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Does anyone have recommendations between the Audioengine A2 and the M-Audio AV40? I have read a bit about both of them, however people like both of them equally. The audioengine A2's are a fair bit smaller, but does that affect the sound quality in any way compared to the AV40's? I like both of them, but I prefer the A2's based off their size but the price of the M-Audio's are about $50 cheaper here in canada. If anyone has experience with either set and would recommend one over the other and why, that would be extremely appreciative.
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This reply isn't going to be much help but here goes.

I have no experience with the A2's, I have heard the A5's vs AV40. The A5's sounded much better. The AV40's have a very deep bass in my opinion.

I have the BX5a's I'm selling because I went to the Rokit 5's G2. I would say you would most likely be happy with either or however, I would go with the A2's most likely.

Also if you can swing it go up a size and get into the BX5a's, A5's, Swan D1080MKII 08 or the Rokit 5's or 6's (Rokits are my fav).

The ones above are just a huge step up for not much more money which brings me to my main point I want to make. We don't buy new speakers very often so go ahead and spend the extra money on the better one's, the money amortized over the years of ownership will more than pay for itself.

Just my $0.02 worth.
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TBH I loved the bass from the AV40. It is indeed deep and clean with the bass boost on. You cant really compare the AV40 and A5s since there is a huge price difference. I think the AV40 would have better for the lows and A2 better for the highs. Ive never heard the A2s or A5s however. I dont know of any retail store that sells them.
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Originally Posted by Michael Cox;11748233 
This reply isn't going to be much help but here goes.

I have no experience with the A2's, I have heard the A5's vs AV40. The A5's sounded much better. The AV40's have a very deep bass in my opinion.

I have the BX5a's I'm selling because I went to the Rokit 5's G2. I would say you would most likely be happy with either or however, I would go with the A2's most likely.

Also if you can swing it go up a size and get into the BX5a's, A5's, Swan D1080MKII 08 or the Rokit 5's or 6's (Rokits are my fav).

The ones above are just a huge step up for not much more money which brings me to my main point I want to make. We don't buy new speakers very often so go ahead and spend the extra money on the better one's, the money amortized over the years of ownership will more than pay for itself.

Just my $0.02 worth.
What do you think about the Rokit5 compared to BX5a? I dont know what your music preference is but what were the main differences between the sound of the two?
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Originally Posted by ThumperSD;11748912 
TBH I loved the bass from the AV40. It is indeed deep and clean with the bass boost on. You cant really compare the AV40 and A5s since there is a huge price difference. I think the AV40 would have better for the lows and A2 better for the highs. Ive never heard the A2s or A5s however. I dont know of any retail store that sells them.


What do you think about the Rokit5 compared to BX5a? I dont know what your music preference is but what were the main differences between the sound of the two?

For me personally the Rokits destroyed the BX5a's. I like all kinds of music. In my iTunes you'll find Trixie Whitley, Johnny Cash, Tool, Metallica, Gnarls Barkley, Death cab for cutie and so on.

For me when I put the speakers side by side for a comparison it went like this.

Rokits handled the volume much better than the BX5a's. The Overall quality of the Rokits is much better (to my ear).

The BX5a's seemed to get a bit fussy with volume however, if you are producing music and looking for imperfections I thought the BX5a's did a better job at mid volume.

At high volume the BX5a's just sound dirty and the Rokits sound crisp.

Bass is about equal in the two. With all that being said we all know sound is subjective. It's just a coincidence that I'm right. biggrin.gif
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post #5 of 17
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Thanks for the replies, I wouldn't mind paying the extra for the BX5A but I have read of some problems with them breaking and I am worried with only a single year warranty that if they were to break it would be a huge loss. I am leaning more towards the audioengine even though the price is a little bit higher. $200 vs $150 here in canada. I also like the physical size of the A2's more.
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Rokits are very good value for money. Passive speakers are usually always better value than active ones.
post #7 of 17
The AV40 do not have beep bass, and the bass boost only makes it sound more muddy. They are great studio monitors but they are indeed lacking bass (<80Hz).

Audioengine seems overpriced to me, that's why I never recommend those. BX5a is not bad but IMO, Rokit 5/6 is a better value.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FearSC549;11752844 
The AV40 do not have beep bass, and the bass boost only makes it sound more muddy. They are great studio monitors but they are indeed lacking bass (<80Hz).

Audioengine seems overpriced to me, that's why I never recommend those. BX5a is not bad but IMO, Rokit 5/6 is a better value.
Completely disagreed. Dont you have a faulty AV40? They sound deep and FAAAR from muddy to me. Not even close. Bass sounds very crisp to me with no sub.
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Originally Posted by FearSC549;11752844 
The AV40 do not have beep bass, and the bass boost only makes it sound more muddy. They are great studio monitors but they are indeed lacking bass (<80Hz).

Audioengine seems overpriced to me, that's why I never recommend those. BX5a is not bad but IMO, Rokit 5/6 is a better value.

This is why I always say it's subjective. To me they have deep bass. But I don't really listen to heavy bass rap, trance or dance. So for me they are.

But I do agree that Rokits are the beez knees baby!
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Deep bass is subjective but I dont think saying it is muddy is. Muddy to me is a generic rumble whenever there is bass. Not crisp or clean. I dont think the AV40 fits that description at all. Not even close. My Dayton sub sounds 10x more muddy than the AV40 and it's still far from the muddiest sub Ive heard.

When my BX5a dies Im going to GC to check out the Rokits. Ive heard good things about them but want to test them for myself. The only thing I dont like about them is the color but I can care less if it sounds good.
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