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Audioengine A2 Desktop Speaker Review

by Kirk Gomes June 23, 2010
Audioengine A2

Audioengine A2

  • Product Name: Audioengine A2 Portable Speaker System
  • Manufacturer: Audioengine
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: June 23, 2010 14:15
  • MSRP: $ 199/pr
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  • Type:                                   2.0 powered multimedia speaker system
  • Power Output:                    15W RMS / 30W peak per channel, 60W peak total
  • Inputs:                                stereo mini-jack and RCA jacks
  • Voltages:                            110-240v, 50/60Hz auto-switching
  • Amplifier type:                     Dual class AB monolithic
  • Frequency Response:         (+/- 2dB) 65Hz to 22,000Hz
  • Input Impedance:               10,000 ohms
  • Sensitivity:                          88dB
  • Signal to noise:                   >95db
  • THD:                                    <0.05% at all power settings
  • Tweeter:                             20mm silk dome with neodymium magnets
  • Woofer:                               2.75” Kevlar
  • Driver Configuration:           2-Way 
  • Enclosure Type:                  18mm MDF, Ported
  • Dimensions:                        6" H x 4" W x 5.25" D
  • Weight:                               Left 4 lbs, Right 3 lbs

Pros

  • Beautiful appearance
  • Great frequency response
  • Strong bass output
  • Nice warranty and return policy
  • Portability

Cons

  • High treble, but not loud enough
  • Inconvenient volume knob placement
  • No speaker covers

Introduction

Small dimensions, a pretty finish, power to spare, and two accommodating inputs, you can be sure Audioengine’s Desktop A2 speaker system will augment your CD player, DVD player, computer, game console, portable music player, or any other product with a mini-jack or RCA output. The A2 is a two-way system with a 2.75” woofer that simply amazes you with the amount of bass it can produce. I am happy with the quality of this product especially when used with my Playstation 2. The 3-year warranty is automatic, and transferable, which means there is no need to register. Recommended!

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Recent Forum Posts:

emorphien posts on December 16, 2010 14:12
Just came across this thread and am glad to see these speakers still hold their own. I honestly expected that by now there would be more offering similar to them for less or that would try to best them at their own price point.

I've been using mine for just shy of three years now and I'm serious when I say they still continue to impress me. I am about two feet from each of them and have them angled towards me a bit. The laid back treble you noted has never really caught my attention much, they have an overall ‘relaxed’ sound without really losing much detail which I quite like at my computer. Compared to any other computer speakers system I've heard so far I agree these are still no brainers.
WmAx posts on July 01, 2010 13:35
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Small dimensions, a pretty finish, power to spare, and two accommodating inputs, you can be sure Audioengine’s Desktop A2 speaker system will augment your CD player, DVD player, computer, game console, portable music player, or any other product with a mini-jack or RCA output. The A2 is a two-way system with a 2.75†woofer that simply amazes you with the amount of bass it can produce. I am happy with the quality of this product especially when used with my Playstation 2. The 3-year warranty is automatic, and transferable, which means there is no need to register. Recommended!



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Indeed, very nice value and very appealing for compact speakers. Also, one can reap great rewards by adding a proper active xover to filter bass from these and direct it towards a proper subwoofer - if they want to improve/upgrade sound quality even further with little effort.

-Chris
haraldo posts on July 01, 2010 13:29
I have the A2 myself and they are in a different universe than the ubiquitous Creative and Logitech “pure crap” plastic speakers, the A2's easily outperform all of these…. at least all that I have heard….

I agree with the treble issue…. but…..

For the price and where space is concerns, these are no brainers, incredible value. and that small woofer is actually able to do some bass work
gliz posts on June 24, 2010 15:27
2.75 and woofer belong in the same sentice like congress and spending control LOL
its phillip posts on June 23, 2010 16:17
Nice. I usually recommend these along with the comparable M-Audio/Swans/Behringer monitors to users on computer forums asking for sub $200 speakers.
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