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Audioengine 5: The Review.

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.

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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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2 Responses to “Audioengine 5: The Review.”

  1. Kyle Says:

    Dude, that’s an awesome price for that PSP…wish I had that much =\

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