Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Speakers and D1 DAC Review
A Closer Look at the Audioengine 5+ (A5+)
Out of the shipping box, we get the box for the Audioengine 5+. Overall, the box here looks quite good with the black and yellow color scheme along with all the features and product images plastered all over.
Inside the packaging, Audioengine included quite a bit of accessories as well. Along with the documentation and the product catalog, we get a 12.3ft speaker wire (16AWG), a 6.5 feet speaker RCA to RCA cable, a 6.5 feet 2.5mm to 2.5mm cable, …
a detachable power cord, a remote control (battery included), …
cloth covers for each of the Audioengine A5+ speakers, and a small cloth bag for all the cables. Yeah, they really went all out here.
Taking a first look at the speakers themselves, it’s quite apparent that the left speaker here is the “control” speaker while the right speaker is the “satellite” speaker. While the right speaker is void of any controls or indicators, the left speaker contains a volume knob (doubles as a sleep button), a LED indicator (far left white plastic cover), and a IR receiver for the remote control.
Each speaker is enclosed in 25mm thick MDF cabinets finished in a matte type finish. Unfortunately they will catch the oil on your hands if you touch them with really oily hands and they are difficult to clean off, so be careful!
Each speaker contains one 20mm silk dome tweeter and a 5″ Kevlar woofer.
Audioengine uses audiophile-quality, ferro fluid cooled silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets. Silk tweeters hold up well under high power and the edge-driven design gives very smooth response. The woofers are Kevlar woven glass aramid composite with rubber surrounds. Kevlar is obviously very strong, which means that the woofer retains its shape when being driven at high levels. The speaker materials and construction are robust enough to stand up to some serious thrashing, so speaker grills aren’t needed and they will sound and look great after many years of use.
The drivers in the units are shielded as well, so speakers may be used next to monitors or other electronic equipment without catching unwanted interference or noise.
Both drivers are directly video shielded and allow the user to place the speakers within a few inches of a video monitor. This shielding also offers protection for hard-drive digital music players.
Here’s a look at the rear of the two speakers. It’s a lot more apparent by looking at the back that the left speaker is the “control” speaker. The first thing you’ll notice about the left speaker is that Audioengine has included a giant heatsink to passively cool the amplifier embedded in the left speaker. On the right of the heatsink, we get all the connectivity which includes a 3.5mm in, a USB power output (for charging USB devices only!), RCA in, RCA out, speaker output, power switch, and voltage selection switch.
The right speaker is simply a passive speaker and only includes a speaker input. At the top of both speakers, you’ll also notice a large slit, which is used as a port to enhance bass response.
The bottom of each speaker is felt lined to help isolate the speaker and prevent vibrations. In the center of the bottom of each speaker is also a 1/4″ threaded insert for securing the speakers. Be aware, the threading here is only meant to complement other methods of mounting the speakers. The speakers are not designed to be mounted using the 1/4″ insert alone.