Audioengine 5: The Review.

Entertainment, Gadgets, Gaming, Music, Reviews, Useful Things by Richard

I was lucky enough to end up with both a Sonos ZP80 system and the Audioengine 5 speaker system to review at the same time, and see how well they worked together for about a month…. The Audioengine 5’s exude style, and even the way they are packaged is a testament to Audioengine’s attention to detail. Each speaker comes individually wrapped in a reusable drawstring bag, and you feel like you’ve gotten a quality product just from that little detail. They also come with an assortment of cables, also in their own drawstring pouch to connect any audio device you own right into the speaker system. One speaker has most of the electronics in it, including a 45W RMS/70W peak per channel amplifier and certainly feels like it, at a very solid 14 lbs. The weight wasn’t an issue, though, as I was able to put them right on my desk, which already holds dual 17 inch LCDs, a router and more.

These speakers also have built in power ports for an Airport Express if you’d like to use that to stream music around your house, and iPods (or any other device that can charge via USB.) Of course, I also found that they worked just fine with a ZonePlayer (the unamplified kind that you get with the ZP80 system).

They’ve tuned and tested these speakers with MP3s at 192 kbps so you get the best sound possible from the type of audio that you’ll probably be playing through them. They’re excellent at playing both softer, more melodic music and the heaviest metal songs you can find. I haven’t heard a hint of distortion out of these things, and I’ve played them pretty loud (I’ve never turned the dial past about a third of the way, as they were blasting a few rooms away just by that point).

The defining point of a new music output device for me (speakers, headphones), though is if I hear things in my music that I’ve never heard before. That has definitely happened multiple times with these speakers. I thought I had good speakers before (they were fairly large Altec Lansing speakers), but I absolutely love the Audioengine speakers. I’m enjoying my music all over again.

They run $349 per pair, and are available directly from Audioengine. If you’re considering an iPod Hi-Fi, you can do so much better with these speakers.


What an awesome shirt! That is one angry milk… um, man.

If anyone’s interested, I’m selling my PSP and a few movies and games.

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[…] I’ve been using the Belkin Cable-Free USB Hub for a couple of weeks now, and it’s a pretty useful device, although it does have its quirks. Recently I upgraded to a much larger desk and decided to rearrange the office at the same time… less stuff on my desk, more shelves… just eliminating clutter in general. I ended up putting the shelving and filing cabinet on the other side of the room, so I’d have a lot more space to move around on the desk side of the room. I’ve got a 24 inch LCD, a 17 inch LCD, Audioengines (a rather large pair of excellent-sounding speakers), a lamp, 2 keyboards, 2 mice, a wireless audio transmitter for some speakers I have in the living room, a weather watcher, my MacBook Pro, and a couple of other gadgets on my desk. I decided I didn’t want to have my iPod, my girlfriend’s Zen W, my Blackjack and our printer on my desk along with all that other stuff. Even though this is a large desk, it’s packed pretty full, as you can see above, and there’s just no room for that stuff. I decided it’d be a great task for the Cable-Free hub, so I set up the transmitter on top of one of my speakers (Belkin recommends that you use the included stand for this) and then connected all of our device cables to the Cable-Free hub, which I placed on top of a bookshelf on the other side of the room. […]

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