Audioengine recently released their latest product the N22 desktop amplifier. The N22 is a compact, high-end desktop amplifier which retails for $199. At first glance, its sleek design certainly stands out. The components are enclosed in a stylish satin-black cabinet that is only 7 inches tall, 5.5 inches deep, and 2.75 inches wide (4 inches wide at the base). The large silver volume knob on the front makes it super easy to adjust volume. The small, minimalistic design makes it easy to fit the N22 in any bookshelf.
The N22 runs at a cool 22 Watts per channel and is designed for compact/bookshelf speakers such as Audioengine’s own P4 speaker set (which I will have a review for coming soon). The amp features two audio inputs—one stereo minijack and one pair (left/right) of RCA jacks—as well as a power-only USB port for charging an iPod or iPhone. I should note that while it does have a USB port, the N22 does not support USB audio or data transfer. The back of the N22 also has variable-level preamp outputs, as well as gold-plated 5-way binding posts for connecting speakers.