The Good The Audioengine 5+ powered speakers deliver phenomenal sound and offer simple, attractive styling. They feature two audio inputs and an integrated USB port for charging source devices (phones, iPods). The two speakers can be placed as far apart as needed to optimize stereo separation. A remote for controlling volume is included.
The Bad The speakers aren't cheap, and many will find them to be too large and bulky compared with standard PC speakers. The AC power port found in the earlier model is no longer present, and you can't switch between the two inputs--both are always active.
The Bottom Line The Audioengine 5+ powered speakers deliver excellent sound quality and provide a clutter-free way to listen to smartphones, iPods, or any other audio source.
Now the company's replaced that 5 series, also referred to as the A5, with the 5+. While the new "plus" model leaves off one feature (built-in AC power output) and jacks up the list price (bringing it up to $400), we're happy to report that these guys definitely sound better, once again delivering excellent performance and features for the money.
The key thing to note about Audioengine speakers is that they are bookshelf-style speakers masquerading as PC or "multimedia" speakers, as these things are apt to be labeled. But unlike classic bookshelf speakers, these Audioengine models are powered (via a standard AC plug); there's no need for a separate receiver or amplifier, so you can use them with any audio source. Think of them as an old-fashioned stereo, but without the head unit, as the connections are all on the back of the left speaker.
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