AudioEngine A5 experiences?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macsander, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. macsander macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2008

    I am looking for the best speaker system for ''incredible'' music quality from a mac/pc. So the thing is, I want the speakers hooked up to my mac/pc.

    Now, someone here gave a link to the AudioEngine A5's, I read some reviews, and it seems that the are great speakers, also for audiophiles(which convinces me of the good quality).

    -Does anyone have experience with these speakers, please give a little review? (what connection)
    -Do you miss a subwoofer?
    -Can they go loud, because I would like some blast out of my speakers?

    -If you have any other suggestions for incredible pc/mac speakers for listening music I would love to hear them! (budget 400-500$)

  2. macsander thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2008
    Please help me out here with some opions/reviews/experience, it would really help me:)
  3. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    love them.

    i have mine connected to my airport express and they sound flawless.

    before that, i had my 3g ipod connected and it was great sound as well.

    no need for a 'woofer as there is plenty of bass. lots of tinny ranges too for high hats.

    they can go loud. i find even at 1/3rd they are plenty loud.

    they're great speakers and if you've done your research, you'll find this company makes speakers for recording studios. I spoke to them about their history when i was buying and they simply expanded to get a bite out of the ipod market.

    i'm actually considering getting another pair for my imac.

    you won't regret it.

    plus, they come with handy carrying bags if you wanted to bring them somewhere (although, they are not ultra portable). As well, they have all the right cables so no need to buy anything extra.

  4. macsander thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2008
    Ok Thanks m8!

    No need to carry them, i also want them for my Imac;)
    So if I get some more possitive feedback on those speakers I will buy them

  5. macsander thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2008
    @ keebler
    Little question, How do you connect them to you pc? Do you need to plug the cable at the top of the speaker(back of the speaker would look nicer)
  6. DHart macrumors 6502


    Jan 17, 2008
    Take a PASS on "computer" speakers and go directly to the A5's

    Just order the A5's. You will be blown away with the quality. Everything you read in the reviews is TRUE. From the moment you open the box they come in you will be IMpressed... they literally REEK quality from that moment on.

    Then wait until you plug your iPod or Mac into them.... AMAZING. I am totally thrilled with mine. Without a sub they have absolutely wonderful bass... add a sub (which they really don't need) and you have an extreme set-up.

    Pass on the separate amp and speaker setup... this powered pair is perfectly matched, designed, potent, and ELEGANT! Buy from the manufacturer's website and they have a 30 day return if you don't like them. You can't go wrong.

    BUT, I bought mine from ProVantage for $287. They were drop shipped from AudioEngine. Incredible price. Arrived in 1 week. I'm buying another set for my girlfriend. Again, read the reviews.... then just DO IT.
  7. DHart macrumors 6502


    Jan 17, 2008
  8. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Bear in mind as well speaker selection depends on what kind of music you listen to.

    If you're a rock/pop/electronica fan, the A5s sound like the right speakers for you. If you like jazz/ambient/classical/acoustic, then maybe not so much...
  9. macsander thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2008
    My genre is: Electronica(dance/trance)/Jazz/Pop/ambient
    Little /Rock/Classical as well

    Will the A5's do it;)?
  10. DHart macrumors 6502


    Jan 17, 2008
    macsander... I listen to an incredible diversity of musical genres on my A5's (jazz, pop, rock, alt, country, classical, ambient, electronic, acoustic) and, as is obvious, I'm super pleased with mine. While some speakers may be ideally suited to particular genres and not so great with others, these speakers don't disappoint with the wide range I listen to. At this point, you can't really know much more without real-life experience/hearing.
  11. macsander thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2008
    Any others with some feedback about the AudioEngines:)?
  12. 7even macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
  13. seefathand macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2008
    sorry for diggin up an old thread, but i just got my a5s and there is a very odd thing about it.

    the night i got it, the speaker which has audio in directly plugged into it has no sound, whereas the other speaker actually works.

    then the next morning both speakers suddenly work fine, and after a while the same speaker dies again.

    as of right now where i am typing this, the speaker seems fine again. does something seem out of whack or do the speaker need a break in period? i'm tryin to contact audioengine, but so far no reply. :(
  14. macsander thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2008
    Well I have nothing else to say here except for that is just sounds as if they're is broken, an amplifier flaw or somethin, return them and you should be fine because flaws with these speakers are very rare, actually you're the second one i know on whole the internet who reports the speakers being broken.
  15. iondot macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2008
    With reference to the defective speakers, I'm surprised you did not receive a prompt reply. I had a very small question for AudioEngine, called their number and spoke with someone right away.

    No phone tree or operator - just a real live person answering the phone.

    I hope that you will follow up with your experience.

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