The company tagline is: "Engineered Sound Meets Beautiful Design". One glance at the picture above and you might agree on their second point. The question then becomes: is their beauty merely skin deep?
You never get over your first, and the Audioengine A2 was my first computer speaker. Other speakers came and went, but the little A2 was my original desktop "reference."
There was something magical about the little guy, and it wasn't what I would call a high-resolution speaker, but it made most things, including low bit rate streaming audio, sound decent. A year later the Audioengine P4 replaced the A2 on my desktop, and now I'm checking out the A5+. It's bigger than the other 'engines, but what about the sound?
It's been rumored about for ages, played at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a couple of years ago, but sometime in September Magnepan will begin shipping the Mini Maggie System ($1,495). It's a desktop speaker system, albeit one designed to satisfy the most demanding audiophile tastes.
I visited the Magnepan factory in White Bear Lake, Minnesota in late July to spend some quality time with the Mini Maggies.
Relative to the Harbeth HL-P3ES-2 speakers on my main computer rig, these things just don't compare. Well, duh! The Harbeths are powered by 150Watt class-D amps run from a serious pre-amp and DAC. The UCubes get both signal and power from the USB output of my laptop. The question is: what can you compare them to?