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post #91 of 98
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Agree.  I have searched far and wide for a solution that costs less than the speakers themselves to no avail.  The A2 speakers never sounded so good as when I placed them directly on my friend's granite counter top all the way to the front edge.  I fantasize about a pair of made-to-measure granite blocks to acoustically isolate the speakers completely from my desk, but that would cost hundreds.  For now, thick, heavy books paired with the A2 rubber stands do pretty well. 


just go to a tile  countertop maker/installer place they should have loads of offcuts. even old sample slabs for showing people.

 

By the way i see the NEW A2+ has a few upgrades over the regular A2

built -in 16 bit DAC

RCA output

bigger binding posts

revised power supply

mini-xlr power connector

improved bass response

 

Do I need another set? Could give these as a gift maybe. hmmm.


Edited by nick n - 11/17/13 at 5:20pm
post #92 of 98

Thanks for all the great reviews and info on the A2s. I finally gave in and pulled the trigger on a set today.

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Edited by csnr - 9/4/14 at 9:16am
post #94 of 98

If you are of average height or taller, buy the official stands, but also buy two foam yoga blocks for about $5 each.  Sit the official stands on the large faces of the blocks and you will keep the "boom" out of the desktop and get the stereo image up to a more pleasing height.  Midrange will be cleared up even more and bass will be better defined.  In my experience, the official stands do not do enough for acoustical isolation unless the desktop is a very solid one.  Professional studio monitors are usually sat on angled foam stands from Sonex for about $40 or more a pair.  Yoga blocks give the same or better acoustical isolation for much less money if you are angling the speakers up rather than down.  (Monitors often sit on a hutch and are angled down.)  

 

Also, the better the signal you feed the Audioengines, the better they sound.  Many like the Audioengine D1 DAC, which I use for headphones when I travel, but they tend to overdo the bass in the A2, although less so since I put the yoga blocks in place. Try the Audioengine D3 or the Dragonfly; or the iFi DSD Nano is you want a physical volume knob.  I've gone even higher end than these, and it makes a nice difference.

 

Finally, get a good RCA interconnect, like the Audioquest Evergreen at minimum.    

 

Enjoy!      

post #95 of 98
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Originally Posted by BradleyP View Post
 

If you are of average height or taller, buy the official stands, but also buy two foam yoga blocks for about $5 each.  Sit the official stands on the large faces of the blocks and you will keep the "boom" out of the desktop and get the stereo image up to a more pleasing height.  Midrange will be cleared up even more and bass will be better defined.  In my experience, the official stands do not do enough for acoustical isolation unless the desktop is a very solid one.  Professional studio monitors are usually sat on angled foam stands from Sonex for about $40 or more a pair.  Yoga blocks give the same or better acoustical isolation for much less money if you are angling the speakers up rather than down.  (Monitors often sit on a hutch and are angled down.)  

 

Also, the better the signal you feed the Audioengines, the better they sound.  Many like the Audioengine D1 DAC, which I use for headphones when I travel, but they tend to overdo the bass in the A2, although less so since I put the yoga blocks in place. Try the Audioengine D3 or the Dragonfly; or the iFi DSD Nano is you want a physical volume knob.  I've gone even higher end than these, and it makes a nice difference.

 

Finally, get a good RCA interconnect, like the Audioquest Evergreen at minimum.    

 

Enjoy!      

This is really good advice.  Audioengines really need to be kept off the desk, which is a shame considering how they are advertised and photographed.  IMO, they are not at their best unless they are a good 12 inches above a desk surface, or ideally, on stands away from a desk, with no monitor in the middle.  

post #96 of 98

Here's a further tweak that makes a difference with the Audioengine stands and foam yoga blocks: lay a pencil down under each of the front and back edge of the Audioengine stands between the stands and the foam blocks.  This step finally achieved total mechanical isolation between the A2 and the desktop.  It wasn't subtle.  I'm sure other prettier solutions are available.

 

Since my last post, I moved the A2s to my TV where they are doing a great job.  On my desktop now sit a pair of JBL LSR305 studio monitors. They are a nice step up from the A2s--mostly in the bass--for the same money.  (On sale for $240/pr)  IF and ONLY IF you have the real estate on your desktop and can put them four feet apart and can sit them each on a pair of foam yoga blocks, these are the way to go.  If you don't have the room, stick with the A2 and be happy.  The JBLs also sound great on traditional speaker stands in a regular hifi setup.  Neutral, big, musical sound for peanuts.  It just don't get no better for the money.

post #97 of 98

Will using the official Audioengine stands achieve the same isolating effect?

post #98 of 98

In my experience on my somewhat flimsy desk, no.  They were essential for image height, but they still needed the yoga blocks for further isolation and proper image height.  On sturdier surfaces like a granite countertop, the Audioengine stands were enough, or even no stands at all.  Start with the Audioengine stands and if your whole desktop booms or if the image is lower than you want, apply the $10 fix.  Good luck!

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