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Audioengine HD6 Powered Speaker Preview



  • Product Name: HD6
  • Manufacturer: Audioengine
  • Review Date: January 19, 2016 15:00
  • MSRP: $749/pr
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

Speaker Specifications:

  • 2.0 powered bookshelf-style speaker system featuring wireless and digital optical inputs
  • Power output - 150W peak power total (50W RMS, 75W peak per channel)
  • Inputs - 3.5mm mini-jack, RCA L/R, digital optical (SPDIF,) Bluetooth aptX
  • Outputs - Variable line-out w/2.0V RMS max output, 47ohm output impedance
  • Input voltages - 115/240V, 50/60Hz manually-switchable
  • Amplifier type - Analog dual-class A/B monolithic
  • Drivers - 5.5" Kevlar woofers, 1" silk dome tweeters
  • SNR - >95dB (typical A-weighted)
  • THD+N - <0.05% at all power settings
  • Crosstalk - -50dB
  • Frequency response - 50Hz-22kHz ±1.5dB
  • Analog input impedance - 48Kohms unbalanced (mini-jack and RCA inputs)
  • Protection - Output current limiting, thermal over-temperature, power on/off transient protection, replaceable external main fuse

Bluetooth specifications

  • Internal D/A converter - AKM AK4396
  • Input bit depth - 24-bits upsampled
  • Bluetooth receiver type - Bluetooth 4.0 audio
  • Supported codecs - aptX, AAC, SBC
  • Wireless operation range - Up to 100ft (30m) typical
  • Wireless latency - ~30 milliseconds (ms)

Optical specifications

  • Internal D/A converter - AKM AK4396
  • Input bit depth - up to 24-bits native
  • Input data rate - up to 192KS/s native
  • Speaker dimensions (HxWxD) 11.75” (30cm) x 7.25” (18.5cm) x 10” (25cm)
  • Weight(left): 17.5 lbs (8kg)
  • Weight (right): 12.5 lbs (5.5kg)


Easy to set up, simple to use, and designed for the way people listen to music today – The motto for the Audioengine’s new HD6 Premium powered speakers couldn't have been clearer as they were unveiled at the 2016 CES Show in Las Vegas. We got a chance to hear them on the floor and were impressed with their full range of sound, versatility and build quality.  The HD6 features built-in amplifiers that really pack a punch as well as analog and digital inputs including aptX, Bluetooth, and optical.

HD6 inputsThe availability of streaming and input options from the HD6’s was outstanding including: Stream TIDAL, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube - or any streaming service or media player. You can also stream wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet or computer. For the highest resolution the HD6 offers an optical input, which is perfect for network music players or even your TV system, turntable or subwoofer. Now that’s versatile!

We also really liked the look of the HD6’s. The speakers come with a furniture-grade wood veneer and are available in satin black, walnut and cherry wood finishes at no additional cost. The HD6 speaker cabinets are a new design that are not only good looking, but the thicker and more stable materials help reduce unwanted resonances. The detachable magnetic grills had a solid grip and made it easy to detach and reattach the grills.

Setup for these would be a snap.  Simply plug the left speaker into a power outlet and connect the included speaker wire from the left to the right passive speaker. All internal components of the HD6 are designed and tuned together.

Audioengine really put some thought behind the new designed build quality of these speakers. The all-new woofers have diecast aluminum frames allowing the lower-end to really perform. Also new are the silk dome tweeters which have been upgraded for smooth, more extended highs, and great imaging.

Audioengine HD6 Powered Speakers YouTube Video Overview

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Audioengine HD6 with and without grilles

The speakers are available today at $749 plus shipping and can be purchased at http://audioengineusa.com

From Audioengine

30-day Audition
We've created a product with the sound, looks, and overall quality of systems priced much higher. Purchase the Audioengine HD6 powered speakers from our online store and try them out in your home or office. If you're not completely satisfied with the great sound and excellent looks, just return them in their original packaging in like-new, undamaged condition within 30 days of purchase and we'll give you a full refund of your purchase price, with no restocking fees and no hassles. 

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Marshall is an Educator by trade, and currently lives in Oregon. He was lucky enough to grow up in a musical household, and though the AV equipment wasn't the greatest, it was always on. His dad introduced him to Queen, Paul Simon, and Sgt. Pepper's, and his mom played Lionel Richie and Disney Soundtracks. When Marshall was 14, his uncle passed down a pair of JBL towers and Marshall finally had his own system. Having enjoyed podcasting and video production over the past 10 years, Marshall is happy to be contributing at Audioholics.

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