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Audioengine A2 Desktop Speakers (White)

B&H # AUSA2W Mfr # A2W
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 2.0 Channel Stereo
  • 1/8" and RCA Connections
  • 30W RMS

The A2 Desktop Speakers from Audioengine offer crisp and clear stereo audio output. The speakers, designed with audiophiles in mind, deliver an impressive 15W RMS output per channel. They feature high-quality materials, including Kevlar woofers and silk dome tweeters. These speakers are a great option for anyone looking to add high quality audio output to their computer.

Stereo Output
Each speaker is driven by dual drivers. The 2.75" Kevlar woofer combines with the 20mm silk dome tweeter for high-quality audio output. The speakers can be connected to any audio device with standard 1/8" or RCA stereo connectors.
Rich Bass Output
The speakers feature a clear and strong bass output, which is achieved without the use of DSP or fake bass boost circuits. The wooden speaker cabinet remains stiff at higher volume levels, allowing bass to rumble out of the tuned front port slots.
Custom-Built Design
Audioengine designs and manufactures the critical components of these speakers, including the tweeters and woofers. Since these are custom-designed units, you can be sure that the cabinets, drivers, bass port designs, amplifiers, and crossovers are tuned together for the ultimate in quality.
System
Power Rating 60W Peak (15W RMS / 30W Peak per channel), AES
Components Stereo Speakers
Frequency Response 65 Hz to 22 kHz ±2.0 dB
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) > 95 dB
Crossover < 50 dB
Shielded Magnetically Shielded
Controls Power, Volume
Ideal Application Multimedia
High Frequency Driver
Diameter 0.79" (2 cm)
Power Output 15W RMS per channel
Nominal Sensitivity < 0.05% THD
Nominal Impedance 10,000 ohms unbalanced
Low Frequency Driver
Diameter 2.75" (7 cm)
Power Output 15W RMS per channel
Nominal Sensitivity < 0.05% THD
Nominal Impedance 10,000 ohms unbalanced
Input/Output Connectors
Phono (1/4") None
RCA 1x RCA Stereo
Mini 1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Input
Other None
Pass Through None
Headphone Jack None
General
Standards Specification Not Specified by Manufacturer
Enclosure Material Wood
Electrical Requirements AC: 100-240 VAC
Consumption: 60W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4 x 6 x 5.25" (10.2 x 15.2 x 13.3 cm) each
Weight Left: 3.55 lb (1.6 kg)
Right: 3.15 lb (1.4 kg)
Audioengine A2 Desktop Speakers (White)
  • 2 x Speakers
  • Power Supply with Detachable AC Power Cable
  • 6.5' (2 m) Speaker Cable (16 AWG)
  • 6.5' (2 m) 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Audio Cable
  • 8" (20 cm) 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Audio Cable
  • Drawstring Power Supply Bag
  • Drawstring Cable Bag
  • 2 x Drawstring Speaker Bags
  • Setup Guide
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    AudioengineA2 Desktop Speakers (White)
     
    4.6

    (based on 43 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (39)
    • Attractive (36)
    • Good power output (28)
    • Easy to set up (19)
    • Easy to setup (13)

    Cons

    • No headphone jack (3)

    Best Uses

    • Smaller rooms / apartments (30)
    • Home (22)
    • Basic systems (17)
    • Home theater (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Audiophile (26), Tech savvy (26), Practical (12), Movie enthusiast (5), Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (29)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Think I've died and gone to heaven!

    These speakers arrived yesterday, and I immediately rearranged the books on the built-in wall shelves above my computer desk to place the speakers slightly above the monitor and a few feet on either side...Read complete review

    These speakers arrived yesterday, and I immediately rearranged the books on the built-in wall shelves above my computer desk to place the speakers slightly above the monitor and a few feet on either side of center. The black speakers fit right in with the books on either side of them, so their clean and simple lines are hardly noticeable.

    I'm listening to various genres from my iTunes folder as I write this. For Miles Davis, it is like having the band in front of me, with the drums to the right, piano to the left, sax and trumpet varying from one or the other speaker. The range of trebles from the harp of Andreas Vollenweider is clear. The bass notes of jazz instruments are unmuffled and distinct.

    The best surprise is that when a lead singer or instrument is equal in both speakers, the sound is amazingly centered between the two speakers, just over my head. It's like having the voices of Andrea Bocelli, Jeff Buckley, or Eva Cassidy, or the banjo of Bela Fleck, right in my head, with other instruments spread left and right. If I close my eyes while listening to the angelic voices of Anonymous 4 performing early chants, it is as if I'm sitting in a stone church with the voices spread around me.

    I'm guessing that those who aren't happy with the bass coming from these speakers like their music loud and thumpy. Okay, while the bass doesn't blast for the likes of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Jefferson Airplane, I'm finding it quite respectable for speakers of this size and price. One must have realistic expectations, and loud thumping bass ruins the music for me anyway.

    I never scanned my classical music CDs into iTunes because they sound so much better on my stereo system with good quality speakers. I am now listening to Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony on the computer, one of my test pieces because of the full range of bass string instruments and the low organ notes. While neither bass nor treble are as full and rich as they are on my stereo system, I'm surprised by how good it does sound on the Audioengine speakers -- a far cry better than my old computer speakers. I now look forward to adding classical music to offerings while sitting at my computer.

    Given that frequent use of loud music and headphones are linked to deafness, not having easy access to the headphone outlet is not an issue for me, as I use them as little as possible. The same is true for the volume control. I use the buttons on my keyboard to vary volume. I set the Audioengine volume so it is barely audible when on my lowest Mac setting, giving me 15 more clicks to a painful volume I will likely never use.

    I chose the Audioengine A2 speakers after reading many reviews, weighing all the pros and cons, and I'm very happy with my choice.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    good speakers - design not as friendly

    I am a video editor and needed some better speakers that have a small footprint. I feel the sound of these speakers, especially for the price, is relatively true sound. I will know...Read complete review

    I am a video editor and needed some better speakers that have a small footprint. I feel the sound of these speakers, especially for the price, is relatively true sound. I will know for sure in a couple weeks after doing a lot of level setting and then testing it with a sound engineer's system.

    My complaints are not with the sound, but with the design. I dislike it very much because the volume button is in the back of the speaker - making it very difficult to get to. Of course controlling the sound by the keyboard is a way to get around that, but I prefer the ability to control volume with more minute adjustments than the keyboard allows.

    My other complaint is that there is no head phone jack on the speakers. And the jack on the front of my computer doesn't override the speakers. This is a really big hassle. There is probably a way around this perhaps with a duo mini plug jack - but haven't figured it out yet.

    Reviewed by 43 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent Speakers

    By Jack

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Audiophile

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy to Mount
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Power Output
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems
      • Home

      Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

      Wonderful speakers, small size, enormous fidelity.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great sound

      By Debbie DK

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy to Mount
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

      • A Little Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems
      • Larger Rooms
      • Smaller Rooms

      Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (White):

      We use these speakers to do screenings of projects in our Animation studio. They have the power and depth of sound of speakers 3 times their size, but are able to connect to any computer or music player.
      Love them...thanks to the B & H rep who recommended them!

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      • No

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      5.0

      incredibly good

      By K.

      from Walnut Creek, CA

      About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy to Mount
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

        I was sort of sceptic when I was looking at these speakers on the website because of their small size and built-in amp. I was blown away when I first turned them on. Sound quality is beyond any reproach! Sound is crisp and transparent. I use them with MacBook Air, iPod, and CD player. Speakers are worth every single penny.

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        5.0

        Great sound, superb size

        By Cesar Moreno

        from New York, NY

        About Me Audiophile, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • Home
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (White):

          Great quality product with ver well balanced sound.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome Bookshelf speakers

          By Susan

          from Upstate NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Office

            Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

            Purchased these for my boss' office upon his request. These are awesome little speakers. They don't take up alot of room. Sit nicely on the bookshelf

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Speakers

            By Gary

            from Bellerose, NY

            About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Power Output
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

            • No headphone jack
            • Volume control in rear

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • Home
            • Home Theater
            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

            These speaker are fabulous, they compare favorably to bookshelf speakers and even floor-standing speakers. They require a break-in period of 30-40 hours, so you should reserve judgement until you have been using them for a while.
            There are only two negatives - lack of a headphone jack, and the volume control is on the back of speaker. The latter is not really a problem, I just leave it turned all the way up and control it from the PC, but it would be nicer if it was on the front and easily accessible. The lack of a headphone jack is more of an inconvenience for me. However, considering the incredible sound of these speakers I have no regrets.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Fabulous sounding speakers

            By GB

            from Bellerose, ny

            About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Power Output
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

            • No headphone jack
            • Volume control in back

            Best Uses

            • DJ / Mixing
            • Home
            • Home Theater

            Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

            The sound from these speakers is beautiful. They need a break-in period, after about 10 hours the sound is much better than when they are first turned on. I'm truly blown away by the sound quality, they're worth every penny.
            On the minus side, it would be nice to have a headphone jack on the front of the speakers. Actually, it would be nice to have a headphone jack anywhere on the speakers. And the volume control really should be on the front, but this is not a big deal for me.

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            5.0

            Must Have Speakers!

            By Joseph

            from Winter Park, FL

            About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Small Desktop Footprint

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Reviewing Video Assets
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (White):

              If you like the A5s, you will love their baby brothers.

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              • No

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              2.0

              a huge let down

              By DJ Lando

              from New York City

              About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Weak Bass

              Best Uses

              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

              These speakers sounded great at lower volumes and looked great, but once I turned them up they began clipping and sounded awful. Not worth the price at all. I recommend going with a stereo instead these desktop speakers.

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              5.0

              Nice sound in a small package

              By Fx

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy to Mount
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Power Output
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

                I love my big A5 Speakers by Audioengine, so I went for the little ones.
                Hooked up to the airport express for some wireless tunes.
                Small footprint but big enough sound.
                Nice felt bags included.

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                5.0

                Super sounding speakers

                By Avram

                from Madison, NJ

                About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy to Mount
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Power Output
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Systems
                  • Home
                  • Smaller Rooms

                  Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (White):

                  I use these speakers as my main speakers sitting on the coffee table while watching stuff on my laptop or listening to music.

                  They're powerful but are also able to produce the subtlest sounds in most music I listen to, even when the volume is relatively low. Of course, great sound quality, good build is a given.

                  Strongly recommended.

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                  5.0

                  great speakers

                  By Ksho

                  from Biddeford, ME

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Good Power Output
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Basic Systems
                    • Home
                    • Smaller Rooms

                    Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

                    Great speakers for a small apartment where my laptop is also my stereo. They are exactly as described by numerous PC magazine reviewers(very positive)and I am very pleased,

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                    5.0

                    Almost bought Logitech... GLAD I DIDN'T

                    By Weston

                    from Tahoe, CA

                    About Me Audiophile, Filmmaking

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Good Power Output
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

                      Just plugged the A2's in and boy do they deliver. They're small compact speaker with a big kick and great range throughout. They aren't super bassy but they have good bass and they are perfect for my needs. If you want good bass, I'd say buy a separate sub. I do lots of video editing and having to put on the Sony MDR-7506 every time I wanted to hear good audio was tiring. I wanted a compact system that delivered great audio and I found it. Like anything in life, you get what you pay for. So don't be fooled into buying a $130 3 piece system made of plastic that will break in a year or less. Save up and get quality gear that's build to perform and last.

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                      5.0

                      Compact yet packs a punch.

                      By Kevin Park

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Audiophile, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy to Mount
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Power Output
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Basic Systems
                        • DJ / Mixing
                        • Home
                        • Smaller Rooms

                        Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (White):

                        Using it as studio monitors for sound design, and for listening to music. It looks great and the sound quality is awesome, only flaws I could point out is that sounds do start to get distorted once you crank it up over 80%, but I hardly ever turn it up that high. The woofers blow anything not weighted on my desk right away, great speakers and alternative studio monitors for a cheaper price.

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                        5.0

                        Think I've died and gone to heaven!

                        By eclectic

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy to Mount
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Good Power Output
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Basic Systems
                          • Home
                          • Smaller Rooms

                          Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

                          These speakers arrived yesterday, and I immediately rearranged the books on the built-in wall shelves above my computer desk to place the speakers slightly above the monitor and a few feet on either side of center. The black speakers fit right in with the books on either side of them, so their clean and simple lines are hardly noticeable.

                          I'm listening to various genres from my iTunes folder as I write this. For Miles Davis, it is like having the band in front of me, with the drums to the right, piano to the left, sax and trumpet varying from one or the other speaker. The range of trebles from the harp of Andreas Vollenweider is clear. The bass notes of jazz instruments are unmuffled and distinct.

                          The best surprise is that when a lead singer or instrument is equal in both speakers, the sound is amazingly centered between the two speakers, just over my head. It's like having the voices of Andrea Bocelli, Jeff Buckley, or Eva Cassidy, or the banjo of Bela Fleck, right in my head, with other instruments spread left and right. If I close my eyes while listening to the angelic voices of Anonymous 4 performing early chants, it is as if I'm sitting in a stone church with the voices spread around me.

                          I'm guessing that those who aren't happy with the bass coming from these speakers like their music loud and thumpy. Okay, while the bass doesn't blast for the likes of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Jefferson Airplane, I'm finding it quite respectable for speakers of this size and price. One must have realistic expectations, and loud thumping bass ruins the music for me anyway.

                          I never scanned my classical music CDs into iTunes because they sound so much better on my stereo system with good quality speakers. I am now listening to Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony on the computer, one of my test pieces because of the full range of bass string instruments and the low organ notes. While neither bass nor treble are as full and rich as they are on my stereo system, I'm surprised by how good it does sound on the Audioengine speakers -- a far cry better than my old computer speakers. I now look forward to adding classical music to offerings while sitting at my computer.

                          Given that frequent use of loud music and headphones are linked to deafness, not having easy access to the headphone outlet is not an issue for me, as I use them as little as possible. The same is true for the volume control. I use the buttons on my keyboard to vary volume. I set the Audioengine volume so it is barely audible when on my lowest Mac setting, giving me 15 more clicks to a painful volume I will likely never use.

                          I chose the Audioengine A2 speakers after reading many reviews, weighing all the pros and cons, and I'm very happy with my choice.

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                          4.0

                          Nice for the Price

                          By Erik

                          from Oakland, CA

                          About Me Pro Video Producer, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Power Output
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                          • No headphone jack

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

                            I bought two pair ... one set for each of my two editing stations. They make for a good, compact solution in our small office. I do miss having a headphone jack on the front of the speaker that disables the speakers. Now it's an extra step or two if I want to use headphones. But overall I think they sound good, so it's not that big of a deal.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Wonderfully small, powerful, amazing.

                            By jrvershaw

                            from Austin, TX

                            About Me Movie Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                            • NONE

                            Best Uses

                            • Computer Speakers
                            • Smaller Rooms

                            Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (White):

                            I was looking for a small pair of speakers that I could rock out to my music collection stored on my computer. My inclination was to go to the local big box store for a set of Bose, but after a little research I found these little beauties. Amazingly rich, full sound for such a small set of speakers. Dont need a sub (though I am sure it wouldnt hurt). I just hooked up the speaker to the headphone output and they are such a huge improvement over the plastic logitech speakers I used to have that wore out on me. I also have Audioengines D1 outboard DAC on the way (backordered), cant wait to see what these are going to sound like when that comes in! These speakers are exactly what I was looking for.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great little speakers

                            By jw

                            from los angeles

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Great Sound Quality
                            • Small size

                            Cons

                            • Limited power
                            • Need care in placement

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Smaller Rooms

                            Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

                            Great for mood music on location (so long as the mood is more Miles Davis than Motorhead), or any application where you need good sound in close quarters with minimal size, weight and power consumption.

                            These speakers are capable of more-coherent sound and more-natural voicing and detail than the more-bulky but comparably-priced Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, for example, although the Klipsch play louder, have greater extension at both frequency extremes, and greater flexibility in placement. The A2s can sound boomy if you put them directly on a floor or a table, or anemic if you try to get them to fill too large a room at too high a volume. They sound gorgeous when placed on stands and pointed straight at you, with nothing but a few feet of clear air between them and you.

                            If you place them carefully, their sound is as good as it gets at this size and price.

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                            4.0

                            good sound little package

                            By WilliamWalker

                            from Short Hills, NJ

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (White):

                            Good sound from a very compact speaker. Use in home office and are fine for that purpose. Much better than other small speakers I have used Very happy with the bang for the buck.

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                            5.0

                            Worth it

                            By Buoy

                            from Valley Forge, PA

                            About Me Practical

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy to Mount
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Good Power Output
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about A2 Desktop Speakers (Black):

                                Wish I could claim to be a real audiophile, but these sound good to me. Clean, with solid bass. Amazing for such a small package.

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