Reviews and Problems with Audioengine A5 Bookshelf Speakers
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Review: Audioengine A5+ Powered Speakers
14 November 2011
Excerpt: Updating a flagship product is tricky for any company. Change too much and you can ruin what already worked perfectly. Do too little — dress up the same technology in different clothes — and you risk alienating loyal customers.
Pros: Rich, detailed, room-filling sound that bests speakers costing twice as much. New quarter-inch threaded inserts on the bottom of each speaker for easy stand mounting. Dead simple to set up. USB power port keeps your iPhone/iPod charged and the music coming. Also available in bamboo and white fini...
Cons: The convenient, top mounted 3.5mm AUX input and USB port are now moved to the back. Still a bit bulky for a lot of desks. Baked-in AirPlay compatibility would be nice.
Summary: These are as good as it gets in terms of pc speakers imo (speakers connected via the mini plug). I prefer stereo and these do sound quite good and can really fill a reasonably sized room pretty well. They've provided more then was/can be expected. Very versitile as well.
Summary: Build quality is good:
Woofer dust cap and tweeter both pop back out if you push them in, so it is relatively 'child proof'.
Sound, especially treble and mids are satisfying but the bass can be boomy with bad tonal accuracy if placed on the wrong surface like a wooden desk etc which simply becomes...
Pros: Looks, build quality, sound
Cons: Black finish shows dust and fingerprints, boomy bass, difficult to position - Developed Fault, Returned