Excerpt: products may not be for sale in every retail outlet or even known by many consumers, but anyone who is looking for a pair of quality desktop speakers should give Audioengine a serious look – especially their . I have owned the A5 speakers for some time, and when given a chance to try the upgraded A5+, I was curious to see what – if any – improvements were made. Let’s get this out of the way: The A5+ speakers are not featherweights.
Pros: Massive sound for the size, Accurate sound - good bass and detail, Well made, Affordable for what they are, Look good on a desktop, Added heat sink for efficiency
Cons: More expensive than many are willing to pay, Large for desktop use, Extra AC outlet (as on original A5) removed, Not the clearest audio out there
Audioengine's A5+ is a fun, affordable speaker system
26 July 2012
Excerpt: (1 items) I’ve been a fan of Audioengine’s A5 powered bookshelf speakers ( ) since I first laid ears on them in 2006. They provided plenty of enjoyable sound for their size and, at $350, they were a solid bargain. The company has since released an updated version of the A5 named, appropriately enough, the A5+—or, officially, the A5+ Premium Powered Speakers . They are, in nearly every way, worthy successors to the original.
Pros: Punchy sound, Dual inputs, Plenty of volume
Cons: Lacks predecessor's built-in AC port, Sound favors bass and lower-mids
Summary: The Audioengine A5+ represent an uncommonly good value in today's fractured consumer audio marketplace, and a bonafide entry-level high end product. The integration of all the various components in the A5+ is outstanding, especially at the $399 asking price. Some of the most challenging engineering tasks involve optimizing and balancing multiple objectives within many limitations. The A5+ is a perfect example of such a challenge well met.
Excerpt: How many powered loudspeakers are available for $399 a pair? Probably more than I can count on my fingers and toes. And if I were forced to listen to them all, back-to-back, I’d be ready for counseling or medication. Thank God for exceptions. The AudioEngine 5+ speakers are the second pair of under-$400 powered speakers I’ve reviewed recently.
Excerpt: (1 items) To my ears the Audioengine 5s provide solid sound from the devices it was designed for--computers, portable music players, and AV media centers. If, based on sound quality alone, I had to choose between the iPod Hi-Fi and these speakers, I'd opt for the Audioengine 5s for their more-balanced sound and their ability to be separated. Although I'd prefer to see the kind of dock connector found on the iPod Hi-Fi, I can get by with one of the docks I own.
Excerpt: We first saw the original Audioengine A5 speakers back in 2007. Riding the wave of interest in digital music, those large powered speakers delivered impressive sound on a budget to play any music source via their 3.5mm inputs.
Pros: Apple Touch, Stereo and 3.5mm input, remote control, tight, well-marshalled bass, good sonic detail
Summary: Most of the MP3 speakers that flood the Stuff office on a daily basis don’t live and breathe hi-fi – they exist for convenience and music snacking. This is, of course, fine for many people, but now a few systems are appearing that could yet convince audiophiles to scope out the digital scene. Following valve docks from Fatman and Roth are the Audioengine A5 speakers, which promise ‘hi-fi’ sound from MP3.