Superb Little Lautsprechers. Congrats to the designers in Austin, TX!
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The P4 optimizes compactness. For fuller base, consider the HDP6, not these little gems. 4" woofers can only do so much. That said, these speakers are superb! Bought as B speakers for Yamaha A-S301 amp. As soon as I wired them up-30 foot run, 14 gauge-and auditioned them with CD of Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," I knew that we had a winner. The saxophone sounded in-the-room great, as did Monk's piano. The double bass was plenty bassy. Soundstage-excellent. These speakers have a lot of, shall I say, presence, or boldness, sounding every bit as good as my A speakers, Elac B6s; a little more trebly, and, of course, not able to compete in the bass department. Clear, crisp across spectrum. To clarify about the bass performance, Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" and Zeppelin's "II," as bassy examples, both sound fantastic on the P4s, but not as fully realized as by speakers with bigger woofers. Tilting up an inch or so makes a pleasant difference in the P4s sound if placed low. Ordered the wee stands, recommended, though pricey. The P4s are great for up-close listening, or for room-filling sound. In fact, they easily fill a whole floor of our house with great ambient music. Worried about the 4 Ohm rating? Don't be. My low-budget 60 wpc A-S301 drives these and the Elac B6s-6 Ohm-simultaneously, endlessly, with no strain whatsoever, and that is with the impedance selector on the rear of the amp set to high position. Crank it to unlistenably loud if you do want to fry your amp.
Pros: Front-ported, which makes a lot of sense for speakers designed actually to fit on a bookshelf. No frivolous grilles to remove and then throw away or stash in a closet never to be used again-thank you, Audioengine! Available in classic, Audiophile matte black finish. These beauties look and feel just like what they are: superbly engineered and built loudspeakers. Tiny. Originally planned to place them among the book stacks, but ended up setting them on end tables where they are very unobtrusive.
Cons: The truly performance-enhancing, dapper, tilted stands which Audioengine makes for these speakers are horribly overpriced. I was glad I had some rewards points in my Crutchfield account to blow on these little stands. They work great, but are probably the two most expensive pieces of plastic that I now own. Achieve the same audio effect by placing a book under the front of each P4.