If you’re short on time and just want the highlights of this article, here it is:
In conclusion, the Audioengine HDP6 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers are a good option for anyone looking for an affordable and easy-to-use speaker with good sound quality. The speakers manage to produce a clear, detailed sound that has good depth and clarity. Both the highs and lows are well balanced and the soundstage is immersive and full.
However, I would like to see some improvements in sound quality. For one, the mids could use some more clarity and depth. I feel like the sound could be a bit brighter and livelier with some tweaking. Additionally, the sound could benefit from more bass extension and impact.
Connectivity-wise, the HDP6 features a standard 3.5 mm stereo connector, as well as RCA input and output connections. It also features a 5/8″ microphone port for plugging in microphones for podcasting and other applications. The product also comes with a remote control that allows you to control the volume from across the room.
Overall, the Audioengine HDP6 is a good-sounding speaker that should satisfy most listeners. The speakers have good clarity and detail, and the soundstage is immersive and full. However, if you’re looking for a speaker with a lot of features or really deep bass and crystal clear mids, it might be best to look elsewhere.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
Audioengine HDP6 Review: Sound quality
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
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The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.