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Audioengine A2

Powered desktop stereo speaker system (Satin black)

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Overview

Our take on the Audioengine A2

For a wireless connection to your iPod or MP3 player, check out AudioEngine's W2 adapter for iPod.

Compact design and clean, powerful sound

If you're like us, a lot of your music listening happens while you're sitting in front of your computer. Audioengine's A2 speakers produce rich, robust sound that breathes life into music and gaming effects without taking up a lot of room on your desktop. Place them on either side of your monitor and the speakers' soundstage will present the performance right in front of you. These little gems actually sound good enough to use in a small bedroom system, too.

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Kevlar woofer

Surprising build quality

One of the main limitations of typical computer speakers is their harsh, thin sound. That's not what you'll hear from the Audioengine A2s — their 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.

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Connects easily to your computer or iPod®

Hooking up these speakers to your computer is easy. RCA and minijack inputs let you listen to music from your computer or a portable player, like an iPod, or another audio source. The amplifiers for both speakers 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.

For a wireless connection to your iPod or MP3 player, check out AudioEngine's W2 adapter for iPod.


"My first response to the A2 speakers in action was shock (in a good way) — the speakers are small, my desk setup isn't very wide, yet the sound was unexpectedly expansive."

— Tara, Crutchfield Video Producer and A/V Writer

these compact little dynamos pack an amazing punch. i can hear clearly individual instruments when listening to these blond bombshells. a fairly good bass punch. The a2's are so tough that they would probably survive a tornado. I am definitely pleased.

doug s, idaho

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What's in the Box:

  • Powered left speaker
  • Passive right speaker
  • Power supply (17.5V/1.8A DC output)
  • 70" AC power cord
  • 6.5' Length of 16 gauge speaker wire
  • 80" Stereo cable (3.5mm mini-jack on both ends)
  • 8" Stereo cable (3.5mm mini-jack on both ends)
  • Cloth drawstring cable bag
  • Cloth drawstring power supply bag
  • 2 Cloth drawstring speaker bags
  • Setup guide
  • Audioengine product brochure

Product Highlights:

  • multimedia stereo speakers
  • two 15-watt amplifiers built into left speaker
  • 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
  • volume control
  • RCA and minijack stereo inputs (cables included)
  • power cord
  • 4-1/4"W x 6-1/4"H x 5-1/2"D (7"D with AC cord)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features

Full-Range Sound: Each of the Audioengine A2s has two drivers; a 3/4" silk dome tweeter and a 2.75" Kevlar woofer. The slot-ported cabinets offer accurate bass down to 65 Hz (+/-2.0 dB). Audioengine recommends placing the speakers at least 3" from the back wall.

Amplifier: The A2s are powered by a 15-watt RMS x 2 amplifier built into the left speaker. Source components (or wireless adapters) are connected to the left speaker and standard speaker wire connects the two speakers together. With the amplifier built-in, the left speaker is heavier than the right (4 pounds vs. 3 pounds).

Construction: 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. Both speakers have high-density foam isolation pads on the bottom for placement flexibility.

Audio Inputs: The A2 has two inputs on the back of the left speaker, one 3.5mm mini-jack and a pair of RCA jacks. 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.

Controls and Connections

Left Speaker: All of the A2 system's controls and connections are on the back of the left speaker; the only terminals on the right speaker are the screw post speaker level inputs for connection to the left speaker's corresponding outputs:

  • Power/Volume: rotary knob serves as the on/off switch and controls the system's output volume
  • Power Input: proprietary input for use with the included DC power supply
  • Speaker Output: screw post output for right speaker
  • Input A: stereo RCA jacks
  • Input B: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack

Specifications

Power Output: 15 watts RMS per speaker (30 watts peak)

Frequency Response: 65 Hz - 22 kHz +/-2.0 dB

THD: 0.05% at all power settings

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 95dB

Input Impedance: 10 kΩ unbalanced

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Small but spacious

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 12/28/2011 10:34:00 AM
When I took the A2s out of their box, the first thing that struck me was just how compact they were. Although the speakers had a substantial heft to them, they weren't too heavy. They were just solidly built. I only had an opportunity to make a very simple connection. I ran a cable from the headphone jack of the Lab station's desktop to the A2s and listened to some of my Pandora channels. The A2s delivered a highly detailed sound (surprisingly so, considering the connection and the source). When I had the speakers oriented properly, they created a spacious soundfield that fully enveloped me in the workspace. It's a great combination for desktop speakers -- small footprint, big sound.
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