Audioengine's A5+ is a fun, affordable speaker system
Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:31 AM
And hence the problem of using subjective or ill-defined terms in review of audio equipment. For some, 'punchy sound' is good because that's what they want. For others, not so good. My guess is, what the reviewer meant is the speakers sound punchy when listening to punchy music (that does not mean you should throw away the Excedrin though).
Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:38 AM
"Punchy" is a term viewed negatively by audio geeks who are after a neutral tone. The implication is that any speaker that, by design or physics, emphasizes certain frequencies over others is bad. And while that may be true in the studio, it's not always for listeners. Unnatural though emphasized frequencies (see pounding subwoofers) may be, some people enjoy the sound.
I tried to make that clear in the review--the speakers aren't "natural" but they're a fun listen with certain kinds of music.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:30 PM
I have the Audioengine A2 speakers, but I use the iTunes equalizer to roll down the lower frequencies and roll up the higher frequencies, because the bass port (on the front of the A2s) puts out muddy, unnatural bass. If you want clarity of sound, do not buy a speaker with a bass port or a passive radiator bass speaker.