Excerpt: (1 items) I've made no secret of my love for Audioengine's Audioengine 5 powered speakers. That $349 system, although lacking an iPod dock and remote control, packs glorious sound quality (and volume) via two mid-sized, bookshelf speakers. So when the 5's smaller sibling, the Audioengine 2, arrived on my doorstep, I was anxious to see how this downsized version compared.
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
Excerpt: Audioengine recently announced the little brother to the A5, the A2 desktop speaker set. The A2 speakers are roughly half the size of the A5 and they don’t put out quite as much power, but they seem to have just as much intensity per cubic inch as the A5′s. We gave the A2 speakers a thorough test and have the results ready for you. Find out if these $199 USD speakers are worth two Benjamin’s and if they’re worthy of the audioengine name.
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.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: If the only prerequisite for desktop speakers were size, then the Audioengine A2s could confidently look forward to retaining their 2008 What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Award as Best Budget Desktop Speakers.
Pros: Rega RP1, Compact, nicely finished, fearsomely dynamic and attacking given their size
Cons: Rega RP1, Some midrange coarseness, an expected lack of scale