Review: Audioengine N22 Amp, P4 speakers, and S8 Subwoofer – Big sound, small footprint, No Dock required
7 April 2011
Conclusion: The triple-threat combination of Audioengine’s N22 Amplifier ($199), their P4 passive speakers ($249) and their S8Subwoofer ($349) clocks in around $800, and may be a bit pricier than many people looking for a way to play music from their iPods are looking to spend, but its a solid combo that will...
Pros: Some of the best sound you can get for under $1000, nice design, USB port (N22) for charging your iDevice, outlet for an AirPort Express (S8)
Cons: Not cheap (but worth it), N22 could use a power outlet for an AirPort Express, or AirPlay support would have been killer
Conclusion: If you can’t tell, I love this amp. It’s small, the 22 watts of analog power (the “22” in N22) per side are more than enough for most users, I think, and it sounds great. I do have the tiniest quibble, though, and it is tiny .
Pros: It offers an easy-to-use interface, convenient ports, and clear, powerful soundfrom a Class A/B analog amp that will be highly valued by desktop musicians and producers, all in a compact design.
Cons: The industrial design is rather pedestrian, especially compared to the company’s great looking speakers. This is a tiny quibble.
Excerpt: The Good Strong but not overwhelming bass. Well-rounded at all volumes. Solid build quality. Understated look. USB for charging digital devices. The Bad High price. Strictly average cabling. Amplifier design The N22 is a compact, no-frills, stereo amplifier.
Pros: Strong but not overwhelming bass., Well-rounded at all volumes., Solid build quality., Understated look., USB for charging digital devices.