Great product but still can't justify the price tag.
22 September 2014
Summary: Expensive as hell but top quality. I've got two Polk audio in-wall speakers in my bathroom and was using a Pyle POS to power them. I had all kinds of noise problems and the speakers sounded distorted. Gave this guy a whirl and all of my problems are cleared. This product still needs to come down by I dunno $100. But still great.
Summary: Not a high-powered amp, but fine for desktop or small room. I'm now driving mine with a JDS Labs ODAC (was able to fit it inside the N22's case) and running a rebuilt pair of old AR18 bookshelf speakers. This deceptively unobtrusive setup produces a very full, clean, transparent sound with good imaging, definitely several notches above the typical PC sound card and speakers. I'm picky about my sound systems, but this kit keeps me satisfied.
Summary: Very clean sound, but does seem a little underpowered coupled with the Audioengine P4. Ran the P4's with a Onkyo mini stereo and got more bass and fuller sound, so definitely needs a sub for me as a desktop unit. Clean and elegant set up for the desk/computer use. The volume knob is nice looking plastic, but could use a small dot or indentation on it to show where the volume is set at.
Summary: I have to admit I really didn't have high expectations of the AudioEngine N22. I expected it to charge my iPhone and play music from Sirius. I have plugged my iPhone into an input on a traditional integrated amp and found the listening just okay. My intent was to use the N22 at my office but hooked it up to my Mordaunt Short Carnival speakers to see how it sounded. R U kidding me? They sound great and I was thinking of getting rid of them (the speakers that is).
Summary: I can't really say that I'm a true audiophile, meaning I don't think I have the ear to really judge the "top 5%" of high-end audio products. However, I definitely think that I'm able to distinguish and appreciate a modest range of top end audio quality products and I personally feel that you're getting your money's worth out of the N22.
Beautiful amp, amazing sound (but first one was defective)
C. Wiener, Amazon
22 October 2012
Summary: I'm incredibly happy with this amp -- the sound quality is incredible, and it has more than enough power to drive my Polk Monitor 30 speakers. I have it in my office, so it is a small room. But I also have to keep the volume just a shade above off, as it really wants to drive them loud! My only complaint is that the first one I ordered arrived defective. There was a very quiet, intermittent static sound in the right speaker output.
Great Upgrade For Your Desktop/Laptop or MP3 Player Listening Experience
Jon & Stacy, Amazon
5 July 2012
Summary: I am a software engineer and sit in front of my keyboard a lot, meaning that I end up listening to a lot of music whether it is a streamed Internet station, Amazon cloud player or my local collection of mp3's. I grew really tired of typical desktop speakers, even the better setups complete with a sub-woofer were lacking in my opinion. I have always found most desktop setups to lack in depth of sound, coming across rather flat.
Summary: I haven't tired the other mini amps that are available on amazon (Pyle and Lepai, which both sell for under $100) come to mind, but I didn't feel like spending money on an amp that was reviewed as performing underrated. I've been listening to this amp for the past 3 days and it clean, with really good definition and no noise or hiss (THD is rated below .02% on all power settings). Turn the volume nob all the way up with no music on and you hear nothing.
Summary: The Audioengine N22 is a standalone 22W per channel stereo amplifier. A quick note about speakers. There are two types: active (powered) speakers, and passive (unpowered) speakers. An active speaker needs power from your wall socket (or runs on batteries) because it has a built-in power amplifier.