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A2+ Desktop Speakers
EPIC DESKTOP SETUP
THE MUST-HAVE DESKTOP EXPERIENCE

The Audioengine A2+ Powered Speakers are the reference standard for desktop audio and these small but high-performance speakers are the perfect upgrade for all your music.

Everyone knows the difference between custom-built, small batch products and the general disappointment of mass-produced products. The A2+ was designed and is hand-built with the goal of exceeding expectations of both value and performance.

These small desktop speakers really pack a punch, making them the go-to system for desktop setups and smaller-room audio.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THEM

BENEFITS

Designed for desktops + smaller spaces
Analog inputs
USB audio input
Subwoofer connection
Wireless options available

A2+ Desktop Speakers
Audioengine Desktop Speakers
SET UP IN SECONDS
SIMPLE. NO HASSLE. EASY TO USE.

The A2+ Powered Speakers can easily be connected to your computer, tablet, phone, or turntable.
No network setup, passwords to enter, or buttons to push. Setting them up is so easy you’ll be rocking in no time.
Keep your music fun, easy, and sounding great.

A2+ Desktop Speakers

SMALL SPEAKERS BIG SOUND

IDEAL FOR DESKTOPS AND SMALLER ROOMS

Clear, full and powerful audio ideal for your desktop and smaller rooms. The A2+ Desktop Speakers are constructed with custom Audioengine components: Kevlar woofers, silk tweeters, and built-in power amps wrapped in precision tuned, hand-crafted cabinets.
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. To say the bass on the A2+ is substantial for their size may be an understatement, but you be the judge.

Audioengine A2+ Desktop Speakers
MAKING HEADLINES
THE MOST-CELEBRATED DESKTOP SPEAKER OF ALL TIME

The A2+ Powered Speakers have 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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What's in the Box

A2+ desktop speakers what's in the box

Tech Specs

  • Two Speaker Stereo
    2-Speaker Stereo
  • USB Audio Input
    USB Audio Input
  • RCA Input
    Dual Analog Audio Inputs
  • Silk Dome Tweeters
    Silk Tweeters & Kevlar Woofers
  • Subwoofer Output
    Subwoofer Output

Questions & Answers

  • Question:

    What are the differences between A2+ the original A2?

    Answer:

    Here are the upgrades made to the 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
  • Question:

    Is it true that speaker placement really can make a difference in sound quality?

    Answer:

    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 equidistant from side walls and a different distance from rear walls. Our front-ported speakers (such as the A2+, HD3, and P4 speakers) do not need any rear panel clearance for better bass but recommend keeping them a few inches from the rear wall for adequate ventilation.

  • Question:

    How can such small speakers have so much clean-sounding, deep, tight bass?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Can I use the A2+ USB input with tablets or smartphones like Samsung Galaxy or Microsoft Surface?

    Answer:

    Yes. If your tablet or smartphone has a USB output and supports USB audio (refer to the manufacturers’ documentation), then it will work with A2+'s USB input. For smartphones you'll also need an OTG adapter cable to connect from your tablet to the USB input on the A2+. These are generally available from the manufacturer of your tablet/smartphone, local electronic stores, or even online retailers.

  • Question:

    Do the A2+s have an auto-sleep, idle, or auto-power-off function? Can I leave them on all the time?

    Answer:

    The A2+ is equipped with a power-saving circuit that turns off the speaker's final stage amp. The A2+ has a idle mode which activates right after you stop playing music. Due to this power-saving function, we recommend that the speakers stay on all the time. It's worth mentioning that all of this is instantaneous (as soon as the input signal stops and it disengages automatically once an input in reintroduced), so there shouldn't be a noticeable delay when resuming audio.

  • Question:

    Can I have more than one source connected to the speakers? If I have 2 inputs plugged in at the same time, how do I switch between them?

    Answer:

    Absolutely! Audioengine self-powered speakers include multiple analog inputs (in addition to digital inputs like USB, optical, or Bluetooth). These analog inputs are "open," or active, meaning there isn't any sort of switching built into the speakers; if both sources were playing while connected to the speakers, both would be audible. This makes it so you can leave 2 analog audio sources plugged in at the same time with no need to flip any switches!

  • Question:

    Are two separate speakers really better than one boombox or soundbar?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Can Audioengine speakers be used outside?

    Answer:

    Absolutely! It's tough to protect speakers and electronics from extreme changes in temperature and humidity. Due to that, we don't generally recommend the permanent installation of our speakers outdoors. It's fine though (encouraged even) to bring them outside with you all day, and our speakers are simple to set up and take down, making them perfect for this. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns!

  • Question:

    Since the A2+ already has a built in DAC, does that mean I cannot use another one?

    Answer:

    While the DAC in the A2+ is better than what might be built in to most computers, adding a 24 bit DAC, like our D1 or D3, would still be a benefit to audio quality.

  • Question:

    Do I need a separate receiver for Audioengine powered speakers?

    Answer:

    No. Audioengine powered speakers have amplifiers built-in. This means you don't need any extra equipment, other than a source to play music on (smartphone, / tablet, a computer, CD player, Turntable, Etc). Just plug your source directly into the inputs on the rear panel of the left speaker with the included cables, and you're listening to music!

  • Question:

    Will the sound be affected if I place the left (active) speaker on the right side and the right speaker on the left?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Can I use the A2+ with my iPad or iPhone via USB to bypass the internal DAC and get better sound?

    Answer:

    Yes. You will need to pick up the USB Camera Adapter from Apple, which allows a USB connection to the iPad (and, as of iOS7, the iPhone). Then just hook up as you would from a computer.

  • Question:

    Do Audioengine speakers have an auto-sleep, idle, or auto-power-off function? Can I leave them on all the time?

    Answer:

    Yes they do! They are equipped with a power-saving circuit that turns off the speaker's final stage amp. This idle mode activates right after you stop playing music. Due to this power-saving function, it's perfectly fine for the speakers stay on all the time.

  • Question:

    Can I use a subwoofer with Audioengine powered speakers?

    Answer:

    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+ Classic for a wireless subwoofer!

  • Question:

    Can I use a power inverter with Audioengine speakers?

    Answer:

    Sure! You will need about 100-120 watts.

  • Question:

    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?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Can I take my Audioengine speakers to another country with a different voltage?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Do higher power output ratings for audio gear mean louder or better sounding speakers?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    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?

    Answer:

    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. If your TV has multiple audio outputs, the most commonly variable output would be the headphone output. If your TV doesn't have a variable output at all, no worries; for larger speakers like the A5+ and HD6 we include a remote control that can adjust the volume of the speakers directly for just such a purpose.

  • Question:

    Does A2+ come with speaker grills?

    Answer:

    The A2+s do not include detachable magnetic grills.

  • Question:

    Why isn't the A2+ available in the bamboo finish?

    Answer:

    We researched adding a bamboo version to the A2+ line, but found that the speaker size is actually too small and costly to produce them in bamboo using the same process as with our A5+ and P4 speakers.

  • Question:

    Can I increase the length or change the speaker wire between each speaker?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    When using the USB input of the A2+, what bit rate and bit depth should I set my system to?

    Answer:

    The A2+ internal DAC handles up to 48K transfer rate, and up to 16 bits bit-depth. Your system will generally default to these settings when you hook up the A2+. If you mainly use 44.1K files, you might set this as the default in your system. Many system players like JRiver and Amarra will default to the proper bit rate automatically.

  • Question:

    Can I drill holes in my powered Audioengine speakers and mount them to a wall?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Can Audioengine speakers be placed on their sides?

    Answer:

    Yes, and we recommend that you position each so the tweeters are facing outward.

  • Question:

    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?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Will Audioengine speakers work with a PC or Mac?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Why do digital music files sound better with Audioengine speakers?

    Answer:
    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.
  • Question:

    The headphone jack on my computer is noisy but I want to connect my Audioengine speakers to my Mac. What do I do?

    Answer:
    Some computer headphone outputs are noisy and have poor audio quality. If this is your computer, try streaming wirelessly to your A5+ Wireless. Or, check out our D1 or D3 wired DACs for 24-bit playback.
  • Question:

    How do I connect my W3 wireless adapter into the A2+ powered speakers since they don't have a USB power plug built into the speakers?

    Answer:

    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 A2+'s. Simple!

  • Question:

    Just how easy is it to set up the A2+?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Can I take my A2+s to another country with a different voltage?

    Answer:

    Yes, you can. The A2+ speakers use a switching power supply so it will automatically convert to the different voltage. The power cable is also detachable which makes it convenient to replace the AC plug with a different type if you don’t want to use an adapter plug.

  • Question:

    Is it OK to connect Audioengine active speakers to my stereo receiver or integrated amplifier?

    Answer:

    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!

  • Question:

    If I connect my turntable to the A2+ will it be necessary to purchase a phono preamp or can I simply connect the turntable directly to the A2+ input?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Can I use a power inverter with my A2+?

    Answer:

    Sure, for A2+ you will need about 50-60 watts.

  • Question:

    When I connect a turntable to my A2+, why is the volume is extremely low?

    Answer:

    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 A2+. 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".

  • Question:

    Why do I have to plug one speaker into the wall?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Should I use the volume control on the rear of the A2+s or can I adjust from system volume on my computer?

    Answer:

    If the left speaker is in an easy to reach location, you can certainly use the physical knob to set volume. If not though, it's perfectly fine to set the A2+ to a good volume and adjusting from source. Every setup is different, so some experimentation will be necessary to find your prefered settings, but around 11 or 12 o'clock is a good starting place.

  • Question:

    What is the difference between powered and active speakers?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    If I connect my Audioengine speakers to a computer, smartphone, 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?

    Answer:

    Every setup is different, so some experimentation will be necessary to find your prefered settings, but around 11 or 12 o'clock is a good starting place if you plan on using your music source (smartphone, computer, TV, etc.) as the master volume control.

  • Question:

    Can you stream music wirelessly to the A2+ with the Audioengine wireless adapters like you can with the A5+ Classic?

    Answer:

    Yep, an AC wall outlet near the A2+ is all you need to power the AW3 wireless Receiver.

  • Question:

    What is the AC power cable type for Audioengine powered speakers?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    How can I stream music from my computer to multiple Audioengine speakers or other stereo systems?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    I'd like to connect an Apple Airport Express to my A2+ 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 A2+?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Is the bass response any different in the A2+ vs. the original A2?

    Answer:

    In the new A2+, we've included a linear limiter which will manage the bass at the point where bass distortion starts to occur. Being a linear limiter, it will not chop the signal but instead retains the shape of the waveform, not allowing it to go into distortion. This means if you listen to the A2+ at higher levels you'll notice the bass response is tamed and not as boomy. It’s important to note that the limiter will have no effect at normal listening levels.

  • Question:

    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?

    Answer:

    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!

  • Question:

    Can I use my headphones with the A2+s?

    Answer:

    You wouldn't be able to use a pair of headphones directly with the A2+s; in order to use headphones with the A2+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.

  • Question:

    If I have a subwoofer of my own, how would I use it with the A2+s?

    Answer:

    All you would need to do is connect the variable output of the A2+ into the input of your sub using RCA cables.

  • Question:

    What if my speakers or subwoofer have a hum or buzzing sound?

    Answer:

    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.

  • Question:

    Will I get buzz from the speakers if I place my iPhone near them?

    Answer:

    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).

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