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 In addition, the A5’s large circular ports have been replaced by narrow slotted ports, said to provide a smoother, cleaner low end.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.

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John Atkinson's picture
Thanks, Audioengine

Audioengine loaned me a pair of 5+ powered speakers to use for my seminar on loudspeakers Sunday morning of the Show. They did a fine job of allowing me to play for the audience the sounds of some of the more pathological examples of measured speaker misbehavior.

 

Thanks Audioengine.

 

John Atkinson

Editor, Stereophile

MikeMercer's picture
They're GREAT, again

I'm LOVIN the new A5+ (especially the RCA INPUT as well as output - previous version only had a stereo-mini input)!!  The variable output is also key for subwoofer integration.  The new DACs just arrived too - so I'm anxious to sink my ears into those!!!!

g0ldeng0pher's picture
high hopes for the DAC

I owned a pair of audioengine 2's for a while, and loved them; can't wait to see reviews on the DAC. I'd like to see some reviews about how it stacks up against Nuforce and other competition in the price range.

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