Audioengine A2+

Audioengine A2+ 2.0 Desktop Speaker Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specifications
  3. Installation and Initial impressions
  4. Sound Quality
  5. Conclusion
  6. Online Purchase Links

Type2.0 powered (active) multimedia desktop speaker system
Amplifier typeDual class AB monolithic
Power output60W peak power total (15W RMS / 30W peak per channel), AES
Drivers2.75″ Kevlar woofers, 3/4” silk dome tweeters
Inputs3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA, USB
OutputsRCA variable line-out
Main voltages110-240V 50/60Hz auto-switching
SNR>95dB (typical A-weighted)
THD+N<0.05% at all power settings
Freq. response65Hz-22kHz ±2.0dB
Input impedance10K ohms unbalanced
DACTI/Burr Brown PCM2704C
Input bit depthup to 16 bits native
Input sample rateup to 48KHz native
USB device classtype 1.1 or above
ProtectionOutput current limiting, thermal over-temperature, power on/off transient protection
Dimensions (each)6”(H) x 4”(W) x 5.25”(D)
Weight (LEFT speaker)1.6Kg/3.55lbs
Weight (RIGHT speaker)1.4Kg/3.15lbs
Shipping weight4.6kg/10lbs per pair
Shipping box dims10.5” (H) x 15” (L) x 7” (W)
Materials and Construction18mm thick MDF cabinets3/4″ silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets2.75″ Kevlar woofers with advanced voice coils
Included AccessoriesSpeaker wire (16AWG), 2 meters (~6.5 feet)Power supply AC power cordMini-jack audio cable, 1.5 meters (~5 feet)USB cable, 1.5 meters (~5 feet)Microfiber speaker bags Microfiber power supply bag Microfiber cable bag Setup guide Product line brochure

Phew ! Those are a lot of specifications!

Some of you may be intimidated by looking at that long list of specifications, but a lot of it isn’t terribly important to understand anyway since audio that measures better in specs may not actually sound better. However, some of the specifications do reveal a few aspects of the system and helps a customer make a decision.

First off the product is a 2.0 speaker system. That means no subwoofer for enhanced bass and conversely a much smaller footprint which makes it easier to install in a location. Secondly the lack of a subwoofer is shown in the frequency response. Now most manufacturers exaggerate the frequency specs of their speakers but Audioengine must be given credit of being more accurate in their frequency specs. First off the bass goes down to just 65 Hz which means sub bass may not be prominent.

Thirdly the DAC that Audioengine chose for their A2+ is a Texas Instruments/Burr Brown PCM2704C chip which is well respected DAC chip. Lastly, the built-in DAC is 16 bit and doesn’t support 24-bit music. However on this speaker system the benefits of 24 bit music will be hardly realized so its not a big issue here. Accessories wise the package comes with everything you will need to use the speaker setup and the included cables are of a high quality which is much appreciated.

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