AudioEngine A5's or Harman Kardon SoundsticksII ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macsander, May 23, 2008.

  1. macsander macrumors regular

    macsander

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    Hello,

    I want to buy speakers to go with my 24'' alu Imac. I have just one big question. Should I buy the AudioEngine A5's or the Harman Kardon SoundsticksII? I've read a lot of review and they both seem to be best speakers in their priceranges. I just don't know if if it worth the money to buy the A5's(is the difference very noticeable?)
    I will mainly use the speakers for music listening sometimes games and movies.
    If you have any useful remarks or experience, I would love to hear them.
    Besides that I have two side-questions about the A5's:
    1 Do you miss the subwoofer?
    2 Are they too big next to a 24''Imac or just fine?

    If you have a picture of one of these speakers next to you mac I would love to see them.

    Thanks a lot!:)
    p.s I don't need other speaker suggestions I did lots of research and will buy one of these two sets.
     
  2. Iso79 macrumors member

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    Get the Soundsticks. I have them and they sound great plus they're a lot cheaper and look sexier next to any mac product.
     
  3. macsander thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't mind the price of the A5's only if they're really worth it
     
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  5. macsander thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, don't you miss the subwoofer, do you have a picture of the a5's next to your Imac? I would love to see how it looks
     
  6. vga4life macrumors 6502

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    The A5 is miles ahead of the HK Soundsticks. There really is no contest here. I'd also strongly recommend the A2 over the Soundsticks II if the A5's are too expensive.

    I don't miss the subwoofer, even with the A2's. You do need to raise them up off the desk, though.
     
  7. christofvds macrumors newbie

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    A5

    The A5's have a tremendous amount of bass all by themselves. I would also go for the A5's, no contest, if absolute best sound quality is what you're after.

    I am a professional DJ and use them when prepping my sets at home, to get a feel what my music will sound like on a big-room system. I do keep them on a separate bookshelf to conserve deskspace. You may want to look at the Audioengine a2 as well, since they have a smaller footprint, but cannot say anything abt their sound since haven't heard them yet.
     
  8. Alloye macrumors 6502a

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    A5++

    I've owned both. The A5s are by far the better setup. Just make sure you have room for them on your desk.
     
  9. macsander thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why raise them up off your desk, with the a5's as well?

    Any more experiences/ comments from fellow Macrubies?;)
    Picture of the a5's next to you mac would be awesome!
     
  10. ejack24 macrumors newbie

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    I am in a similar situation as the OP and have been reading many rave reviews of the A5s. I think I'll pick up a pair unless I find anything better for music fairly soon.
     
  11. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    I plan on getting a pair of A2s fairly soon, hopefully I'll like them, if not they'll take them back. The A5s are to much for me to spend on speakers right now, maybe one day... Plus I like the compactness of the A2s.
     
  12. kirasan575 macrumors newbie

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    At half the price of the A5's, you cannot go wrong with M-audio AV40's.
     
  13. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    agreed

    Amazon has the BX5A's for $180 right now, that's the best deal...
     
  14. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    Arent people sick of the way the soundsticks look yet? They are so 90's, they remind me of the crt imac when everything was clear.
     
  15. Primus84 macrumors 6502

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    The SoundSticks are amazing speakers, I was undecided till I heard them, I'm so glad I did! You'll not get better speakers for anywhere near the price the SoundSticks are!
     
  16. macsander thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why? Also raise the A5's of the desk or is it just fine on the desk?
     
  17. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    i own alot of speakers and the soundsticks 2, get them! they are so powerful that you can use them for you tv
     
  18. macsander thread starter macrumors regular

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    But I need someone who has used them both
     
  19. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    The A5s beat the SoundSticks (and pretty much any other 2.1 computer system for that matter) hands down. The SoundSticks aren't even the best 2.1s I've heard at their price. The Logitech offerings are miles ahead.

    I don't own both, but I've sadly had to listen to SoundSticks extensively (a friend has two pairs) and they're... awful.

    The A5s are great little speakers, and are actually 'proper' speakers...
     
  20. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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  21. haze macrumors regular

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    no wonder their music sucks if they think the soundsticks sound good. or maybe that is the only way their music sounds good. either way, comparing the A5s to soundsticks is like comparing jessica alba to rosie o'odonell.
     
  22. macsander thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah whoever uses them says nothing about the quality, I saw on MTV cribs another rapper, forgot who, uses them as well in his bedroom. But this could also mean they don't care about music:p
     
  23. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    dude just go into an apple store or bestbuy and see for yourself god. :rolleyes:
     
  24. macsander thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah would be nice if I could but I live in the Netherlands and there are only 2 freakin stores in whole the country where I can test the Audioengine's.
     
  25. smwatson macrumors 6502a

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    Touche.
     

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