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Thursday, 14 April 2016
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Audioengine HD6 Powered Speakers Review
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Bluetooth and Conclusion

I streamed almost the entire sublime Dead Can Dance discography, quite a bit of world music, ambient, and some classical. DCD’s Aion, Into The Labyrinth, Towards The Within, and others are very special recordings; the HD6 created excellent atmosphere and nuance. “In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated” from the duo’s self titled 1984 debut floated into space with excellent texture and depth. “The Carnival Is Over” from Into The Labyrinth, framed Brendan Perry’s voice wonderfully, and the atmospherics in the mix were easy to place, as was the reverb trails around his vocal.

I recently discovered Revolutionary Army of Infant Jesus, kindred spirits of Dead Can Dance, who make some of the most haunting ambient music I have heard. Their most recent recording, Beauty Will Save The World, in 24/96 FLAC, was captivating via the HD6, which got all the spatial cues right, and preserved the flow of the subtle rhythmic shifts and melodies. The sophisticated presentation was what I would expect from more expensive amplifiers and speaker combinations.

For something more dynamic and percussive, I cued up Ritual Beating System, by Bahia Black, a classic world music album based on native Brazilian drumming. The HD6 rendered the syncopation and chants wonderfully, and it was easy to get drawn into the hypnotic beats. Bass heavy drums had excellent weight and clarity. 


Exceptionally easy to use and sonically very satisfying. It's a snap to pair an iPad Air, an iPhone 6, and a Macbook Pro with the HD6 over Bluetooth. The process literally takes 30 seconds. From that point local files can be played back, or any streaming app, like Spotify or Pandora can be used. What a great feature this is. If you are still on the fence about Bluetooth, don’t be, it offers very good fidelity, and the aptX codec, which Audioengine has used for quite some time now, is the real deal.

I was unfortunately not able to test the optical input for the simple reason I don’t currently have any optical digital sources.  I must say I would have liked to have seen a  24/192 capable USB input on the HD6, but I am not sure if this would have added to the cost. Other than that, I literally have nothing to complain about. I loved the remote control capability, and the really convenient volume knob on the front of the master speaker, which had tons of usable volume range.

Audioengine HD6


Audioengine HD6 Powered Speakers are a wonderful achievement. They are feature-rich, a snap to set up and dial in, and lookers to boot. At $749 you have a turn key solution with only a line level source needed to get rocking. Link up any Bluetooth capable device and enjoy high fidelity.

On a desktop or on stands, the HD6 are a marvelous value. By the way, the speakers come equipped with everything you need to get started right in the box, so unless you had the cable upgrade itch, no need for additional outlay. If you are shopping for premium active speakers that deliver the goods, Audioengine HD6 Powered Speakers are Highly Recommended.

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Audioengine HD6 Powered Speakers: $749

Speaker type
2.0 powered bookshelf-style speaker system featuring wireless and digital optical inputs

Power output
150W peak power total (50W RMS, 75W peak per channel)

3.5mm mini-jack, RCA L/R, digital optical (SPDIF,) Bluetooth aptX

Variable line-out w/2.0V RMS max output, 47ohm output impedance

Input voltages
115/240V, 50/60Hz manually-switchable

Amplifier type
Analog dual-class A/B monolithic

5.5" Kevlar woofers, 1" silk dome tweeters

Left speaker (powered)
Dimensions: 11.75” (30cm) x 7.25” (18.5cm) x 10” (25cm)-17.5 lbs

Right speaker (passive)
Dimensions: 11.75” (30cm) x 7.25” (18.5cm) x 10”-12.5 lbs

Review System 1

DAC: Simaudio 280D
Tape Deck: Revox A77, Revox B77
Server: Bryston BDP-2
Preamp: Rogue Audio RP-5, Aric Audio Unlimited
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Simaudio 760A, Rotel RB-1590
Speaker:  Bryston Mini T
Cables: Stager Sound, Acoustic Zen, Element Cable, DH Labs, iFi, SVS
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks and Svelte Shelves, Shakti Stone, Bryston BIT-15, Salamander rack

Review System 2

Music Server: SOtM sMS-100 w/ Battery XPS
Preamp: Aric Audio Expression, Belles Soloist 3
DAC/Streamer: Simaudio 280D w MiND
Power Amplifier: Onkyo M5000R
Tape Deck: Sony TC-350
Speaker: Magnepan MMG, Spendor S35R
Cables: Stager Sound, Transparent,  DH Labs, SVS
Accessories: Cable Pro Noisetrapper, iFi iPower, Audience aR6


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