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Audioengine 2The Audioengine 2 speakers are an ideal combination of compact size and good looks, delivering great sound for their size.
[ Music ] >> David Carnoy: I'm David Carnoy, and I'm going to give you a quick video tour of the Audio Engine Series 2 PC speakers. These guys come in both black and white. They are very sleek and minimalist looking. They retail for about $199. It's a little bit expensive for PC speakers, but these are considered high-end PC speakers, and the key here is they deliver really good sound for their size. You have a 2.75 inch woofer and a .75 inch tweeter, and these guys are actually ported. There's a slit at the bottom of the speaker. You can actually feel air coming in and out of the speaker as your music or movies or games play. One of the interesting things about these PC speakers is that they truly resemble small book shelf features, and they use real speaker wires, and the speakers come with a length of speaker wire, but you can, obviously, use your own speaker wire for placement. You could place these as far apart as you want unlike some PC speakers that come with cables integrated into them. When talking about these guys' high-end pedigree, it's also worth noting when you pull these out of the box, they are in their own little cloth covers. Those, those cloth covers actually come in handy if you have the black model because those are more of a fingerprint magnet than these white guys. As you can see, there's no volume control on the front. It's actually around back. That's a little bit of a drawback. There's both a standard 3.5 millimeter input to connect to your PC. You also get a set of RCA jacks so you could connect another audio device or even another PC if you wanted as well as an iPod or iPhone. These guys are powered because you get 15 watts per channel. It is worth noting, however, that the power supply is rather beefy. You will have to put that probably on the floor somewhere. As I said, these guys really do sound good for their size. Audio Engine does make an optional subwoofer, but you really probably wouldn't need to pair it with these guys. These guys are really designed to have a nice minimalist look to them, and you get really nice tight base and really detailed sound. You probably don't want to play them super loud. They do better at more moderate volumes. You want even bigger and richer sound, you can step up to the Audio Engine 5's. So while the 5's are better-sounding speakers, for a lot of people, the price point at $200 for these guys and their size are going to be really appealing. I'm David Carnoy, and those are the Audio Engine Series 2 PC speakers. [ Music ]