If you wanted a direct connection from your computer to your Audioengine A2 speakers, the $249 A2+ have what you need. While they are still lacking a headphone output (maybe they are saving that for the A2++), the USB connection is now available. For those that wanted additional bass out of their A2 speakers, the A2+ now have a variable output for adding a sub. Basically it looks like Audioengine read all the reviews their products have gotten and took the biggest complaints and fixed them with the A2+. That just sounds like good business to us. If you are looking for "real" speakers for your desk and you're on a budget, the A2+ should definitely be on your list. Discuss "Audioengine 2+ Premium Powered Desktop Speakers Preview" here. Read the article.