Audioengine A2+ Plus review

3.91 Mixed Usages
4.5 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
3.5 Treble Accuracy:
4 Bass Accuracy:
3.9 Imaging & Soundstage:
3.6 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2013 Rating: 4.6 Computer speaker Multimedia speaker

Audioengine A2+ is one of the best desktop speakers for everyday use. It shows impressive performance with deep bass. Music is produced with accuracy and voices are loud and clear. Bass is adequate enough to enjoy the effects. The speaker delivers balanced and sonically accurate sound. There are multiple ports for wired connectivity.

You can connect TV, CD players or turntables easily. The enclosure is well-built and uses multiple techniques to ensure pure sound production.

Our Verdict

If you want a compact active bookshelf speaker, then Audioengine A2+ is an excellent choice. For newbies who don’t want the hassle of wired connection, wireless streaming via Bluetooth is easier. The speaker is easy to setup and won’t take up much space. You won’t need additional receiver or amplifier. With the built-in DAC, the speaker can play enhanced sound as you play digital music files

PROS
  • Good stereo separation
  • Loud enough
  • Well built
  • Versatile ports
  • Rich and detailed sound
CONS
  • A bit costly
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Active Speaker (Built-in Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Silk dome tweeters
Tweeter Size (inches) 0.75“
Midrange Size (inches)
Midrange Type
Woofer Size (inches) 2.75”
Woofer Type aramid fiber woofers

SPECS

Power Range 60 W peak power total (15 W RMS)
Sensitivity 83dB(B)/V/m
Impedance 10K ohms unbalanced
Frequency Range 65 Hz-22 kHz ±2.0 dB
Crossover Frequencies 100Hz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Speaker Level Input N/A
Line Level Input Yes
Digital Input (Optical) Yes
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input Yes
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input Yes
Aux Input N/A
Bi-amp Input:
HDMI Input N/A
USB Port Yes
Subwoofer Output Yes

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth Yes
Wi-Fi N/A

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type gold plated connectors
Compatible Connector Types banana plugs, spades, or bare wire
Speaker Wire Compatibility 16 AWG speaker wire

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Low ends are clean and deep. It packs a punch compared to its compact size.
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Clarity is excellent, vocals are loud and intelligible.
Treble Accuracy High-ends are quite good but might sound a bit harsh.
Imaging & Soundstage: Imaging is decent and soundstage is wide.
Dynamic Range: Dynamic range is quite good. The speaker sounds good at all volumes
Power Handling: A total power of 60W makes the speaker versatile for all content types.
Frequency Response: The speaker has flat frequency response. It produces sound with accuracy.
Transient Response: It has quick transient response.

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure high-resin MDF
Finish high-gloss
Color black, red, white

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 10.5”
Width (inches) 7”
Depth (inches) 15”
Weight (pounds) 10 lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 1.75

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: Pair of Audioengine A2+ speakers, 6.5-foot speaker cable, power supply and cable, USB cable, 5-foot mini-jack audio cable, microfiber speaker and cable bags, manual
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

Audioengine A2+ is a set of wireless speakers but needs connection between two of them. Build quality is quite good with MDF. It has internal bracing to minimize any vibration. Sound-damping material is used that eliminates any refection within the speaker. It doesn’t have any grille to protect the drivers. The speaker is video shielded so you can place it near any video monitor.

Performance:

Audioengine A2+ has woofer and tweeter in it. It is suitable for music, movies and games. Voices are crystal-clear and the soundstage is good. It can deliver natural sound that is closer to the original recording. Bass is quite good and remains enjoyable for most contents. In case you are a bass head, an external subwoofer is best for you.

On the front side of the speaker there is a thin horizontal slot port. For better bass, place it near walls. That said, low ends are excellent for a desktop speaker. Along with music, this speaker is ideal for PC gaming. Use the speaker stands to tilt them so that the tweeter is at user ear height. This is needed for optimized listening experience. It shows rich and detailed performance. Audiophiles will be impressed with it.

Connectivity:

It is versatile in terms of connectivity. Wired connection options are plenty. You can connect gaming devices, CD player, turntable, or TV with RCA ports. It supports external subwoofer with RCA out port. Bluetooth connection remains stable within a long distance of 100ft.

Wireless connectivity is easier and hassle free. You can stream contents from different music services. For USB, it has an old micro-USB port but that’s not an issue as the speaker includes a micro-USB to USB cable.

Use Case:

Audioengine A2+ is best for small spaces. It is designed to use as desktop speaker with your PC or laptop. It can also replace soundbars in small rooms as it connects to PC as well.

Compatible Devices:

In case you want to connect wired headphones, then use a headphone amp with the speaker. For subwoofer, you can go with the Audioengine S8. Or, choose from other brands like MartinLogan, Pioneer, Polk.

The audio output has variable stereo preamp. This means you can connect powered subwoofer or compatible active Audioengine speakers. You can also connect Audioengine wireless adapter (772W3) in order to pair with other sound systems. Other devices like Google Home Mini can be paired with the speaker via Bluetooth.

Ease of use:

The speaker has very easy setup that will take few minutes to complete. doesn’t come with any mobile app or remote control. The control options like volume button is located on the rear side so it might be a bit difficult to reach it. It also doesn’t have any option to switch between inputs. When connected to PC, it will easily work with any need of additional software or app.

Cost:

This desktop speaker isn’t very cheap. It is a mid-priced speaker and the cost will increase if you purchase speaker stands and a subwoofer.

 

FAQ:

Are bookshelf speakers good enough?

Active bookshelf speaker come in different sizes. Large bookshelf speakers with larger drivers can deliver powerful room-filling sound. They can be loud enough for most rooms. When paired with subwoofer, the audio regains its sweet spot.

Is Audioengine A2+ a good speaker?

Audioengine A2+ is an excellent wireless active bookshelf speaker. It shines in terms of performance and features. You are free to connect different types of devices. It can be used in home or office rooms.

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