakers are awesome. They really capture all of the music that you are listening to. I decided to get them as an upgrade to a set of Bose 2.1 speakers that were stolen when my house was broken into earlier this year. I read reviews and was excited about these speakers. Let me just say that I have been blown away by the sound quality that these speaker put out. I am a music lover but would not call myself an audiophile so take this review with a grain of salt. From what I have observed these speakers sound better than the Bose that I had before. The only thing that I wish they had was a little more bass at lower volume. These speakers put out a great sound at all volume. However, I was used to a little more boom. The a5 + have bass but it is a natural bass that you can hear but you wont feel unless you have them turned up in a small/medium sized room. At some point I will add the S8 sub to my system. But honestly if you love great sounding music and enjoy hearing all of the details in your recorded music you should give these speakers a chance. I have no regrets, they really do sound awesome. I can sit in front of them for hours in awe of the sound that they produce.

Pros: Sound great and perform as described. Great sound quality!

Cons: Wish there was a little more bass, if price isn't an issue I would get a sub with these speakers to help out at lower volume.

Audioengine 5A+

Written By JeffK, Dallas, TX on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Purchased a pair of Audioengine A5+ speakers for my iMac. I have them running through a DAC, then into my Mac. I am a professional musician, so I do a lot of listening at my computer. I know there is a break in period of 30-50 hours, but right now I am very impressed. I listen to all genres of music, but mostly jazz and classical, since I teach band during the day. I have found the clarity and definition to be excellent. Woodwinds, brass, strings/piano and voices sound very true.

Audioengine A5+

Written By Anonymous, Maine on Monday, February 06, 2012

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I bought the A5+ to support my family members being able to play the music stored on their iPhones in the kitchen. First, because this is a review of the speakers: they sound great. I can hear things in my music I haven't heard yet. Plenty loud. Quality, thoughtful construction. I called the Audio Engine tech support to get some advice, and the guy was very knowledgeable and gave me some great advice.

We hooked the A5+ speakers up to an AirPort Express, all positioned on top of the kitchen cabinets. Accoustically maybe not the best place, but very convenient and the sound is just fine. The playback path is: IPhone --> AirPlay --> AirPort Express --> A5+. We can stream tracks and playlists stored on iTunes, Pandora, NPR, etc -- any app that works with AirPlay. The great thing about this solution is its simplicity. No extra apps, no additional synchronization. My wife and kids already know how to use their iPhones...zero tech incremental support for me, which is how I like it.

Great Speakers for my Computer

Written By Jobby, Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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These speakers sound clear, sharp and handle anything I play on my computer excellently. Every thing from my iTunes collection, sons educational videos (Slang Man World) to wives Hulu shows. I added the sub-woofer that is sold for these speakers and what a fantastic sound.

Pros: Great sound for your computer

Cons: The price

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • Powered left speaker
  • Passive right speaker
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (with installed CR2025 battery)
  • 12.5' Length of 16 gauge speaker wire
  • 6.5' Stereo mini-jack cable (3.5mm mini-jack on both ends)
  • 6' Stereo RCA cable
  • Cloth drawstring cable bag
  • 2 Cloth drawstring speaker bags
  • Setup guide
  • Audioengine product brochure

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Audio Features
Enclosure Design
Controls & Connections
Mounting Options

Audio Features

Overview: Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Premium Powered Speakers deliver audiophile-quality sound from your digital audio player, computer, TV, or any other audio component for great stereo sound in any room. The A5+ offers superior stereo separation & incredible imaging from a pair of compact powered speakers.

Two-Way Speaker System: Each of the Audioengine 5+ has two drivers; a 3/4" silk dome tweeter & a 5" Kevlar woofer. The A5+ provides a real, natural sound; very near to the originally-recorded music. The A5+ has a frequency response of 50Hz to 22,000Hz (+/-1.5dB)

  • 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 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 A5+ is powered by a 50-watt RMS x 2ch amplifier (SNR: >94dB, THD: <0.05%), built into the left speaker. The built-in power amplifier saves space & eliminates the need to connect Audioengine 5+ to a stereo receiver or external power amp. Simply plug the left speaker into an AC outlet & connect the included speaker wire from the left to right speaker. All internal components of the A5+ 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 (15.4 pounds vs. 9.6 pounds)

Toroidal Transformers: Power transformers are a large contributor to the overall audio performance, especially in the low end (bass response). Audioengine uses gapless core toroidal transformers which have a tighter radiated magnetic field, directly translating to lower noise. They are lighter than standard, lower-cost "EI" transformers and also generate less heat.

Break-in Period: The speaker will sound great out of the box & will get better over time. No need to do anything else, but listen to them. Do give them at least 30-50 hours of break-in time before doing any critical listening.

Enclosure Design.

Construction: The cabinets are built using 1" 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 & tested together to be sold in matching pairs.

Bass Reflex Cabinet: One of the reasons the Audioengine 5+ has such great bass response for a compact speaker is the design of the rear bass port on each speaker. The rear bass ports are specifically shaped and have been precisely calculated. The result is incredible low end with minimal audible air turbulence, so you can use the Audioengine 5+ speakers with or without a separate subwoofer.

No Grilles:  The speaker materials & construction are robust & extremely durable, so speaker grilles aren't needed.

Colors: The Audioengine 5+ is available in a Satin Black, Hi-Gloss White, or Solid Carbonized Bamboo finish.

Controls & Connections

Controls: The Audioengine 5+ features a rotary volume knob, power switch, and includes an IR remote control.

  • Volume: A front-panel rotary knob on the left speaker's front-panel controls the system's output volume.
  • Power Switch: An on/off power switch is located on the rear-panel of the left speaker for the built-in amplifier.
  • Remote: An IR remote control is provided for wireless operation of the A5+ powered speaker system. The remote control includes Volume up/down, Mute, and Sleep (power saving) mode functions.

Connections: Most of the A5+ system's connections are on the left speaker; the only terminals on the right speaker are the binding-post speaker level inputs for connection to the left speaker's corresponding outputs.

  • Audio Inputs: The A5+ has two stereo audio inputs on the rear-panel of left speaker. The A5+ 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.
  • Binding Posts: Each speaker is equipped with a set of gold-plated 5-way binding post speaker terminals to connect the two speakers to one another.
  • Variable Output: The A5+ includes a variable preamp audio output so you can connect a subwoofer, other Audioengine powered speaker, or an Audioengine wireless adapter to daisy-chaining music to other system around the house. This output is variable (adjustable) so the volume level can be controlled from the A5+ front-panel or remote control.
  • USB Port: On the rear-panel of the left speaker there is a powered USB type-A output (5V/500mA). Its purpose is only to power or charge a USB bus-powered device; for example it will charge an iPod, but not control the iPod, & the audio signal is not transferred through the USB port.

Note: Because the Audioengine 5+ speaker system includes built-in power amplifiers, do not connect the speaker terminals to the speaker outputs of a separate stereo receiver or amplifier.

Optional Accessories: Audioengine offers wireless adapters (item numbers 772W3 and 772AW2, sold separately) that can be powered using the speaker's USB port.

  • Audioengine W3 Adapter: The W3 includes a Sender (transmitter) & Receiver; the system is designed to deliver an audio signal wirelessly between your source component & the A5+ power speaker.
  • Audioengine AW2 Adapter: The AW2 includes an iPod Sender (transmitter) & Receiver; the system is designed to deliver an audio signal wirelessly from your iPod/iPhone to the A5+ power speaker for playback.

Mounting Options

Placement: For the best soundstage & imaging, the speaker should be equidistant from the side walls & and a different distance from rear walls. Both speakers should also be equidistant from your primary listening position (and at least 6' apart). Tweeters should be at approximately eye-level in your most frequent listening locations. For the best bass response, Audioengine recommend at least 6" of clearance between the rear of the speakers and the wall behind them.

High Density Foam Isolation Pad: Both speakers have a high-density foam isolation pad on the bottom for placement flexibility.

1/4"-20 Threaded Insert: Threaded 1/4-20 brass inserts are included on the bottom each speaker cabinet to provide the ability to attach the speaker to free-standing floor stands. These inserts, however, are not designed to support the full weight of the speakers and therefore should not be used with single-point wall or ceiling mounts.

Video Shielded: 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.

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