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Audioengine A2 vs A5 Speaker Review

What is better premium PC speaker, the Audioengine A2 vs A5? Well, today we’re here to answer that question!

Audioengine is a premium audio company based out of Austin, Texas. They have been around since 2005 and have created a brand that has a special place in the audio enthusiast category. Their main goal is to create speakers that not only sound good, but are beautiful to look at.

So, we’ll be looking at the differences between the Audioengine A2+ vs A5+ speakers. And, also we’ll compare their features, performance, and other important details.

Audioengine A2+ Plus Review

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Features

Starting off with the features of the Audioengine A2+ Speakers. Firstly, these are premium Bluetooth speakers with an integrated DAC (we also just released out Best DAC AMP Combos picks!). But, the integrated digital-analog-converted allows for seamless smooth audio to come through the speakers.

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Additionally, they can provide a full stereo sound experience. It is fairly simple to hook up to the A2’s via Bluetooth or any of the included connections (USB, analog audio, auxillary). There is a built-in audio amplifier along with aptX codec to help deliver powerful sounding audio without the need for additional hardware.

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Audioengine uses custom hand-finished wood casings, aramid fiber woofers and silk tweeters. The A2’s should easily sync up with a Mac or PC with no issues. Because there is no software to install, you should have an easy plug-and-play experience.

In the box you get 2m speaker wire, power supply, USB cable, 1.5m mini-jack audio cable, microfiber speaker and cable bags, setup guide, and the A2+ speakers themselves.

Finally, Audioengine offers a 3-year transferable warranty with US based customer support.

Performance

As far as performance goes, we’ll go into detail a bit later. However, the A2’s have a max power output of 60W (30W per channel). They use 2.75-inch drivers and 0.75-inch tweeters. Additionally, they can support up to an input bit depth of 24-bits or 16-bit up to 48kHz. Also, Bluetooth 5.0 is supported.

Audioengine A5+ Plus Review

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Features

Firstly for the features of the Audioengine A5+ Speakers is their built-in amplifiers and remote control. They come included with powerful amplifiers to enhance any audio passed through. Additionally, Audioengine bumps up the thermal management to improve heat extration.

There is similar connections to the A2’s with an RCA, auxillary jack, and USB port available. In addition, you get a front USB passthrough charge port to charge any device you’re using to play on the speakers. The A5’s also use a variable preamp for audio output if you so desire.

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Included in the box is the A5+ speakers, remote control, speaker wire, power supply, auxiliary cable, RCA cable, microfiber speaker and cable bags, and setup guide.

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Along with all of the improved performance aspects, you still get a very premium speaker. The quality of construction is at the same level, if not better than the A2’s. And, will continue to impress you throughout your use of the product.

Audioengine uses high-quality Kevlar for their woofer materials, and a very premium feeling outer material for speaker cages. Additionally, all of the buttons, knobs and switches feel expensive.

Finally, Audioengine still offers their great 3-year warranty and customer support based out of Austin, Texas.

Performance

As far as performance is concerned, the A5’s are a bit more powerful than the A2’s. First off, they have up to a 75W delivery per channel for a max output of 150W. Additionally, Audioengine uses 5-inch woofers with 0.75-inch silk dome tweeters. They support a frequency response of 50Hz-22kHz with a 10K ohms impedance.

Audioengine A2 vs A5: What’s the Difference?

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What is the difference between the Audioengine A2+ vs A5+ speakers? Basic differences include the A5’s having more power output (90W more), an even higher quality build (although the A2’s are extremely solid feeling), and finally an included remote control (if you’re into that type of thing).

Both the A2 and A5 speakers come in Bluetooth or wired variants. They both provide exceptional audio quality (with the A5’s being naturally more powerful). And, they both have an extremely solid build quality.

Finally, one of the biggest differences between the two is the price tag. When comparing both Bluetooth versions, the A5’s are around $100-150 more than the A2’s. In our opinion, for the extra power, the A5’s are 100% worth the price difference. If you’re trying to fill out a room with sound, then they will definitely get the job done.

However, if you aren’t monitoring audio, then you might be better off with something like a soundbar.

Sound Quality

As far as sound quality goes, the A2 vs A5’s are very similar. However, the A5’s have a significantly louder, wider and larger sound. They are quite awesome to listen to. The bass can be lacking if you are a bass head, but Audioengine sells a separate subwoofer to go along with the pair.

When it comes to highs, they are extremely crisp. And, mids aren’t overdone, but are easy to distinguish. The sound signature is extremely balanced. While you can tune them to your liking, the out of box sound is that of a typical “monitor” setup.

The one downside to the A5’s is their size. To maximize performance, you’ll need a large spread out space. But, if you have the room, then we’d definitely go with them!

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