P4 Passive Speakers

$249$325

Audioengine sound. Your amplifier.
P4 Passive Speakers allow you to enjoy award winning Audioengine sound with your existing Hi-fi Amplifier or AV / Stereo Receiver.
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Highlights

  • Left and right speaker included.
  • Everything you need is in the box!
  • We pay sales tax if applicable.
  • Free ground shipping in the contiguous United States.
  • 30-day audition.*

Why passive speakers?

The P4 passive speakers are full-sounding bookshelf speakers in a satellite-sized package. The goal with P4 was to design a small but powerful bookshelf speaker for people that already have surround receivers or amplifiers and are looking for the same Audioengine sound and quality in a passive loudspeaker.

Versatile

The P4 passive speakers are perfect for digital hybrid amplifiers (Class-D, Class-T, etc.) as well as most stereo receivers, integrated amps, and tube amplifiers. The P4 has a 4 ohm impedance rating but will sound great when connected to almost any receiver or power amp with 4, 6 or 8 ohm speaker output impedance.

Part of the Family

Audioengine active and passive speaker models share a similar “voicing” and overall tuning so that you are assured a matched system no matter which of our speakers or Audioengine wireless adapters you decide to add to your system.

★★★★★ Support

Need help getting started with your new P4’s? Here are some resources that will help.

 

30-day audition

Listen to HD6 for 30 days. Love it, or return it for a full refund.*
*30-day trial is only available for product purchased directly online from the Audioengine store

 

Highlights

  • Left and right speaker included.
  • Everything you need is in the box!
  • We pay sales tax if applicable.
  • Free ground shipping in the contiguous United States.
  • 30-day audition.*

Why passive speakers?

The P4 passive speakers are full-sounding bookshelf speakers in a satellite-sized package. The goal with P4 was to design a small but powerful bookshelf speaker for people that already have surround receivers or amplifiers and are looking for the same Audioengine sound and quality in a passive loudspeaker.

Versatile

The P4 passive speakers are perfect for digital hybrid amplifiers (Class-D, Class-T, etc.) as well as most stereo receivers, integrated amps, and tube amplifiers. The P4 has a 4 ohm impedance rating but will sound great when connected to almost any receiver or power amp with 4, 6 or 8 ohm speaker output impedance.

Part of the Family

Audioengine active and passive speaker models share a similar “voicing” and overall tuning so that you are assured a matched system no matter which of our speakers or Audioengine wireless adapters you decide to add to your system.

★★★★★ Support

Need help getting started with your new P4’s? Here are some resources that will help.

30-day audition

Listen to P4 for 30 days. Love it, or return it for a full refund.*
*30-day trial is only available for product purchased directly online from the Audioengine store

Features

Features

4″ 2-way passive, front ported design
Hand-built and custom finished cabinets
5-way gold-plated binding posts
Silk dome tweeters and Kevlar woofers
Magnetically-shielded
Excellent performance for music and movies
Wall mount, stand or shelf placement

Works with

Works with

Digital hybrid amplifiers (Class-D, Class-T, etc.)
Stereo and surround sound receivers, integrated amps, tube amplifiers
Whole-house music systems such as the Sonos ZonePlayer 120

What’s in the Box

What’s in the Box

(2) P4 Passive Speakers
(2) Drawstring Cloth Speaker Bags
(2) High-density foam isolation pads (attached)
(1) Setup Guide
(1) Product line brochure

General specifications

General specifications

Type
2-way passive, front ported design

Sensitivity
88dB (2.83v@1m)

Frequency response
58Hz-22kHz

Nominal Impedance
4 Ohms

Crossover Frequency
2.8 kHz

Amplifier Power
10-125W per channel

Drivers
4″ Kevlar woofers
3/4″ silk dome tweeters

Enclosure
9.5mm thick MDF cabinets

Inputs
Gold-plated, 5-way binding posts
Magnetically Shielded

Weight (each)
2.75 kg (6 lbs)

Total shipping weight
7.25 kg (16 lbs)

Dimensions (each)
228 (H) x 140 (W) x 165 mm (D) (9 x 5.5 x 6.5″)

Shipping box dims
330 (H) x 460 (W) x 228 mm (D) (13 x 18 x 9″)

Finish Options
Satin Black, Hi-Gloss White, Solid Carbonized Bamboo

Wall or Ceiling Mount
The P4 speakers include two standard 1/4″ threaded inserts on the rear panel and another insert on the bottom of each P4 cabinet for attaching a speaker mount or bracket. We recommend using products by companies such as OmniMount or Sanus. Before installing mounts or brackets make sure you consult all documentation and carefully follow the installation instructions.

Custom Built
Audioengine designs and manufactures our own tweeters, woofers, and many other critical components. In other words, these are not “box built” speakers with off-the-shelf parts but entirely custom-designed to our specifications. What we do not fabricate directly in our factory we have custom-made to our designs. The cabinets, drivers, bass port designs, and crossovers are all painstakingly tuned together for each model.

Drivers
Audioengine uses audiophile quality, ferro fluid cooled, silk dome tweeters with Neodymium magnets. Silk tweeters hold up well under high power and the edge-driven design gives very smooth response. The woofers are Kevlar woven glass aramid composite with rubber surrounds. Kevlar is obviously very strong, which means that the woofer retains its shape when being driven at high levels. The speaker materials and construction are robust enough to stand up to some serious thrashing, so speaker grills aren’t needed. In other words, we did our homework on the speaker drivers and they will sound and look great after many years of use.

Cabinets
To minimize unwanted resonances and distortion, Audioengine cabinets have thick high-resin MDF walls with extensive internal bracing. Heavy internal sound-damping material is used to reduce unwanted sound reflections inside the cabinet. All cabinet edges are rounded which look great and reduce high-frequency diffraction effects on the front baffles. The P4 cabinet contains tuned, front-port slots.

Shielding
Both drivers are directly magnetically shielded which allow you to place the speakers within a few inches of a video monitor. This shielding also offers protection for hard drive-based digital music players.

Positive Feedback – P4 Review

“If you’re looking to get into high-quality audio, I feel like the P4’s are a great start. I would highly encourage anyone that has a passion for music and a lower budget to invest in these speakers.”
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Laptop Memo – P4 Review

“Per usual, they sound incredible. Build quality and then some.”
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Sound & Vision – P4 Review

“The upside of the P4 is its spatiality, which is a pretty tough trick for a desktop speaker to pull off.”
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Positive Feedback Online – P4 Review

“It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.”
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Surfbits – P4 review

“I have no doubt that you’ll be impressed with the build and the quality of the Audioengine (P4) speakers.”
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Audiophiliac – P4 Review

“The P4 really shined with playing music. I can imagine it’ll be a hit with up and coming audiophiles.”
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Digital Home Thoughts – P4 Review

“These passive speakers are capable of producing big sound without taking up much space. After a couple of hours with the P4’s, I switched my system back to my Wharfdale EVO2’s and honestly felt the little P4’s met the performance of the larger, free standing Wharfdales.”
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Audio Video Revolution – P4 Review

“There’s a lot to like about the P4s. These mighty mites excel at reproducing voices and instruments in space. Bright highs and uncluttered midrange are two of the speaker’s greatest strengths.”
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What Hi-Fi? – P4 Press

“The P4 is designed as a high-performance bookshelf speaker with the same looks and sound as its powered brethren.”
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Positive Feedback – N22 + P4 Review

“If you’re looking for a desk top system that will give you great musical satisfaction for a long time with no hassle, you can’t go wrong with the N22 desktop amplifier and the P4 passive bookshelf speakers…”
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MacTech – N22 + P4 Review

“They worked impressively and the audio quality was vibrant and clean.”
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Electronista – N22 + P4 review

“If you want a compact, dedicated amplifier and a pair of small, yet powerful, bookshelf speakers that can compete with some genuinely expensive audiophile-grade equipment, the N22 and P4 make a great team.”
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Digital Reviews – N22 + P4 review

“If you are looking for a fairly portable amplifier for your speakers, go for the N22.”
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Ask Dave Taylor – N22 + P4 review

“…sound far beyond what you would expect.”
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Connect Reviews – N22 + P4 review

“We were impressed with the sound quality they were pumping out, specifically the bass reproduction and lack of distortion at high levels of volume.”
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Hartford Courant – N22 + P4 review

“As a headphone amplifier, the N22 is way ahead of the average audio-video receiver.”
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MacNN – N22 + P4 review

“The sound is warm without being overdone, which is really what we’d hoped for in such an audio system.”
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The Gadgeteer – N22 + P4 review

“Since the N22 and AP4 are really made for each other, the sound is powerful, clean with no noticeable listening fatigue over hours of use.”
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Gadget Review – N22 + P4 review

“Without a doubt, the N22 amp is a smart choice for anyone looking to augment their current audio situation.”
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Macenstein – N22+P4+S8 review

“The system comes highly recommended.”
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In The Face News – N22 + P4 review

“We can not come up with one thing that we would change about the N22, its powerful, compact, and easy to use.”
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Stereomojo – P4 Review

“The cute, amplifier-friendly P4 has a relatively smooth frequency response and clean spectral decay, bringing performance up a notch from its rivals.”
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Goodsound – P4 Review

“Like the A2, the P4 is a great speaker and an incredible value.”
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Affordable Audio – P4 Review

“P4’s ability to give a strong near-field presentation making them an excellent choice for the small home office.”
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AVguide – P4 Review

“The P4 also offers extremely good value for the money.”
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Electronic House – P4 Review

“It’s heartening to find a company that takes the time to design and build speakers that sound great, look great and are solidly built…”
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MacSparky – P4 Review

“The P4s sound great.”
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Maximum PC – P4 Review

“The P4s delivered superb performances with every piece of music we asked them to reproduce…”
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Can I use the P4 passive speakers with the Audioengine S8 sub?
To use the P4 speakers with the S8 you would need an amp, like our N22, to supply power to the P4 speakers and connect to the S8.

Why don’t the P4 speakers have built in amplifiers similar to the A2 and A5 active systems?
The P4 came about from requests from customers that already have our powered speakers and/or have a music system and needed speakers but wanted the same Audioengine sound from a passive speaker.

Is the bamboo version a veneer and does the P4 bamboo version sound better than the black or white finished cabinets?
The P4 enclosure is made of solid carbonized bamboo, not a veneer. The bamboo cabinets were tuned to sound the same as the MDF speakers, but the density of bamboo will give it natural acoustic advantages over MDF material.

What amplifiers work best with the P4?
The P4 is a very efficient speaker and designed to work well with digital hybrid amplifiers (Class-D, Class-T, etc.) as well as most stereo receivers, integrated amps, tube amplifiers, and whole-house music systems such as the Sonos ZonePlayer 120. Check out our N22 amp for a great setup.

The P4 is rated at 4 ohms but my receiver has speaker outputs listed as 8 ohms. Will the P4’s work with my receiver?
The lower the speaker impedance, the more current (amperage) your amp or receiver will need to provide, but most separate power amps have more than a sufficient power supply and power amp sections for driving 4 ohm loads with ease. In fact many amps will perform better with a 4 ohm load as opposed to 8 ohms if their design is robust enough to supply the extra current. A quick web search will bring up more information on this subject.