To my ears the Audioengine 5s provide solid sound from the devices it was designed for–computers, portable music players, and AV media centers. If, based on sound quality alone, I had to choose between the iPod Hi-Fi and these speakers, I’d opt for the Audioengine 5s for their more-balanced sound and their ability to be separated. Although I’d prefer to see the kind of dock connector found on the iPod Hi-Fi, I can get by with one of the docks I own. And, short of building an AirPort Express directly into the speakers, I couldn’t be more pleased that Audioengine’s engineers figured the existence of streaming music devices into their design. All in all, the Audioengine 5 is a very worthy set of powered speakers that will serve you well in a bedroom, office, living room, or, with iTunes’ AirPlay streaming feature, all three.
(See our full review at the URL below.)–Christopher Breen