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Audioengine N22

Desktop audio amplifier

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Our take on the Audioengine N22

Conventional wisdom says audio components must measure 17" wide. Audioengine has a better idea. The narrow, vertically oriented N22 amplifier fits easily on your desk, bookshelf, or kitchen counter.

Conventional wisdom says audio components must measure 17" wide. Audioengine has a better idea. The narrow, vertically oriented N22 amplifier fits easily on your desk, bookshelf, or kitchen counter.

Don't let its compact dimensions or unusual shape fool you. This amp delivers 22 legitimate watts per channel, enough to drive most bookshelf speakers to very satisfying volume levels in a small room. If you're sitting at your computer, with your speakers an arm's length away, you'll have power to burn.

When the baby's asleep, and you just can't crank your speakers, plug in a set of hi-fi headphones. The N22's high-performance, low-noise headphone amplifier will make them sing.

The N22 is refreshingly simple to set up and operate. You get inputs for two analog audio sources and one knob for power and volume. That's it. If you're storing all of your music on a computer or an iPod®, what else do you need? A built-in USB power port lets you charge your iPod while you listen to your music. (The USB port is for power only, not USB audio or data transfer.)

The N22 includes a preamp output, so you can easily connect a powered subwoofer or Audioengine W3 wireless adapter.

Both audio inputs on the N22 are always on. There's no need for an input selection switch. The standby idle mode conserves power when you're not playing music.

Need speakers, too? The N22 is a perfect match with Audioengine's P4 passive bookshelf speakers.

From the review Audioengine N22 desktop amplifier
"If I were listening to a high-end audio system in my den, I'd expect to hear all of these tonal colors shine across a wide, deep soundstage. It was a pleasant surprise to hear it all while sitting in front of my computer, especially from a combination of amp and speakers that sells for around $450. For not much more than the cost of a good set of powered speakers, the N22/P4 system gives you a big step up in sound quality."

— Jim Richardson, Crutchfield Home Content Managing Editor

Nice small amplifier with good sound. Its simple, nice looking, and does the job.

Anonymous, Minneapolis, MN

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What's in the Box:

  • Integrated amplifier
  • Power supply with attached 6' DC output cord (17.5 volt/1.8 amp)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Two 70" Speaker wires (each with tinned bare wire on both ends)
  • 38" RCA patch cord
  • 78" Stereo mini-jack cable (3.5mm stereo mini-jack connector on each end)
  • Cloth drawstring cable bag
  • Cloth drawstring power supply bag
  • Cloth drawstring amplifier bag
  • Setup guide
  • Audioengine product brochure

Product Highlights:

  • 22 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-22,000 Hz) at 0.02% THD
  • built-in high-performance headphone amplifier
  • 1 pair RCA analog audio inputs
  • 3.5mm stereo minijack audio input
  • 1 pair RCA analog audio outputs
  • USB charge/power port
  • 5-way binding post speaker connectors (pair of 5.75-foot speaker wires included)
  • power-saving idle mode
  • detachable power cord
  • 4-1/16"W x 7-1/4"H x 7-5/8"D
  • weight: 3.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 22
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) Not given
Frequency Bandwidth 20-22k
THD 0.02%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 95
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) No
High-resolution Audio Playback No
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi No
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 2
Phono Input No
Optical Digital Inputs No
Coaxial Digital Inputs No
USB Input No
Preamp Outputs Stereo
Headphone Output 3.5mm
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 4-1/16
Height (inches) 7-1/4
Depth (inches) 7-5/8
Weight (pounds) 3.55
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research

Features

Overview: The audioengine N22 is a desktop amplifier with a headphone amp built in. There are two inputs, stereo RCA and stereo mini-jack, along with RCA preamp outputs and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

USB Port: On the back of the amp there is a powered USB output. 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. Audioengine offers wireless adapters (item numbers 772AW1 and 772AW2, sold separately) that can be powered using this port.

Inputs: There are two analog inputs, stereo RCAs and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, both on the rear panel. The N22 has no input selector switch, so both inputs are live simultaneously; only one should be turned on at a time.

Speaker Outputs: The speaker terminals 5-way binding posts; they will accept pin connectors, spade connectors, single and dual banana plugs, and bare wire up to 12 gauge. Two 70" lengths of 16 gauge wire are included (with no connectors).

Preamp Output: The variable stereo RCA preamp output can be used to add an external amp, a powered subwoofer, or an audioengine wireless adapter (item numbers 772AW1 and 772AW2, sold separately).

Volume Control: The rotary power/volume control is on the front panel. It controls the volume for the speaker level, preamp, and front panel headphone outputs; turn fully counterclockwise to turn the unit off.

Headphone Output: A 3.5mm (1/8") headphone jack is on the amp's front panel. The speaker and preamp outputs are automatically muted when headphones are plugged in.

Rear Panel Connections:

  • Power: DC input for use with included power supply; 17.5 volt/1.8 amp
  • Input A: stereo RCA
  • Input B: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
  • Line Output: stereo RCA; variable; muted when headphones are plugged in
  • USB Port: powered USB type A; output only (no audio input)
  • Speaker Output: left and right 5-way binding post terminals; muted when headphones are plugged in

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Why did you buy this?

Compact amp for my computer. [ Dale  Mar 28, 2017 ]
Needed a small bedroom amp for both bookshelf speakers and headphones. Mostly amplifying FM reception, so a T-amp was not an option. [ JOSEPH  Mar 14, 2017 ]
I'm using it for computer sound. It serves the purpose. well built. no problems. very small footprint. Very easy to set up. [ ROGER L  Jan 22, 2017 ]
For less than $200 you get a well built amp. It is perfect for my office. [ ANTONIO  Nov 28, 2016 ]
I PLAY GUITAR AND NEED A SMALL AMP TO GO ON MY DESK TO POWER SPEAKERS WHEN I HOOK UP MY COMPUTER TO THE AUDIO ENGINE AMP.PLUS I JUST LOVE BUYING AUDIO GEAR,ESPECIALLY FROM CRUTCHFIELD [ RICHARD  Nov 24, 2016 ]
the N22 gets consistently good reviews and it met my needs for a moderately prices amp to drive my computer speakers [ Calvin  May 29, 2016 ]
I have had a pair of Audio Engine A5+ powered speakers hooked up to my computer at home for a couple of years and have been very impressed with the quality. I needed good power in a small package for a desktop system at work. The N22 seemed like the obvious choice. [ Michael  Feb 03, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

Speaker sensitivity has a huge impact on how powerful an amp you need. With hi sensitivity speakers (90+db) like the Klipsch, you got plenty of power for a room that size. It can work as a stand alone amp. Just a volume control, no tone controls. [ PHILIP  Dec 10, 2013 ]
This amp has been sensational! I use it primarily for jazz too while working at my computer. It will certainly fill the size room that you are describing. As for power, it's going to depend on the type of speakers and how efficient they are. I'm using two bookshelf Focal Labs and they sound amazing. They are somewhat power hungry so, I, on occasion with get some dropout due mostly to the lack of continuous RMS to carry the load. Beyond that, I highly recommend this amp. [ STEPHEN V  Dec 09, 2013 ]
The Audioengine N22 is certainly powerful enough if you are using efficient speakers like the Audioengine P4s. I also play a lot of classical music and the volume levels are fine. I also have not been able to detect any distortion or other bad things. [ LLOYD  Dec 09, 2013 ]
Brian, I bought the N22 about a year ago to use in my private office at work. My office is about 15 x 15 feet. I have my computer plugged into the N22 with all my digital collection on a USB disc. I am playing it through two 2002 Definitive speakers. I can't turn it up more than 1/2 without it becoming painful. I have been very happy with the unit. The speakers may make a difference, then are both powered. Another nice thing is you can add a small sub, I haven't done this but have considered it. The other units I looked at were very expensive. Like I said, I have been very happy, great sound and definitely loud enough. I hope this is helpful. Mark T [ MARK R  Dec 09, 2013 ]
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