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The A2's are great for near field listening (inside 5 feet).  I have the A2's w/ the Audioengine D1 DAC.  What a pairing!  The DAC really smooths out a lot of the bass muddiness.  For the muddiness that's left over, I just use the equalizer in iTunes to reduce it.  I think the reason so many reviews of the A2's are polarized (either love or hate) is because people try and use them for what they are not intended.  All you need to do is look at the speakers and use some common sense.  They won't fill a large room with music.  They won't rattle your windows with bass.  What they do provide is a high-level of musical detail, natural sounding mids, and a good soundstage (albeit, not expansive).  



Even in near field with perfect positioning theres better and cheap options, all of which I listed above.

 

post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by seslwr View Post

The A2's are great for near field listening (inside 5 feet).  I have the A2's w/ the Audioengine D1 DAC.  What a pairing!  The DAC really smooths out a lot of the bass muddiness.  For the muddiness that's left over, I just use the equalizer in iTunes to reduce it.  I think the reason so many reviews of the A2's are polarized (either love or hate) is because people try and use them for what they are not intended.  All you need to do is look at the speakers and use some common sense.  They won't fill a large room with music.  They won't rattle your windows with bass.  What they do provide is a high-level of musical detail, natural sounding mids, and a good soundstage (albeit, not expansive).  


I found out the same thing with the JBL Control One bookshelf speakers. They sounded great at first  but then i got overconfident with them pushing the volume and bass with the expected results of muddy bass and distortion. After a year of having them in storage i pulled them out of the closet to see if i was just using them wrong and sure enough at low volume with flat settings and nearfield positioning  they sound incredible with excellent imaging and crystal clear treble. They are much more detailed at lower volumes even at the extremely close distance of 24 inches from my sitting position.

 


 

 

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