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Audioengine goes wireless with new HD3 bookshelf speakers

For your desk, and your phone.

Published onNovember 15, 2016


Plenty of Audioengine speakers have found a home in studios and on desktops worldwide. We even have them on list for best computer speakers you can get. Now the company is expanding their line with the new HD3 wireless speakers. They take everything that’s great about the HD series and puts it in a wireless option.

Similar to their other products, the HD3 speakers have a fairly minimal design. These small boxes are covered in a wood veneer so they can blend into your living area as part of the decor. Towards the bottom is a volume knob along with a pairing button and 3.5mm input. Inside are Kevlar woofers 2.75” in size for lows and mids, while ¾” dome tweeters take care of the highs. That said, driver size isn’t what makes this speaker special.

A large portion of consumers now stream their music wirelessly from services like Spotify, YouTube, and TIDAL and the HD3 now let’s you stream music directly from any of them. Of course, you can also hardwire in audio cables if you want, but having the option to connect wirelessly is always a plus. The HD3 speakers have Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, AAC, and SBC codecs. Audioengine also claims that the latency is only about 30 milliseconds, so if you’re watching videos the audio should sync up almost perfectly.

If you want to skip over the wireless functionality, you’ll find stereo inputs and outputs on the back of the speaker along with a USB input for plugging into a computer. Doing this will bypass the headphone jack of your device and play directly through the speakers’ built-in DAC for a better listening experience.

  • 10.4 pounds
  • 11.8 x 11.8 x 9 inches
  • Bluetooth 4.0 w/aptX, AAC, SBC codecs
  • Range of 100 feet
  • Built-in DAC
  • Dual analog audio inputs

If you’re not entirely sure these will work for you, you can take advantage of Audioengine’s 30 day audition period. If you decide that they’re just not for you, you can always return them for a full refund. You can get the HD3 speakers in three color options: Satin Black, Walnut wood, or Cherry wood for $399.

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