Reviews and Problems with Audioengine A5 Bookshelf Speakers
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Audioengine A5+ Powered Speakers Review
3 October 2012
Excerpt: Wow. How did five years go by so quickly? We first became aware of Audioengine in early 2007, when the company asked if we’d be interested in evaluating its A5 self-powered speakers . It’s now 2012, and we have the revamped A5+ self-powered speakers on our desk. Now, as then, we’re knocked out by the huge sound these monitors can produce. The changes from the original A5 aren’t significant, but they didn’t need to be for these speakers to sound great.
Pros: Superb sound; great convenience features.
Cons: Large cabinets take up a lot of desktop space.
Excerpt: The Audioengine 5 is not only one of the best-sounding speaker systems we’ve heard in a long while, it’s also one of the smartest speaker designs we’ve seen in the MP3-player era. These puppies will fill a room with sound, and they don’t cost an arm and an ear. Audioengine pitches this self-powered system as an iPod companion, but we think that’s selling it short: The shielded speakers are compatible with any digital media player, they’re a great companion for your PC,...
Pros: Incredible sound from small packages; built-in USB charger for your MP3 player; AC-outlet in back for a wireless audio streaming box.
Excerpt: Audioengine has created a masterpiece with the compact, yet mind-blowing Audioengine 5 speaker system. The A5’s work with just about every audio source available with a 1/8″ output (or 1/8″ adapter). I’ve tested them with my iPods , MacBook , iMac , Airport Express , external CD player and even directly connected to my electric blues guitar! Everything sounds awesome. I plugged the included 2-meter audio cable to my iMac and opened iTunes .
Pros: Easy to setup; excellent sound; good construction; comes with lots of extras, Easy setup, Solid, tight sound, Excellent materials & construction, All necessary parts & cables included
Cons: The price tag could be a tad too high, but with quality this good, its worth it, $349 price tag a bit high for some
Conclusion: Audioengine claims its A5 speakers are â€œthe best sounding and most versatile powered speakers at any priceâ€? and I am hard pressed to argue the point. This is one of the rare reviews where not only am I not going to complain about the A5â€™s price, but I actually think we may be getting a bargain here. There is an overall feeling of quality in the fit and finish of the Audioengine 5â€™s that is truly unique in the â€œwhite plastic wastelandâ€?
Pros: The highest quality sound you can get from your iPod, works great with AirPort Express/AirTunes, solidly built, all cables included, black version coming soon
Cons: If you want a remote you’ll need to fork out another $40 for a Universal Dock.