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speakeasytome's picture
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Audioengine a5+ or wait for a2+ and wireless for a newer home system.

Hi all,

I'm new here as you can see, but I've been looking through the forms heavily for a system to replace my older component system (older harmon kardon receiver, celestial f15 bookshelf).

I want to really simplify my relatively small space and i was thinking of getting rid of the receiver and moving to powered speakers; from the various reviews the A5+ look wonderful. Its a living room system, and i usually play stuff from my little television and my android phone via 3.5 jack.

I'm not an audiophile but i love music, and wonder if I need to pony up for the A5+ or do you guys think i should wait for the A2+ that should come out soon?  How do the A5s compare to the celestion? Also, it appears I do not need a DAC because the A5+ have amplified built in, right?

Finally, any advice on a simp(ler) wireless solution, bluetooth or otherwise?

Thanks again for your help!

Bill B
Bill B's picture
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Joined: Jul 28 2012 - 1:59pm
Go 5

The A2+ are great but too small for a living room system.  Go w the A5+ which are more full range, & are a good way to simplify your system. Yes they have amplifier built in - but not a built in DAC.  Evidently you don't need a DAC from the way you use your system now. You could add one later if u want. 

I use $99 Apple Airport Express units for my wireless music solution. You can even plug the AEx into the back of the A5 for a convenient and less cluttered look. 

commsysman's picture
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Joined: Apr 4 2006 - 11:33am

I have the A2 speakers and prefer them to the A5; I think they sound better, and will give you all the sound you can use unless you really want to blast.

If you want really loud volume then neither of those speakers is suitable and their amplifiers are too small. For most usage they are fine though.

You really will need a small subwoofer with either to have full sound quality; the tiny extra bit of bass the A5 give is insignificant IMO.

You can get the Polk PSW10 subwoofer for around $100, and this will be quite adequate for moderate volume levels with the A2 speakers (I use something similar).

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