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The award-winning A2+ premium powered speakers bring high-fidelity stereo sound to your desktop and smaller rooms. A2+ has quickly become the new reference standard for multimedia computer speakers.
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
Designed for desktops + smaller spaces
USB audio input
Wireless options available
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.
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: aramid fiber 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.
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.
Here are the upgrades made to the A2+:
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.
The A2+ is equipped with a power-saving circuit that turns off the final stage of the speaker's amplifier when no input signal is detected, so you can absolutely leave them on when not in use. This activates right after you stop playing music, and 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. It's also fine to power off your speakers when not in use if you prefer.
Nope! 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!
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.
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.
Yep, an AC wall outlet near the A2+ is all you need to power the AW3 wireless Receiver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All you would need to do is connect the variable output of the A2+ into the input of your sub using RCA cables.
The A2+s do not include detachable magnetic grills.
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. If you're not using your W3 transmitter with a computer, and need a second power supply for your setup, you can find extra power supplies here. You can also use spare USB phone or tablet chargers to power the W3, just make sure they can supply at least 500mA.
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.
Sure, for A2+ you will need an inverter that can supply about 50-60 watts.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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