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Audioengine D1 USB DAC

Audioengine D1 USB DAC

How quickly do things change? Just a couple of years ago a headphone enthusiast could count the number of headphone DACs in a handful of seconds. Now, in the early months of 2012 the list is significantly larger and growing with each passing day.

Specifications:

DAC type: Dual Mode USB and Optical (SPDIF)
Inputs: USB/Optical (SPDIF)
Outputs: RCA stereo/3.5mm headphone
D/A converter: AKM4396
Optical receiver: CS8416
USB controller: TI1020B
USB: Type 1.1 or above
Full-scale output: 2.0V RMS (RCA and Headphone)
Output impedance: 47 ohms RCA, 10 ohms headphone
Power source: USB 5V
Power requirements: 200mA
USB power filtering: 2-stage redundant regulation
SNR: >110db
THD+N: <0.002%
Crosstalk: <-85db
Frequency response: 10Hz – 25KHz +/- 0.5db
Input bit depth: up to 24 bits
Input data rate: up to 192kpbs (optical), 96kpbs (USB)
Product dimensions: 3.5” x 4” x 1″ Shipping weight: 1.0lbs (0.5kg)

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Audioengine P4 Mini-Monitors

Audioengine P4 Mini-Monitors

Specifications:

  • Type: 2-way passive, front ported design
  • Sensitivity: 88dB (2.83v@1m) Frequency response: 58Hz-22kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 4-8 Ohms Crossover Frequency: 2.8 kHz
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 10-125W per channel
  • Tweeter: 3/4″ (20mm) silk dome with neodymium magnets
  • Woofer: 4″ (101mm) Kevlar cone
  • Enclosure: 3/4″ MDF
  • Inputs: Gold-plated, 5-way binding posts Magnetically Shielded
  • Weight (each): 2.75 kg (6 lbs)
  • Total shipping weight: 6.5 kg (14 lbs)
  • Dimensions (each): 228 (H) x 140 (W) x 165 mm (D) (9 x 5.5 x 6.5″)
  • Shipping box dims: 330 (H) x 460 (W) x 228 mm (D) (13 x 18 x 9″)
  • Finish Options: Satin Black, Hi-Gloss White, Solid Carbonized Bamboo
  • Price: $249pr.

Not many young audio companies have had the initial success like Audioengine. In just a 5 short years of production they have garnered an impressive 17 Awards from the audio press. It all began with a desire to listen to quality iPod/Airport Express sound. The A5 speaker became an instant hit with the built-in 50wpc amp combined with attention to actual sound performance. Since then, the gang from Audioengine have expanded the speaker line to include the A2 powered computer monitors, subwoofer, and the super-slick AW1 & AW2 wireless iPod transceivers. For 2009, they went back to the drawing board to design a desktop monitor that could work for those who already have a small amp, especially class D and class T units. The result is the P4 passive mini-monitor. read more…

Audioengine AW2 Wireless iPod Transmitter/Receiver

Audioengine AW2 Wireless iPod Transmitter/Receiver

Specifications:

  • Range (typical): 30ft (9 meters) THD+N (A+weighted) < 0.03%
  • Wi-Fi Frequency Band: 2.4-2.4835 GHz
  • Latency: < 20mSec
  • Dimensions (each): 100 x 30 x 10 mm
  • Audio frequency response: 20Hz to 22KHz (+/- 1.5 dB) Output Voltage: 830 mV
  • Channel Separation: 65 dB Price: $169

Some companies just like some people have it, a knack, an ability to hit just the right button at the right time. Making them the envy of everyone around them. My best friend has mojo, as does Apple Inc., BMW in this decade has ridden the mojo express as well. In audio, the call is much tougher, but I would like to nominate Audioengine for this distinction. The gang from one of the three places I like to live in America, Fort Collins, Colorado, have an absolute knack for hitting the bull’s eye on everything they bring to market, both in design and sales. Their first three products, the A5 and A2 powered speakers and the AW1 wireless transmitter, have received unqualified praise throughout the audio/iPod community.

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Audioengine W1 Wireless USB Adaptor

Audioengine W1 Wireless USB Adaptor

Specifications:

  • Transmission Protocol 802.11
  • Wireless Audio Sender Wireless Audio Receiver USB AC power adapter RCA adapter “Y” cable
  • Mini-jack (3.5mm) audio cables (20″) Setup Guide
  • Price: $149

Is there nothing the USB cannot do? This little rectangular male/female connection has changed how we work with electronic items. Its ability to plug in and out on the fly makes it easy for even the most non-techy individual to use with comfort. iPods and now cell phones now recharge their batteries via USB instead of a separate port. Unfortunately, the traditional audio world has lagged behind in adopting USB into it’s equipment designs. Luckily, in the past year due to the pressure of computer-based audio, mainstream stereo manufacturers are including USB ports into their products.

One company, Audioengine has always been ahead of this curve. Their A5 powered speakers were designed to work using wireless communication from ideally an Apple Airport Express. The A5’s have been a terrific hit and have become the standard for many in this arena.

Recently, the gang at Audioengine took on the challenge of broadcasting music wirelessly using the general concept of Bluetooth. Out came the AW1, a two-piece USB design (not including the wall wart power cord), with designated Sender and Receiver units. In typical classy Audioengine fashion, they also include different mini-jack output adaptors, one a male-to-male cord going from iPod or other mp3 device to the input jack of the Audioengine W1 Sender. read more…

Interview with Brady B. of Audioengine USA

Interview with Brady B. of Audioengine USA

HFR – What was the genesis of Audioengine?

BB– Our idea behind Audioengine was to create a line of great sounding powered speakers that offer an easy way to interface with all the digital music and video players being released. There are some well designed digital audio players but not many “real” powered speaker systems in the same category to support these products. We wanted to replace bulky AV receivers and provide the best sound possible, but without all the setup hassles. Our original goal was to just ride the iPod wave, but A5’s work great with so many other products that we couldn’t ignore such as the Airport Express and Squeezebox, as examples. read more…

Audioengine 5 Speakers for iPod/ MP3 Players

Audioengine 5 Speakers for iPod/ MP3 Players

Specifications

Type: 2.0 bookshelf-style, powered speaker system
Power output: 45W RMS/ 70W peak per channel (AES)
Inputs: 2 X 1/8″ stereo mini-jack
Outputs: USB Type A (power charging only)
Main voltages: 115/230V 50/60Hz switchable
Size (each): 10.0”(H) x 7.0” (W) x 7.75” (D)
Weight: 6.4Kg/14lbs (left), 4Kg/9lbs (right)
Shipping weight: 12.6Kg/27.75lbs per pair
Amplifier type: Dual Class AB monolithic
Signal-to-noise: >95dB (typical A-weighted)
THD: <0.05% at all power settings
Crosstalk: <50db
Frequency response: 60Hz-22kHz +/-1.5dB
Input impedance: 10K ohms unbalanced
Protection: Output current limiting, thermal over-temperature, power on/off transient protection, replaceable external main fuse

Materials and Construction:

  • 1″ thick MDF cabinet
  • 5″ Kevlar woofers with advanced voice coils
  • 20mm silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
  • Torroidal power transformers

Included Accessories:

  • AC power cable
  • 1/8″ audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5ft)
  • (2) 1/8″ audio cables, 20cm (~8″)
  • 1/8″ to RCA “Y” cable
  • USB power extender cable, 1 meter (~3.28ft)
  • Speaker wire (16AWG), 3.75 meters (~12.3ft)
  • Drawstring cable bag
  • (2) High-density foam protectors/sonic isolation pads
  • Setup Guide

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