Audioengine A5+ Wireless Speakers Review

An upgrade on the popular A5+ Classic, Audioengine's A5+ Wireless Powered Bookshelf Speakers come with Bluetooth built-in so you can wirelessly stream your favorite tunes from apps like Tidal and Spotify on your smartphone or tablet. Setup is a breeze, sound is big and room-filling, and connectivity options are a-plenty (connect to your laptop, TV, turntable, etc.).

Check out the video below and join me for a full tour of the A5+ Wireless Speakers:

Video transcript

Hello, I'm Tommy Gillanders. And today, we're here at World Wide Stereo doing a product tour of Audioengine's latest A5+ powered bookshelf speakers with wireless.

So we've got the remote and antenna, and the antenna is going to be used for Bluetooth, which is what sets these speakers aside from the already very popular A5+ bookshelf speakers, which is now called the Classic.  

What's in here? I like that they keep them in these soft cloth bags so that the finish stays nice. Now that we've got them out of the box, I've got them set up here so you can see the backside.  
This is the left speaker. It actually has the amplifier and all of your connections in it. There are two inputs: you've got a 3.5-millimeter jack analog audio input, and you also have a full-size RCA connection as well. These are common. They share that single input, but you have two different-sized connectors for devices. For instance, 3.5 is typically found on a laptop computer, the full-size RCA would be found on your traditional sources, like a CD player or your turntable.  
There's also an output, so you could cascade that to another device if you needed to. And you've got your power cord back here. And this little guy here is for the antenna connection. Over here, we've got the accessory bag that has all the supplied cables that you need. Here's your 3.5 to 3.5-millimeter jack, your full-size RCA to RCA, and this is the speaker wire.  
So, as I said before, the amplifier's in the left speaker. This speaker wire is how you connect the passive speaker to the main amplifier. Now that we showed you the back, I've turned them around so you can see the front of the speakers. You can see, here you've got your volume control in the front and you see your remote here. This is your indicator for the remote.  
So as I push the volume down, you can tell by the indicator that the remote is working. Comes with the supplied battery. It's a CR2025 watch-style battery. These are available in three finishes, the satin black is shown here, high-gloss white, and bamboo. What sets these apart from the A5+ Classic is the built-in 24-bit Wireless DAC using Bluetooth connection.  
It uses aptX Bluetooth, which unlike traditional Bluetooth, it takes the files, makes them smaller, so you can pass through up to 24 bits of wireless high-definition music. I also wanted to mention that Audioengine has been in the industry for 36 years and they pride themselves on building a high-quality product, that's very easy to set up.  
A question we're often asked is the size difference between the different models. Here, we have the new A5+ Wireless right next to the A5+ Classic. And you can see that they're the same footprint and occupy the same amount of space on your desk, but you will notice up front, is they moved the tweeter to the center of the speaker versus being like more of a near-field monitor, so it's going to give you a wider soundstage from when you're listening to music. Maybe you have this set up on your bookshelf as a powered stereo system. And over here, we've got the A2, which is their smallest in the line. 

Now, I'd like to show you how easy it is to set up the A5+ Wireless Audioengine Speakers. First thing you want to do is make sure they're in the on position by flipping the toggle switch in the back, and we'll go over here to the iPad, turn on our Bluetooth, and you can see already, it didn't even have to press a pairing button, they show up automatically.  
In case you don't see it, all you have to do on the back is push the pair button until you see it show up here in your list. It shows that I'm connected. In addition to hooking up your favorite Bluetooth device to the new A5+Wireless Speakers, you can hook up your favorite turntable using the available analog input on the back of the speaker. Keep in mind, you need to have a phono preamp, either a turntable with one built-in or a separate one

Well, that concludes today's video on the Audioengine A5+ Wireless Speakers. They're available today in both of our showrooms: here in Ardmore and our store in Montgomeryville, also available online here. Don't forget to subscribe, like, and thumbs up this video. And if you have any questions about the speakers that you saw today, leave a comment below or contact us by phone or email.  

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