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All posts tagged "audioengine"


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Audioengine AP4 Passive Bookshelf Speakers

Posted by Ron Hostetter in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Passive Bookshelf Speakers
Manufacturer: Audioengine
Where to Buy: Amazon.com [Affiliate]
Price: $249.00 (black or white), $325.00 USD (bamboo)
Type: 2-way passive, front ported speakers.
Specifications: See Audioengine's web site for full specifications.

Pros:

  • Great sound from small desktop speakers;
  • High quality construction;
  • Threaded mounting inserts on the back and bottom for versatile mounting options.

Cons:

  • Passive speakers - make sure you have an amplifier;
  • Lack of front grill may not fit for all decors;

Summary: Audioengine brings its legendary active speaker sound to a less expensive passive speaker. The AP4's provide great sound for your existing stereo or home theater system. Read more...


Friday, August 1, 2008

My Digital Wall Audio Conundrum: Powered or Non-Powered Speakers?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 06:00 AM

My digital wall project continues, inch by inch, but I've run into a bit of a snag: I'm having a hard time deciding on which type of audio implementation would be the best fit. As a refresher, here's how the wall looks today (the electrician hasn't come yet):

The question is, what's the best audio solution? The LG plasma TV I picked looks gorgeous hanging on a wall, so I didn't entertain the notion of putting one of those surround-sound bars on the bottom for more than a nanosecond - that would just look hideous. I briefly pondered trying to get a 5.1 system set up, but that didn't last long: having to hack into my ceiling for the rear channels would be messy, and since this isn't the primary movie-watching location in my house, it's overkill. There's also the question of where to put the centre channel. So I settled on a 2.1 system, which will be much easier to wire. Ah, wires! I want no wires to be visible when looking at this wall, so I have to be smart about how I position the speakers.

I also have to take into account two audio sources: the Dell Studio Hybrid Desktop that I ordered a few days ago, which will play DVDs and videos off the network, and the Roku networked media player, which will be the primary source for music. Why not do everything through one player? The Roku is incredibly reliable, simple, and very fast to get going. The thought of powering up a computer, and turning on a plasma TV just to play some music strikes me as incredibly inefficient. So two audio sources it is. Read more...


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Audioengine's AW1 Wireless Adapters

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:08 PM

http://audioengineusa.com/store/pro...43e3ebc524a32db

"Transfer music wirelessly from any audio device or computer to your Audioengine powered speakers, surround receiver, or powered subwoofer. CD-quality HD stereo sound with no reduction in audio quality. Hear all your music - no dropouts, static, or noise. Some pretty clever engineering means your music remains free from interference from wireless routers, cordless and mobile phones, microwave ovens, Bluetooth and WiFi devices. Most wireless audio products are difficult to use because they require you to download and install software, set up a network, and often require you to manually try to find a clear audio channel. The AW1 is plug-and-play so no software installation is needed - just connect both dongles to USB power (or to a USB battery pack), connect the audio cables, and wait 2 to 3 seconds for the status lights to go solid. Two stereo mini cables and an RCA adapter cable are included for easy connection to all your gear."



Another new product from Audioengine is their AW1 Wireless Adapter kit, which are fascinating in how simple they are: power comes from the USB connection, so you either connect it to a PC, or to a USB AC power adaptor. Then you have an RCA or 3.5mm mini-jack connector on each device, where you connect a sending device to one, and a receiving device to another. Simple yet very useful in a variety of situations, especially when coupled with the Audioengine A5 speakers that have a powered USB port. Hopefully I'll be able to test these out once I get my back-log of reviews finished, but off the top of my head I'm thinking it would be cool to have a pass-through USB port on them so that you could connect the AW1 to a USB to AC power adaptor, but still have power for an MP3 player to connect to the pass-through USB port. Maybe for v2.


Audioengine's S8 Premium Powered Subwoofer

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:30 PM

http://audioengineusa.com/store/pro...43e3ebc524a32db

"Excellent performance for music, movies, and games. Audioengine S8 is the perfect bass extension for Audioengine powered speakers or as an upgrade to any music system. Super compact size and wireless-ready. At about 11’’ square with an 8’’ woofer, this powered subwoofer is small enough to place in a corner or hide behind furniture. The AS8 delivers great bass performance and it’s low, tight, and smooth bass blends well with the speakers in your system."



My first taste of Audioengine speakers came when I took a look at their A5 speakers, and I came away impressed with the quality of the audio and creative additions they made like the USB port for charging. I'm in the midst of reviewing a pair of their A2 speakers, which I hope to have published next week (not surprisingly, they sound great). Then they come along and release something new: a thumping sub-woofer that kicks out 250W peak power total (125W RMS) using an 8" speaker. Dual line-level inputs (RCA and mini-jack) allow you to connect a variety of devices, and the auto-sleep power saving mode helps cut down on your electricity bill. At $399 it's not a cheap accessory, but I suspect it will thump like no other sub-woofer in it's class.


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