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"Recommended Component" 2013 - Stereophile
The Perfect Audio Upgrade for PC or Mac
I've Never Been More Impressed," Says Stereophile
Don't subject yourself to feeble audio from your PC or Mac. Go BIG with the compact Audioengine 2, instead!
Stereophile magazine honored the A2 by including it in its "Recommended Components" list for 2013.
"I have never been more impressed with or more stunned by a component I've reviewed for Stereophile than I was with the Audioengine 2," raves Robert J. Reina in the December 2007 issue of Stereophile. "The level of sound quality produced by this uncolored, detailed, articulate, and dynamic speaker, in all situations, was beyond reproach, and its ratio of value to cost borders on the criminal.
"The Music was Clean and Clear"
Audioengine has managed to duplicate the signature sound of its critically acclaimed Audioengine 5s in an incredibly compact package. The new Audioengine 2 is perfectly suited for your desktop or any other space in your home or office. It makes a great introduction to high-quality audio and the perfect upgrade for your computer or iPod.
"New to the Audioengine line is the tiny 2, which offered a sound surprisingly similar to that of its bigger brother," reports Stephen Mejias in his May 14, 2007 write-up of the Stereophile Home Entertainment Show 2007 for the Stereophile blog. "The music was clean and clear, and conveyed an emotion that belied the speaker's size."
"You're in for a Treat"
"Let me make it clear: these speakers are totally satisfying for listening to all types of music," reports David Nemzer in The Audiophile Voice, volume 12, issue 5. "After you stop saying 'they're sooo small' and surrender to listening to music and the mood these speakers put you in, you're in for a treat."
The Audioengine 2 is about one-third the size of the flagship Audioengine 5 system and is an excellent computer audio upgrade or small room speaker. Audioengine used the same custom tweeters as the Audioengine 5, matched them with newly designed compact Kevlar woofers and then added high-performance amplifiers with gold-plated speaker connectors. All this great engineering is wrapped in wood cabinets with a hand-polished finish to create a premium quality desktop multimedia speaker system that puts those plastic computer speakers to shame!
"Little Grenades" with Bass
To say that the bass on Audioengine 2 is substantial for their size may be an understatement, but you should be the judge. The bass comes from some very clever acoustic and electrical design and without using any DSP or fake bass boost circuits. Wood remains a preferred speaker enclosure material for its stiffness at higher volume levels and the sealed cabinet focuses just the right amount of low end from the tuned front port slots.
"The (A2) bass response caused me to look around for the proverbial phantom sub. These little grenades deserve a closer look," reports EnjoyTheMusic.com.
Versatile and Efficient
The A2 was designed for your desktop but is also perfect for smaller rooms. Well-suited for all types of music, movies, and videogames, the A2 sounds great with or without a subwoofer. Using a similar design as the Audioengine 5, the A2 power amplifiers are built inside the left speaker, providing a very efficient system. An auto-sleep standby circuit was also included to conserve power.
Audioengine includes 1/8 mini jack and RCA inputs so connecting A2 is easy. No software installs, plug-ins, or sound card upgrades. Just connect the audio output (or headphone jack) from your computer, iPod, Airport Express, Sonos system, PSP, or any other audio device into the A2 rear panel input. All cables that you may need are included.
The Audioengine 2 sets a new level of audio and aesthetic quality for Powered Multimedia Speakers and further closes the gap between computer speakers and home audio. Even if you're not an audiophile, you will still hear a difference!
"I can't think of a single reason why every reader of this magazine should not go out right now and buy a pair of Audioengine 2s," concludes Robert J. Reina in Stereophile.
"Recommended Component" 2013 - Stereophile
"In nearly 25 years, it's been rare that I've reviewed an exciting breakthrough product. The Audioengine 2 is such a product—not because it performs at an extraordinary level (though it does), and not because it's such an incredible value for money (though it is), but because it creates a new market, a new application for high-end audio, and a chance for audiophiles to enjoy music in ways they may have never considered before."
"I have never been more impressed with or more stunned by a component I've reviewed for Stereophile than I was with the Audioengine 2. The level of sound quality produced by this uncolored, detailed, articulate, and dynamic speaker, in all situations, was beyond reproach, and its ratio of value to cost borders on the criminal. It extended my enjoyment of music into a new realm of portability that I hadn't before thought possible. I can't think of a single reason why every reader of this magazine should not go out right now and buy a pair of Audioengine 2s."
- Robert J. Reina, Stereophile, December, 2007 and 2013
A2 Premium Powered Desktop Speakers
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|pretty good, but get a decent DAC and allow time to burn in|
for the first day or two I thought these were so bad I was ready to send them back. But, with 2 days continuous burn in, and a VDAC instead of my pcs dac, they really are quite decent. Im quite happy with them now, and expect theyll continue to improve with more burn in time and/or better electronics. In retrospect, I might have agonized over the larger A5 although I like the lively sound of these and their very small footprint really appeals to me. These have surprising mid and upper bass for the tiny size, and I like the minimal intrusion of the desktop that they offer. Low bass is nonexistent, of course. They get loud enough to hear over my treadmill, yet acoustic music sounds good while I work, too.
|- C B, CA|
|Wonderful speakers by any standard|
This has to be the ultimate audio buy of all time. I use them with my computer to play WAV files of mainly classical and jazz driven off of a Creative Labs X-Fi and an Audioquest interconnect. Lively sound with a VERY neutral midrange and a smooth not harsh treble.
|- Rick Aylward, AZ|
|excellent sound, small space|
I got these speakers to replace the lousy built in LCD TV speakers in the bedroom. Instant satisfying sound. Clear, bright highs, suprisingly strong clear base. Fits easily on the shelf w the TV and the dual input allows connection to the DVD player for CD/audio only. The volume could be more gradual on the low end and a remote volume control would be nice. For the price these deliver surprisingly good sound in a tiny space.
|- Allen M, CA|