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 serve you well for years to come, and thankfully, is not tied to the iPod alone.
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
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. The unit is designed to stand upright for cooling and ventilation purposes. The front of the N22 simply contains a volume button, a blue power LED, and a headphone jack.
Pros: Strong but not overwhelming bass., Well-rounded at all volumes., Solid build quality., Understated look., USB for charging digital devices.