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audioengine Speaker System Model A5B

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  • Type: 2.0 bookshelf-style, powered speaker system
  • Power output: 45W RMS/ 70W peak per channel (AES)
  • Inputs: 2 X 1/8" stereo mini-jack
  • Outputs: USB Type A (power charging only)
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Speaker System


Compatible with and designed for:
iPod nano and iPod video
Other MP3 players/portable audio players
Airport Express
Apple Universal Dock
3rd-party base stations/remotes (by Griffin, Ten, etc.)
LCD/plasma TVs
Videogame players
DVD/Portable DVD players
Satellite and digital radio receivers
PDAs and mobile phones
All other products with 1/8" mini-jack or RCA outputs

iPod power charger port
2 audio inputs
Built-in power amplifier, no receiver/amp needed
Power outlet for Airport Express
Front panel volume control
Custom 5" Kevlar woofer for super low end
1" silk dome tweeter for smooth highs
Built-in subwoofer ports for awesome bass
Hand-built and tuned cabinets w/high-gloss furniture-grade finish
Magnetically shielded for placement near video monitors


Type: 2.0 bookshelf-style, powered speaker system
Power output: 45W RMS/ 70W peak per channel (AES)
Inputs: 2 X 1/8" stereo mini-jack
Outputs: USB Type A (power charging only)
Main voltages: 115/230V 50/60Hz manually switchable
Weight: 14lbs (left), 9lbs (right)
Amplifier type: Dual Class AB monolithic
Signal-to-noise: >95dB (typical A-weighted)
THD: <0.05% at all power settings
Crosstalk: <50db
Frequency response: 50Hz-22kHz +/-1.5dB
Input impedance: 10K ohms unbalanced
Protection: Output current limiting, thermal over-temperature, power on/off transient protection, replaceable external main fuse
Materials and Construction: 1" thick MDF cabinet, 5" Kevlar woofers with advanced voice coils, 20mm silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
Dimension: 10.0" x 7.0" x 7.75"

iPod Compatibility

iPod video Compatible
iPod mini Compatible
iPod Photo Compatible
4th Gen iPod Compatible

iPod Compatibility

iPod shuffle Compatible
1st and 2nd Gen iPod nano Compatible
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Dinesh T.
  • 6/10/2013 4:12:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSwan M50W 2.1 v/s Audioengine A5 2.0 Review

Pros: See review below

Cons: See review below

Other Thoughts: Swan M50W 2.1 v/s Audioengine A5 2.0 Review

Asus STX sound card
Audioengine A5 2.0 Powered Bookshelves on AE DS2 desktop recliners
Swan M50W 2.1 multimedia speakers on Auralex mopads
The positioning etc wasn't the same because I couldn't manage that. Anyway,
I listened to one set at a time.
Music only

Sound Signature:
Audioengine: Natural, clear and neutral sound. Deeper and more powerful authority sound. Fun sound despite not being colored at all.
Swan: Bright mid forward sound which is noticeably colored to sound better to most consumers. I am not saying that is bad, but it is just the difference between neutral/pro vs hifi/regular speakers, assuming we aren't speaking of quality. However, the sound was relatively thin due to smaller drivers and also less fun sounding once you are used to natural and neutral music. For most newbies however swan might sound better.

No competition. Swan has more quantity and more thump and lfe because of the subwoofer. Audioengine has less quality wise but slightly tighter but not as solid/punchy as Swan due to the sub woofer. The swan sub woofer is better than the polk psw110 I used to have and which costs almost as much as the swan speaker set. Infact I have bought swans primarily for the bass and also for rear surrounds of course. The bass of swan isn't comparable to that found in a disc, it is pretty boomy as well compared to high end subs. But definitely not logitech although it doesn't go as high as them either. But it surely beats logitech and computer speaker subs I guess in quality and texture. It really isn't that thumping though, more like punchy. Some people may prefer Audioengine here though. So depends on choice. Because AE has less quality, but tighter yet lighter and without the lfe though. For movies and even bassy songs I like the swan sub. But then I listen to both sets together usually. So if I had to choose one, it could be difficult.

Audioengine has more powerful deeper yet natural and clean treble. Swan has brighter yet thinner/lighter and crisper treble. Audioengine is way more natural though. I prefer audioengine here.

AE is balanced and neutral. Swans are mid forward but only very slightly which I do like. Some stuff is cleaner/crisper on Swan than on AE which is like. However AE has deeper and more powerful vocals which are more musical despite being I colored. Swan isn't natural/neutral but still musical, however not as much. I haven't tried movies on swan alone, but I guess if you put the sub on minimum and use the swan for movies, then the swan might be better for crisper and sharper vocals and mids because sometimes vocals sound too recessed on AE since they are natural and neutral. I might prefer swan there if I try it out. So again, both do well here. AE is more powerful and deeper vocals with Swan being better to decipher since they are slightly mid forward.

Swan is better here. The sounds are relatively sharper

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  • Tyler R.
  • 6/15/2007 3:43:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSoundgasm

Pros: I'm not an audiophile or hardcore gamer. I've used Logitech Z640s for a very long time and I thought those sounded great. I've never really thought about spending more than $50 for a pair of computer speakers but I've read many great reviews on these so I decided to get them. I was completely blown away the moment I loaded up the first song. Incredible sound and no distortion. I hear things in songs I didn't hear before :-)
They have an audio-in port at the top and charger for my mp3 player (these aren't just for ipods) which is really convenient. They also have multiple ports in the back so I can connect my computer, Xbox 360 and mp3 player to the same speakers! I also love how they integrated the AC adapter inside the left speaker making you have a lot less clutter around your desk. They include probably all the audio cables you'll ever need to connect to the speakers. The speakers came wrapped in cloth rather than the usual plastic stuff everybody else uses.

Cons: Pros (continued) [LOL]:

I'm very happy with the $350 I spent on these.

Other Thoughts: Buy these, now!

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/14/2007 12:47:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Choice

Pros: They are some of the best sounding speakers I've ever heard. Even serious audiophiles agree that these speakers are serious hardware, and sound seriously better than they ought to at this price.

Cons: Size and price. They are fairly pricey for computer/iPod speakers. But they sound as good as much more expensive setups (WAY better than an Apple Hifi or Bose for instance). They are also fairly bulky. Great for a table top audio setup or next to a medium to large TV, but they are a bit big for a typical desktop/laptop computer setup (I have them there anyway because they just sound that good).

Other Thoughts: The manual suggests a 24-48 hour break in period and the speakers definitely need it to loosen up. The sound was nice but gave me a headache after the first 20 minutes, but the overly harsh sound smooths out to perfection during break in. Some truly excellent speakers here.

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