Reviews and Problems with Audioengine A5 Bookshelf Speakers
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Great sound; Short lifespan
David W., Amazon
26 September 2014
Summary: I own both the A5 (black) and the A5+ (bamboo). Both sound(ed) wonderful, the A5+ having better depth extension, the older model a bit "brighter". They are both now dead (the A5+ lasted a mere 10 months). I first noticed the "noise" from the passive speaker after being played at 75% of maximum volume for a couple hours. I turned it off. Let it cool down. Reading a bit online, I discovered that this problem is both common AND indicative of heat-related failure.
Summary: Not any better than any other computer speaker and much worse than a stereo speaker. Not much on the high end, mid range is compressed, and bass is muddy. Imaging is good. Had I auditioned them beforehand I wouldn't have bought them.
Summary: I've the A5+ for around 6 months, using them for primarily vinyl but also my phone and PC. Overall they have a great sound, warm with a decent range. You pay a premium for the bamboo but it helps them feel warm on the shelf and to your Why the low rating? Like another receiver I have suddenly noticed a crack has appeared in the front of the speaker. It runs top to bottom almost dead center, through where the actual speaker has been mounted.
Summary: I like the sound. They are voiced very nicely. They have plenty of bass and volume. I appreciate the simple design and find the remote useful. Unfortunately my first pair developed multiple splits in front during first 7 months or so. All splits run parallel to where they have drilled and installed something like a speaker or remote sensor. I returned the first pair and suggested that I would be ok with the black ones if splitting was an issue with the bamboo.
Summary: OK sound but couldn't get rid of the loud hum/buzzing noise. I followed all the troubleshooting tips in the manual and bought a ground loop isolator from RadioShack. Still no luck. I saw many people complaining about the same problem on the internet. None seemed able to solve the problem, so I sent them back. Then I got some Prodipe 8 monitors that work perfectly with my Airport Express in the same location, have much better sound and absolutely no hum.
Summary: After reading many positive reviews from people such as Chris Breen and in particular learning about the features for wireless configurations, I started out with a positive disposition toward the Audioengine A5. The design and technical functionality immediately give one the impression that this company knows what its doing. Thus, the shock is even greater when one has the first listen.
Summary: They're better than any other PC Speakers I've ever heard, and are powerful enough to fill a small room. But that's about all the praise that I can give their sound, and it's not like PC speakers set a high bar.
The sound out of these speakers is very disappointing considering their price and all the rave reviews they've gotten. The bass is extremely muddy and lacks anything that even resembles accuracy. Mids and highs are distorted to hell and back.