HD6 Wireless Speakers

$749

Modern. In the classic sense.
HD6 captures the spirit of of the world’s most iconic speakers and blends it with the soul of a cutting edge connected machine. It gives you high resolution audio from any wireless device.
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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.*

Our 10th Anniversary Flagship

Our flagship HD6 powered speaker system represents a major milestone for Audioengine and shows just how far we’ve come in 10 years. Featuring built-in amplifiers that really pack a punch as well as analog and digital inputs including aptX® Bluetooth® and optical, the HD6 is not just another great-sounding pair of Audioengine powered speakers, but a complete audio system.

Versatile connectivity

We’ve included features from some of our best-selling products making HD6 quite possibly the most versatile powered speaker available. Stream TIDAL, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube – or any streaming service or media player – wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet or computer. For the highest resolution connect to the optical input, which is perfect for network music players. It can also be used to connect any component with an optical output, including your TV system. You can also connect your favorite turntable or a subwoofer, so no matter how you connect and listen, HD6 has you covered.

Retro-forward design

HD6 was designed for audio performance, but speakers obviously also need to look good so we’ve included furniture-grade wood veneers, aluminum trim accents, and detachable magnetic grills that blend with any decor. Available in Satin Black as well as real Walnut and Cherry wood at no additional cost if you want to really show them off.

Easy Setup

Built-in power amplifiers save space and eliminate the need to connect HD6 to a stereo receiver or external power amp. Simply plug the left speaker into a power outlet and connect the included speaker wire from the left to the right passive speaker. All internal components of the HD6 are designed and tuned together, so you’ll get Audioengine’s Signature Sound and a much more efficient system than traditional separate passive speakers and amplifiers.

Quality sound

HD6 is Audioengine’s latest statement on high-quality and highly-affordable audio. The all-new woofers have diecast aluminum frames allowing the lower-end to really perform. Also new are the silk dome tweeters which have been upgraded for even smoother, more extended highs, superior stereo separation, and incredible imaging. The HD6 speaker cabinets are also a new design that are thicker and more stable which reduces unwanted resonances.

★★★★★ Support

Need help getting started with your new HD6’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.*

Our 10th Anniversary Flagship

Our flagship HD6 powered speaker system represents a major milestone for Audioengine and shows just how far we’ve come in 10 years. Featuring built-in amplifiers that really pack a punch as well as analog and digital inputs including aptX® Bluetooth® and optical, the HD6 is not just another great-sounding pair of Audioengine powered speakers, but a complete audio system.

Versatile connectivity

We’ve included features from some of our best-selling products making HD6 quite possibly the most versatile powered speaker available. Stream TIDAL, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube – or any streaming service or media player – wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet or computer. For the highest resolution connect to the optical input, which is perfect for network music players. It can also be used to connect any component with an optical output, including your TV system. You can also connect your favorite turntable or a subwoofer, so no matter how you connect and listen, HD6 has you covered.

Retro-forward design

HD6 was designed for audio performance, but speakers obviously also need to look good so we’ve included furniture-grade wood veneers, aluminum trim accents, and detachable magnetic grills that blend with any decor. Available in Satin Black as well as real Walnut and Cherry wood at no additional cost if you want to really show them off.

Easy Setup

Built-in power amplifiers save space and eliminate the need to connect HD6 to a stereo receiver or external power amp. Simply plug the left speaker into a power outlet and connect the included speaker wire from the left to the right passive speaker. All internal components of the HD6 are designed and tuned together, so you’ll get Audioengine’s Signature Sound and a much more efficient system than traditional separate passive speakers and amplifiers.

Quality sound

HD6 is Audioengine’s latest statement on high-quality and highly-affordable audio. The all-new woofers have diecast aluminum frames allowing the lower-end to really perform. Also new are the silk dome tweeters which have been upgraded for even smoother, more extended highs, superior stereo separation, and incredible imaging. The HD6 speaker cabinets are also a new design that are thicker and more stable which reduces unwanted resonances.

★★★★★ Support

Need help getting started with your new HD6’s? Here are some resources that will help.

30-day audition

Listen to HD3 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 class A/B monoblock power amplifiers
Dual audio inputs and full-range variable output
High-fidelity advanced Bluetooth® with aptX®, simplified setup, extended range, and 24-bit upsampling
24-bit digital optical (SPDIF) input
Custom 5.5” Kevlar woofers with die cast aluminum woofer baskets
Custom 1” silk tweeters with neodymium magnets and ferrofluid-cooled voice coils
Hand-built cabinets with furniture-grade finishes
Detachable magnetic speaker grills
Threaded inserts to secure speakers to stands
Passive crossovers with upgraded components
Solid aluminum remote control

What’s in the box

What’s in the box

HD6 powered (left) speaker
HD6 passive (right) speaker
Remote control
Antenna
Speaker wire (16AWG), 4 meters (~13ft)
Power cable
Mini-jack audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5 feet)
RCA audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5 feet)
Microfiber speaker bags
Microfiber cable bag
Quickstart guide
Product line brochure

Works with

Works with

Mac, PC, tablets, or smartphones
Any operating system (Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, Android)
Any music player app or streaming service (iTunes, TIDAL, Youtube, Amarra, etc.)
Any product with Bluetooth, mini-jack, RCA, or optical outputs (TV, Apple TV, network streamer, etc)
All Audioengine digital-to-analog converters and wireless audio adapters

Finish options

Finish options

Satin Black Paint
Cherry Wood Veneer
Walnut Wood Veneer

Materials and construction

Materials and construction

¾” (20mm) thick MDF cabinets
1″ (25mm) silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
5.5″ (140mm) Kevlar woofers with advanced voice coils and diecast aluminum frames
Built-in linear power supply with toroidal power transformer

About Bluetooth® and aptX®

About Bluetooth® and aptX®

Our Bluetooth products easily connect to any of your devices that have Bluetooth, but to get the best sound possible we recommend using a device that supports Bluetooth aptX. Find out more about aptX here: csr.com/products/aptx

And if you’re looking for a new smartphone, tablet, or computer with aptX or want to look up your device and see if it supports aptX, go here to check out what’s available: aptx.com/products/browse/categories

And for iPad or iPhone users that don’t have aptX, don’t despair! MacOS (MacBook, iMac, Mac mini) include Bluetooth aptX, however if you use an iPhone or iPad, Apple generally uses the AAC codec and doesn’t support aptX. AAC sounds really good as well and you’ll also get the extra benefit of our upsampling 24-bit DAC, so you won’t be disappointed by the sound quality if you use an iOS device with any of our Bluetooth products.

General specifications

General specifications

Speaker type
2.0 powered bookshelf-style speaker system featuring wireless and digital optical inputs

Power output
150W peak power total (50W RMS, 75W peak per channel)

Inputs
3.5mm mini-jack, RCA L/R, digital optical (SPDIF,) Bluetooth aptX

Outputs
Variable line-out w/2.0V RMS max output, 47ohm output impedance

Input voltages
115/240V, 50/60Hz manually-switchable

Amplifier type
Analog dual-class A/B monolithic

Drivers
5.5″ Kevlar woofers, 1″ silk dome tweeters

SNR
>95dB (typical A-weighted)

THD+N
<0.05% at all power settings

Crosstalk
-50dB

Frequency response
50Hz-22kHz ±1.5dB

Analog input impedance
48Kohms unbalanced (mini-jack and RCA inputs)

Protection
Output current limiting, thermal over-temperature, power on/off transient protection, replaceable external main fuse

Bluetooth specifications

Bluetooth specifications

Internal D/A converter
AKM AK4396

Input bit depth
24-bits upsampled

Bluetooth receiver type
Bluetooth 4.0 audio

Supported codecs
aptX, AAC, SBC

Wireless operation range
Up to 100ft (30m) typical

Input data rate
Determined by Bluetooth

Wireless latency
~30 milliseconds (ms)

Optical specifications

Optical specifications

Internal D/A converter
AKM AK4396

Input bit depth
up to 24-bits native

Input data rate
up to 192KS/s native

Speaker Dimensions (HxWxD)

Speaker Dimensions (HxWxD)

Left speaker (powered)
Dimensions: 11.75” (30cm) x 7.25” (18.5cm) x 10” (25cm)
Weight: 17.5 lbs (8kg)

Right speaker (passive)
Dimensions: 11.75” (30cm) x 7.25” (18.5cm) x 10” (25cm)
Weight: 12.5 lbs (5.5kg)

Shipping Box

Shipping Box

Dimensions: 17” (43cm) x 20” (51cm) x 15” (38cm)
Total weight: 33.5 lbs (15kg)

Power consumption

Power consumption

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

Environmental requirements

Environmental requirements

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

Custom components

Custom components

Audioengine designs and manufactures our own speaker drivers and other critical components. In other words, HD6 is not a “box-built” system with off-the-shelf parts, but includes custom-designed components constructed to our specifications. What we do not fabricate directly inside our factories we have made to our specific designs – parts such as circuit boards, transformers, magnets, and wiring harnesses, for example.

Efficient integrated design

Efficient integrated design

The speaker cabinets, drivers, innovative bass port designs, amplifiers, and passive crossovers are all critically tuned together for each Audioengine model. This, in turn, makes for a much more efficient system that requires less power than passive speakers and a separate integrated amplifier or similar A/V components. We build all this goodness into the left speaker cabinet to make it super-easy to connect your smartphone, tablet, computer, TV, network player – or any other audio product.

Built-in B1 and D1

Built-in B1 and D1

We’ve taken features from two of our best-selling products, the B1 aptX® Bluetooth® Receiver and the D1 24-bit DAC, and combined some of this circuitry with advanced speaker components to achieve a complete high-end analog and digital audio system.

High-quality Bluetooth audio

High-quality Bluetooth audio

The Bluetooth built into the HD6 powered speakers features aptX coding which is an advanced Bluetooth audio codec with very impressive sound. And even if your phone or tablet doesn’t have aptX, the HD6 Bluetooth solution is backwards-compatible with SBC and AAC codecs, so you can wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device and still enjoy all your music. High-fidelity Bluetooth aptX that really works and sounds great. Here’s why:

Extended wireless range – Most Bluetooth implementations have very limited range, typically within just one room. But with careful signal management circuitry and antenna tuning, we offer a superior solution that has up to 3 times the range of standard Bluetooth for multi-room use, with no degradation in audio quality.

24-bit DAC – HD6’s Bluetooth receiver and optical input both utilize the AKM AK4396A DAC, widely known for its low-noise and high-fidelity. The optical input configures the AK4396A as a bit-perfect 24-bit DAC, which will process sample rates up to 192kHz natively. But for Bluetooth the AK4396A is used as an upsampling DAC and will pad all bit depths to 24-bits, achieving a higher signal-to-noise ratio and lower noise floor. Due to the high signal-to-noise specs of the AK4396A, the fact that digital signal is upsampled to 24-bits – as well as the added benefit of onboard triple redundancy power source conversion and filtering – the HD6 Bluetooth implementation presents impressive low noise and low distortion characteristics with a noticeable improvement over other Bluetooth devices.

Furniture-grade finishes

Furniture-grade finishes

HD6’s cabinets are available in several handsome finishes, including walnut and cherry veneers as well as satin black paint, offering a wide choice for complementing room furnishings. Also included are detachable grills that add further aesthetic advantages as they are firmly held in place with hidden neodymium magnets for a clean look.

Amplifier design

Amplifier design

The amplifiers in powered Audioengine speakers are located in the left speaker and are a conservatively-rated class A/B analog monoblock design. This is a more traditional speaker/amplifier marriage which provides excellent quality audio and greater flexibility. All circuit boards for the power and preamp sections are vertically mounted for maximum mechanical shock protection.

Driver designs

Driver designs

Audioengine uses audiophile-quality, ferrofluid-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 the woofer retains its shape when being driven at high levels. The HD6 woofers are housed in cast aluminum frames which provide high rigidity and increased heat dispersion.

Power transformers

Power transformers

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

Shielding

Shielding

Both of HD6’s speaker drivers are directly magnetically-shielded.

Positive Feedback - Writer's Choice Award

WhatHiFi – HD6 Review

“These refined, pleasant-sounding and well-designed speakers are a credit to the brand.”
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Positive Feedback - Writer's Choice Award

Positive Feedback – Writer’s Choice Award

“Beyond everything else that these speakers offer, they are unbelievably musical; the job that Audioengine has done in matching the internal amp with the speaker complement is textbook design, such that I could very easily live with them forever.”
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Starke Insider

Stark Insider – HD6 Review

“I can hear so much more detail than I could with other PC speaker systems I tried. Stereo separation is fantastic. And the tonality is pleasing and beautifully balanced.”
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Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity

Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity – HD6 Review

“I am strongly recommending the HD6’s for consideration if you are in the market for a small system. I can’t think of any system I have heard that does as much and for such a reasonable price.”
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APH Networks

APH Networks – HD6 Review

“If heaven is installing a new sound system, they will be getting the Audioengine HD6.”
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Constantine Soo's Dagogo

Constantine Soo’s Dagogo – HD6 Review

“I was shocked how big these speakers sounded. I mean they had real scale. It didn’t matter whether I was listening to a big band, a symphony orchestra or watching an action movie, they sounded huge. The soundstage was very wide, very deep and they had a great vertical soundstage. Add to this scale a sense of real power and you have a really impressive sounding system.”
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Sound & Vision

Sound & Vision – HD6 Review

“The easy-to-live-with HD6 looks great and can deliver high-quality, true stereo sound with a minimum of fuss and clutter.”
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The Gadgeteer

The Gadgeteer – HD6 Review

“Once again, Audioengine has made a pair of speakers that should thrill the buyer and continually amaze with killer audio.”
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AudiophiliaAudiophilia Star Component

Audiophilia – HD6 Review

“Once serious listening began, the HD6’s sweet quality became apparent. No matter the genre, the speakers captured the musical essence of the repertoire.”
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CNET

CNET – HD6 Review

“Audioengine’s brilliant new HD6 speaker: Stereo imaging was remarkably broad… (and) the HD6’s dynamic punch was awfully good….”
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The Absolute Sound

The Absolute Sound – Audioengine HD6

“A genuine performer, it’s attractive, flexible, and user-friendly. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a “tweener” rig that does more for less than the HD6. Truly the little audio engine that could.”
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Digital Audio Review

Digital Audio Review – HD6 Review

“The HD6 is a retro-styled system-in-a-box that just works…and one that sounds as good as it looks.”
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Positive Feedback

Positive Feedback – HD6 Review

“Audioengine has been riding the crest of audio innovation for some time, and it appears with the HD6, they are riding higher than ever.”
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Enjoy the Music

Enjoy the Music.com – HD6 Review

“I can’t recommend the Audioengine HD6 highly enough. This amplified speaker is perfect for music lovers and audiophiles who need a small self-powered speaker that works in many applications.”
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Audiostream

Audiostream – HD6 Review

“While the Audioengine HD6’s worked perfectly wonderfully on my desktop, if you’re also going to ask your desktop speakers to do double-time in-room, the HD6’s are bouncing out of their seat, waving their hand, and shouting “Pick me!, Pick me!”.”
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Positive Feedback – HD6 Review

“The HD6’s offer an imposing package of features that has the potential to serve as an impressive stand-alone system—just add a source de jour.”
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9to5toys.com

9to5toys.com – HD6 Review

“With the consumer audio world dominated by artificial bass enhancements, Audioengine thankfully skips the low-end augmentation. The HD6 shines on acoustic and jazz tracks where string instruments accompanied with strong vocals are present.”
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Digital Audio Review

Digital Audio Review – Getting real with Audioengine HD6 active loudspeakers

“Choice is often the biggest barrier to entry to those curious about better sound. Audioengine’s HD6 see the customer taken care of in a single hit – no mess, no fuss. Hard to ask for more than that.”
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Gear Diary

Gear Diary – HD6 Review

“Yes, the HD6 offer both the sound and the aesthetic I want in our main living space. I’m a huge fan and I know you will be too.”
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Soundstage Experience

Soundstage Experience – HD6 Review

“From top to bottom, it’s a complete product in a way that few other audio systems are. It’s pretty and stylish, with a gorgeous real-wood finish. Its high-quality remote has a pleasing weight and solidity. Perhaps most important, its Bluetooth functionality was flawless in execution. Add to these its smooth midrange and properly punchy bass, and Audioengine’s HD6 is an easy recommendation for, well, just about anyone.”
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Audio Video Revolution

Audio Video Revolution – HD6 Review

“Audioengine HD6 Powered Speakers are a wonderful achievement. They are feature-rich, a snap to set up and dial in, and lookers to boot. At $749 you have a turn key solution with only a line level source needed to get rocking. Link up any Bluetooth capable device and enjoy high fidelity.”
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Home Theater Shack

Home Theater Shack – HD6 Review

“Make a note: Audioengine = Super Value, they are one and the same.”
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Metal-Fi

Metal-Fi – HD6 Review

“HD6 is not just a pair of speakers, but an entire stereo system that both looks and sounds high-end, all for an extremely sensible asking price – a rarity in the audiophile world I assure you.”
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HD6 Key Features

  • larger redesigned woofer with die-cast aluminum frame for extended bass response with fast dynamics
  • new larger custom 1” tweeter for an open and realistic high end and an extraordinary soundstage
  • thicker, low-resonance cabinet
  • upgraded crossover components
  • Bluetooth aptX and digital optical inputs
  • real wood-veneer cabinet finish options
  • removable magnetic grills
  • solid aluminum remote control

Just how easy is it to set up the HD6?
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.

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 use a power inverter with Audioengine speakers?
Sure! For HD6 you will need about 100-120 watts

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.

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 HD6) 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. If you do place the speakers on their side, 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.

Is the HD6 designed only for use with Bluetooth devices?
There is an auxiliary input on the rear panel so you can directly connect any product with an audio output.

What makes Audioengine wireless Bluetooth speakers and receivers better than other Bluetooth systems?
Some of the features we feel make our products better are overall ease of setup, high-quality audio components and design, as well as high interference tolerance – all the good stuff that’s important for a wireless product to be of any real use. The HD6 also features a higher signal-to-noise ratio due to the inclusion of a 24-bit high-performance DAC and much better range than most Bluetooth products.

If HD6 is paired and connected to my phone, do I need to do anything else to play music?
Once your HD6 is paired and connected then any app (iTunes, Amarra, etc.) – or online players such as Youtube – it will automatically play your music through Bluetooth.

Do I need to install any special software apps or drivers for the HD6?
No extra software or drivers are needed. The HD6 is compatible with any device that supports Bluetooth, and the A2DP profile for streaming stereo audio. This includes most smartphones, tablets, and computers.

What if my source doesn’t support aptX? Can I still use HD6 and if so, how will it sound?
You can absolutely still use the HD6 and it will sound great. AptX is a high-quality Bluetooth audio codec that works really well. In addition to mandatory support for SBC, Bluetooth also includes optional support for many other codecs, like MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and AAC, all of which have their own advantages, and some of which sound very close to AptX.

What does the indicator light on the HD6 rear panel mean?

  • If it’s on and solid, this means the HD6 is powered on, and currently connected to a Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • If your source is currently sending the A5+ an aptX signal, the LED indicator on the front panel will illuminate orange instead of white.
  • If it’s on and blinking, this means the HD6 is powered on but not currently connected to a device.
  • If it’s off (and HD6 is powered on), this means Bluetooth is in standby and not connected to a device.
  • The HD6, however, is still visible to your device, so simply connect using your device and it will automatically wake up.

Can I use my computer speakers and the HD6 at the same time?
If you have a Mac running Snow Leopard or later, you can create a multiple output device to accomplish this. See the link below for how-to instructions on Apple’s site:

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5178

Is the HD6 compatible with TIDAL music streaming service?
The short answer is yes! You can use TIDAL on any compatible source device (PC, Mac, iPhone Android, etc.). The HD6 is compatible with most all of these devices as well since they almost universally also include Bluetooth.

OK, so If I can use the HD6 with TIDAL, how come you’re not listed on TIDALs website?
From what we understand the devices listed on TIDAL’s website are network media servers with the TIDAL app already installed on their operating systems, that’s all. No difference in audio quality or anything else as compared to their downloadable app, just that TIDAL comes pre-installed on those devices. The only notable exception is that if you’re listening to TIDAL on a computer, the only web browser that supports the full audio quality is Google Chrome.

Will my music have a delay through the HD6 if I’m watching a movie or music video?
Bluetooth has a delay of about 30ms (milliseconds) so you can watch videos from Youtube, for example, and stream out the audio through your HD6 without any noticeable lag between the video and audio.

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.

The headphone jack on my computer is noisy but I want to connect my Audioengine speakers to my Mac. What do I do?
Some computer headphone outputs are noisy and have poor audio quality. If this is your computer, try using the optical or Bluetooth connection with your HD6. Or, check out our D1 or D3 wired DACs for 24-bit playback.

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!

If I connect my turntable to the HD6 will it be necessary to purchase a phono preamp or can I simply connect the turntable directly to the HD6 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 HD6, 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 HD6. 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”.

How does the HD6 switch between audio sources?
Both analog 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! Both the optical input and the bluetooth module share the same DAC so using the optical input on the HD6 as well as streaming to the speakers via bluetooth would utilize the built-in DAC. This means that the HD6’s bluetooth receiver takes priority, so if you start playing audio over Bluetooth the optical input will mute; optical will resume automatically a few seconds after Bluetooth is paused or disconnected.

Should I use the volume control on the front of the HD6 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 HD6 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.

Can I control Audioengine speakers with my TV remote control?
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.

Will my current universal remote work with my HD6?
The HD6 is not officially supported by any universal remotes. You can however use a learning remote to copy the signals being sent by the HD6’s remote. Check with the manufacturer of your remote to find out if it supports learning IR codes.

I have an Android phone that includes an IR transmitter. Can I use my phone to control the them?
Yes! We’ve been notified that the Android App ZappIR supports the HD6s. 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 HD6s with your phone!

Click here to check out ZappIR

Can you stream music wirelessly to the HD6 with the Audioengine wireless adapters like you can with the A5+?
Yep, an AC wall outlet near the HD6 is all you need to power the AW3 wireless Receiver. 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 HD6 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 HD6?
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 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 HD6 for a wireless subwoofer!

If I have a subwoofer of my own, how would I use it with the HD6?
All you would need to do is connect the variable output of the HD6 into the input of your sub using RCA cables.

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 remote has a SLEEP button, which when pressed puts the HD6 into a low-power model so you can leave the speakers on all the time. Check the 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 pre-amp 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.

I’m hearing a crackling/popping sound when playing music. What am I doing wrong and how can I fix this?
When issues do crop up in USB audio, this is a common symptom. The PDF linked below outlines the issue and potential causes as well as some common fixes.

View PDF

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 set up 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.