What remains the same, and thankfully so, are the many features of the original A2 design that initially made it a hit, and kept the A2 platform in the conversation about desktop audio solutions for over a decade. Also remaining are the. Nothing other than the requisite speaker drivers and the subtle wave-guides that surround them. The look of the front baffles of these speakers are identical, and clean. A nice feature for those with a propensity towards OCD tendencies. Around the back of the Right speaker, a single input-pair of gold plated five-way binding posts that will accept banana plugs, spades, or bare wire.
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Not for those seeking powerful sub-bass. The design is classic, the quality is top-notch, and the audio is accurate.
The caveat is that, unlike most of the wireless speakers we test, this is a stereo pair, and still requires a connection between the two speakers for power to go from the left unit to the right. So yes, the speakers are wireless, but there is still some cabling to deal with. That said, the piano-like finish of the speaker enclosure is attractive we tested the white model , and the exposed, grille-free black drivers look great, too. Each speaker houses a 0.
The system combines for 60 watts of peak power and a frequency range of 65Hz to 22kHz. The back panel of the left speaker also houses connections for the included power supply, as well as an RCA input and output for a subwoofer , and a 3.
In other words, the system has excellent connectivity, considering it also connects via Bluetooth. While this is atypical in most Bluetooth speakers we test, it does give you an opportunity to protect the speakers from loud bursts with a second volume stage—though one integrated volume control is arguably more efficient. There are elegant ways to do this, of course, but Audioengine would get extra points for including wedges or anything that mimics a kickstand for each speaker, so that the tweeters align more closely with your ears.
In a desktop scenario, without being angled up, the tweeters will fire at your ribcage. Performance We tested the speakers on a desktop, angled slightly upward. Without the upward angling, the highs are notably muted—so whether you angle them up or screw them into stands using the threaded screw holes on the bottom rubberized panel, we recommend it. Typically, we tested at roughly 75 percent-to-maximum volume on the speakers, and varied the volume on our sound source, an iPhone 8. At maximum volume on the speakers and roughly 75 percent on the phone, there was no distortion here, but when maxing out both the speakers and the phone, distortion creeps into the mix a bit.
Given the lack of DSP, a smidge of distortion on deep bass at top volumes is forgivable. Anyone looking for a huge, bass-forward, subwoofer-like sound, however, should look elsewhere. Audioengine is more about accurate sonic delivery, and true sub-bass is below or on the edge of the frequency response. The higher register percussive hits, as well as the acoustic guitar strums, receive a clear, bright presence through the tweeters—this is a balanced, accurate sound signature.
The vocals on this track are delivered with excellent clarity—they have a hint of added sibilance in spots, but not in an unpleasant way. Generally speaking, classical and jazz tracks, with their dynamics showcased by the DSP-free output, sound most at home through the speakers, but modern pop mixes also sound excellent—they just lack that extra depth some listeners will be looking for.
Audioengine A2+ Wireless
Not for those seeking powerful sub-bass. The design is classic, the quality is top-notch, and the audio is accurate. The caveat is that, unlike most of the wireless speakers we test, this is a stereo pair, and still requires a connection between the two speakers for power to go from the left unit to the right. So yes, the speakers are wireless, but there is still some cabling to deal with.
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