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A2+ Powered Speakers

$249

The most celebrated desktop speaker of all time.
A2+ has amassed a vast collection of awards from the likes of WIRED, Sound & Vision, Gizmodo, The Absolute Sound, PCMag, and many others. What makes A2+ so special? Find out for yourself.
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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.*

The award-winning Audioengine 2 speakers just got better. With a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC), the Audioengine 2+ allows you to send high-quality digital audio direct from your computer’s USB port. We’ve also added an output to connect a subwoofer and you can even go wireless with the optional Audioengine W3 adapter. The Audioengine 2+ is a great introduction to high-quality audio and the perfect upgrade for your computer or iDevice.

Upgrade your Audio

The Audioengine 2+ is the new standard for computer audio and these small, but high-performance speakers are the perfect upgrade for your computer. Everyone knows the difference between custom-built, small batch products and the disappointment of mass-produced and over-marketed products. The A2+ was designed and hand-built with the goal of exceeding expectations of both value and performance.

Brotherly Love

The Audioengine 2+ is about one-third the size of our flagship Audioengine 5+ powered speakers and an ideal size for your desktop or smaller room. We used the same custom tweeters as in the Audioengine 5+, matched them with compact Kevlar woofers, then added high-performance amplifiers with high-quality connectors. All this great engineering is wrapped in wood cabinets with a hand-polished finish to create a premium quality desktop multimedia speaker system that puts all those sad plastic computer speakers to shame!

Smaller Speakers, Still Big Bass

To say that the bass on the Audioengine 2+ is substantial for their size may be an understatement, but you should be the judge. The bass was teased from the A2+ with some clever acoustic and electrical design without using any digital signal processing or fake bass boost circuits. Wood remains a preferred speaker enclosure material for its stiffness at higher volume levels and the cabinet focuses just the right amount of low end from the tuned front port slots.

Versatile and Efficient

The A2+ was designed for your desktop but their superb soundstage and imaging also makes them the perfect choice for across the room. Well-suited for all your music, movies and games, the A2+ sounds great with or without a subwoofer. Using a similar analog design as the Audioengine 5+, the A2+ power amplifiers are built inside the left speaker providing a very efficient system. An auto-standby idle mode is also included to conserve power when you’re not playing music.

Easy Connections

The A2+ features analog amplifiers that are built into the left speaker, while the right speaker is passive so setup is simple. Just plug the left speaker into AC power and connect the included speaker wire from left to right. We’ve included minijack, RCA, and USB inputs for easy connection to your computer or iDevice and other cables you may need are included. There is no software or plug-ins to install and A2+ works with any computer or music player. The A2+ also has a variable RCA output for connecting a subwoofer, upgraded connectors, improved accessory cables, and a redesigned power supply.

Minding the Gap

The Audioengine 2+ sets a new level of audio and aesthetic quality for Powered Multimedia Speakers and further closes the gap between computer speakers and home audio. Even if you’re not an audio enthusiast, we guarantee you will still hear a difference!

★★★★★ Support

Need help getting started with your new A2+’s? Here are some resources that will help.

 

30-day audition

Listen to A2+ 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.*

The award-winning Audioengine 2 speakers just got better. With a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC), the Audioengine 2+ allows you to send high-quality digital audio direct from your computer’s USB port. We’ve also added an output to connect a subwoofer and you can even go wireless with the optional Audioengine W3 adapter. The Audioengine 2+ is a great introduction to high-quality audio and the perfect upgrade for your computer or iDevice.

Upgrade your Audio

The Audioengine 2+ is the new standard for computer audio and these small, but high-performance speakers are the perfect upgrade for your computer. Everyone knows the difference between custom-built, small batch products and the disappointment of mass-produced and over-marketed products. The A2+ was designed and hand-built with the goal of exceeding expectations of both value and performance.

Brotherly Love

The Audioengine 2+ is about one-third the size of our flagship Audioengine 5+ powered speakers and an ideal size for your desktop or smaller room. We used the same custom tweeters as in the Audioengine 5+, matched them with compact Kevlar woofers, then added high-performance amplifiers with high-quality connectors. All this great engineering is wrapped in wood cabinets with a hand-polished finish to create a premium quality desktop multimedia speaker system that puts all those sad plastic computer speakers to shame!

Smaller Speakers, Still Big Bass

To say that the bass on the Audioengine 2+ is substantial for their size may be an understatement, but you should be the judge. The bass was teased from the A2+ with some clever acoustic and electrical design without using any digital signal processing or fake bass boost circuits. Wood remains a preferred speaker enclosure material for its stiffness at higher volume levels and the cabinet focuses just the right amount of low end from the tuned front port slots.

Versatile and Efficient

The A2+ was designed for your desktop but their superb soundstage and imaging also makes them the perfect choice for across the room. Well-suited for all your music, movies and games, the A2+ sounds great with or without a subwoofer. Using a similar analog design as the Audioengine 5+, the A2+ power amplifiers are built inside the left speaker providing a very efficient system. An auto-standby idle mode is also included to conserve power when you’re not playing music.

Easy Connections

The A2+ features analog amplifiers that are built into the left speaker, while the right speaker is passive so setup is simple. Just plug the left speaker into AC power and connect the included speaker wire from left to right. We’ve included minijack, RCA, and USB inputs for easy connection to your computer or iDevice and other cables you may need are included. There is no software or plug-ins to install and A2+ works with any computer or music player. The A2+ also has a variable RCA output for connecting a subwoofer, upgraded connectors, improved accessory cables, and a redesigned power supply.

Minding the Gap

The Audioengine 2+ sets a new level of audio and aesthetic quality for Powered Multimedia Speakers and further closes the gap between computer speakers and home audio. Even if you’re not an audio enthusiast, we guarantee you will still hear a difference!

★★★★★ Support

Need help getting started with your new A2+’s? Here are some resources that will help.

30-day audition

Listen to A2+ 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

Built-in analog power amplifiers
Dual analog audio inputs
USB audio input
Hand-finished wood cabinets
Variable audio output
Custom Kevlar woofers and silk tweeters
Power-saving idle mode
Cables included
Works with Mac or PC, no software to install
Designed for desktop use, but will fill a room

Works with

Works with

iDevices and all music players
Internet radio and network music systems
Desktop computers, laptops, notebooks
Flat panel TVs with an analog output
CD and DVD players
Videogame consoles
Digital radio and satellite receivers
All products with 1/8″ mini-jack or RCA outputs!

What’s in the Box

What’s in the Box

A2+ powered (left) speaker
A2+ passive (right) speaker
Speaker wire (16AWG), 2 meters (~6.5 feet)
Power supply
AC power cord
Mini-jack audio cable, 1.5 meters (~5 feet)
USB cable, 1.5 meters (~5 feet)
Microfiber speaker bags
Microfiber power supply bag
Microfiber cable bag
Setup guide
Product line brochure

Differences between A2+ discontinued A2

Differences between A2+ discontinued A2

USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
Variable audio output (connect a subwoofer or wirelessly send audio to other speakers with our optional W3 wireless adapter)
Upgraded speaker connectors
Standard 1/4″ threaded inserts for wall mounts
Upgraded power supply
Upgraded accessory cables

Optional upgrades and accessories

Optional upgrades and accessories

Desktop stands available (DS1)
Wireless adapter available (W3)

General specifications

General specifications

Type
2.0 powered (active) multimedia desktop speaker system

Amplifier type
Dual class AB monolithic

Power output
60W peak power total (15W RMS / 30W peak per channel), AES

Drivers
2.75″ Kevlar woofers, 3/4” silk dome tweeters

Inputs
3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA, USB

Outputs
RCA variable line-out

Input voltages
110-240V 50/60Hz auto-switching

SNR
>95dB (typical A-weighted)

THD+N
<0.05% at all power settings

Crosstalk
-50dB

Freq. response
65Hz-22kHz ±2.0dB

Input impedance
10K ohms unbalanced

DAC
TI/Burr Brown PCM2704C

Input bit depth
up to 16 bits native

Input sample rate
up to 48KHz native

USB device class
type 1.1 or above

Protection
Output current limiting, thermal over-temperature, power on/off transient protection

Weights and measures

Weights and measures

Dimensions (each)
6”(H) x 4”(W) x 5.25”(D)

Weight (LEFT speaker)
1.6Kg/3.55lbs

Weight (RIGHT speaker)
1.4Kg/3.15lbs

Shipping weight
4.6kg/10lbs per pair

Shipping box dims
10.5” (H) x 15” (L) x 7” (W)

Finish options

Finish options

Satin Black Paint
Hi-Gloss White Paint
Hi-Gloss Red Paint

Environmental Requirements

Environmental Requirements

Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F
Non-operating temperature: -4° to 113° F
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing

Materials and Construction

Materials and Construction

6.35mm thick MDF cabinets
3/4″ silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
2.75″ Kevlar woofers with advanced voice coils

Included Accessories

Included Accessories

Speaker wire (16AWG), 2 meters (~6.5 feet)
Power supply
AC power cord
Mini-jack audio cable, 1.5 meters (~5 feet)
USB cable, 1.5 meters (~5 feet)
Microfiber speaker bags
Microfiber power supply bag
Microfiber cable bag
Setup guide
Product line brochure

Custom Built

Custom Built

Audioengine designs and manufactures our own tweeters, woofers, and other critical components. In other words, these are not “box built” speakers with off-the-shelf parts but custom-designed to our specifications. What we do not fabricate directly in our factory we have made to our designs (parts such as transformers, magnets, and wiring harnesses, for example). The cabinets, drivers, bass port designs, amplifiers, and crossovers are all painstakingly tuned together for each Audioengine model. This, in turn, makes for a much more efficient system that requires much less power than passive speakers and a separate integrated amplifier or similar A/V components.

Drivers

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 and they will sound and look great after many years of use.

Power Amplifiers

Power Amplifiers

The amplifiers in Audioengine speakers are located in the left speaker and are a conservatively rated analog design. All components are tuned together for each model, which provides a much more efficient system requiring less power than passive speakers and separate amplifiers. Circuit boards for the power and preamp sections are mounted for maximum mechanical shock protection.

Power Transformers

Power Transformers

Power transformers are a large contributor to the overall audio performance, especially in the low end. Again, no off-the-shelf parts. Audioengine uses gapless core toroidal transformers which have a tighter radiated magnetic field, directly translating to lower noise. They are lighter than standard, lower-cost “EI” transformers and also generate less heat.

Shielding

Shielding

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

Based on Studio Monitor Designs

Based on Studio Monitor Designs

Studio monitor speakers are used by producers and engineers in recording and production studios. They are designed with a theoretical flat frequency response which allows the engineer to create a final mix in such a way that the recorded music will sound good on most other speakers. Although Audioengine speakers are not designed to be up-close “nearfield” studio monitors, we do carry over much of the same higher-end technology, components, and design philosophy for Audioengine speakers.

Cabinets

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. Each cabinet contains tuned, front-port slots. Both speakers are tuned and tested together and sold in pairs.

Techwalla – Desktop Speaker Faceoff

“If you’re looking for audiophile-quality sound with exceptional clarity and detail, the A2+ Powered Desktop Speakers from Audioengine are an excellent choice.”
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Sound & Vision – A2+ Review

“…any version of the Audioengine 2 is a sensational product—and the addition of USB input for just fifty bucks extra makes a great value even better.”
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The Hype Review – A2+ Review

“You’re going to like the Audioengine A2+ from the second you set your eyes on them because of their dashing good looks, but you’re going to really fall in love with them when you start listening.”
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Hardware BBQ – A2+ Review

“The price may seem a bit high compared to lower-priced speakers from Creative, Logitech and others, but the A2+ are in a different league altogether…”
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Audio Video Revolution – A2+ Review

“It seems to me the A2+ onboard DAC was not just thrown in for convenience; it offers very good fidelity.”
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Aph Networks – A2+ Review

“Some say seeing is believing. For the Audioengine A2+, you have to hear it to believe it. This compact 2.0 speaker set is incredible; bar none.”
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Audioholics – A2+ Review

“Sound quality with Audioengine products has always been their strong point but we were frankly stunned by the soundstange and imaging on these little speakers.”
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Gear Patrol – A2+ Review

“These lofty audio chops easily make the A2+ one of the best desktop audio solutions available in its low price range…”
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Truly Net – A2+ Review

“Your music will fill the room, with much deeper lows than you might imagine possible from a 2.0 speaker system that can fit on your desk.”
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Apple Daily Report – A2+ Review

“Even without a subwoofer connected, the bass is impressive, and the high ends, low ends and mid-tones on the A2+ are pristine and crisp.”
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Linus Tech Tips – A2+ Review

Here’s a Youtube video of the A2+ getting the Linus Tech Tips review treatment!
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The Chris Voss Show – A2+ Review

Check out an upboxing video of the A2+ on the Chris Voss Show.
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AudioHead – A2+ Review

“The size, price and performance are a lethal combination. Highly recommended.”
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The Gadgeteer – A2+ Review

“Full sound, decent bass and volume to spare in such a small package is astounding.”
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Laptop Memo – A2+ Review

“If you’ve ever wanted small, entry-level speakers that pack a massive punch, then Audioengine has you covered with the A2+.”
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The Absolute Sound – A2+ Review

“…for $249 you get such quality sound it’s ridiculous. And what’s more, they sounded so good that I started listening to them instead of my main stereo – that’s how much I liked the A2+.”
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The Absolute Sound – A2+ Award

A2+ makes the 2014 Editor’s Choice Recommended Products List

My Mac – A2+ Review

“Jazz benefits very well from these Audioengine speakers, and the music becomes immersive in a way most speakers in this price range can not deliver.”
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PC Magazine – A2+ Review

“…the A2+ brings the clarity and dynamics audiophiles crave to a relatively affordable realm audiophile gear rarely visits.”
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Customer PC – A2+ Review

“Best Sub-$250 Speakers.”
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