HD6 Powered Speakers FAQs
Why is the HD6 Audioengine’s best speaker yet?
- larger redesigned woofer with die-cast aluminum frame for extended bass response with fast dynamics
- new larger custom 1” tweeter for an open and realistic high end and an extraordinary soundstage
- thicker, low-resonance cabinet
- upgraded crossover components
- Bluetooth aptX and digital optical inputs
- real wood-veneer cabinet finish options
- removable magnetic grills
- solid aluminum remote control
Just how easy is it to set up the HD6?
Unpack and place them where you want and connect the included speaker wire from the active left speaker to the right passive speaker. Next plug in the power cord to a wall outlet and turn on the power switch on the back of the left speaker. Connect your music player with the supplied cables - or go wireless with our built-in Advanced Bluetooth. The HD6 is an all-in-one solution with no extra components needed.
When I connect a turntable to my speaker, why is the volume is extremely low?
Some turntables do not have a built-in preamp therefore you will need to add an external phono preamp between your turntable and the HD6. Many turntables, however (such as the Music Hall USB-1 or Audio Technica AT-LP120) have a built-in preamp and include a switch on the back for "line" or “phono”. For Audioengine powered speakers select "line".
Is there a risk of HD6 becoming obsolete if new Bluetooth features become popular?
HD6 was designed with an upgrade path for Bluetooth so should any new features become available we will announce an upgrade plan that includes details and pricing. We firmly believe Bluetooth is one of the best-sounding and most-versatile wireless audio systems with plenty of room for enhancements, so this is why we took the extra effort to future-proof HD6.
Should I use the volume control on the HD6 or can I adjust from system volume on my computer?
If the left speaker is in an easy to reach location, you can certainly use the physical knob to set volume. If not though, we generally recommend setting the HD6 at around 50% and adjusting from source (or you can also use the included remote control).
Why do I have to plug one speaker into the wall?
Audioengine powered speaker models have a built-in power amplifier in the left speaker so you won’t need a stereo receiver or other extra components for power.
What is the difference between powered and active speakers?
There are a few notable differences but both designs function basically the same. “Active” and “powered” speakers refer to speakers with power amplifiers built into either one speaker or both. Audioengine speakers were designed with the power amps in the left speaker to make connections easier as they only require one power cord and all connections are on the same speaker. So it’s time to sell that big old stereo receiver and make the switch!
Will I get buzz from the speakers if I place my iPhone near them?
All Audioengine speakers are video and magnetically-shielded, however "GSM buzz" cannot be blocked by magnetic shielding. What actually causes this is your phone being in 2G or "EDGE" instead of 3G or 4G. For best results when using your phone as a music source, ensure that it's operating on 3G (or 4G).
It is true that speaker placement really can make a difference in sound quality?
There are different theories but rooms and tastes are different so it's tough to specify a correct placement. We suggest you experiment with different locations to see what works for you. As a general rule of thumb for the best sound stage balance, the speakers should be equi-distant from side walls and a different distance from rear walls. For the best bass response on rear-ported speakers (like Audioengine 5+), we recommend that you keep a minimum distance of 6-12" between the rear of the speakers and the rear wall. Our front-ported speakers (such as the Audioengine 2+ or P4) do not need any rear panel clearance for better bass but recommend keeping them a few inches from the rear wall for adequate ventilation.
Will the sound be affected if I place the left (active) speaker on the right side and the right speaker on the left?
Swapping sides will not have any negative effect on the soundstage or quality/clarity of the speakers. This will simply give you the reverse of what the artist intended for you to hear.
Can I increase the length or change the speaker wire between each speaker?
Sure. For the HD6 we’ve included 13 feet (4 meters) of 16 gauge wire with each powered speaker system but any "stranded" speaker wire will work. The speaker binding posts on the back of each cabinet will accept bare stranded wire, however you can also use wires terminated with spade lugs, banana plugs, or pins.
Is it OK to connect Audioengine active speakers to my stereo receiver or integrated amplifier?
We’ve built amplifiers into our powered speakers but if you wish to use Audioengine speakers with an existing receiver take the “preamp out” from your receiver and connect it to one of the Audioengine inputs (if you need to, use the included RCA stereo “Y” connector to 1/8” mini plug cable). We also make a pair of passive speakers called P4 so check those out as well!
Do higher power output ratings for audio gear mean louder or better sounding speakers?
Not necessarily. Audioengine speakers and amplifiers are very efficient and designed together as a system so therefore we get more volume output than stereo receivers or amplifiers that might higher wattage or power numbers. Due to this tuning we achieve big sound outputs with a fraction of the power required by other systems.
Are two separate speakers really better than one boombox or soundbar?
We are firm believers that two quality speakers will always sound better than one or more speakers together in a single cabinet, regardless of the amplifier or sound enhancing technology used. There are some decent one-piece speaker systems that simulate stereo and surround sound from a single source, but most fall way short as they can’t accurately duplicate a wide sound stage with imaging as complete and rich as Audioengine speakers.
Can I use a subwoofer with Audioengine powered speakers?
Even though Audioengine speakers have big and tight low end which will easily fill a room and rival floor standing speakers many times their size, you can also connect an external sub if you wish (or connect Audioengine speakers to your sub's line-level output). You can even connect our wireless W3 adapter for a wireless subwoofer!
Why do digital music files sound better with Audioengine speakers?
Audioengine speakers were specially designed and tuned to make MP3 and other digital music files sound great. We spent many months tuning each speaker and almost exclusively used various compresses and lossless files types encoded at different bitrates during this process. Even though we are big fans of digital music your turntable or reel-to-reel tape player will sound equally as good.
Can I control Audioengine speakers with my TV remote control?
Although many TVs have only one L/R audio output, which typically defaults to fixed, this setting can be sometimes be changed via the on-screen menu so please check your manual to see which outputs are variable. Also try the headphone output.
If I have 2 inputs plugged in at the same time, how does Audioengine switch between audio sources?
Both inputs are "open" or active, so you can leave 2 audio sources plugged in at the same time with no need to flip any switches!
Are these speakers designed for use only with computers or iPods? I would like to connect them to my Panasonic DVD player or TV or even my Denon stereo. Is this possible?
Yes, absolutely. All your A/V gear with an RCA or mini-jack 1/8" connector (even a headphone jack!) will work great with Audioengine powered speakers.
If I have a subwoofer of my own, how would I use it with the HD6?
Connect the variable output of the HD6 into the input of your sub using RCA cables. Very simple.
What if my TV only has one audio output that cannot be controlled with the TV remote?
Although many TVs have only one L/R audio output, which typically defaults to fixed, this setting can be sometimes be changed via the on-screen menu. Also try your TV's headphone output or the audio outputs from your satellite or cable box.
What if my speakers or subwoofer have a hum or buzzing sound?
Hum or buzz in the speakers is usually caused by something external to the speakers which is coupling noise into the speaker system, either through the AC lines, cordless phone, wireless router, or directly from the source input. A common reason is that the entire system is set up such that a "ground loop" results. Basically, a ground loop occurs when the AC power grounds and the system signal grounds are not at the same electrical potential. Refer to our online Setup Guides for a list of things to try.
What is the AC power cable type for Audioengine powered speakers?
We use non-polarized 2-Pin IEC 320-C7 cables. These are fairly standard cables, and you should be able to find them locally if needed. You can also find them in the Accessories section in our store.
Adding a new component could bring out hum or buzz that may not have existed before. Your first assumption could be that something may be wrong with your new gear but this is generally caused by a “ground-loop” in your system. Consider these tips for possible solutions - Click Here.
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