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Finding a decent set of active bookshelf speakers is not as easy as it sounds. Luckily for us, Audioengine’s A5+ is one of the better options out there.These are probably among the best you can get under $500.


When Audioengine designed the A5+, they haven’t really spend too much time nor effort designing a ‘revolutionary’ cabinet. Instead, they went with the good old MDF box that has been proven to work so many times by now. Naturally, this not only reduces production costs, but it ensures a certain level of performance.

The speakers are not too big, but not small either. In terms of controls, you are looking at a volume knob in the front ad a power button in the rear. Aesthetically speaking, Audioengine A5+ are fairly attractive. There is something about their offset tweeters that makes them unique in a very subtle way.

You can set these in just about any interior setting out there and they will fit right in. In all honesty, keeping things simple is exactly what you want from lower mid-range speakers. Especially if they are an active set.


Audioengine A5+ pack two excellent transducers in each cabinet. We are talking about a 5″ Kevlar woofer sitting below a silk done tweeter. Tweeters come in form of a .75″ units, and are placed in an asymmetrical waveguide. Combined power output for the set is 100 Watts RMS or 150 Watts of peak power. That equals 50 Watts RMS per cabinet.

I/O cluster includes your standard RCA variable output, passive speaker outputs and a USB power port. The only thing that is really missing on Audioengine A5+ are some room acoustics controls. Having even a two-band EQ would definitely give these an edge.

However, that is not the case. In terms of porting, you have a slot style port at the rear of each cabinet. Going with a slot port isn’t all that surprising when you consider the size of the heat sync on the active unit.


The cool thing about Audioengine A5+ is the fact that they super easy to use. You have a set of powered bookshelf speakers that pack enough heat to put many passive models to shame. While this does make them a bit limited in some ways, the autonomy and easy of use make up for it.

Tone is great to say the least. Trebles are bright and responsive while the 5″ woofer does a decent job at saturating that lower end. Mids might come across as a tad bit crude, but that feeling goes away pretty quickly. Audioengine has implemented a simple yet effective crossover that melts the transition between the available transducers quite nicely.

Positioning them properly might prove to be a bit of a hassle. Aside from keeping them away from the walls, the size of your room will play a large role in your overall listening experience. This is where even the most basic tone shaping controls would have been much appreciated.

The Rumble:

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