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Audioengine 2


$199.00 Released June, 2007

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Great mids and highs. Decent bass considering their tiny size. Both 1/8" and RCA inputs.

The Cons:No headphone output. Exposed drivers - easily damaged when taking them out of their cloth bags, enjoying them around other objects / pets / children / etc... No grills or something that protect the speakers (especially the tweeters).

Audioengine 2 (A2) are high-quality powered speakers designed to be hooked up to your media player or computer. They are marketed as the "little brother" to the popular Audioengine A5 speakers, retailing for $150 cheaper, coming in at around $200.

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Product Shot 2 The A2s are made from the same materials: 1) high-gloss Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) for the cabinet, 2) kevlar mid-range drivers, 3) silk dome tweeter. The main difference is that they are 1/3 the size of their bigger sibling with less power.

The Audioengine A2 speakers deliver 15 Watts RMS per channel with a peak output rating of 30 Watts / channel delivered from its Dual Class AB monolithic amplifiers. This power is delivered by the 2.75" Kevlar mid/bass driver and a 20mm silk dome tweeter. For their small size, they still deliver decent bass with a frequency response of between 65Hz - 22kHz because of the acoustic properties of the wood cabinet.

Features:

  • Dual Class AB monolithic amplifiers
  • power: 15 W RMS / channel
  • frequency response: 65 Hz - 22 kHz
  • inputs: 1 x stereo RCA, 1 x stereo 1/8"
  • cabinet material: high-gloss MDF in white or black
  • mid-range driver: 2.75" kevlar cone
  • tweeter: 20 mm silk dome tweeter
  • size: 6”(H) x 4”(W) x 5.25”(D)
  • weight: left spk - 3.55 lbs, right spk - 3.15 lbs
  • price: $199 / pair

Comparison to the Audioengine A5:

  • 1/3 the size
  • Cheaper - $200 / pair vs. $350 / pair
  • Same MDF cabinet material
  • Same Kevlar, silk materials for speakers
  • Smaller driver - 2.75" vs. 5"
  • Less power - 15 W RMS vs. 50 W RMS
  • Less bass - 65 Hz vs. 50 Hz

The A2 speakers feature both RCA and 1/8" analog stereo inputs, making it easy to hook up any input source. Released after the A5 model in 2007, these speakers are now available in stores and online for $199.

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Pros
  • 8

    Great mids and highs

  • 8

    Decent bass considering their tiny size

  • 8

    Both 1/8" and RCA inputs

  • 7

    Come wrapped in soft pouches to prevent scratches

  • 5

    High quality Class AB amplifier

  • 5

    Beautiful high-gloss finish on MDF

  • 2

    solid construction

  • 2

    Goes louder than you think

  • 2

    Superb sound quality

  • 2

    The bass is neutral sounding

  • 2

    Very dynamic and good air movement because the bass ports

  • 1

    includes all wires required for full use

  • 1

    both inputs are active at the same time

Cons
  • 4

    No headphone output

  • 4

    exposed drivers - easily damaged when taking them out of their cloth bags, enjoying them around other objects / pets / children / etc...

  • 3

    No grills or something that protect the speakers (especially the tweeters)

  • 2

    having both inputs active at the same time decreases the volume of both sources, jacks up the volume when one falls silent

  • 2

    Requires a long break in time to sound good

  • 1

    no S/PDIF input

  • -7

    Pretty expensive for their power rating

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Yale
Yale: #audioengine_2 The other day I took my Filco keyboard to my place in Waterloo. Plopped it down onto the desk and when I looked up the USB connector was resting *IN* the tweeter. Thought it was a goner for sure, but the thing didn't rip, or even appear / sound damaged. Now I'll the first person to stress that not having covers is a fine design choice and that you should be careful around your speakers but damn.... close call! Mar 8, 11
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Yale
Yale: Merry Christmas, happy belated Channukah and a generic happy holidays to the rest of you grumpy old atheists / secular humanists / communists / whatever you are.

If this is the time of year where you get some gifts for yourself and your loved ones I'm sure we'd all like to hear what you want / have planned.

Personally I bought myself some #audioengine_2 speakers, I got a duvet from my grandma and a desk from my mom, and I'm hoping for a stainless steel pan so I can fry up some eggs. Dec 22, 10
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  • shadowtech

    shadowtech: That TV looks fantastic @Omar
    I'm rocking a Aquos from a several years back and I am blown away by how much HDTVs have improved in the last couple years. Dec 23, 10

  • Erik

    Erik: Here's a list of some of my items:

    - Sorel Winter boots (very light, warm, and comfortable)
    - Coffee brewer and grinder
    - Mass Effect 2
    - Fitness Evolved for Kinect
    - SF Giants fitted baseball hat Dec 25, 10

Erik
Erik: #audioengine_2 I want these badly. While I like the A5s in theory, the price difference makes these more appealing. Couple a pair of these with your Apple iPod Touch and you're set. Sep 6, 07
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