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Audioengine USA P4 Passive Bookshelf Speakers...for a Home Theater?

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Anybody use these puppies for a 5.1/7.1 Home Theater setup?

700

 

I do plan on either grabbing these (or the A2's) for my desktop computer setup, but I'm curious to know how they would work in a home theater setup...

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Anyone?...

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I'm sure they'd be fantastic...even my little A2s are great for HT as long as you don't push them too hard.

 

I'll also throw out a plug for the AudioEngine D1 DAC/amp...great little piece of gear!!

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I'm sure they'd be fantastic...even my little A2s are great for HT as long as you don't push them too hard.

 

I'll also throw out a plug for the AudioEngine D1 DAC/amp...great little piece of gear!!


Thanks for your input.  As far as desktop speakers go, I originally planned on the A2s after hearing them in person (they were great!).  Yet as of now I grew interest in the P4 paired with either the N22 or MiniWatt N3 Tube Amp. 

 

I do plan on also grabbing the D1 as it looks like a great bang for the buck.biggrin.gif  Anywho, I have read that people use some Audioengine products for their TV, and I wondered how the P4s as a home theater setup would be like since they look to be great bookshelves for both movies and of course music.

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Thanks for your input.  As far as desktop speakers go, I originally planned on the A2s after hearing them in person (they were great!).  Yet as of now I grew interest in the P4 paired with either the N22 or MiniWatt N3 Tube Amp. 

 

I do plan on also grabbing the D1 as it looks like a great bang for the buck.biggrin.gif  Anywho, I have read that people use some Audioengine products for their TV, and I wondered how the P4s as a home theater setup would be like since they look to be great bookshelves for both movies and of course music.

 

especially since you like the A2s, I'd be shocked if you didn't like the larger ones...and I love how Audioengine incorporates a sub output into their speakers. On the A2s, all I have to do is plug in a powered sub to the speakers and I have a full range system. Super convenient. With the P4 you'd just run the sub off the amp, but their powered speakers make it really simple. I've really considered jumping to the A5s since I really like having powered speakers. 

 

The D1 has truly impressed me...I actually want to buy a second one cause the first one I prefer to keep stationary as the main DAC in my headphone rig. It's a USB DAC, but all you need is a USB wall adapter and you can use it anywhere. I run the optical output from my apple express into the DAC, and then from there into my Little Dot and Meier amps (by using a splitter off the d1). I was shocked at how good the little headphone amp is on the thing, too. That's why I want another one...I want to be able to just take the D1 and my Grados from computer to computer or into my tv room and fire it up...for a buck sixty-nine it's a no-brainer...and the DAC chip they use is the same one they use in much higher priced gear (e.g. the Squeezebox Transporter). 


Edited by Focker - 8/4/12 at 11:50pm
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especially since you like the A2s, I'd be shocked if you didn't like the larger ones...and I love how Audioengine incorporates a sub output into their speakers. On the A2s, all I have to do is plug in a powered sub to the speakers and I have a full range system. Super convenient. With the P4 you'd just run the sub off the amp, but their powered speakers make it really simple. I've really considered jumping to the A5s since I really like having powered speakers. 

The D1 has truly impressed me...I actually want to buy a second one cause the first one I prefer to keep stationary as the main DAC in my headphone rig. It's a USB DAC, but all you need is a USB wall adapter and you can use it anywhere. I run the optical output from my apple express into the DAC, and then from there into my Little Dot and Meier amps (by using a splitter off the d1). I was shocked at how good the little headphone amp is on the thing, too. That's why I want another one...I want to be able to just take the D1 and my Grados from computer to computer or into my tv room and fire it up...for a buck sixty-nine it's a no-brainer...and the DAC chip they use is the same one they use in much higher priced gear (e.g. the Squeezebox Transporter). 

Lol, I enjoy passive speakers, but powered seen to be getting there and I think Audioengine and even HiVi Swan can testify to that. I never took the time t hear the A5/+, but I'll check 'em when I can. smily_headphones1.gif I hear the A5 go great as TV speakers, though.

And on the note of the D1, I had no idea that the DAC was better and can compare to higher end models. I was always curious on how the DAC did compare to other DACs. That info/comparison alone makes this little DAC a great bang for the buck.
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Lol, I enjoy passive speakers, but powered seen to be getting there and I think Audioengine and even HiVi Swan can testify to that. I never took the time t hear the A5/+, but I'll check 'em when I can. smily_headphones1.gif I hear the A5 go great as TV speakers, though.
And on the note of the D1, I had no idea that the DAC was better and can compare to higher end models. I was always curious on how the DAC did compare to other DACs. That info/comparison alone makes this little DAC a great bang for the buck.

 

You're right, it really is great bang for the buck...here is a review that carried a lot weight with me since the author posts over at another audio forum that I frequent: http://www.avguide.com/review/audioengine-d1-dacheadphone-amp-playback-54

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Ouch once u go to a serious HT forums Audioengines are never considered for HT @@ Before u make an expensive mistake hit AVS speaker, amps and subwoofer subforums for tips and advice from the pros @@ For starters u want Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD surround go with a HDMI AVR?

http://www.avsforum.com/f/89/speakers

http://www.avsforum.com/f/90/receivers-amps-and-processors

http://www.avsforum.com/f/113/subwoofers-bass-and-transducers


Edited by trog - 8/6/12 at 4:06am
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Ouch once u go to a serious HT forums Audioengines are never considered for HT @@ Before u make an expensive mistake hit AVS speaker, amps and subwoofer subforums for tips and advice from the pros @@ For starters u want Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD surround go with a HDMI AVR?

http://www.avsforum.com/f/89/speakers

http://www.avsforum.com/f/90/receivers-amps-and-processors

http://www.avsforum.com/f/113/subwoofers-bass-and-transducers

 

I couldn't disagree more. I've been a member at AVS for years and they are recommended all the time. The P4s that the OP is considering would be excellent HT speakers...I'd take them over the usual suspects from Best Buy any day. As mentioned above, the A2s need to be driven modestly for HT use since they are designed more for computer applications. But the P4s would work great paired with an AVR. 

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Err no offense if you think at $240++ P4s would be a better buy than say cheaper Energy RC10s and then compare it with best Buy cheapos, rather than argue with you, as said the links provided would be very useful to TS L3000.gif Also i searched the terms "Audioengine HT" on AVS mind you tongue_smile.gif

TS : you'd also want the the same brand/line for your fronts + center channel for timbre matching


Edited by trog - 8/7/12 at 4:10am
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Err no offense if you think at $240++ P4s would be a better buy than say cheaper Energy RC10s and then compare it with best Buy cheapos, rather than argue with you, as said the links provided would be very useful to TS L3000.gif Also i searched the terms "Audioengine HT" on AVS mind you tongue_smile.gif

TS : you'd also want the the same brand/line for your fronts + center channel for timbre matching

 

I haven't heard the RC10s, so can't compare, but I'm sure the OP will be happy to hear your suggestion and I agree that AVS is a great place to go for research. Lots of brands of speakers, including the Best Buy usual suspects that I mentioned and the Audioengines, are recommended at AVS. 

 

But what the OP asked was whether the P4s would be good for HT. If you go to the audioengine website, you'll see that HT is one of the primary applications for which they were designed.  For a speaker that size and in that price range, there's absolutely no reason to believe they would be any less capable than any other speaker for HT. 

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Thanks to both of you guys for helping me out on this.  I will do further research on this.  I appreciate both of your suggestions, and will check out the Energy speakers as well.  :)

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I will say that Energy is a great speaker line. I've always been a huge fan of the Canadian speaker companies....Totem, PSB, Paradigm, Energy, and Axiom. It's really hard to go wrong with any of those. In fact, I think the current Axiom line is supposed to really be something. I have seen some glowing reviews of their stuff in the last few weeks. You may want to check them out, as well. 

 

And remember, with regard to audioengine, they have a 30-day in-home audition period so you can give them a good listen before deciding if you want to keep them. 

 

These are the ones I've heard so much about recently...not sure if they are more than you want to spend, but supposedly they're pretty fantastic little monitors: http://axiomaudio.com/m2.html


Edited by Focker - 8/7/12 at 9:54pm
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Thanks to both of you guys for helping me out on this.  I will do further research on this.  I appreciate both of your suggestions, and will check out the Energy speakers as well.  :)


Yep u are welcomed and cheers L3000.gif

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