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My wife is buying me a pair of audioengine A2s to connect to my plasma, as an anniversary present (on my request of course). I need to know where I can get them in Chennai.
pschotropic, it was me who talked about the bass hump Anyway, all is well if you love them. So, congratulations and I will keep praying for regaining my ability to stop analysing and enjoying the music. I curse hifi
said:First, in my affordable reference system, with every tune I played, I heard no noticeable coloration throughout the speaker's entire range; it was as neutral-sounding as any under-$1000 speaker I've heard. The highs were extended and detailed, and the Audioengine 2 was able to recreate room ambience and low-level dynamic articulation at levels of quality I'm used to hearing from far more expensive speakers.
What shocked me most about the Audioengines was how LARGE they sounded. All vocal recordings were completely devoid of coloration, and vocal images were holographically projected at lifelike size with all low-level phrase articulations intact.
How deep could the bass from such a small speaker possibly go? With the Audioengines on the Celestion Si stands, ie, not cheating by getting a little subjective midbass bump from placing the speakers on a desk or coffee table.I spent a good bit of time listening to solo acoustic jazz bass. There was not a thing missing, even in the instrument's middle-lower registers. I was riveted by bassist Peter Warren's infectious opening riff in my favorite Jack DeJohnette tune, "Zoot Suite," from Special Edition (CD, ECM 1892); the lower notes of that riff had slam, dynamics, and didn't lose a bit of power. Ditto for Ray Brown's solo in "I'm an Old Cowhand," from Sonny Rollins' Way Out West (CD, JVC VICJ-60088).
I wouldn't expect high-level blasts of bombastic bass from the Audioengines, however. My normal subjective criterion for a speaker that's not bass-shy is that it produce a convincing 55Hz with normal program material. I'll wager John Atkinson's measurements will reveal that the Audioengines miss that mark, but I never felt I needed a subwoofer to enjoy music through the 2s.
i had the A2's myself and sold them off. I think what did me in was some high expectations from the reviews. I was using ipod as a source and "Bass reducer" EQ which made them nice. I actually envy you in particularly more because you are able to appreciate something in the A2 range to Audire. Somehow, most of the components I have tried last year have only left me wanting. I was happy with a good nice Sony headphones till 2 years back. Once, I have started analysing the sound, things have gone haywire.
Congrats and a great buy indeed. I have checked out the A5 myself and the little brother A2 is also rated highly. Great VFM for 10K. I am planning on the A5 myself, getting them from the U.S. early next year.
Once you get the AE a5's be sure to pm me. Would like to audition them before i take the plunge of 20k .... How much are you paying for the A5 from the u.s ?
btw nice review psychotropic. some pics if possible.
Also try playing a well mastered dvd in dolby 2.0 format. The higher bitrate track should really make these speakers shine.