"Best Speaker of the Year" - Boston Herald
They're here! We're talking about real speakers designed for portable audio players that deliver astonishing audiophile-quality sound and don't cost a fortune.
Audioengine 5 is a full-size speaker system in a bookshelf-sized package. Internal power amps eliminate the need to connect the Audioengine 5 to a bulky stereo receiver or power amplifier. And with built-in subwoofer ports, the Audioengine 5 adds incredible low-end bass without the need for an external subwoofer.
"Several of Stereophile's editors were excited about the compact and inexpensive Audioengine 5 amplified speakers, which were bringing forth some sweet sounds playing files directly from a laptop," reports Stephen Meijas on the Stereophile HE 2007 blog.
In the January 9, 2007 issue of the Boston Herald, Tom Rose raves, "The best speaker of the year is Audioengine 5. More than 50 new speakers were put to the test this year, but there wasn't the need for a 'listening-off' to pick the winner. These matching bookshelf speakers, the first product offered by Audioengine, blew away all rivals in terms of audio excellence."
"When it comes to listening to and recording music, there are no other speakers in this price range that come close to the clarity and balance offered by Audioengine 5," marvels the Mac Observer for March 29, 2007. "Ridiculously good... a slam dunk."
"As the cornerstone of a high quality, inexpensive and unobtrusive desktop audio system the Audioengines are pretty much ideal," trumpets Audio Ideas Guide online. "Comparing them sonically with the mass-marked iPod 'dock' systems out there, many of which cost around the same amount, isn't even fair."
In the November 2006 issue of Home Theater magazine, Tom Fleischmann reports, "It's well suited to compressed music formats, not only getting good bass out of them, but a pragmatically sculpted midrange, as well. It's also revealing enough to get the best out of better signal sources, up to and including analog."
"If someone told me the Audioengine 5 were $1,500 I would have believed them!" says Enjoy the Music.
Built-in iPod Charging
Designed for optimal ease of setup and versatility, the Audioengine 5 has a built-in power port for iPod charging while listening to your music, watching movies, or playing games. Plug an Apple Universal Dock or iPod directly into the Audioengine Combo Port and you're ready to rock (or roll). The Combo Port charger is compatible with the nano and video iPod as well as all other products that charge via USB.
Airport Express Power
With an AC power jack in the rear panel, the Audioengine 5 provides the ability to stream music from your laptop directly to the speakers through Apple's Airport Express. The rear panel AC outlet is also ideal for providing power to other portable and home A/V equipment. A 2nd auxiliary mini-jack is located nearby for audio input from the Airport Express or other products. Also included are plenty of cables in a drawstring bag to connect all your gear.
Small Speakers, Big Bass. You won't hear any enhanced super-mega-hyper-monster boomy bass from these speakers. The low end from the Audioengine 5 is real bass, very near to originally-recorded music. From rap to classical to movies, you'll get tight, punchy bass with an awesome growl that will make you smile - regardless of the volume level.
Natural Mids and Dynamic Highs
The way Audioengine speakers duplicate a music soundstage is really cool. We had all these great adjectives written up to describe the midrange and highs (buzz phrases like "tonal accuracy with transparent clarity, excellent detail and harmonic correctness"), but they all just seemed overused and sort of lame. Our goal was to bring you the sound as it was originally mixed in the studio. Vocals are clearly placed and each instrument occupies its own space, making the speakers seem invisible to your ears. We feel that we've succeeded in our goal and hope you agree!
Brawn, Brains, and Beauty
Kevlar woofers for powerful bass, silk dome tweeters for smooth highs, built-in power amplifiers, truly useful connections, and a clean industrial design all allow the Audioengine 5 to integrate perfectly in your living room, bedroom, or desktop. Custom-designed and handcrafted wood cabinets with high-gloss professional piano finish make the Audioengine 5 a true work of art.
No Receiver? No Problem!
For listening to real stereo sound, Audioengine is all you need. If you want awesome speakers for your portable music player, game console, TV, or DVD player but don't want a bulky receiver/amp hogging up your space, the Audioengine 5 system does the job.
"If you're looking for the best sounding stand-alone speaker solution for your iPod, look no further: the Audioengine 5 is second to none," reports iPod Observer.