A5+ Powered Speakers

$399$469

Afforable audiophile-quality sound.
A5+ Powered Speakers closes the gap between your computer sound system and a huge home hi-fi.
Read more →

thumbnail
thumbnail
thumbnail
Clear selection

Product Description


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.*

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Premium Powered Speakers

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Premium Powered Speakers deliver audiophile-quality sound and features at a price that continues to set the standard for affordable high-quality audio. Connect your iDevice, computer, TV, or any other audio component for great stereo sound in any room.

Affordable Audio

The goal of Audioengine is to provide a high-end listening experience at affordable prices with easy to use, high-quality products. The Audioengine 5 powered speaker system was Audioengine’s flagship model and has become a best seller. The new A5+ has the same award-winning signature sound as the original A5 but includes customer-requested upgrades and features.

Versatile

With custom Kevlar woofers, silk dome tweeters, and hand-built cabinets, the Audioengine 5+ includes a remote control, dual audio inputs and enhanced thermal management. You can charge your iDevice via the USB power port and also add a subwoofer to the variable output. Connect Audioengine 5+ to your computer’s headphone jack or pair with a USB DAC to achieve an even higher level of sound quality. The Audioengine 5+ works with any computer and there’s no software to install or settings to change.

Easy Setup

Built-in power amplifiers save space and eliminate the need to connect Audioengine 5+ to a stereo receiver or external power amp. Simply plug the left speaker into an AC outlet and connect the included speaker wire from the left to right speaker. All internal components of the A5+ are tuned together, providing a more efficient system requiring less power than passive speakers and amplifiers. With superior stereo separation and incredible imaging, A5+ has a clear sonic advantage over boomboxes or all-in-one systems.

Small Speakers, Big Bass

You won’t hear any enhanced super-mega-hyper-monster boomy bass from these powered speakers. As with the original A5, the low end from the A5+ is real bass, very near to the originally-recorded music. From rap to classical to movies, you’ll get tight, punchy bass with an awesome growl that will make you smile – regardless of the volume level.

Hear the Difference

The Audioengine 5+ Premium Powered Speaker System delivers the audio performance and aesthetic quality expected from Audioengine and continues to close the gap between your computer music and home hi-fi. Even if you’re not an audio enthusiast we guarantee your music will sound better!

★★★★★ Support

Need help getting started with your new A5+’s? Here are some resources that will help.

 

30-day audition

Listen to A5+ 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.*

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Premium Powered Speakers

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Premium Powered Speakers deliver audiophile-quality sound and features at a price that continues to set the standard for affordable high-quality audio. Connect your iDevice, computer, TV, or any other audio component for great stereo sound in any room.

Affordable Audio

The goal of Audioengine is to provide a high-end listening experience at affordable prices with easy to use, high-quality products. The Audioengine 5 powered speaker system was Audioengine’s flagship model and has become a best seller. The new A5+ has the same award-winning signature sound as the original A5 but includes customer-requested upgrades and features.

Versatile

With custom Kevlar woofers, silk dome tweeters, and hand-built cabinets, the Audioengine 5+ includes a remote control, dual audio inputs and enhanced thermal management. You can charge your iDevice via the USB power port and also add a subwoofer to the variable output. Connect Audioengine 5+ to your computer’s headphone jack or pair with a USB DAC to achieve an even higher level of sound quality. The Audioengine 5+ works with any computer and there’s no software to install or settings to change.

Easy Setup

Built-in power amplifiers save space and eliminate the need to connect Audioengine 5+ to a stereo receiver or external power amp. Simply plug the left speaker into an AC outlet and connect the included speaker wire from the left to right speaker. All internal components of the A5+ are tuned together, providing a more efficient system requiring less power than passive speakers and amplifiers. With superior stereo separation and incredible imaging, A5+ has a clear sonic advantage over boomboxes or all-in-one systems.

Small Speakers, Big Bass

You won’t hear any enhanced super-mega-hyper-monster boomy bass from these powered speakers. As with the original A5, the low end from the A5+ is real bass, very near to the originally-recorded music. From rap to classical to movies, you’ll get tight, punchy bass with an awesome growl that will make you smile – regardless of the volume level.

Hear the Difference

The Audioengine 5+ Premium Powered Speaker System delivers the audio performance and aesthetic quality expected from Audioengine and continues to close the gap between your computer music and home hi-fi. Even if you’re not an audio enthusiast we guarantee your music will sound better!

★★★★★ Support

Need help getting started with your new A5+’s? Here are some resources that will help.

30-day audition

Listen to A5+ 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 power amplifiers
Remote control
Improved thermal management
RCA and mini-jack audio inputs
Front panel volume control
USB power charge port
Variable preamp audio output
Gold-plated connectors
Full-size 5-way speaker binding posts
Custom Kevlar woofers and silk tweeters
Hand-built MDF wood cabinets
Magnetically shielded
Advance tuned cabinet with rear-ported waveguide
Stand-mount 1/4″ threaded inserts
Cables included

What’s in the box

What’s in the box

(1) A5+ powered (left) speaker
(1) A5+ passive (right) speaker
(1) Remote control
(1) Speaker wire (16AWG), 3.75 meters (~12.3ft)
(1) Detachable power cord
(1) Mini-jack audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5ft)
(1) RCA to RCA audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5ft)
(2) Cloth speaker bag
(1) Cloth cable bag
(1) Setup Guide
(1) Product line brochure

Works with

Works with

Any computer (Mac or PC)
iPod, iPhone, and iPad (all iDevices)
Audioengine wireless audio adapters
Apple Airport Express + AirPlay
Any product with mini-jack or RCA outputs

Finish options

Finish options

Black Satin Paint
Hi-Gloss White Paint
Solid Natural Bamboo

Materials and Construction

Materials and Construction

1/2” (13mm) thick MDF cabinets
5” (130mm) Kevlar woofers with advanced voice coils
3/4” (20mm) silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
Torroidal power transformers

General specifications

General specifications

Type
2.0 powered (active) bookshelf-style speaker system

Power Output
150W peak power total (50W RMS / 75W peak per channel), AES

Inputs
3.5mm stereo mini-jack, RCA L/R

Outputs
RCA variable line-out, USB (power/charge)

Input Voltages
115/240V, 50/60Hz manually switchable

Amplifier Type
Dual Class AB monolithic

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

SNR
>95dB (typical A-weighted)

THD+N
<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

Power Consumption
Idle: 10W
Mute: 6W
Sleep: 4W

Weights and measures

Weights and measures

Dimensions (each speaker HWD)
Left – 10.75″ (27cm) x 7″ (18cm) x 9″ (23cm)
Right – 10.75″ (27cm) x 7″ (18cm) x 7.75″ (20cm)

Weight (LEFT speaker)
15.4 lbs (7 kg)

Weight (RIGHT speaker)
9.6 lbs (4.4 kg)

Shipping weight
31 lbs (14 kg)

Shipping box dims
15″ (38cm) x 22″ (56cm) x 11.5″ (29cm)

Finish options

Finish options

Satin Black
Hi-Gloss White
Solid Carbonized Bamboo

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

1/2” (13mm) thick MDF cabinets
5” (130mm) Kevlar woofers with advanced voice coils
3/4” (20mm) silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
Torroidal power transformer

Included Accessories

Included Accessories

(1) Remote control
(1) Speaker wire (16AWG), 3.75 meters (~12.3ft)
(1) Detachable power cord
(1) Mini-jack audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5ft)
(1) RCA to RCA audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5ft)
(2) Cloth speaker bag
(1) Cloth cable bag
(1) Setup Guide
(1) 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.

USB Power

USB Power

The Audioengine 5+ includes a 5V, 500mA USB power supply that powers later generation iPod, iPhone, and most other USB “bus-powered” devices. The USB port is for power and charging, not for data transfer or music syncing.

Laptop Memo – A5+ Review

“I can say that Audioengine produces the best consumer computer speakers available in existence. And that’s saying a lot.”

Visit Website
View PDF

PC Magazine Editor’s Choice – A5+ Award for Best Computer Speaker

“Our current favorite pair of 2.0 PC speakers overall, the Audioengine 5+ delivers stellar sound quality, impressive bass punch, and flexible connection options.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Macworld – A5+ Review

“There’s a reason Audioengine has moved from a couple of guys hauling speakers to reviewers across the country to a respected brand: The company makes good stuff at reasonable prices.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Beatweek – A5+ Award: Best of 2013

A5+ included in Beatweek’s “Speakers + Audio, The best for 2013

Visit Website
View PDF

Real Geeks Tech – A5+ Review

“Overall, the speakers are definitely getting a 10/10 & I would highly recommend purchasing them.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Custom PC Review – A5+ Review

“Forget about the MM-1, forget about the Companion 5, forget about the BeoLab 4. If you’re looking for the best pair of all around speakers for your computer, A5+ is it.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Audiostream – A5+ Review

“For $399, yes I’m going there, I’d say that the Audioengine 5+s give you more than you’ve given Audioengine.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Beatweek – A5+ Review

“…the most natural-sounding stereo experience I’ve ever heard from a small system. The audio is phenomenal.”

Visit Website
View PDF

PC World – Best of 2012

“These superb speakers hold the number 12 position in our Top 100 list.”

Visit Website

CNET – A5+ Review

“You’re going to be hard-pressed to find a 2.0 system that sounds better for the money and has the 5+’s connectivity options.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Goodsound – A5+ Review

“Emphatically recommended.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Silent PC Review – A5+ Review

“The A5+ represents an uncommonly good value in today’s fractured consumer audio marketplace, and a bonafide entry-level high end product.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Positive Feedback – A5+ Review

“This tiny system really trumped some of the larger systems out there costing thousands more.”

Visit Website
View PDF

HDTV Magazine – A5+ Review

“The Audioengine 5+ is an excellent follow-on to original A5. Their rich deep bass and shimmering highs bring new life to your music library.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Playback – A5+ Review

“For $399 the A5+ delivers more than enough music to be satisfying, even if you’re used to listening to far more expensive gear.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Sound+Vision – A5+ Review

“Perhaps the 5+’s most dramatic aural attribute was its stereo imaging.”

Visit Website
View PDF

The Online Photographer – A5+ Review

“Seldom is any product such a safe recommendation. Sure is nice when that happens.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Okay Geek – A5+ Review

“If you have the cash and are looking for something in the audiophile market, then look no further than this premium speaker set.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Audioholics – A5+ Review

“In particular, we loved the dynamics and spatial imaging. These speakers are easy to set up, easy to use, easy on the ears.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Wired – A5+ review

“Rich, detailed, room-filling sound that bests speakers costing twice as much.”

Visit Website
View PDF

PC Magazine – A5+ Review

“The Audioengine 5+ is a superb stereo speaker set that delivers audio in a classic style that is rare these days.”

Visit Website
View PDF

What Hi-Fi – A5+ Review

“Their sonic scale is striking for the money, happily filling our room better than similarly-sized iPod docks.”

Visit Website
View PDF

Gizmodo

A5+ makes Gizmodo’s Favorites List!

Visit Website
View PDF

MacDirectory – D1 / A5+ Review

“I have to rate the D1 and A5+ as excellent values, particularly when compared to world-class brands like Bowers & W.”

What are the differences between A5 and A5+?
Here’s a list of A5+ upgrades:

  • advance tuned cabinet with rear-ported waveguide
  • improved thermal management
  • upgraded speaker connector binding posts
  • remote control
  • variable preamp line out
  • RCA and mini-jack inputs
  • stand-mount 1/4″ threaded inserts

Just how easy is it to set up the A5+?
Our powered speakers are an all-in-one solution with no extra amps or components needed! All you need to do is unpack the speakers, place them where you want, and then plug in the AC cord. Next, connect the included speaker wire from the active speaker to the right passive speaker. Then plug in your music (iPod, CD player, computer, etc.) with the supplied cables and you’re ready to go.

Why do I have to plug one speaker into the wall?
Audioengine powered speaker models have a built-in power amplifier in the left speaker so you won’t need a stereo receiver or other extra components for power.

What is the difference between powered and active speakers?
There are a few notable differences but both designs function basically the same. “Active” and “powered” speakers refer to speakers with power amplifiers built into either one speaker or both. Audioengine speakers were designed with the power amps in the left speaker to make connections easier as they only require one power cord and all connections are on the same speaker.

Are the A5+ speakers accurate enough to serve as studio monitors for mixing music tracks?
The A5+ was designed with the user’s listening experience in mind and are not marketed as pro audio mixing monitors. However, Audioengine has its roots in the studio monitor world and the A5+ is quite good for this purpose. We’ve had customers tell us they use these for nearfield listening and music editing with excellent results.

What is the AC power cable type for Audioengine powered speakers?
We use non-polarized 2-Pin IEC 320-C7 cables. These are fairly standard cables, and you should be able to find them locally if needed. You can also find them in the Accessories section in our store.

Can I take my Audioengine speakers to another country with a different voltage?
Yes, just switch the voltage selector on the rear panel to match the AC power in your country before powering them on. We recommend changing the fuse when using a different voltage. For 220 volts, here’s the value you would need:

5mm x 20mm – 1.6 amps @ 250 volts

The power cable is detachable on our powered speakers which makes it convenient to replace the AC plug with a different type if you don’t want to use an adapter plug.

Can I use a power inverter with Audioengine speakers?
Sure, for A5+ you will need about 100-120W.

Do higher power output ratings for audio gear mean louder or better sounding speakers?
Not necessarily. Audioengine speakers and amplifiers are very efficient and designed together as a system so therefore we get more volume output than stereo receivers or amplifiers that might higher wattage or power numbers. Due to this tuning we achieve big sound outputs with a fraction of the power required by other systems.

It is true that speaker placement really can make a difference in sound quality?
There are different theories but rooms and tastes are different so it’s tough to specify a correct placement. We suggest you experiment with different locations to see what works for you. As a general rule of thumb for the best sound stage balance, the speakers should be equi-distant from side walls and a different distance from rear walls. Our front-ported speakers (such as the A2+) do not need any rear panel clearance for better bass but recommend keeping them a few inches from the rear wall for adequate ventilation.

Can I increase the length or change the speaker wire between each speaker?
Sure. For the best audio performance we’ve included 6.5 feet of 16 gauge wire with each powered speaker system but any “stranded” speaker wire will work. The speaker binding posts on the back of each cabinet will accept bare stranded wire, however you can also use wires terminated with spade lugs, banana plugs, or pins.

Will the sound be affected if I place the left (active) speaker on the right side and the right speaker on the left?
Swapping sides will not have any negative effect on the soundstage or quality/clarity of the speakers. This will simply give you the reverse of what the artist intended for you to hear.

Can Audioengine speakers be placed on their sides?
Yes, and we recommend that you position each so the tweeters are facing outward.

Are Audioengine speakers portable?
There are so many cheap portable speakers on the market that we decided to create a line of real speakers that are self-powered, sound great, and don’t have a handle or run off batteries. In other words, Audioengine speakers are not really portable but are durable enough that you could carry them around in bags or backpacks like when out on the road.

Will Audioengine speakers work with a PC or Mac?
Absolutely! Use the computer’s headphone output, soundcard, or DAC audio output from your Mac or PC directly into Audioengine speakers and you’re good to go. PC, Mac, laptop or any computer.

Why do digital music files sound better with Audioengine speakers?
Audioengine speakers were specially designed and tuned to make MP3 and other digital music files sound great. We spent many months tuning each speaker and almost exclusively used various compresses and lossless files types encoded at different bitrates during this process. Even though we are big fans of digital music your turntable or reel-to-reel tape player will sound equally as good.

Will I get buzz from the speakers if I place my iPhone near them?
All Audioengine speakers are video and magnetically-shielded, however “GSM buzz” cannot be blocked by magnetic shielding. What actually causes this is your phone being in 2G or “EDGE” instead of 3G or 4G. For best results when using your phone as a music source, ensure that it’s operating on 3G (or 4G).

Is it OK to connect Audioengine active speakers to my stereo receiver or integrated amplifier?
We’ve built amplifiers into our powered speakers but if you wish to use Audioengine speakers with an existing receiver take the “preamp out” from your receiver and connect it to one of the Audioengine inputs (if you need to, use the included RCA stereo “Y” connector to 1/8” mini plug cable). We also make passive speakers (the HDP6 and P4), so check those out as well!

Will Audioengine 5+ work with my Sonos ZP90?
Sure, just connect the SONOS analog audio outputs to the A5+. Use our passive P4 speakers if you have a SONOS CONNECT:AMP.

If I connect my turntable to the A5+ will it be necessary to purchase a phono preamp or can I simply connect the turntable directly to the A5+ input?
Some turntables will need a preamp before being connected and others may have one built-in. With that in mind, it is best to check the turntable manufacturer’s website, the turntable’s user manual, or you can even try your turntable without the preamp first to see how it operates.

When I connect a turntable to my A5+, why is the volume is extremely low?
Some turntables do not have a built-in preamps and as a result you will need to add an external phono preamp between your turntable and the A5+. Many turntables, however, (such as the Music Hall USB-1 or Audio Technica AT-LP120) have a built-in preamp and include a switch on the back for “line” or “phono”. For Audioengine powered speakers select “line”.

If I have 2 inputs plugged in at the same time, how does Audioengine switch between audio sources?
Both inputs are “open” or active, so you can leave 2 audio sources plugged in at the same time with no need to flip any switches!

Should I use the volume control on the front of the A5+s or can I adjust from system volume on my computer?
If the left speaker is in an easy to reach location, you can certainly use the physical knob to set volume. If not though, we generally recommend setting the A5+ at around 50% and adjusting from source.

If I connect my Audioengine speakers to a computer, iPod, or other music player, what volume level should I set on the player and speakers? What is the ideal overall volume level on the music source to get the cleanest distortion-free sound?
Every setup is different but we generally recommend leaving your speaker volume at around 11 or 12 o’clock and then using your music source (iPod, computer, TV, etc.) as the master volume control.

Will my current universal remote work with my A5+?
The A5+ is not officially supported by any universal remotes. It is possible to use a third party remote, but that remote needs to support IR learning. This is a feature that allows a universal remote to learn commands directly from the remote we supply. The Logitech Harmony remote, for example, is supported by the A5+s.

I have an Android phone that includes an IR transmitter. Can I use my phone to control the A5+s?
Yes! We’ve been notified that the Android App ZappIR supports the A5+s. So if you have a phone with an IR blaster like the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S4 you can use the App to raise or lower the volume of your A5+s with your phone!

Can you stream music wirelessly to the A5+ with the Audioengine wireless adapters like you can with the A5+?
Yep, an AC wall outlet near the A5+ is all you need to power the AW3 wireless Receiver.

How do I connect my W3 wireless adapter into the A5+ powered speakers since they don’t have a USB power plug built into the speakers?
Plug the W3 AC Power Supply (one adapter is included with the W3) into an AC outlet, connect the W3 Receiver into the adapter, and run the mini-jack cable from the Receiver to the A5+’s. Simple!

How can I stream music from my computer to multiple Audioengine speakers or other stereo systems?
Check out our W3 Wireless Adapter set. These adapters allow you to stream wireless audio from any program/website/player to our speakers and subwoofer. Apple’s AirPort Express is another high-quality option to send music from iTunes out to multiple speakers in other rooms.

Are these speakers designed for use only with computers or iPods? I would like to connect them to my Panasonic DVD player or TV or even my Denon stereo. Is this possible?
Yes, absolutely. All your A/V gear with an RCA or mini-jack 1/8″ connector (even a headphone jack) will work great with Audioengine powered speakers.

Some people want to upgrade the audio on their TV’s but aren’t necessarily interested in surround sound. Can I hook up some Audioengine speakers to my TV instead of buying a surround sound system or soundbar?
Audioengine speakers can be easily connected to the audio output on your TV set. Any of our speakers will provide an easy setup and a greatly enhanced TV audio experience with a wider soundstage and better imaging than most sound bars!

Are two separate speakers really better than one boombox or soundbar?
We are firm believers that two quality speakers will always sound better than one or more speakers together in a single cabinet, regardless of the amplifier or sound enhancing technology used. There are some decent one-piece speaker systems that simulate stereo and surround sound from a single source, but most fall way short as they can’t accurately duplicate a wide sound stage with imaging as complete and rich as Audioengine speakers.

I’d like to connect an Apple Airport Express to my A5+ speakers to stream music from my Mac. I also wish to connect the speakers to my Samsung LCD TV. Is it possible to have simultaneous connections to the A5+?
Yes, there are 2 audio inputs on Audioengine powered speakers so connect the Airport Express to one input and the variable output from your TV into the other. Both inputs are “open” or active so you can leave 2 audio sources plugged in at the same time with no need to flip any switches.

Can I control Audioengine speakers with my TV remote control? What if my TV only has one audio output that cannot be controlled with the TV remote?
Although many TVs have only one L/R audio output, which typically defaults to fixed, this setting can be sometimes be changed via the on-screen menu so please check your manual to see which outputs are variable. Also try the headphone output.

How can such small speakers have so much clean-sounding, deep, tight bass?
One of the reasons Audioengine active and passive speakers have such amazing bass in such a small package are the designs of the bass ports on each speaker. These aren’t just holes or slots in the cabinets, but specifically shaped openings with tubes designed with precise calculations. The result is incredible low end with minimal audible air turbulence. These are effectively mini-subs built into each speaker, allowing Audioengine speakers to be used with or without a separate subwoofer. It’s also worth mentioning that we don’t use any enhancement circuits to add fake bass, so what you’ll hear is real bass- low and clean.

Can I use my headphones with the A5+s?
You wouldn’t be able to use a pair of headphones directly with the A5+s; in order to use headphones with the A5+s, you would need to include something with a dedicated headphone amp, such as our D1. All you would need to do is plug the D1 into your computer (either with an optical or USB cable) and connect the D1 from its RCA outputs into either of the inputs of your speakers.

Can I use a subwoofer with Audioengine powered speakers?
Even though Audioengine speakers have big and tight low end which will easily fill a room and rival floor standing speakers many times their size, you can also connect an external sub if you wish (or connect Audioengine speakers to your sub’s line-level output). You can even connect our wireless W3 adapter to the A5+ for a wireless subwoofer!

If I have a subwoofer of my own, how would I use it with the A5+s?
All you would need to do is connect the variable output of the A5+ into the input of your sub using RCA cables.

Do Audioengine speakers come with speaker grills?
Our woofers are made of Kevlar and the tweeter domes are silk. Both of these materials are very robust and can handle quite a bit, therefore we decided against grill covers as they tend to negatively color the sound. Even though our speakers do not have grills they are still cat and kid-friendly!

Can I drill holes in my powered Audioengine speakers and mount them to a wall?
Due to the electronics, cabinet materials, and high-end finish it’s not a good idea to drill into your speakers; however, we have provided a 1/4″ threaded insert to use with wall mounts. Please note that this insert is only meant to be used for stability with platformed stands that have this feature; the insert is not meant to hold the total weight of the speaker. We don’t endorse any specific models of stands.

Do Audioengine 5+ speakers have an auto-sleep, idle, or auto-power-off function? And can I leave them on all the time?
The A5+ remote has a SLEEP button, which when pressed puts that A5+ into a low-power model so you can leave the speakers on all the time. Check the A5+ Setup Guide for more information.

If my speakers are “asleep” or in idle mode why can I still hear a faint hum or hiss if I put my ear very close to the speaker?
Even though the final amp stage is shut down during sleep, the preamp stage is still powered up so a slight hiss is not uncommon. If you have an analog audio cable plugged in to the speakers but not into anything else, it’s also possible this could be picking up some noise as well.

What if my speakers or subwoofer have a hum or buzzing sound?
Hum or buzz in the speakers is usually caused by something external to the speakers which is coupling noise into the speaker system (either through the AC lines, cordless phone, wireless router, or directly from the source input). A common reason is that the entire system is setup such that a “ground loop” results. Basically, a ground loop occurs when the AC power grounds and the system signal grounds are not at the same electrical potential. Refer to our online Setup Guides for a list of things to try.

The volume control on my A5+ is acting odd, or not responding at all. What do I do?
Try turning your A5+s off and then back on. Since the A5+ volume control is a digital encoder, it uses a microprocessor to attenuate the volume. Like most sensitive electronics if left on for an extended period of time, you may eventually experience unexpected operation. Not to worry though. If this does happen, simply “reboot” your A5+s, and they should go back to working like you’d expect them to.