• Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
  • Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
  • Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
  • Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
  • Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
  • Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)
Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)

Audioengine A2 Plus 60W Powered Desktop Speakers, Built in 24Bit DAC and Analog Amplifier (Red)

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  • PREMIUM POWERED DESKTOP SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED DAC. The A2 Plus Computer Speakers provide CLEAR, FULL AUDIO and can easily connect to any device in seconds. Ideal for your desktop and smaller rooms.
  • FEATURES: Built-in analog power amplifiers, dual analog audio inputs, USB audio input, hand finished wood cabinets, variable audio output, subwoofer connection, custom aramid fiber woofers and silk tweeters, power-saving idle mode, cables included, works with Mac or PC, no software required, designed for desktop audio and fills most rooms.
  • WORKS WITH: Turntables with built in or external preamps, all music players: phones, desktop computers, laptops, notebooks, TVs with an analog output, CD and DVD players, video game consoles and all products with 1/8 inch mini-jack or RCA outputs
  • WHAT IS INCLUDED: Pair of Audioengine A2 Plus Powered Speakers, 2m Speaker Wire, Power Supply and Cord, USB cable,1.5m Mini-Jack Audio Cable, Microfiber Speaker bags and Cable Bags, Setup Guide, Brochure
  • COVERAGE: Audioengine builds quality speakers that they stand behind. All Audioengine products come with a 3 year transferable coverage.

Customer Reviews

A lot of sound in such a small profile Wow, I had no idea these would sound so good.I got these for a friend who owns a small bar. I told him he didn't need Bose (like, EVER), and that smaller speakers would be fine to fill the room.When they first arrived, I didn't expect them to be so small. However, once plugged in and once I started playing music through my AK120, it was a HUGE surprise. These have got some juice!The mids are what shine with these speakers, but even the higher register has a nice, rounded texture to my ears. The bass is not overwhelming, nor is it anemic. I was shocked to hear speakers this size push out so much air - and so well refined as well.Another added bonus was the packaging. Each speaker was encased in a nice fabric cloth, and it included 16-gauge wire. That kind of surprised me. I purchased many computer speakers, and they almost always have 18 - 20 guage wire. The extra little bit of attention to detail, and the minimal cost difference for going with a higher gauge kind of shows Audioengine's desire to provide the feeling of quality presentation. I appreciated that.I was so impressed, that I have been considering purchasing the bigger model just to hear the difference. 5Decent speakers for their size, but be sure to manage your expectations A2+ are decent speakers, especially for their size. However, make sure you set your expectations as to what they are and are not. These speakers look really cool, especially in red. The sound quality is great for the highs and mids. Crisp and clear with good separation of instruments. Certain kinds of music, like acoustic guitar sounds fantastic. The lows however are definitely lacking, even after breaking these speakers in. They have this mid bass thing that works okay, but if you listen to music with heavy use of bass, you will be wanting more. I though about getting a sub, but that would defeat the purpose of having small speakers because I'm limited on space.Ultimately, I decided to return the A2+ and picked up a pair of Vanatoo T0. They are about the same size if you are using the A2+ with a stand, but sound much better with plenty of bass, as well as blue tooth, optical in and a remote. I'm much happier with them. 3Got these to replace a dead Bose Companion 5 speaker system - can't believe the amazing quality, better than Bose and cheaper! Wat -_-My few years old Bose Companion 5 system recently passed on to the land of dead electric pixies, so I was faced with finding a replacement.Every review I read, every comparison article, and every forum discussion ended with these Audioengine A2+ speakers being the very best set of desktop speakers. My requirements were great sound quality for music at higher volumes (as I constantly have music playing while at my workbench), as well as clear audio across a large frequency range for gaming. This checked both those boxes, a few times.I can't say how much I appreciate the beautiful sound quality produced by these speakers, especially since they sound better than my old Bose speaker system and for $150 less! 5I expected more based on the price and other reviews I bought these speakers after doing way too many online reviews - I decided that the only way to really figure out if they were 'it' would be to buy them and listen to them. Many others commented that the sound is good but these speakers are very directional and attempting to listen to them off axis would yield sub-optimal results, so I also bought the little rubber stands.My impression of these speakers is that they're nice to look at, they're the right size and with their little rubber wedge stands, they're directed right at my face. The high frequencies are slightly muffled when compared to the Creative T20. The midrange sounds full and there's little to no bass response. I get that they're small speakers - but I have smaller speakers with better frequency range (JBL Flip 4, for example). The A2s produce what sounds like a louder version of my laptop speakers or my mobile phone - definitely not what I expected when I paid over $200. I honestly don't understand the hype and glowing reviews on Amazon because these speakers are not all that great.The Creative T20 speakers are 1/3 the price and produce better sound - they're not bass heavy but there's at least a hint of bass. My previous speakers, Audyssey Lower East Side, were great desktop speakers but the left speaker went out after several years and they're NLA - I thought I'd found a suitable replacement in the A2s but that's even close to reality.I'll be returning these speakers and restarting my search for decent desktop speakers. 3Very Decent, but I'm not blown away for price I paid; requires good stands for directional adjustment for up-close use. PROS: Very versatile; high quality construction; multiple quality inputs w/ variable output for sub or additional devices; volume control via builtin preamp or external preamp/computer/source; threaded mount adapter for use with adjustable stands; excellent, for the size and cost, at high volumes.CONS: I was not blown away based on the glowing reviews and listings around the web as a top choice for the money I paid ($250; now $200 as of this writing; it figures); but they still have very positive aspects worth considering; all cables included, however, the satellite speaker wire was way too short for me and I replaced it. No big deal.--If you watch the prices and can get these for under $200, they seem a much better value for the output (to me). That said, I think MOST people will think these are the bee's knees if not compared to anything else above $225. If you are adding them to any laptop or all in one (iMac, etc.), you will be BLOWN AWAY by the vast improvement.Biggest issue: These speakers are VERY dependent on direction if you sit close or intend to use them with a computer. Make sure they are situated so they point DIRECTLY at your ears -- or are at least EQUALLY NOT pointed at your ears, else you will definitely observe imbalance and lack of midrange impact left to right. If you move about your desk/office space frequently, and want these for music, do yourself a favor and place them as far apart as you can manage; when you leave the "sweet spot", the quality drops rapidly.I have six LCD displays on three vertical VESA mounts, and added articulating VESA boom arms and made a simple adapter from painted wood to use the thoughtfully included " tripod/camera mount on the bottom of the speaker to VESA 100 mounting plate. Now I am able to rapidly adjust direction/pitch/angle of each speaker for upright computer tasks, or laid-back Netflix or fill-the-room-with-sound while I work.Most of you will not go through this, but consider an inexpensive pair of adjustable speaker stands or camera tripods/stand (tabletop are very cheap) to both elevate and adjust angle/pitch for your needs. You could also use very inexpensive threaded wall mounts intended for surround satellite speakers. The AudioEngine speaker stand accessory option *might* work for a lot of you, but all it does is adjust the pitch to try to get the sound up to your ears. If you're tall or short, it will miss.They are otherwise quite warm sounding, good midrange and highs with no appreciable distortion at high volume when playing lossless audio. They do start to distort playing heavily or badly compressed audio (MP3, AAC, etc, under 160kb). Excellent for voice, such as podcasts or Skype, FaceTime, etc. These will get VERY LOUD; louder than any neighbors will appreciate. If you are looking for more bass for games or dance/trance/metal, either opt for the 4" version, or add a good subwoofer. If you intend to watch a lot of movies, these are a good addition to a 3.1/5.1/7.1 output, paired with a good center soundbar or speaker. I am using the output to a second preamp to subwoofer and an extra set of 2x2 1" tweeters for a richer "surround" experience for music and movies. If I am doing reference work, I rely only on the A2+, and am reasonably happy. I would probably like the 4" version better, but did not want the larger enclosures or expense.I very much appreciate the multiple (3x) inputs and outputs (1x RCA), the primary reason (after sound quality reviews) for choosing this item. Many people are extremely upset by the volume knob being on the back; however, for my purposes, the input/output volume is always controlled by computer or preamp or AirPortExpress WiFi input, so I set it a notch shy of full and never have to touch it. I wish they had covers for the rear to hide ugly connections for an open-back, front-facing desk installation. Recommend 90 right angle banana plug adapters.Power adapter is an inline brick, which, again, for most people is not a big deal; this keeps the heat of a power transformer outside the speaker enclosure, which is fine by me. The power input plug even has a lock button to prevent accidental disconnection; a very nice touch reflective of the price you are paying. The length from the brick to the enclosure could stand to be 2-3 feet longer, but I'm an outlier with equipment placement.Preamp enclosure gets quite warm to hot on the back plate; should not be an issue for most people, but they will add to the heat of a small room. 4Outstanding PC USB Desktop Speakers Perfection..I give many webinars via zoom to college students across California regularly. They are live, interactive, with variable-quality microphones in the classrooms with 8 -15 students per webinar.The curriculum is packed. Each minute counts. And, I use questions all the time to keep everyone active. One campus was regularly using a speakerphone for their microphone. Often, I couldn't hear them well despite asking for the student to repeat a question or answer. Very frustrating.So, I thought I would read a few reviews on usb speakers for a pc. (My laptop has no audio input/output holes.) My husband said not to both trying to get a high quality speaker via usb. I read about these speakers, thought I would try them.Perfection:1. Unpacked them without asking the audiophile members of my family for help. Easy peasy.2. Scanned the simple instructions. I am not a big reader of instructions, I admit.3. Followed them.4. Used them via zoom with 15 students in 4 locations across the state 2 hours later.5. And, turned the speakers up when the college that uses a speakerphone for a mic used a speakerphone as a mic for 9 students in a little room again6. And, I could not believe I actually heard each student speak to me the first time each student spoke! Crystal clear.Recap: Wish I had gotten these speakers a year ago. They were excellent in fairly poor conditions. And, they are even better in 1:1 zoom coaching sessions. 5Cheap internals, pretty on the outside. These little speakers look and sound great. They are a nice small size that makes them great for computer speakers. But from the beginning I have had scratchy intermittent sound from the left speaker. Tapping it sometimes made it work. After checking connections and cables I decided to open it up and see if I could find a connection to fix.The main board looked cheaply made. It had a dusty, sticky feeling and look. Many of the solder joints were poorly done. Many had a white, crystalline look. I re-soldered every major connection. There were two pins on the main IC amplifier chip that didn't appear to have been soldered.These speakers have only been in a protected, dry, clean climate controlled environment.Now it seems to work, but you shouldn't have resort to this. 3Superb - but on my system disconnects/reconnects every few hours I've a strong interest in high quality speakers, although not much experience. I once spent 10k USD on a stereo system, built around Martin-Logan speakers and Monarchy monoblocks and pre-amp/DAC; and I've owned low-end B&W speakers.I may be wrong, but I think these speakers are musically excellent.I was looking for something small, but good, as I travel a great deal. I have for two or so years been using a tiny little pair of speakers, with one-inch cones; for their size, excellent. However, they were wearing out and anyway, I wanted to improve audio quality.The A2+ are still portable, if you have luggage. They're too big to really carry easily in a bag. They are rather heavy (which again makes them luggage worthy, rather than bag worthy).One minor flaw. The left speaker, which has the power socket, is at low volumes (by this I mean low volumes on the volume dial on the speakers) noticably louder than the right speaker. On my system, I'm using USB, and I need to turn the computer volume down very low (like, 2% or 4%) if the speaker volume is reasonably high.However, see this link;http://blog.szynalski.com/2009/11/17/an-audiophiles-look-at-the-audio-stack-in-windows-vista-and-7/On modern operating systems, audio is scaled to 32 bit floats, so even though I'm using USB and the DAC in the speakers, I'm not suffering from quality loss by reducing the volume at the source.Addendum 28th Sep 2015================I've had these speakers now for a couple of months. Everything I've written above remain true but there is something to add; every now and then, maybe every few hours, the speakers disconnect and then reconnect, i.e. the system loses them and then sees them again. Audio cuts out for a moment, there's a loud "click" (from the amp resetting I guess) and then audio resumes.*HOWEVER*, every now and then, reconnection doesn't occur; and then the easiest way to get audio back is to pop the cable out the back of the speaker and re-insert. This happens maybe two or three times a day.Unfortunately, when I'm using Firefox with Google voice to make a landline call, it doesn't resume audio when I do this and I lose the call.Now, the question is - is this just something nutso about my particular system (a well-looked after Windows 7), my particular laptop, USB hub, etc, etc, or is it something fundamental about the speakers? I don't have this problem with other devices hanging off the USB hub, but that doesn't say much. 4Great speakers, though you may want to add a sub I'm very pleased with these speakers. While I'm not an audiophile, I'm a musician and want to hear good quality sound out of my speakers. I listen mainly to classical as I work at my home office desk. For the past 5 years or so, I've used Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (two desktop speakers about the same size as the A2+, and a subwoofer), which I've been happy with but decided to try an upgrade. I'd had my eye on these Audioengine speakers for a while, as they seem to get very favorable reviews. My conclusion as that those reviews are justified.As somewhat of a side reference, a year or so ago I found a set of Bose Companion 5 speakers at a good price, and gave them a try. Hooked them up, and my first impression was that they sounded good, but empty in the middle. Sure enough, when I A/B'd them against the ProMedia 2.1's, it was no contest... the Klipsch speakers had a full midrange, while the Bose was all highs and lows with a big hole in the middle. They were (to my ears) very nice highs and lows, but I was missing a lot of the musical content. So, despite the very attractive and compact satellite speakers that Bose offered, I sold them.The Audioengine A2+ was, to a lesser extent, the same experience vs. the ProMedia 2.1s, but in reverse... A/Bing the two sets, the Audioengine speakers sounded noticeably fuller, but still very clear and articulate. That said, the Klipsch speakers still sounded great, and I would have been happy keeping them.One caveat, I personally feel that the A2+ speakers need a subwoofer. Again, I listen to classical, not bass-heavy rap, etc., and though I'm not into thundering, booming, room-shaking bass that is pumped up so much that it displaces everything else, I still like a very solid low end (double-basses, tympani, etc.)... I want just a slight hint of "feeling" these low instruments, not just hearing that they are there. The Orb Audio subMINI was what I went with, and I think was a good choice... it's one of the smallest subs sold on Amazon, but for my purposes (just solidifying the low end) it was perfect.I'm using the built-in USB DAC, connected to my cylindrical Mac Pro. Another reviewer mentioned encountering some random clicks during listening, but so far I have not (I first had the speakers connected to the USB port on my 30" Apple Cinema Display, and then later connected it to a basic USB 2.0 hub... both configurations worked fine for me, though I did not try connecting directly to the Mac).For me, one very useful feature is being able to simultaneously use multiple inputs, as the same set of speakers needs to provide audio both from the computer and from the wall-mounted TV. I did experience a noticeable hum when both were connected (as was the case with the ProMedias too, so it's a ground loop problem with my setup, not the speakers). This Ground Loop Noise Isolator on the TV connection inexpensively and easily fixed the problem.Update 2/4/16: I did get a few surprisingly loud pops when I restarted my computer (again, the speakers are connected via USB)... need to remember to shut off the speakers before restarting next time. 5I've Grown Accustomed to These Wonderful Speakers I've had my new A2+ for three days now. I formerly had those weird Harmon Kardon audio sticks or whatever you call them - the sound was okay but certainly not true and I've been doing a lot of listening to music these days and I figured it was high time to get some decent speakers. I read a lot of reviews of a lot of speakers, a lot of best-of lists, and after discounting the Polk speakers that seem to shut down automatically even when you don't want them to, I ended up waffling between these and the A5+, but after reading a post from someone who works at Audioengine, saying for close listening there's really not that much difference in sound between them, and because the 5s are a little too wide for where I have my computer, I settled on the white versions of the 2s.Now, when your ears are used to the overly bright and kind of phony baloney sound of the sound sticks it takes a bit of time to get accustomed to new speakers that are actually good and reproduce sound in a normal way. The first thing I thought was they sounded a bit "dark" - then I read that if they're on a table flat one needed to buy the little tilting stands that aim the tweeter up at the ears. So, I got those. Waiting for them to arrive I auditioned a lot of music to keep the speakers in their breaking in period - all kinds of stuff - much classical, some jazz, some Broadway, some soundtracks and some classic pop (meaning anything prior to 1980) - as my ears got used to the sound I began to really enjoy these new speakers. Then the little stands arrived, I put the speakers on them and voila - all that darkness went away and the sound was really kind of sublime. Warm, full, with nice mids and highs, and, despite some criticisms of the bottom end, I found it really good - tight and warm. So, color me very happy. The price is kind of astonishing when you think about it. A very happy set of ears here and I recommend these highly. I do feel Audioengine should include the stands, though - that would be the icing on the cake. 5
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A lot of sound in such a small profile Wow, I had no idea these would sound so good.I got these for a friend who owns a small bar. I told him he didn't need Bose (like, EVER), and that smaller speakers would be fine to fill the room.When they first arrived, I didn't expect them to be so small. However, once plugged in and once I started playing music through my AK120, it was a HUGE surprise. These have got some juice!The mids are what shine with these speakers, but even the higher register has a nice, rounded texture to my ears. The bass is not overwhelming, nor is it anemic. I was shocked to hear speakers this size push out so much air - and so well refined as well.Another added bonus was the packaging. Each speaker was encased in a nice fabric cloth, and it included 16-gauge wire. That kind of surprised me. I purchased many computer speakers, and they almost always have 18 - 20 guage wire. The extra little bit of attention to detail, and the minimal cost difference for going with a higher gauge kind of shows Audioengine's desire to provide the feeling of quality presentation. I appreciated that.I was so impressed, that I have been considering purchasing the bigger model just to hear the difference. 5Decent speakers for their size, but be sure to manage your expectations A2+ are decent speakers, especially for their size. However, make sure you set your expectations as to what they are and are not. These speakers look really cool, especially in red. The sound quality is great for the highs and mids. Crisp and clear with good separation of instruments. Certain kinds of music, like acoustic guitar sounds fantastic. The lows however are definitely lacking, even after breaking these speakers in. They have this mid bass thing that works okay, but if you listen to music with heavy use of bass, you will be wanting more. I though about getting a sub, but that would defeat the purpose of having small speakers because I'm limited on space.Ultimately, I decided to return the A2+ and picked up a pair of Vanatoo T0. They are about the same size if you are using the A2+ with a stand, but sound much better with plenty of bass, as well as blue tooth, optical in and a remote. I'm much happier with them. 3Got these to replace a dead Bose Companion 5 speaker system - can't believe the amazing quality, better than Bose and cheaper! Wat -_-My few years old Bose Companion 5 system recently passed on to the land of dead electric pixies, so I was faced with finding a replacement.Every review I read, every comparison article, and every forum discussion ended with these Audioengine A2+ speakers being the very best set of desktop speakers. My requirements were great sound quality for music at higher volumes (as I constantly have music playing while at my workbench), as well as clear audio across a large frequency range for gaming. This checked both those boxes, a few times.I can't say how much I appreciate the beautiful sound quality produced by these speakers, especially since they sound better than my old Bose speaker system and for $150 less! 5I expected more based on the price and other reviews I bought these speakers after doing way too many online reviews - I decided that the only way to really figure out if they were 'it' would be to buy them and listen to them. Many others commented that the sound is good but these speakers are very directional and attempting to listen to them off axis would yield sub-optimal results, so I also bought the little rubber stands.My impression of these speakers is that they're nice to look at, they're the right size and with their little rubber wedge stands, they're directed right at my face. The high frequencies are slightly muffled when compared to the Creative T20. The midrange sounds full and there's little to no bass response. I get that they're small speakers - but I have smaller speakers with better frequency range (JBL Flip 4, for example). The A2s produce what sounds like a louder version of my laptop speakers or my mobile phone - definitely not what I expected when I paid over $200. I honestly don't understand the hype and glowing reviews on Amazon because these speakers are not all that great.The Creative T20 speakers are 1/3 the price and produce better sound - they're not bass heavy but there's at least a hint of bass. My previous speakers, Audyssey Lower East Side, were great desktop speakers but the left speaker went out after several years and they're NLA - I thought I'd found a suitable replacement in the A2s but that's even close to reality.I'll be returning these speakers and restarting my search for decent desktop speakers. 3Very Decent, but I'm not blown away for price I paid; requires good stands for directional adjustment for up-close use. PROS: Very versatile; high quality construction; multiple quality inputs w/ variable output for sub or additional devices; volume control via builtin preamp or external preamp/computer/source; threaded mount adapter for use with adjustable stands; excellent, for the size and cost, at high volumes.CONS: I was not blown away based on the glowing reviews and listings around the web as a top choice for the money I paid ($250; now $200 as of this writing; it figures); but they still have very positive aspects worth considering; all cables included, however, the satellite speaker wire was way too short for me and I replaced it. No big deal.--If you watch the prices and can get these for under $200, they seem a much better value for the output (to me). That said, I think MOST people will think these are the bee's knees if not compared to anything else above $225. If you are adding them to any laptop or all in one (iMac, etc.), you will be BLOWN AWAY by the vast improvement.Biggest issue: These speakers are VERY dependent on direction if you sit close or intend to use them with a computer. Make sure they are situated so they point DIRECTLY at your ears -- or are at least EQUALLY NOT pointed at your ears, else you will definitely observe imbalance and lack of midrange impact left to right. If you move about your desk/office space frequently, and want these for music, do yourself a favor and place them as far apart as you can manage; when you leave the "sweet spot", the quality drops rapidly.I have six LCD displays on three vertical VESA mounts, and added articulating VESA boom arms and made a simple adapter from painted wood to use the thoughtfully included " tripod/camera mount on the bottom of the speaker to VESA 100 mounting plate. Now I am able to rapidly adjust direction/pitch/angle of each speaker for upright computer tasks, or laid-back Netflix or fill-the-room-with-sound while I work.Most of you will not go through this, but consider an inexpensive pair of adjustable speaker stands or camera tripods/stand (tabletop are very cheap) to both elevate and adjust angle/pitch for your needs. You could also use very inexpensive threaded wall mounts intended for surround satellite speakers. The AudioEngine speaker stand accessory option *might* work for a lot of you, but all it does is adjust the pitch to try to get the sound up to your ears. If you're tall or short, it will miss.They are otherwise quite warm sounding, good midrange and highs with no appreciable distortion at high volume when playing lossless audio. They do start to distort playing heavily or badly compressed audio (MP3, AAC, etc, under 160kb). Excellent for voice, such as podcasts or Skype, FaceTime, etc. These will get VERY LOUD; louder than any neighbors will appreciate. If you are looking for more bass for games or dance/trance/metal, either opt for the 4" version, or add a good subwoofer. If you intend to watch a lot of movies, these are a good addition to a 3.1/5.1/7.1 output, paired with a good center soundbar or speaker. I am using the output to a second preamp to subwoofer and an extra set of 2x2 1" tweeters for a richer "surround" experience for music and movies. If I am doing reference work, I rely only on the A2+, and am reasonably happy. I would probably like the 4" version better, but did not want the larger enclosures or expense.I very much appreciate the multiple (3x) inputs and outputs (1x RCA), the primary reason (after sound quality reviews) for choosing this item. Many people are extremely upset by the volume knob being on the back; however, for my purposes, the input/output volume is always controlled by computer or preamp or AirPortExpress WiFi input, so I set it a notch shy of full and never have to touch it. I wish they had covers for the rear to hide ugly connections for an open-back, front-facing desk installation. Recommend 90 right angle banana plug adapters.Power adapter is an inline brick, which, again, for most people is not a big deal; this keeps the heat of a power transformer outside the speaker enclosure, which is fine by me. The power input plug even has a lock button to prevent accidental disconnection; a very nice touch reflective of the price you are paying. The length from the brick to the enclosure could stand to be 2-3 feet longer, but I'm an outlier with equipment placement.Preamp enclosure gets quite warm to hot on the back plate; should not be an issue for most people, but they will add to the heat of a small room. 4Outstanding PC USB Desktop Speakers Perfection..I give many webinars via zoom to college students across California regularly. They are live, interactive, with variable-quality microphones in the classrooms with 8 -15 students per webinar.The curriculum is packed. Each minute counts. And, I use questions all the time to keep everyone active. One campus was regularly using a speakerphone for their microphone. Often, I couldn't hear them well despite asking for the student to repeat a question or answer. Very frustrating.So, I thought I would read a few reviews on usb speakers for a pc. (My laptop has no audio input/output holes.) My husband said not to both trying to get a high quality speaker via usb. I read about these speakers, thought I would try them.Perfection:1. Unpacked them without asking the audiophile members of my family for help. Easy peasy.2. Scanned the simple instructions. I am not a big reader of instructions, I admit.3. Followed them.4. Used them via zoom with 15 students in 4 locations across the state 2 hours later.5. And, turned the speakers up when the college that uses a speakerphone for a mic used a speakerphone as a mic for 9 students in a little room again6. And, I could not believe I actually heard each student speak to me the first time each student spoke! Crystal clear.Recap: Wish I had gotten these speakers a year ago. They were excellent in fairly poor conditions. And, they are even better in 1:1 zoom coaching sessions. 5Cheap internals, pretty on the outside. These little speakers look and sound great. They are a nice small size that makes them great for computer speakers. But from the beginning I have had scratchy intermittent sound from the left speaker. Tapping it sometimes made it work. After checking connections and cables I decided to open it up and see if I could find a connection to fix.The main board looked cheaply made. It had a dusty, sticky feeling and look. Many of the solder joints were poorly done. Many had a white, crystalline look. I re-soldered every major connection. There were two pins on the main IC amplifier chip that didn't appear to have been soldered.These speakers have only been in a protected, dry, clean climate controlled environment.Now it seems to work, but you shouldn't have resort to this. 3Superb - but on my system disconnects/reconnects every few hours I've a strong interest in high quality speakers, although not much experience. I once spent 10k USD on a stereo system, built around Martin-Logan speakers and Monarchy monoblocks and pre-amp/DAC; and I've owned low-end B&W speakers.I may be wrong, but I think these speakers are musically excellent.I was looking for something small, but good, as I travel a great deal. I have for two or so years been using a tiny little pair of speakers, with one-inch cones; for their size, excellent. However, they were wearing out and anyway, I wanted to improve audio quality.The A2+ are still portable, if you have luggage. They're too big to really carry easily in a bag. They are rather heavy (which again makes them luggage worthy, rather than bag worthy).One minor flaw. The left speaker, which has the power socket, is at low volumes (by this I mean low volumes on the volume dial on the speakers) noticably louder than the right speaker. On my system, I'm using USB, and I need to turn the computer volume down very low (like, 2% or 4%) if the speaker volume is reasonably high.However, see this link;http://blog.szynalski.com/2009/11/17/an-audiophiles-look-at-the-audio-stack-in-windows-vista-and-7/On modern operating systems, audio is scaled to 32 bit floats, so even though I'm using USB and the DAC in the speakers, I'm not suffering from quality loss by reducing the volume at the source.Addendum 28th Sep 2015================I've had these speakers now for a couple of months. Everything I've written above remain true but there is something to add; every now and then, maybe every few hours, the speakers disconnect and then reconnect, i.e. the system loses them and then sees them again. Audio cuts out for a moment, there's a loud "click" (from the amp resetting I guess) and then audio resumes.*HOWEVER*, every now and then, reconnection doesn't occur; and then the easiest way to get audio back is to pop the cable out the back of the speaker and re-insert. This happens maybe two or three times a day.Unfortunately, when I'm using Firefox with Google voice to make a landline call, it doesn't resume audio when I do this and I lose the call.Now, the question is - is this just something nutso about my particular system (a well-looked after Windows 7), my particular laptop, USB hub, etc, etc, or is it something fundamental about the speakers? I don't have this problem with other devices hanging off the USB hub, but that doesn't say much. 4Great speakers, though you may want to add a sub I'm very pleased with these speakers. While I'm not an audiophile, I'm a musician and want to hear good quality sound out of my speakers. I listen mainly to classical as I work at my home office desk. For the past 5 years or so, I've used Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (two desktop speakers about the same size as the A2+, and a subwoofer), which I've been happy with but decided to try an upgrade. I'd had my eye on these Audioengine speakers for a while, as they seem to get very favorable reviews. My conclusion as that those reviews are justified.As somewhat of a side reference, a year or so ago I found a set of Bose Companion 5 speakers at a good price, and gave them a try. Hooked them up, and my first impression was that they sounded good, but empty in the middle. Sure enough, when I A/B'd them against the ProMedia 2.1's, it was no contest... the Klipsch speakers had a full midrange, while the Bose was all highs and lows with a big hole in the middle. They were (to my ears) very nice highs and lows, but I was missing a lot of the musical content. So, despite the very attractive and compact satellite speakers that Bose offered, I sold them.The Audioengine A2+ was, to a lesser extent, the same experience vs. the ProMedia 2.1s, but in reverse... A/Bing the two sets, the Audioengine speakers sounded noticeably fuller, but still very clear and articulate. That said, the Klipsch speakers still sounded great, and I would have been happy keeping them.One caveat, I personally feel that the A2+ speakers need a subwoofer. Again, I listen to classical, not bass-heavy rap, etc., and though I'm not into thundering, booming, room-shaking bass that is pumped up so much that it displaces everything else, I still like a very solid low end (double-basses, tympani, etc.)... I want just a slight hint of "feeling" these low instruments, not just hearing that they are there. The Orb Audio subMINI was what I went with, and I think was a good choice... it's one of the smallest subs sold on Amazon, but for my purposes (just solidifying the low end) it was perfect.I'm using the built-in USB DAC, connected to my cylindrical Mac Pro. Another reviewer mentioned encountering some random clicks during listening, but so far I have not (I first had the speakers connected to the USB port on my 30" Apple Cinema Display, and then later connected it to a basic USB 2.0 hub... both configurations worked fine for me, though I did not try connecting directly to the Mac).For me, one very useful feature is being able to simultaneously use multiple inputs, as the same set of speakers needs to provide audio both from the computer and from the wall-mounted TV. I did experience a noticeable hum when both were connected (as was the case with the ProMedias too, so it's a ground loop problem with my setup, not the speakers). This Ground Loop Noise Isolator on the TV connection inexpensively and easily fixed the problem.Update 2/4/16: I did get a few surprisingly loud pops when I restarted my computer (again, the speakers are connected via USB)... need to remember to shut off the speakers before restarting next time. 5I've Grown Accustomed to These Wonderful Speakers I've had my new A2+ for three days now. I formerly had those weird Harmon Kardon audio sticks or whatever you call them - the sound was okay but certainly not true and I've been doing a lot of listening to music these days and I figured it was high time to get some decent speakers. I read a lot of reviews of a lot of speakers, a lot of best-of lists, and after discounting the Polk speakers that seem to shut down automatically even when you don't want them to, I ended up waffling between these and the A5+, but after reading a post from someone who works at Audioengine, saying for close listening there's really not that much difference in sound between them, and because the 5s are a little too wide for where I have my computer, I settled on the white versions of the 2s.Now, when your ears are used to the overly bright and kind of phony baloney sound of the sound sticks it takes a bit of time to get accustomed to new speakers that are actually good and reproduce sound in a normal way. The first thing I thought was they sounded a bit "dark" - then I read that if they're on a table flat one needed to buy the little tilting stands that aim the tweeter up at the ears. So, I got those. Waiting for them to arrive I auditioned a lot of music to keep the speakers in their breaking in period - all kinds of stuff - much classical, some jazz, some Broadway, some soundtracks and some classic pop (meaning anything prior to 1980) - as my ears got used to the sound I began to really enjoy these new speakers. Then the little stands arrived, I put the speakers on them and voila - all that darkness went away and the sound was really kind of sublime. Warm, full, with nice mids and highs, and, despite some criticisms of the bottom end, I found it really good - tight and warm. So, color me very happy. The price is kind of astonishing when you think about it. A very happy set of ears here and I recommend these highly. I do feel Audioengine should include the stands, though - that would be the icing on the cake. 5
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