Skip to main content

Audioengine S8 review

The Audioengine S8 is an elegantly finished box that goes loud, but there's a definite flabbiness to the bass notes Tested at £312

Our Verdict

This sub goes loud but it sounds flabby and lacks definition – there are now better options out there

For

  • Solid, compact build
  • wireless connectivity option
  • lots of weight
  • goes loud

Against

  • A touch flabby, which means it isn’t the fastest

We've become quite the flag-wavers for American company Audioengine, thanks to a good selection of desktop PC speakers that will get the best from your digital music.

The company is no stranger to the subwoofer market either. We've looked at this 11in square, front-ported Audioengine subwoofer before, and were impressed.

Build quality remains high, with screw-in feet providing a sturdy base for the smooth, elegantly finished box.

It remains a well-connected machine, too. Alongside its own power connection, you'll find a built-in AC outlet for connecting a wireless adaptor such as Apple's Airport Express or Audioengine's own W2 wireless adaptor (yours for around £125).

There are line level and minijack inputs present and correct, too.

Plenty of weight
When we first heard the S8, we were impressed by its compact, weighty, loud and proud sound.

Listening to the unmistakeable rumble of the Batmobile in The Dark Knight, there's still plenty of weight and it goes reasonably deep, but there's a definite flabbiness to bass notes and a lack of tonal definition.

What's more, while the sub looks easy on the eye, the cabinet is prone to rattling when really pushed, which is, naturally, never a good thing.

A year is a long time and there are now better options at this price-point.

What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms in London, New York and Bath. Our coveted five-star rating and Awards are recognised all over the world as the ultimate seal of approval, so you can buy with absolute confidence.


Read more about how we test