Originally Posted by kriswalden
Hope I'm not resurrecting a dead thread (I've only posted here once, a while back), but i couldn't figure out how to start a new post. This may jump back and forth a bit, but I'll try and keep my thoughts/questions in order.
I recently have been learning I can't wear headphones. I noticed it a while back on my Astro a50s (no longer owned, btw) that they would put pressure on my jaw just below my ears, and it would ache (not hugely, but enough to cause my shoulders/neck to tense) for a day or so. I recently have been using HD 558s and after nearly a month, same issue! Anyway, long story short, I pretty much used them for gaming, music, and youtube, though mostly gaming. I enjoy positional audio and would like to avoid sacrificing some of that, but it's not the most important thing for me, gaming-wise. I was considering the Promedia Klipsch speakers when I started reading people suggesting the Audioengine A2 instead (plus the Klipsch at my local best buy aren't working, so there's no way to test the audio in person). Are the A2s good for gaming? Hearing the game's nuances is important, but I also don't mind a nice thump of bass for immersion.
I'm still learning my preferences, but I would assume a nice balance is ideal for both gaming and music (I like to be able to hear the other instruments in music, and the only music I pretty much can't stand is heavy rock/rap/country. I mostly listen to my local Christian stations, some soundtracks from Last of Us/Tomb Raider, and Youtube artists like Alex G/Peter Hollens).
Before I really started on my path to better audio (hopefully), I was using Altec Lansing 621 speakers, and I loved them immensely. Sadly, they started having issues (hand me downs) and I passed them on to a cousin who needed something for his rig. I was then steared towards gaming headsets because of friends and got suckered into the marketing hype for a while (thus the a50 purchase a while back, which has since been rectified).
All of that to say this: Are the A2 speakers worth it for gaming (PC and PS4) and music? I prefer a clean and minimal-looking setup, and I plan on getting a decent desktop mic and using push to talk (NT-USB or AT2020 USB, or maybe an ATR 2100 to reduce background noise if recommended).
I just need help getting my audio life straightened out and don't want to waste a bunch of space/money!
P.S. I'd like these to be good enough for music for when I'm doing my photo/video editing.
The best advice I can give you is buy from a place with a good return policy. The A2+ is a very polarizing speaker. You either love it or you hate. Without trying it it is hard to know on which side you will fall. So on returning it just in case you do not fall in the love camp. That said, as an owner of the A2+, there are few things to keep in mind before you even bother trying the A2+. First, realize you can buy better speakers for less money. There are two trade offs here. One is you are paying a premium for size. The A2+ is a very small speaker and you are paying for that convenience. Are you sure you need it? Two is that you are sacrificing sound quality for size, are you sure it is worth it? Assuming you said yes to both of those questions then proceed with trying the A2+. If you said no or are unsure then have a look at your other options before buying the A2+. These are the speakers I would suggest researching:
For a 2.0 setup: M-Audio AV40
For a 2.1 setup: Klipsch Promedia
For the smallest space: Audioengine A2+
For the best bass: JBL LSR305
For the best treble: Airmotiv 4S
For the most convenience: Polk Hampden
The best: Adam Audio F5
The bang for your buck: Airmotiv 5S
The best looking: Audioengine A5+
The odd ball: Vanatoo Transparent One
Lastly, if none of those interest you, Klipsch has some new powered speakers in the works that might be worth waiting for. The R-15PM looks like a swiss army knife when it comes to inputs. And it should be getting a slightly larger and better looking brother soon. And Audioengine is giving their new HD6 a little brother, the HD3. It should be roughly the size of the A2+ but look like the HD6 while adding bluetooth. Only time will tell what internal upgrades it may include too. Either way, if the A2+ is what you decide on you might want to wait for the HD3 if only because it will probably drive the price of the A2+ down.