Review: Audioengine 2+ (A2+) Powered Desktop Speakers
Best Sub-$250 Speakers
It’s been almost a year since we last reviewed a product from Audioengine and when we found out about their recent release of some brand new speakers, it piqued our interest to say the least. Last year we received the opportunity to review the Audioengine A5+ speakers along with the Audioengine D1 USB DAC, and we were thoroughly impressed. Audio quality on the Audioengine A5+ was better than anything we’ve ever heard for a set of speakers designed for computer use – something we unfortunately don’t see too often.
Today we’re very excited to review the new Audioengine A2+, which is Audioengine’s latest pair of powered desktop speakers. The Audioengine A2+ is actually an update to the older Audioengine A2 that’s been on the market for quite a while. While we didn’t have the chance to review the original Audioengine A2, we’ve been told that the sound characteristics on both the A2 and the A2+ is very similar with the differences being that the A2+ now also includes an integrated DAC, a variable output (for adding a subwoofer or additional speakers), upgraded speaker connections, a 1/4″ threaded insert for wall mounts, an upgraded power supply, and upgraded accessories. Beyond that though, this review should be able to cover both the Audioengine A2 and the A2+ as both speakers utilize the identical custom built boxes featuring Audioengine’s 3/4″ silk dome tweeters and their 2″ Kevlar woofers.
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|Type||2.0 powered (active) multimedia desktop speaker system|
|Power Output||60W peak power total (15W RMS / 30W peak per channel), AES|
|Inputs||3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA, USB|
|Outputs||RCA variable line-out|
|Amplifier Type||Dual Class AB monolithic|
|Frequency response||65Hz-22kHz ±2.0dB|
|DAC||TI/Burr Brown PCM2704C|
|SNR||>95dB (typical A-weighted)|
|Input Bit Depth||up to 16 bits native|
|Input Sample Rate||up to 48KHz native|
|Dimensions||6”(H) x 4”(W) x 5.25”(D)|
|Weight (LEFT speaker)||1.6Kg/3.55lbs|
|Weight (RIGHT speaker)||1.4Kg/3.15lbs|
|Materials and Construction|