Got my Audioengine 2's yesterday, set them up and had a listen. I had read that the mids were crystal clear and the bass was noticeable but not overpowering, just what I like. So I created a playlist of my favourite tracks from mixed genres and fired them up.
First impressions were not what I was expecting at all. While the mids sounded great and clear, the bass was over powering, slightly muddy and took away from the other instruments tremendously. Another thing I noticed was vocals seemed distant and being such a big of fan of female vocalists this was dissapointing. I had to turn them up pretty loud to enjoy the mids and vocals but once I did this the bass just got worse.
I'm running them from my computer soundcard (no idea what it is) but i'm planning on getting a DAC soon. Also, I should note that I have absolutely nothing to compare them too, these are just my initial impressions.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Does a DAC make a big difference?