Summary: While an all-around solid system, the A2’s volume control would be much handier if it were located on the front of the cabinet, and we miss the convenient USB charging port that the A5 boasts. But we have no complaints with the A2’s sound—it rocks, delivering spectacular sound with a wide variety of tunes. These speakers don’t get as loud as some larger systems we’ve auditioned lately, but that’s the only thing that holds us back from giving them a Kick Ass award.
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.
Summary: That’s a nice touch, but we’d rather have a volume control on the front of the cabinet; we also miss the handy USB charging port that the A5 boasts. But we have no complaints with the A2’s sound—these little puppies rock, delivering spectacular sound with a wide variety of tunes. They don’t get as loud as some larger systems we’ve auditioned lately, but they’re easily the speakers to beat at this price point.
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.