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Audioengine A2 at $340

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The Audioengine A2s are mid-range multimedia speakers that cross into the audiophile grade by many reviewers. They are encased in glossed MDF wood cabinets, unlike ordinary plastic speakers. Comes with Kevlar woofers and silk-dome tweeters. Features gold-plated RCA and Mini-Jack inputs. Comes with Stereo-Stereo cables, real copper speaker wires and power adaptor.

They need a recommended 100 hours of burn-in to sound well, and you need to tweak the setup, such as spacing them equally apart, raising the height to your ear-level, or titling them upwards with speaker stands.

Available in Gloss White or Black. Comes with 3 years 1-1 exchange warranty. Google for reviews. See audioengineusa.com for more information.

Available for $340 SGD at:

Horizon Acoustics
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road Beauty World Centre #03-15
Singapore 588177
Web: http://www.horizonacoustics.com
Email: Poon@Horizonacoustics.com
Tel: 91259149
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 12pm – 6pm

CD Acoustics
1 Coleman Street #03-14
The Adelphi, Singapore 179803
Tel: +65 336 2467
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 12pm – 6pm (Call to ask as owner might be out-stationed)

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Price List of Speakers

Decent Sounding Speakers Under $350
Audioegine A2, $340, Horizon Acoustic (Beauty World), Cd Acoustic (Adelphi)
Klipsch Promedia 2.1, $349, Tat Chuan Acoustic, Sim Lim Square Level 1 Centre Booths
Harmon Kardon Soundsticks III, $299, Apple Store, Sim Lim Square Level 1 Centre Booths
Edifier C3, $179, Sim Lim Square, Cybermind

Overrated
Audioengine A5+, Horizon Acoustics
Aego M, $350, Sim Lim Squre, City Electronics, #01-64
M-Audio AV40, $295, Sinamex

Under $600
Recommended:
Mackie MR5mk2, $518 (pair, can buy single) Electronics & Engineering
KRK Rootkit RP5 Gen2, $490, Sinamex

Above $600
Denon N7, $799
Denon CEOL piccolo (DRA-N5 / SC-N5), $699
Alpha Audio, Sim Lim Square, #01-48

I personally own Audioengine A2 and I love it. Klipsch Promedia 2.1 and the Harmon Kardon are made of plastic, even the sub-woofer is plastic. And the speakers have very big holes for dust to go in.

I find that the A2s are clearer, but does not sound as nice as the Kilpsch. The Klipsch sounds a lot like multimedia speakers, which some say have “coloured” sound that is only pop music and movies, but is not clear and no where near audiophile grade. The A2s have a punchy bass which some people do not like, but have been reviewed in Audiophile magazines.

Best 2.1 Speakers: Harmon Kardon Soundsticks III and Klipsch Promedia 2.1

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The Hardmon Kardon Soundsticks III retails for SGD $299 at Sim Lim Squre as well as the Singapore Apple Online Store. These satellite speakers look small, but are incredibly loud. Notice I don’t describe the sound a lot, because I simply recommend. Reviews are subjective. Just heard them out. These are the ones that I recommend after extensive research and popping by stores.

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The Klipsch Promedia 2.1 speakers really outperforms offerings by Sony, Sonic Gear, and the lower end Logitechs. I did not bother listening to the more highly rated Logitechs as the one that is comparable is a 5.1 system. Didn’t bother with Creative Gigaworks as well, although many say they sound good.

Available for SGD $349 at Sim Lim Square level 1 booth and Tat Chuan Acoustic

Tat Chuan Acoustic
The Adelphi
1 Coleman Street
#01-17 Singapire 179803
Email: sales@tcacoustic.com.sg

Under $600 Studio Monitors: Mackie MR5mk2

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If you have been sourcing the net for active Studio Monitors, look no further than the Mackie. I have auditioned the A5+, and while they sound better than their smaller cousin A2, they are nothing to rave about. My friend who owns the M-Audio AV40 say they suck. You either go for the under $350 category, or go straight up to the under $600.

See www.mackie.com for details.

Available at SGD$518, 1 year warranty.

Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd
285 Outram Road Singapore 169069
Tel: +65 6223 5873
Web: www.enepl.com.sg

Do audition the KRK Rootkit RP5 Gen2 (SGD$490.00, Sinamex) as well. They sound great too.

If you must know, here are the prices for the rest of the speakers that have been commonly raved about:
(Audioengine A5+, SGD$590, Horizon Acoustics, CD Acoustics, M-Audio Studiophile BX5a D2, SGD$495.00, Sinamex)

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