Excerpt: It’s the era of the iPod and compressed music; of small speakers that look better than they sound, and of course the gradual diminishing of pure audio applications. While audiophiles have isolated themselves from the consumer market and created a niche of highly expensive but great products, the unassuming casual buyer is more than happy purchasing some flashy device that 'sort of' reproduces sound.
Excerpt: If you think deploying a subwoofer is a prerequisite to obtaining big-time bass, you haven’t heard Audioengine’s A5 speakers. And if you’re convinced you need huge cabinets for thumping bass, you haven’t heard the company’s new diminutive A2 system. We’ve been using Audioengine’s A5 speakers as our reference point for speaker evaluations for many months—and they’ve been on our Best of the Best list ever since we laid ears on them—so we couldn’t wait to see what the...
Pros: Amazing sound in a tiny form-factor. No subwoofer necessary.
Cons: Lacks the front-mounted volume control and USB port charger of the A5.
Excerpt: If you think a deploying a subwoofer is a prerequisite to obtaining big-time bass, you haven’t heard Audioengine’s A5 speakers. And if you’re convinced you at least need cabinets as big as those of the A5, you haven’t heard the diminutive Audioengine A2. We’ve been using Audioengine’s A5 speakers as our reference point for speaker evaluations for many months—and they’ve been on our Best of the Best list ever since I laid ears on them—so I couldn’t wait to see what their...
Pros: Amazing low-end frequency response from very small boxes; Kevlar woofers and silk drivers; MDF cabinets.
Cons: Lacks two of the best features found on the Audioengine A5; amp is adequate only for near-field listening or small rooms.
Summary: The world of desktop speakers is awash with systems that are either crazily designed or crazily priced, but very few hit the sweet spot between cost and rounded performance. Enter Audioengine’s A2s. Specialists in making no-nonsense, affordable speakers, the US-based company has shrunk its excellent A5 speakers to a third of the size, making these 6in desktops ideal for even a cramped computer table. Straight laced Don’t be put off by the A2s’ lack of sexy styling.