Audioengine makes a few premium powered computer speaker systems. These systems have a lot of connectivity options, including a USB digital audio input. The systems are made from hand-built MDF wood cabinets and are packed with powerful amplifiers and premium drivers. Even with all of that power, these computer speakers are small, making them ideal for small rooms and desktops.
Unlike most computer speakers, Audioengine uses custom-made parts. Besides the cabinets, the company also custom builds the tweeter and woofer drivers in its systems, and it tunes all of the bespoke components together to achieve precise and harmonious sound and efficient performance.
Inside Audioengine speakers, you'll find 0.75-inch silk domed ferro-fluid-cooled tweeter drivers paired with neodymium magnets and 5- or 2.75-inch Kevlar woofers, depending on the model you choose. The woofers work with high-quality voice coils to push out impressively resounding bass for such compact computer speakers.
The Audioengine systems include custom power transformers. These gapless core toroidal transformers produce a constrained magnetic field that doesn't leak. This advantage, along with the magnetically shielded drivers, guarantees that your PC speakers won't ruin the video feed on your computer or nearby storage media; you can place them as close to your computer as you want.
The Audioengine speakers have multiple inputs – two analog and one digital. The analog inputs include a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack and RCA port. Output ports include an RCA line out and a USB port you can use to charge USB-powered mobile devices.
Audioengine’s larger systems have a peak power rating of 150 watts, but you should only continuously supply them with 50 watts per channel. Its smaller speakers have peak power ratings of around 60 watts, which is quite good for a desktop speaker system, even though it makes them too underpowered to use with external home theater amplifiers and AV receivers. Additionally, Audioengine’s systems are too underpowered to use with a gaming or entertainment PC.
Some of the larger systems have a frequency response between of 50Hz to 22kHz. This means, depending on the system you choose, the bass response could taper off at 50Hz, which is too early for certain applications. To improve the speakers' low-frequency performance, you need to connect them to a subwoofer. Audioengine acknowledges this by making it easy for owners to add their own subwoofers.
These speaker systems are available in colors like black, white, red and faux wood. Some of the systems also include a remote control, so you can change the volume or balance at a distance. This is a good feature if you are using your computer and a large screen for a home theater.
The Audioengine computer speaker systems have elegant designs and use specially tuned custom parts. Even though they sound great, the lack of a dedicated subwoofer and middling bass response limits their use for PC gamers and audiophiles.