Audioengine’s New A5+ and D1 DAC
Audioengine’s new A5+ ($399/pair in gloss black and white; add $70/pair for bamboo) adds a remote control, RCA and mini-jack inputs, a rear-panel USB charge port, rear-panel heatsink, upgraded speaker binding posts, and a variable preamp audio output. In addition, the A5’s large circular ports have been replaced by narrow slotted ports, said to provide a smoother, cleaner low end. (Who doesn't want that?)
And I thought the A5 had a smooth, clean low end to begin with! If you haven't heard Audioengine's line of powered loudspeakers, now's a great time to check them out. They look and sound great. (Girls love them, too. Natalie owns a pair.)
Meanwhile, Audioengine’s new D1 24/96 DAC ($169) offers USB and optical S/PDIF inputs, has a headphone output, and is cute as heck.