I also use the Companion 5's and they're superb for their size.I know ppl will say over priced and rated for theses but... I love my Bose Companion 5's, they sound great and a great match for my Mac.
From my experience the Audioengine speakers sound better than Bose. They are a level above as far as sound and build quality.I also use the Companion 5's and they're superb for their size.
If anyone has tried the Audio Engine A5's and the Bose Companion's how do they compare? Can the A5's be plugged directly into the laptop or should they go through a DAC addon?
In my earlier post I mentioned that I'v had a great "no-name" brand of speakers that worked great for over 10 years... I couldn't think of the name until I saw your comment. They were Altec Lansing. I have since passed them on to my wife's iMac in the other room and was too lazy to go look.I bought my altec lansing's for like $12 a few years back and they sound pretty darn good. 2.1.