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AudioEngine P4 Passive Bookshelf Speakers - Satin Black or White $229 @ Kogan $400 RRP + Extra $20 Credit if Paid Using Zip

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White: (https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/audioengine-p4-passive-bookshel...)
Black: (https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/audioengine-p4-passive-bookshel...)

Pay using your Zip Pay or Zip Money account to get an extra $20 Zip credit (https://www.kogan.com/au/c/zip-promo/)

These speakers almost never go on sale, lowest price they've ever been was $319 last November, so $229 (or $209 w/Zip) is a fantastic price.

Excellent choice if you're looking for a pair of small yet powerful high quality passive speakers.
A decent step up from a pair of Micca's or Edifiers at the same price (by all reports).
I'll be pairing them with a SMSL SA300 Amp Class D Amp.

Pretty much unanimously good reviews eg:
(https://www.whathifi.com/audioengine/p4/review) 4/5
(http://www.goodsound.com/equipment/audioengine_p4.htm) "Goodsound Great Buy"
(https://www.cnet.com/news/audioengine-p4-the-little-249-spea...) "The P4 speaker is the go-to choice for newbie audiophiles on a budget"

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  • I have owned the powered Audioengine A2’s in the past.
    Used them gently & just outside warranty period the powered speaker developed loud constant buzzing.
    Passive ones may be better but personally will avoid Audioengine.

    • Yeah sounds like an Amp / Power supply issue. Less to go wrong with the passive versions.
      Fingers crossed they last distance, the build quality is pretty good apparently.

      • Yeah sounds like an Amp / Power supply issue.

        Yes I even opened it up to check and everything looked fine. So something must have failed internally.
        I have heard similar things about the larger powered Audioengines as well (failure).

    • +2 votes

      I'm not discrediting your personal experience but conversely, I've had audioengine a2s for about 10years and they are still going strong.

      • Yes thank you but my experience was failure.
        I have heard similar things about the larger powered models as well. I have a feeling that it has something to do with Audioengine using cheap Class AB amps which run too hot.
        Mackie CR series also suffered from this problem, with the Class AB amps failing due to heat issues.
        (Check the poor reviews here on the CR4 @ JB HiFi )

      • My 10 year-old A2+ are also still going strong. Easily fill my living room with 20% volume.

        • Good to hear, that's what I bought them for, filling a tiny room (actually an RV).
          Needed something small that sounded decent, they should fit the bill nicely.

          Was originally going to get some A2+'s but they've never really gone on sale in the last 6 months or so.

  • Pretty scathing review here http://noaudiophile.com/AudioEngine_P4/

    Definitely not "unanimous" in online praise for these, adjust expectations accordingly

    • Summary:
      "Corrected they sound great. I have not heard many speakers in this price range, but these sound excellent after the DSP is applied to them. I would say I'm about +-1dB above 700Hz and you can't ask for much better than that. Bass is still a mess with the correction, but it sounds pretty good for what it is."

      I'd call that a positive review all things considered.

      For the price I still maintain they are an excellent pair of speakers.
      You're never going to get a perfect audiophile pair of speakers for $200 Aud.

      But if you're worried just don't buy them, I don't own any shares in Audioengine :p

  • I bought a pair in 2010, as stereo speakers they're a bit crap, as they sound shallow and boring, however I then decided to try them as a centre speaker in a 5.1 so used the bottom threads to link them and wired them in series for 8ohm and they turned to be pretty good for vocals.

    I noticed audio engine then copied my idea + BT, I previously email their support to inform them of the outcome… they did not respond.

  • My A2s didn't last. The inner round bit of the speaker = voice coil, next wide bit = diaphragm, next narrow bit = suspension. The suspension failed, perished, fell to bits. They were OK for movies, for music I'd turn on an amp with proper speakers.

  • These or Edifiers?

    Or even Voll?

    What do you guys think?

    • I actually have a pair of Voll's waiting to be delivered, but decided to upgrade as I've been wanting a pair of these for AGES.
      I'll use the Voll's for surround in my home theatre.

      Pretty much everyone says they're good value and sound great at $400 RRP so for $230 it's a no brainer IMO.
      They're the passive version of the Audioengine A5+ if you want to check out some more reviews.

  • My audioengine speakers failed. Had them for about 5 years with low usage.

  • Got Edifier 1700bt for $115 from Amazon last time, can’t see the advantage in these ?

    • I can only assume these sound better, they both got 4/5 on whathifi but the P4's are passive and over double the RRP.
      Chose these over Edifiers mostly because they're smaller, work better in a small spaces, have an extra years warranty, and look a lot better IMO.