Closeout Audioengine HD3 Cherry

Customer return—this one was never even opened, but the exterior box is a little squishy. Regular price $399. Sold as-is.

Just when I thought Audioengine could not up their game any further—you simply won't find a better speaker line under $500—they decided to squeeze their HD6 into a smaller, more desktop-ready package. The result? The HD3 is the best speaker Audioengine has ever built. 

Consider what you get:  Start with the relaxed, neutral tone of the HD6, and shrink it to a smaller, desktop-compatible size. Throw in some amazing imaging (that's the first thing you'll notice when you plug these in), and add a USB DAC, keep the APTX Bluetooth receiver, and add a headphone preamp. Are you kidding me? Seriously, these would be worth every penny for the tone and imaging, and I'd still be bragging on them with none of those extras. But Audioengine has really outdone themselves with this speaker, and even though you might be thinking you really don't need a new desktop speaker, the HD3 is bound to change your mind.

• Dual analog class A/B monolithic
• 60W peak power total (15W RMS / 30W peak per channel), AES
• Drivers: 2.75" Kevlar woofers, 3/4” silk dome tweeters
• Inputs: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, stereo RCA, USB,
• Bluetooth Outputs: RCA variable line-out, 3.5mm mini-jack headphone out
• Voltage: 110-240V 50/60Hz auto-switching
• SNR: 95dB (typical A-weighted)
• THD+N: <0.05% at all power settings
• Frequency response: 65Hz-22kHz ±2.0dB

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Excellent speakers

I was looking for some nice powered speakers for my music room. I also wanted a better quality dac than what was available on my laptop so having the USB connection was a key. I was looking at the Audioengine A2+ at first because I didn't think I needed the Bluetooth connection option. But I am glad I got the HD3 instead as I've found myself using the Bluetooth connection the most and the range is impressive; the speakers are in the basement and I could connect easily from upstairs. I also like the look of a grill for the speakers. The only odd thing was having the Bluetooth antenna sticking out so much but I could orientate it sideways to sort of "hide" it without any loss in reception.

Setup was super easy. I was contemplating needing to add a subwoofer in the future but discovered the bass response is more than adequate; these are nothing like some speakers that have a pronounced bass boost. I would describe these as fairly flat. I especially like them for acoustic music and vocals.

Audioengine also has an excellent website and customer service. I e-mailed them with a question and they responded within 24 hours.

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