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post #16 of 98
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Originally Posted by Lenni View Post


really? that's interesting. I had the A5's for about a week (they were a present for a relative), and liked them more than the A2's. to me they're a clear upgrade to the A2's. I'd take the A5's over the A2's any-day.

 



FWIW I did not use stands with the a5 but they sounded to me to have too much (and too flabby) bass at any listening level on my desk.  I think I tried playing with the positioning at one point and still didn't like what I heard so much.  I don't like to EQ so I probably could have gone that route but chose not to.
 

These days I have a pair of vintage NHT Super Zeros with Aurelex mopads, a Dayton dta100a t-amp, and an HSU sub - at around $400 I like it so far.


Edited by Mr.Sneis - 2/17/12 at 2:52pm
post #17 of 98

Mark, great review.  If it had only been about 2-3 weeks earlier.  Bought the A5's (not the +) and returned them.  Now I have the A2's.  Though I do have them paired with the Nuforce W-1 sub/extender.  The A5's may have been better if I was looking room filling sound, but for a near field desktop setup they were just too much in my face.  Really happy with the A2's.

post #18 of 98

Cant wait for the Audioengine A2+ with included remote control hahaha

 

Great review, Im actually thinking about selling my A5 for some A2s due to my living condition in the next year. Also its very nice because they are actual bookshelf style speakers so I dont have to worry about spacing. 

If the bass is actually insufficient which may be possible due to my coming from the A5, I can always get a sub.

 

 

also are you thinking about doing a review on the audioengine p4? which i hear are great but due require that speaker amplifier. 

Thanks for the review

post #19 of 98
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Originally Posted by johnman1116 View Post


also are you thinking about doing a review on the audioengine p4? which i hear are great but due require that speaker amplifier. 

Thanks for the review

 

well should someone like to send me a pair then yes, as it was AMP3 that leant me these they dont sell the p4.  im not sure i know anyone who does of the top of my head either in the UK.

post #20 of 98
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Originally Posted by davidzvi View Post

Mark, great review.  If it had only been about 2-3 weeks earlier.  Bought the A5's (not the +) and returned them.  Now I have the A2's.  Though I do have them paired with the Nuforce W-1 sub/extender.  The A5's may have been better if I was looking room filling sound, but for a near field desktop setup they were just too much in my face.  Really happy with the A2's.

The A2's are very good sounding speakers... I doubt the A5 has the same sound signature as the A2.   I hooked up a full silver Audioquest Angel cable to it from MBP and the sound is even more impressive.

post #21 of 98

I agree they are good sounding speakers.  I upgraded from a Matrix Cube to NFB10 and was impressed how well these small speakers scale up - the A2s have a mid-bass bump and they sound better when paired with a neutral source.

post #22 of 98

I am VERY satisfied with my Audioengine 2 + Presonus Firestudio Mobile + Good cables + Argon SUB840 biggrin.gif But they sound incredible even with the subwoofer turned off.

post #23 of 98
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Originally Posted by simonwellander View Post

I am VERY satisfied with my Audioengine 2 + Presonus Firestudio Mobile + Good cables + Argon SUB840 biggrin.gif But they sound incredible even with the subwoofer turned off.

Sounds like a nice setup you got there. I just looked up Argon SUB840. Looks schweet...... Made from Denmark? :D

 

 

I have $800 to spare for my living room setup.  Gonna get me the following:

 

- Audioengine A2 speakers ($200)

- 10" subwoofer.  I am leaning toward a Hsu Research STF-2 ($319)

- Asus Xonar DX7.1 PCI Express sound card ($87.99)

 

They'll be mated to my Windows HTPC.

 

How much is that... 200+320+88.... $608.  I've got about $150 left for the subwoofer cable...... I can't get better cable as i'm broke man.... had to renew my plates, pay out my state income tax, and gotta get washer and dryer dang it.....   Is that good sound card?  I don't need bunch of features... I just need good sound chip and line out for front channels and sub.

 

post #24 of 98

Will be getting a SVS SB12-NSD subwoofer instead..  twice the price, but this maybe a solid product, something worth every dollar.

 

Once I get it setup with Audioengine A2 speakers I will post my impression.....

 

:cool:
 

post #25 of 98
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Originally Posted by goodolcheez View Post

Sounds like a nice setup you got there. I just looked up Argon SUB840. Looks schweet...... Made from Denmark? :D

 

 

I have $800 to spare for my living room setup.  Gonna get me the following:

 

- Audioengine A2 speakers ($200)

- 10" subwoofer.  I am leaning toward a Hsu Research STF-2 ($319)

- Asus Xonar DX7.1 PCI Express sound card ($87.99)

 

They'll be mated to my Windows HTPC.

 

How much is that... 200+320+88.... $608.  I've got about $150 left for the subwoofer cable...... I can't get better cable as i'm broke man.... had to renew my plates, pay out my state income tax, and gotta get washer and dryer dang it.....   Is that good sound card?  I don't need bunch of features... I just need good sound chip and line out for front channels and sub.

 

 



Yes Argon 840 is pretty good! :)

If you have the money, why dont go for the Audioengine 5+? They have much more power. rolleyes.gif But the A2s is perfectly for desktop, sounds just as sweet if not better for near-field listening!

post #26 of 98
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Originally Posted by simonwellander View Post


Yes Argon 840 is pretty good! :)

If you have the money, why dont go for the Audioengine 5+? They have much more power. rolleyes.gif But the A2s is perfectly for desktop, sounds just as sweet if not better for near-field listening!

 

Yeah but A2 sounds better than the A5, which is why I wanted to go A2 route.  Looking for quality and sound signature over volume...

 

Got myself a SVS SB12-NSD sub.

 

The lows will go as low as 23 hz and as high as 270 hz.  Expensive, but I feel it's a solid purchase.

 

Sound good so far.  Planning to get me another pair of A2's to add, to complete a 5.1 channel system.  For now it's running as 2.1 channel.

post #27 of 98
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Originally Posted by goodolcheez View Post

 

Yeah but A2 sounds better than the A5, which is why I wanted to go A2 route.  Looking for quality and sound signature over volume...

 

Got myself a SVS SB12-NSD sub.

 

The lows will go as low as 23 hz and as high as 270 hz.  Expensive, but I feel it's a solid purchase.

 

Sound good so far.  Planning to get me another pair of A2's to add, to complete a 5.1 channel system.  For now it's running as 2.1 channel.

 

Yeah, the A2s is soo nice.
 

Oh, a 5.1 system with only A2's and a nice subwoofer, ME WANT rolleyes.gif

post #28 of 98

Would any DAC with RCA out's work with the A2's?

post #29 of 98
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Originally Posted by sygyzy View Post

Would any DAC with RCA out's work with the A2's?

 

Sure, why not? The signal is analogue already.

Even if your DAC doesn't have RCA outputs, you could buy a converter (e.g. mini-to-RCA)

post #30 of 98
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Originally Posted by sygyzy View Post

Would any DAC with RCA out's work with the A2's?


Absolutely.  It has RCA input and 3.5mm mini input.

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