Apparently, moonboy403 isn't hearing anything but midbass from the Audioengine A5s. Aside from possible audiophile hyperbole, his room and his setup may be different from mine. I'm certainly willing to believe that the Adam A7s can be better in various ways. Maybe the Adam A5s are better too. I'd expect flatter and deeper bass response, less distortion in the bass region, better power handling and possibly more clarity from speakers that were much more expensive than Audioengine A5s.
My room is treated with 4 GIK Tri Trap, 2 Monster bass trap, and 2 GIK 244 bass trap in addition to 2 inch panels for first and second reflection points. So I don't think my room is the problem here as I measure my room response with REW when I setup up my speakers and bass traps. As I said, I have here all 4 models (Adam A5, A7, S3A, and Audioengine A5). I'm not bashing on the Audioengine, but the Adams are just in another league IMO (and they should given their relative price points).
Edit: I just remembered that there's one thing that really bugs me on the Audioengine. There's a channel imbalance on the Audioengine when the volume is low (perhaps anything lower than 9 o'clock). That eliminated my chance of low level listening as anything above 9 o'clock is simply too loud for low level listening. Perhaps my CD player's output is too hot. Therefore, I would need to use a preamp if I wanna use my CD player in conjunction with the Audioengines.
Also note that if you buy the Adam A7s, you'll still need a preamp as there is an analog volume control on EACH speaker.
Edited by moonboy403 - 9/27/10 at 1:10am