Apparently I never posted the pictures that sub above were accompaning.
Behold, Audioengine P4 passive bookshelf speakers.
It was a trip for sure. This was the box, that was in another box that was shipped inside of another box.
Screw just using thin foam to send to protect them, they come in felt bags. Wonder how much extra that added to their price.
Mediabridge cabling and Monoprice Bananer plugs
Hnnngggggggggg They sound so damn good. I had to take a monitor off of my desk to fit the bookshelves but....I'm enjoying the sound more than I am having a 2nd screen.
All in all, they're wonderful to levels of amazing. Directly out of the box I was like god these sound muddy, but obviously you gotta get them playing for a bit. Within the first couple hours they really opened up. The highs are crystal clear and the mids...oh god the mids. They really did a great job here. Even cranking the speakers up the highs refuse to break up and struggle. They're being powered by my Topping VX1 and even half volume is way too much for me. These suckers get loud and get loud quick all while keeping their sound in tact.
The con, is as with most any bookshelf speakers, the low end just isn't there. It's a little muddy for what's there which I was expecting. It's present but isn't really punchy or solid. Adding a sub though, oh wow these things opened up to all new levels.