Today, Audioengine announced their newest pair of speakers, the HDP6. The HDP6 is based on their wildly successful powered HD6, and like their P4, are passive speakers requiring a separate amp to drive them.
We tested the HD6 speakers earlier this year and found them to be simply amazing in its performance to price ratio. And the HDP6 is basically the HD6 without all the insides.
While we have not heard the HDP6 speakers yet, if they sound anything like the HD6 (which they should), they will probably sound like all Audioengine speakers, simply alluring. There is just something about the sound of their products that makes you feel good when listening to them. You forget about the speaker and start hunting for more music to enjoy.
The HDP6 comes in 3 cabinet finishes: two real wood veneers of walnut or cherry and a black finish. The beautiful veneers wrap around a very solid MDF cabinet. Inside is a two-way speaker system using a 5 ½” Kevlar woofer and silk dome tweeters.
With the HD6, we were very impressed with they way Audioengine did the bass port. It is a small slot on the back of the speaker that does a tremendous job of coupling the speaker to the room, giving it a much bigger bass sound than you would expect from their size.
Like all Audioengine products, everything was designed specifically for this model with no off-the-shelf generic components. We feel this is just one of the reasons all of their products sound so great.
You’ll want to position your HDP6 speakers on a solid stand for best performance. They even come with a threaded insert for increased stability. The threaded insert also allows you to mount them on the ceiling for a retro studio monitor look and feel. The bass port will work best if the speakers are not totally against the back wall, so be sure to give them at least two inches to breathe. The same holds true for bookshelf applications. For optimal base reproduction, don’t push them all the way back against the wall.
We are really looking forward to hearing how these guys will sound for their very modest price of $499. Based on their efficiency rating of 88db, we suspect you will need a pretty decent amp to get the most out of them. That is one advantage of the HD6. The amps they use are specifically designed for the exact speaker drivers and crossover. However, we have a feeling that they are going to couple up really well with some of the moderately priced amps from NAD, Cambridge Audio, Rotel, and Peachtree.
We can’t wait to try the HDP6 speakers out with some of our very high-end amps and really put them to the test! Stay tuned for our listening evaluation.