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Audioengine 5+N (A5+N)

Premium powered bookshelf speakers

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by Tara W.
Audioengine

High-quality sound from a powered speaker system

Audioengine's A5+N 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. The speakers' stylish bamboo finish matches well with most decors.


Solid bamboo cabinets and high-quality components for speakers that look and sound fantastic

These speakers feature solid bamboo cabinets for a simple, modern look and stunning performance. And Audioengine takes care to be eco-friendly, too — they use only renewable and sustainable bamboo, and the cabinets are sealed with a hand-rubbed water-based polyurethane.

The A5+N'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 iPod or MP3 player, check out AudioEngine's W3 wireless adapter and W2 adapter for iPod.

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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Features and Specs
Pieces in System
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2
Wireless
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No
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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5
Woofer Composition
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Kevlar
Powered Subwoofer
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No
Power Output (Watts)
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50
Frequency Response
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50-22k Hz
Height (inches)
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10-7/8
Width (inches)
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7-1/4
Depth (inches)
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9-3/4
Parts Warranty
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3 Years
Labor Warranty
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3 Years
Product 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and eliminates the need to connect Audioengine 5+ to a stereo receiver or external power amp. Simply plug the left speaker into an AC outlet and 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 and 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 and 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 solid, hand-finished bamboo. The color is not a stain; as the wood is pressure heated, the sugar compounds inside the bamboo are carbonized, which in turn darkens the bamboo to a rich caramel color. 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.

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 and construction are robust and 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 and 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 mini-jack input and 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 and 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, and 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) and Receiver; the system is designed to deliver an audio signal wirelessly between your source component and the A5+ power speaker.
  • Audioengine AW2 Adapter: The AW2 includes an iPod Sender (transmitter) and 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 and imaging, the speaker should be equidistant from the side walls and 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 and tweeter) are directly video shielded and 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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5 out of 5

Nearly Perfect

Written By vcmjr, Wasington, DC on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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I used these to set up an AirPlay station in my living room. I am extremely pleased with the result. I also took advantage of the scratch and dent option, and my speakers seem to be in perfect condition. I do agree with another reviewer that grill covers would be nice. I also experimented with several placements-in bookshelves at various heights, on the mantel, etc.-and found that there was considerable variation in the sound quality with different locations. I ended up with them on the mantle for best sound, though I would have preferred the look of the bookshelf location.
Pros:
Sound quality, size, bamboo cabinet, no need for an amplifier
Cons:
Sound quality sensitive to placement, utilitarian or high-tech look of uncovered speakers
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2 out of 5

Sounded flat...

Written By emailkenny, Benson, NC on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Sounded flat to me, so I returned them.
Pros:
Attractive feature set and finish.
Cons:
Shallow and flat sound.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very nice units

Written By Anonymous, Needham, MA on Monday, December 30, 2013
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Very nice speakers. Surprising bass response and detail. I replaced my Mackie hr-824s with these. The Mackies had active 8" woofers with large passive radiators. These obviously don't have the same bass response, but they do very well for their size and are in a very attractive package. Even my wife, who only notices speakers when they're intruding, commented on how attractive they look.

If I had to make a complaint, I'd say 2 things. First, the bottom of the speakers is not attractive -- a black foam pad and a brass insert for a stand mount. I was planning on placing these on their side, which really isn't possible due to the way the bottoms are finished. Second, the volume control is a rotary encoder and not a potentiometer so you can't tell at a glance where the volume is set...probably a compromise necessary to accommodate the remote control.

These are niggles. I think these speakers are well worth the cost and would make fine A/V monitors for an editing station as well.
Pros:
Size, package, sound, value
Cons:
Bottom finish, volume control
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5 out of 5

Just amazing...

Written By Kevin D., Los Angeles, Ca on Thursday, July 18, 2013
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First off I'd like to say I'm by no means a audiophile but I know what sounds good from bad and these don't disappoint. The packaging its self is amazing, speakers and cables come in these really bags, something I haven't seen from other brands out there at this price point. The speakers themselves are crafted really nice, to remind me I'm dealing with quality. As I hooked these speakers up, I instantly noticed a difference from my previous speakers (Bose CP5), the dynamic range of my songs sound way better. The highs are really nice, mids are nice and the lows are amazing (for their size). The bass is nice and tight, but if you want more low end I recommend picking up a subwoofer. Overall, these speakers are worth every penny, from the packaging to the quality of the speakers. You really can't go wrong with these. Also big ups to Crutchfield for their fast shipping
Pros:
Sound quality, packaging, sturdy build, built-in amplifier, the bamboo finish
Cons:
They can be a little on the big side, if you don't have room to spare then these may not be ideal for you, other than that I have nothing to say about these speakers.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Stylish and practical

Written By KenD, Windsor, CO on Monday, June 24, 2013
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I would give this 4.5 stars if that was an option. These speakers put out nice audio at moderate to louder volumes, they are fair at lower sound levels such as for background unless you are going to put them in a bigger room. I'm using them in my bedroom for my Lynx radio. The bass response at lower volume levels is moderate, likely to be improved with the optional subwoofer. Do be careful about positioning these speakers somewhat away from the wall to improve their bass output. I'm a bit of a bass nut and usually have higher wattage speakers, but these having their own built in amplifiers do fairly well.
Pros:
Very good sound with good bass at medium to loud volumes for this size of speaker. Stylish high quality cabinet and workmanship. With a subwoofer, I'd likely give this product a 5.
Cons:
No grill to hide the exposed elements. Poor sound at lower levels due to no sub-woofer (which can be added as an optional wireless accessory). A bit large for a desktop (computer speaker).
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5 out of 5

Porcupine Tree sounds Awesome thru these

Written By George R, Dover De on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
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I am using these for a laptop ,I replaced my Bose with these and I could not be happier. I am very picky when it comes to sound and these speakers reproduce sounds like speakers costing hundreds more. I truly am in heaven when I listen to these. I added the D1 Dac and what a difference it made over the lame sound card that came with my computer. I'm so glad I picked these up. Money well spent IMHO.
Pros:
50 watts a channel , clean sound ,
Cons:
none I can tell
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5 out of 5

Simple Man by Shinedown sounds amazing!!!

Written By NewTekBuzz, Michigan on Thursday, February 21, 2013
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I replaced a set of Advent PC speakers from the mid 90's! These speakers bring sounds that I never heard with the old pair. The look and feel cannot been seen in the pictures. I am 1 week in and they sound great, I cant imagine what they will sound like after the break-in. I may add a DAC and an S8 sub... we'll see.
Pros:
Build, sound, craftsmanship.... input/output options, built in amp, USB charging! Bamboo
Cons:
size, almost too big for the average desk. price, no S/pdif input. no matching bamboo sub??? ;)
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

I like these speakers but...

Written By Anonymous, Daytona, FL on Friday, August 24, 2012
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I don't live in a dorm room anymore so I think grill covers would be a great idea. Although these speakers are capable of nice bottom end, they will not produce it unless you incorporate an EQ. Something as simple as an EQ app on your computer or mobile device will add the puch needed.  
Pros:
Clean uncolored sound
Cons:
Bass is thinner than source
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5 out of 5

Audio engine A5= Bamboo speakers

Written By Jerome D, Phoenix Arizona on Monday, May 07, 2012
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I could never find speakers that I REALLY liked till I listened to these. True to Pavarotti--True to the Doors. Flute--Drum--Bells-You name it. They are truly worth every dime and also beautiful in appearance.Well made.
Pros:
See my review
Cons:
Pricey but in this case with much more
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5 out of 5

friendly fellows

Written By jsb, New York on Friday, January 20, 2012
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Live, interesting sound. Reasonable angular dispersion. Crutchfield is remarkably easy to work with. Nice to do a purchase with no regrets.
Pros:
Classy look, easy to control, flexible interface.
Cons:
Heat sink runs a little warm when muted.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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