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Audioengine A5: Bamboo or Black?

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
I am torn between either to purchase the Bamboo model at $449 or the Black model at $349. Is there any difference in sound between the two? Are you just paying extra for the Bamboo material? Also, does anybody know if Audioengine has any promotion codes going on? Thanks
post #2 of 36
They are the same speakers.
post #3 of 36
Are you sure they same? I mean isn't there SQ different ??
post #4 of 36

other qualities

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Originally Posted by HeadLover View Post
Are you sure they same? I mean isn't there SQ different ??
Certainly a difference in WAF.
post #5 of 36
Thread Starter 
WAF? I'm just confused, I would think that you might be paying $100 just for the Bamboo material but that wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I mean, I like the look of the Bamboo but if it's the same exact sound quality, why not save $100?
post #6 of 36
Certainly you know about WAF? (Wife Acceptance Factor/Wife Appeal Factor)

I guess some people like to pay a little more for a unique finish on their speakers. After all, they have to look nice when they're not playing anything.
post #7 of 36
Other one just has bamboo vinyl for show, internals should be same.
post #8 of 36
Amm, so won't notice any SQ different ?
Just a different look ?
Are you sure here?
post #9 of 36
Im quite certain. Box itself is made from same material, but you can get it with different paint jobs or vinyl, like piano black, white and bamboo. As is common in speaker world, they do come in different colors and vinyls (like different wood imitations), just pick one that suits your eye or furniture. If it would sound different, it would be (or should be) a different model all together and not Audioengine A5.
post #10 of 36
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Originally Posted by HeadLover View Post
Are you sure they same? I mean isn't there SQ different ??
Right from the AE site...

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Audioengine 5N (A5N) - All of the simple but useful features and same signature sound of the award-winning A5 wrapped in rock solid and beautifully hand-finished bamboo.
However, it is implied that its more than a veneer...
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Made from renewable and sustainable solid bamboo - no veneers
post #11 of 36
Talk about being confused. Perhaps we should contact AE about this?
post #12 of 36
Yep I just wonder if it is worth the 100$ more
post #13 of 36
If it actually is the enclosure material, not simply a veneer, then it would certainly sound different, though not necessarily better.
post #14 of 36
I doubt the difference is very substantial. Its not like this is a guitar.
post #15 of 36
No, in fact, it vibrates far more than a guitar, even if less of the overall tonality is due to vibration.

I think you would be quite surprised at the difference the enclosure material makes. Bamboo is much more porous and much less rigid than MDF, which should result in decreased bass response, assuming the entire cabinet is made of it.
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