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Audioengine 5


$349.00 Released March, 2007

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Excellent build quality and finish. Amazing sound quality. USB charger for your iPod or mp3 player.

The Cons:No S/PDIF input. Limited input options - only a single 1/8" stereo in. No grille covers.

The Audioengine 5 (A5) are high-end amplified speakers ideal for hooking up to your mp3 player or computer without sacrificing any sound quality typically found in a good home theater speaker.

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Product Shot 2 They are powered by a Class AB amplifier contained in the left speaker rated at 45 Watts RMS and 70 Watts peak power. Each speaker features a 5" Kevlar mid-range driver /w advanced voice coils and a 20 mm silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets. The cabinet is made of 1" thick MDF coated with your choice of glossy white or satin black finish. Rounding out the componentry of this speaker include a high-end torroidal coil and crossover.

The A5's include several input options for hooking up audio sources. There are two 1/8" stereo inputs (one on top, the other in back) for hooking up to your mp3 player, computer, or any other stereo source. Unique features include a USB charger on top for your mp3 player and second AC input for powering other devices including an Airport Express iTunes streamer.

Audioengine A5 powered speakers are much higher quality than typically found in stereo computer speakers or iPod docking stations, and because of this are more expensive coming in at $350. However, since you don't require an amplifier, these speakers can provide a great audiophile experience on a budget.

Consider a cheaper alternative in the M-AUDIO StudioPro 3 ($100) or their little brother, the Audioengine A2 ($199).

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Pros
  • 7

    Excellent build quality and finish

  • 6

    Amazing sound quality

  • 5

    USB charger for your iPod or mp3 player

  • 5

    A5 + mp3 player = one amazing sound system for cheap

  • 4

    Doesn't distort even at higher volume levels.

  • 3

    Rear AC input ideal for Airport Express hookup

  • 3

    no receiver or amp necessary

  • 3

    Audiophile grade speakers @ a great $

  • 2

    Fantastic bass, even without a subwoofer

  • 2

    Sound great with any genre of music

  • 2

    Can be listened to for long periods of time without getting listening fatigue.

  • 2

    Best in price range for a 2.0 system, overall an excellent value

  • 1

    Crystal clear sound quality

  • 1

    Room for expansion: Can be connected to an external sub for that extra umphhh you desire.

  • 1

    Really compact, will literally fit in a bookcase, with no diminution in sound quality.

Cons
  • 1

    No S/PDIF input

  • 1

    limited input options - only a single 1/8" stereo in

  • 1

    no grille covers

  • 1

    Right speaker will not be as loud if volume nob on speakers is low, but if you turn the volume nob up to where both speakers are the same volume they are at too high a volume.

  • 1

    Will make a static type noise from time to time when you start playing or stop playing music.

  • 1

    Speakers will auto shut off while playing music if you have the source signal volume low.

  • 1

    Rather industrial looking, as they make excellent hifi speakers, a grille/coloured/wood finish would look more wife-friendly

  • 1

    The bamboo option is a lot more expensive, and not always obtainable.

  • 0

    Not that portable (left spk=14 lbs, right spk=9 lbs)

  • 0

    can't easily connect multiple sources

  • 0

    Relentlessly reveals the limits of your audio source.

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Aaron Shah
Aaron Shah: #audioengine_5

Although they have their annoying cons, most can be remedied by tweaking computer volume balance settings and using a quality source. Bottom line is that you won't find a better sounding 2.0 system for the price, making them more than worth it for the audiophile on a budget.

Aug 27, 10
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Yale
Yale: #audioengine_5 Considering buying these.... It's between this and a much more expensive system with a full integrated amplifier. Dec 28, 08
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halvibe
halvibe: #audioengine_5

If you want to hear everything in your music and not miss out on all the great sounds, these are the cat's pajamas. They just sound that good. If you love good music, you want ALL of it. These A5's deliver. You'll love them!
It may seem like a lot of money for speakers  - until you hear them!
WARNING- If you put them near your computer, you may never want to hear the speakers that came with your computer again, (ever).

Dec 28, 08
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Erik
Erik: #audioengine_5 If you want a sweet set of powered speakers consider these. From the drivers, tweeters, amp, cabinet, and finish they're of the highest quality. They're currently a prize in a contest on Radio Paradise. Jul 16, 07
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