Pros: Audio Quality, Small Size, Build Quality, Packaging
Cons: Bass a little heavy
* September 2012 *
These just arrived yesterday, and ever since ... I haven't had them turned off. Previously I owned a Logitech 2:1 set up that packed some powerful bass, but after 6 years it was time for something new. I did lots of research on small 2 speaker setups that had amazing audio quality and some powerful bass without the need of a sub and it was Lunatique's review of them that persuaded me to purchase the A2s. I also didn't have much room, so they had to be small.
From the second I lifted up their postage box I knew I would be in love with their build quality. The box they came in must have weighed a good 15 pounds. I ran home from the mailbox and unboxed them. When I got the box opened all the cables were wrapped in their own velvet pouches (a really neat feature). The A2s were also in their own velvet bags; obviously for travel, but I do not plan on moving them much, if at all. Each speaker came in at just under 4 pounds. They stand about 6 inches tall and have a width of about 4 inches. They are about 5 inches long. So, these speakers are SMALL. But their build quality far surpasses any desktop speakers I have owned, extremely satisfied.
I was a little worried about the silk tweeters and Kevlar woofers, both being exposed without any type of covering. But they seem to be well designed and shouldn't be a problem ... unless you have kids in your house. I remember when I was younger I liked to stick my finger in the holes on the speakers :O
When I first saw pictures of the A2s I thought the slot at the bottom of them (on the front) was some how a lock mechanism for the stands that fit into them, but they are actually the air release for the woofers (I thought perhaps these would be on the back or the bottom). Now these woofers really pack a punch, check the youtube video below uploaded by DoctorMacenstein:
Of course, being one of the top 5 desktop speaker systems (in the head-fi rankings), the A2's tweeters sound amazing. The highs sound great through them and AudioEngine claims that this is because of their use of silk. Either way, these speakers sound 'otherworldly'. At least, in comparison to what I am used to sitting on my desk. Oh and by the way, I was a little confused about this so maybe others are as well ... the stands that you can get for these do NOT come with them. I figured they did not, however, every picture I saw of the A2s always seemed to have the stands on them. So I was kind of confused whether or not they came with them or not. But, they do not and are a separate buy. Which isn't a big deal. But, I feel as if these speakers need the stands. When angling the A2s up, the sound changes dramatically ... for the better.
Now, it is not all good. I was so excited to get these hooked up that I decided to test them out right on the kitchen dinner table with my iPod. While listening to Led Zeppelin I was taken-back by the audio quality, however during some early Linkin Park and to a greater degree some electronic music such as Basshunter, I noticed the bass seemed to be a little heavy ... in some cases it almost suffocated the mids. I realize Lunatique pointed this out in his review, but I thought I could cope with it, seeing as I enjoy a good amount of bass in my music. But, when I got the A2s on my desk and hooked up my Mac and such, the exaggerated bass was kind of annoying me. So I used the EQ built into iTunes to adjust the bass a bit, but I could not get it to where I wanted it (no, I don't normally play with the EQ levels). So again, Lunatique's review came in handy. I EQ'd how he had said and from that point on haven't looked back.
So, just to sum up. As an average consumer, that loves his music, these little guys are incredible. The price was in my range and the size was what I had in mind. Nothing could have made me happier. I hope their sound quality grows with age, because I do not plan on getting rid of these any time soon.
* October 2012 Edit *
The fact that the volume nob is on the back of the left speaker annoys me. I thought it wouldn't at first, but because I use these with my laptop, and I take my laptop with me everywhere, unplugging the A2s without turning them off warrants some ****ty feedback (as most of us have heard). Also, I have decided to not get the stands for my A2s. Even though they sound better when being angled up, I just can't cough up the money for them right now, and I fear that the stands would make these speakers wobbly.