Looking for a bookshelf speaker system for your digital music player that doesn’t suck? Audioengine’s Speaker System 5 has the specs and looks of a true audiophile speaker system but costs just $349, including free shipping.
The bookshelf speaker system features two powered speakers with a built-in amplifier with a solid 45W RMS (70W Peak) power per channel. The speakers offer frequency response from 60Hz-22kHz +/-1.5dB, so don’t expect big bass, but do expect excellent music reproduction.
The cabinets are handmade made from 1″ thick MDF and include thoughtful features like rounded edges to reduce high frequency diffraction. Each speaker has a 20mm silk dome tweeter with Neodymium magnets and a 5″ Kevlar woven glass woofer.
The system features a USB charging connector which is compatible with most USB “bus-powered” devices, including 4G and newer iPods. Keep in mind that the USB port is not for connectivity, just charging. Audio is fed through one of two 1/8-inch mini stereo jacks. The system also includes a thoughtful array of accessories, including cables, speaker wire and foam pads for sonic isolation.