Summary: While they'll cost you $50 more, Audioengine A2+ multimedia speakers improve on an already great product (the A2) with slightly better sound when hooked up to your computer via a new USB connection.
Pros: The Audioengine A2+ is compact set of attractively style powered stereo speakers that delivers impressive sound for its size. This new "plus" version adds a digital USB connection, an output for an optional subwoofer to the existing two audio inputs, and a redesigned smaller power connector.
Cons: The speakers lack a remote control, the volume control is inconveniently located on the backside, and there's no way to toggle between inputs. The Audioengines are also a bit pricey compared with less refined PC speakers.
Conclusion: The A2′s are a great choice for those looking for a space-saving home office/bedroom bookshelf system and who do not want to skimp on power. Unfortunately, due to the similarity in looks, the A2′s suffer a bit by the inevitable comparison between their larger siblings, the A5′s. However, coming in $150 cheaper, and at 1/3rd the size, the A2′s still deliver a near-unparalleled audio experiencing with very little EQ tweaking necessary out of the box, and few will be...
Pros: Great sound, small size, available in both black and white
Cons: No extras, such as remote, iPod docks, etc. make these a bit pricey given the competitive speaker market
Conclusion: The audioengine A2 speakers are a powerful 2.0 audio option for casual, office and home theater use. The bass is powerful while the overall sound quality is robust and statistically close to ideal. While you may need to adjust your equalizer to reduce bass in some cases, the corrected output is truly impressive.
Pros: High quality finish; compact design; connects to multiple sources
Cons: Thick bass can overpower mids & highs unless EQ corrected; a bit pricey
Excerpt: Audioengine has recently released the "little brother" of its popular A5 speakers - the A2 Desktop Speakers - and we have today a pair of the Audioengine A2W (White) speakers. They are marketed as the "little brother" because they are smaller, less expensive and deliver less power. These multimedia speakers are designed to be used as PC system speakers and with home stereo equipment.
Pros: Accurate and clear sound, high-quality construction and design, all needed accessories included.
Summary: If you're serious about music but you currently listen to tunes through a pair of tinny, cheapo PC speakers, check out Audioengine's £110 inc VAT A2 speakers. They can fill a room with sound without taking up much physical space.