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. A few years in the making, we now have an upgraded model.
Pros: 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.