Pros Low cost for quality product. Easy to setup and use, good clear room filling sound for the money with virtually no distortion.
Cons Protective speaker grills would be nice. Adjustable Bass/Treble on the speakers, infrared connection in order to support a programmable remote control.
Summary (I wrote most of this response over in the CNET Audiophile column that reviewed the Audioengine A4's, and I am putting here because no one has reviewed these speakers.)
While the A5's are generally well regarded as a pc/mp3 speaker system, I have the A5's as a full time speaker system for my 42" flat screen in a 15' by 25' room. They sound great! I also have an Infinity 12" subwoofer attached to them, but in fact, leave it off most of the time.
As an inexpensive self powered speaker system, I think the A5's are a great alternative to most soundbars. I've owned a Zvox, Soundmatters, and have listened to the other popular soundbar systems. I think the A5's have a more natural room filling sound with TV as well as music than most soundbars, and they are only $350 a pair!.
For easy hookup and sound management, I simply connected the A5's to the sound out jacks on my TV, and connect all my audio and video components output thru the TV's component inputs - no need for a switching receiver. I adjust the bass/treble thru the TV, and also adjust the volume level by simply using the remote for whatever component I'm watching at the time (DVD, TV, etc.)
I also have an Apple Airport Express (set as a wireless client) connected to the auxillary jack on the back of the main speaker. I use the Airfoil PC software application to send Rhapsody and Pandora music across the room to the speakers via Airport Express - very nice.
I'm surprised CNET has yet to provide a full review of the Audioengine A5's as a music system and as an alternative to soundbars....
Pros I've had my speakers for about 1 week and have had them playing wirelessly, beautifully, at about 30% of max volume.
Cons Today, to entertain myself while during chores throughout my house, I turned the speakers up to 70% of max. They played beautifully for 30 minutes, then went silent. Googling over-heating & audioengine, I learned that this is a common issue.
Summary Perhaps as Steve Jobs said, I am holding the speakers wrong. The bottom-line is that these speakers are flawed - period. Any review that touts the fact that the speakers are loud is incomplete and frankly, dishonest. The speakers go loud, but cannot be played loudly, so what is the point. The response from the folks at Audioengine is... oh yeah, that. They suggest a fan. Horrible business ethics
These speakers are poorly design. They do not have a proper heat-sink and therefore cannot perform as advertised.
Pros Great sound, sexy design, great packaging, convenient USB input and audio inputs on top and back of speaker.
Cons Poor support, overheats, annoying auto-shutoff pop.
Summary I bought these speakers after reading so much praise on various websites and forums. Back in March I finally pulled the trigger and was glad I made my purchase. About 3-4 weeks ago I noticed a crackling and popping noise coming from only the right speaker. I figured it was on my end so I diagnosed the problem and found out no matter what I get the crackling sound as soon as any audio is introduced to the speaker (soundcard, mp3 player). So I read how great their support was and shot over an email. I had to give them all of my information regarding when and where I purchased my speakers plus I had to ship it off to their warehouse at MY expense. Right now it's been over 2 weeks and my RMA still has not been processed. Everytime I shoot over and email asking the status of my speakers or call them they give me the same answer that they have been very busy and my RMA will be processed in 1-2 days. It's very frustrating and everywhere on the web I see people who had brand new speakers shipped out to them in a matter of days! I will never buy Audioengine again and I will not recommend them to anyone who asks.
Pros unique sound quality, excellent features such as connections , useful for music,movies & gaming.
Cons overheating too much...When I turn them up loud for more than 45minutes or so they tend to cut out until they cool down for 5 or 10minutes. everyone who owns the speakers have same problem....(Google it to find out)
Summary when i obtained the speakers i had a complete satisfaction the sound quality & connections. they re the best portable speaker I ever had. also delivery a impressive sound level for the size..don't buy them if you the time of person who don't want to deal with overheating problems...the build in amp within the left speaker is the major concern because when the speaker gets hot level volume , the tend to cut out until they cool down for 5 or 10 minutes, at one point this is so disappointing..maybe if the amps had more WAtts or a better resistance , i would suggest to buy them & give a perfect rating)..please consider my review.I'm agree with vader1986, these speaker offer a great sound, but if you go loud... the speakers go silent... @bootspurs, you re just don't make any sense ...the A5s has a serious problem..i cant stand this issue.and they really overheat, which seems as result of their internal amps...its very disappointing...and to be honest , its no only me the one having this experience, its a very common problem with these speakers..just Google it, ..
Updated on Sep 22, 2010
Pros Great speakers
Cons non so far
Summary If you get it you won't regret