Audioengine 5+N (A5+N)
Premium powered bookshelf speakers
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Our take on the Audioengine 5+N (A5+N) by Crutchfield's Tara W.
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.
- 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
What's in the Box:
- 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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Audioengine 5+N (A5+N) Reviews
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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.
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: 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 (772W3, sold separately) that can be powered using the speaker's USB port. 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.
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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Why did you buy this?
Heard these speakers are great after many weeks of research. Decided on the bamboo for my new wooden desk! [ Julio Santos-De Jun 11, 2017 ]
Small integrated speaker amp that works well in bedrooms and office spaces. Warm sound. Connected a blue tooth receiver or $20. Use with iPad. [ R Mar 16, 2017 ]
Recommended by your advisor and then researched also. Looked like best value and quality for my budget. [ Joann Nov 23, 2016 ]
nothing but great reviews and a nice price for an all around speaker set! [ anthony Apr 08, 2016 ]
2 questions already asked
No, unless you use an external switch box like the retailers do to demo sources / speakers. Also, NO speakers have switchable input sources. [ Mr. May 16, 2016 ]
To answer your question; from my tests you cannot switch sources. The speakers will perform their best if you only have one source plugged in. I tested 2 sources plugged in simultaneously (Turntable and iPhone) and for some reason the sound quality and volume was cut in half. Once I unplugged the iPhone the volume and sound quality was was restored to normal. [ Ken May 16, 2016 ]
Sources can be switched with wireless connections, but not with wired connections. [ Scott May 16, 2016 ]
I don't know of any way to do it, except for manually changing from input to input. [ alex May 16, 2016 ]
No, but you can have RCA and mini-phono inputs plugged in concurrently. [ GARY May 16, 2016 ]
I have my speakers connected to my tv and apple devices via a DAC. With the DAC I can switch inputs with the DAC's remote or manually. Unless I haven't figured it out, the speaker's remote does allow work for on/ off power. [ Felicia May 16, 2016 ]
1 answer I'm looking at buying a pair of speakers and a Sonos Connect module to work with the structured wiring/in-ceiling speakers in my home. (I'm also a noob at this and am just trying to buy the right equipment for someone else to set up, so I apologize if this is a dumb question). If I were to purchase these speakers, would the amp be sufficient so that I get away with buying a (cheaper) Sonos Connect receiver, or would I still need a Connect:Amp? [ Mirielle Feb 24, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: To utilize the Audioengine speakers you would definitely want to use the Sonos Connect and not the Connect Amp, as the speakers have their own built-in amp. However, to be able to tie into your in-ceiling speakers in the home that would require the Connect Amp. If you hope to use the in-ceiling speakers and a pair of bookshelf speakers together I would not recommend using powered speakers such as the Audioengine speakers. You would need a passive bookshelf speaker instead such as the Polk Audio RTi A3 for example. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Feb 27, 2015 ] Staff
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