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Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers

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Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers deliver audiophile-quality sound and features at a price that continues to set the standard for affordable high-quality audio. Connect your iPhone or iPod, computer, Television, or any other audio component for incredible stereo sound in any room.

Audioengine A5+ Powered Speakers Available Colors:
Audioengine A5+ Caramel (Carbonized Solid Bamboo)
Audioengine A5+ Satin Black
Audioengine A5+ Hi-Gloss White

The goal of Audio Engine Speakers is to provide a high-end listening experience at affordable prices with easy to use, high-quality products. The Audioengine 5 powered speaker system was Audioengine's flagship model and has become a best seller. The new audioengine speakers A5+ has the same award-winning signature sound as the original A5 but has customer-requested upgrades and features.

With custom Kevlar woofers, silk dome tweeters, and hand-built cabinets, the Audio Engine 5+ Speakers include a remote control, dual audio inputs and enhanced thermal management. You can charge your iDevice via the USB power port and also add a subwoofer to the variable output. Connect Audioengine 5+ to your computer's headphone jack or pair with a USB DAC to achieve an even higher level of audio fidelity. The Audioengine A5+ works with any computer and there's no software to install or settings to change.

Built-in power amplifiers save space and eliminate the need to connect Audioengine 5+ to a stereo receiver or external power amp. Simply plug the left speaker into an AC outlet and connect the included speaker wire from the left to right speaker. All internal components of the Audioengine A5+ are tuned together, providing a more efficient system requiring less power than passive speakers and amplifiers. With superior stereo separation and incredible imaging, Audioengine A5+ has a clear sonic advantage over boomboxes or all-in-one systems.

You won't hear any enhanced super-mega-hyper-monster boomy bass from these powered speakers. As with the original A5, the low end from the Audioengine A5+ is real bass, very near to the originally-recorded music. From hip-hop to classical to movies, you'll get tight, punchy bass with an awesome growl that will make you smile - regardless of the volume level.

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers Features

  • Built-in power amplifiers
  • Remote control
  • Improved thermal management
  • RCA and mini-jack audio inputs
  • Front panel volume control
  • USB power charge port
  • Variable preamp audio outputGold-plated connectors
  • Full-size 5-way speaker binding posts
  • Custom Kevlar woofers and silk tweeters
  • Hand-built MDF wood cabinets
  • Magnetically shielded
  • Advance tuned cabinet with rear-ported waveguide
  • Stand-mount 1/4" threaded inserts
  • Cables included
What's in the Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers box:
  • (1) A5+ powered (left) speaker
  • (1) A5+ passive (right) speaker
  • (1) Remote control
  • (1) Speaker wire (16AWG), 3.75 meters (~12.3ft)
  • (1) Detachable power cord
  • (1) Mini-jack audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5ft)
  • (1) RCA to RCA audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5ft)
  • (2) Cloth speaker bag
  • (1) Cloth cable bag
  • (1) Setup Guide
  • (1) Product line brochure
Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers Works With
  • Any computer (Mac or PC)
  • iPod, iPhone, and iPad (all iDevices)
  • Audioengine wireless audio adapters
  • Apple Airport Express + AirPlay
  • Any product with mini-jack or RCA outputs
Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers Materials and Construction
  • 1" thick MDF cabinet
  • 5" Kevlar woofers with advanced voice coils
  • 20mm silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
  • Torroidal power transformers

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers

REVIEWS: Audiostream - AudioEngine A5+ Review "For $399, yes I'm going there, I'd say that the Audioengine 5+s give you more than you've given Audioengine."
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Goodsound - AudioEngine A5+ Review "Emphatically recommended."
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Silent PC Review - AudioEngine A5+ Review "The A5+ represents an uncommonly good value in today's fractured consumer audio marketplace, and a bonafide entry-level high end product."
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Positive Feedback - AudioEngine A5+ Review "This tiny system really trumped some of the larger systems out there costing thousands more."
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HDTV Magazine - AudioEngine A5+ Review "The Audioengine 5+ is an excellent follow-on to original A5. Their rich deep bass and shimmering highs bring new life to your music library."
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Playback - AudioEngine A5+ Review "For $399 the A5+ delivers more than enough music to be satisfying, even if you"re used to listening to far more expensive gear."
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Sound+Vision - AudioEngine A5+ Review "Perhaps the 5+'s most dramatic aural attribute was its stereo imaging."
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The Online Photographer - AudioEngine A5+ Review "Seldom is any product such a safe recommendation. Sure is nice when that happens."
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CNET - AudioEngine A5+ Review "You're going to be hard-pressed to find a 2.0 system that sounds better for the money and has the 5+'s connectivity options."
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Okay Geek - AudioEngine A5+ Review "If you have the cash and are looking for something in the audiophile market, then look no further than this premium speaker set."
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Audioholics - AudioEngine A5+ Review "In particular, we loved the dynamics and spatial imaging. These speakers are easy to set up, easy to use, easy on the ears."
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Wired - A5+ review "Rich, detailed, room-filling sound that bests speakers costing twice as much."
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PC Magazine - AudioEngine A5+ Review "The Audioengine 5+ is a superb stereo speaker set that delivers audio in a classic style that is rare these days."
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What Hi-Fi - AudioEngine A5+ Review "Their sonic scale is striking for the money, happily filling our room better than similarly-sized iPod docks."
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Gizmodo - AudioEngine A5+ Review A5+ makes Gizmodo's Favorites List!
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MacDirectory - D1 / AudioEngine A5+ Review "I have to rate the D1 and A5+ as excellent values, particularly when compared to world-class brands like Bowers & Wilkins and Bang & Olufsen." 
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Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers Technical Specifications
Type 2.0 powered (active) bookshelf-style speaker system
Power Output 150W peak power total (50W RMS / 75W peak per channel), AES
Inputs 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini-jack, RCA L/R
Outputs RCA L/R audio (full-range, adjustable), USB Type A (power/charging)
Voltages 115/240V, 50/60Hz manually switchable
Amplifier Type Dual Class AB monolithic
Drivers 5" Kevlar woofers, 20mm silk dome tweeters
Signal-to-noise >95dB (typical A-weighted)
THD <0.05% at all power settings
Crosstalk <50db
Frequency response 50Hz-22kHz +/-1.5dB
Input impedance 10K ohms unbalanced
Protection Protection: Output current limiting, thermal over-temperature, power on/off transient protection, replaceable external main fuse
Dimensions (each speaker HWD) 10.75" (27cm) x 7" (18cm) x 7.75" (20cm)
Weight (LEFT speaker) 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
Weight (RIGHT speaker) 9.6 lbs (4.4 kg)
Shipping weight 31 lbs (14 kg)
Shipping box dims 15" (38cm) x 22" (56cm) x 11.5" (29cm)

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers Finish options

  • Satin Black
  • Hi-Gloss White
  • Solid Carbonized Bamboo

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers Power Consumption
  • Idle: 10W
  • Mute: 6W
  • Sleep: 4W

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers Environmental Requirements
  • Operating temperature: 32 degree to 95 degree F
  • Non-operating temperature: -4 degree to 113 degree F
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers Materials and Construction
  • 25mm thick MDF cabinets
  • 20mm silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
  • 5" Kevlar woofers with advanced voice coils
  • Torroidal power transformer

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Powered Speakers Included Accessories
  • (1) Remote control
  • (1) Speaker wire (16AWG), 3.75 meters (~12.3ft)
  • (1) Detachable power cord
  • (1) Mini-jack audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5ft)
  • (1) RCA to RCA audio cable, 2 meters (~6.5ft)
  • (2) Cloth speaker bag
  • (1) Cloth cable bag
  • (1) Setup Guide
  • (1) Product line brochure

Custom Built
Audioengine designs and manufactures our own tweeters, woofers, and other critical components. In other words, these are not "box built" speakers with off-the-shelf parts but custom-designed to our specifications. What we do not fabricate directly in our factory we have made to our designs (parts such as transformers, magnets, and wiring harnesses, for example). The cabinets, drivers, bass port designs, amplifiers, and crossovers are all painstakingly tuned together for each Audioengine model. This, in turn, makes for a much more efficient system that requires much less power than passive speakers and a separate integrated amplifier or similar A/V components.

Audioengine uses audiophile-quality, ferro fluid cooled silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets. Silk tweeters hold up well under high power and the edge-driven design gives very smooth response. The woofers are Kevlar woven glass aramid composite with rubber surrounds. Kevlar is obviously very strong, which means that the woofer retains its shape when being driven at high levels. The speaker materials and construction are robust enough to stand up to some serious thrashing, so speaker grills aren't needed and they will sound and look great after many years of use.

Power Amplifiers
The amplifiers in Audioengine speakers are located in the left speaker and are a conservatively rated analog design. All components are tuned together for each model, which provides a much more efficient system requiring less power than passive speakers and separate amplifiers. Circuit boards for the power and preamp sections are mounted for maximum mechanical shock protection.

Power Transformers
Power transformers are a large contributor to the overall audio performance, especially in the low end. Again, no off-the-shelf parts. Audioengine uses gapless core toroidal transformers which have a tighter radiated magnetic field, directly translating to lower noise. They are lighter than standard, lower-cost "EI" transformers and also generate less heat.

Both drivers are directly video shielded and allow the user to place the speakers within a few inches of a video monitor. This shielding also offers protection for hard-drive digital music players.

USB Power
The Audioengine 5+ has a 5V, 500mA USB power supply that powers later generation iPod, iPhone, and most other USB "bus-powered" devices. The USB port is for power and charging, not for data transfer or music syncing.

What are the differences between A5 and A5+? Here's a list of A5+ upgrades:
  • advance tuned cabinet with rear-ported waveguide
  • improved thermal management
  • upgraded speaker connector binding posts
  • remote control
  • variable preamp line out
  • RCA and mini-jack inputs
  • new stand-mount 1/4" threaded inserts
How easy is it to set up Audioengine powered speakers?
Unpack and place them where you want and plug in the AC cord. Connect the included speaker wire from the active speaker to the right passive speaker. Then plug in your music (iPhone, iPod, computer, TV, etc.) with the included cables and you're ready to go. Our powered speakers are an all-in-one solution with no extra amps or components needed!

Will my current universal remote work with my A5+?
The A5+ is not officially supported by any universal remotes. You can however use a learning remote to copy the signals being sent by the A5+'s remote. Check with the manufacturer of your remote to find out if it supports learning IR codes.

Will Audioengine speakers work with a PC or Mac?
Absolutely! Use the computer's headphone output, soundcard, or DAC audio output from your Mac or PC directly into Audioengine speakers and you're good to go. PC, Mac, laptop or any computer.

Can I connect my turntable directly to the A5+ or will it be necessary to purchase a phono preamp?
Some turntables will need a preamp so we recommend to try your turntable without a preamp first to see how it operates.

When will you have products that include Apple's Airplay?
We're working on integrated Airplay solutions but these take time. Meanwhile, consider a great alternative, which is an Airport Express and your iPhone with A5+ or A2 powered speakers.

Can audio be played through the Audioengine USB charge port?
The USB port on Audioengine 5+ speakers was designed to be for power charging only, but don't despair - we've also included an audio input next to the USB port to plug your music into.

How can such small speakers have so much clean-sounding, deep, tight bass?
One of the reasons Audioengine speakers have such amazing bass in such a small package are the designs of the bass ports on each speaker. These aren't just holes or slots in the cabinets, but specifically shaped openings with tubes designed with precise calculations. The result is incredible low end with minimal audible air turbulence. These are effectively mini-subs built into each speaker, allowing Audioengine speakers to be used with or without a separate subwoofer. It's also worth mentioning that we don't use any enhancement circuits to add fake bass, so what you'll hear is real bass, really low and clean.

Why do I have to plug one speaker into the wall?
Audioengine powered speaker models have a built-in power amplifier in the left speaker so you won't need a stereo receiver or other extra components for power.

What is the difference between powered and active speakers?
Both are basically the same. "Active" and "powered" speakers refer to speakers with power amplifiers built into either one speaker or both. Audioengine speakers were designed with the power amps in the left speaker to make connections easier as they only require one power cord and all connections are on the same speaker. It's time to sell that clunky stereo receiver and make the switch!

Will I get buzz from the speakers if I place my iPhone near my Audioengine speakers?
All Audioengine speakers are video and magnetically shielded. GSM buzz however cannot be blocked by magnetic shielding. What actually causes "GSM buzz" is the phone being in 2G or "EDGE" instead of 3G. For best results when using your iPhone as a music source, ensure that it's operating on 3G by going to "Settings/General/Network/Enable 3G". If using 3G instead of 2G or "EDGE" is not possible in your service area, your best bet would be to keep it in airplane mode.

The headphone jack on my computer is noisy but I want to connect my Audioengine speakers to my laptop. What do I do?
If your computer headphone output doesn't sound so good, check out our wireless adapters and DACs or Google USB audio interface, USB DAC or similar.

I'd like to connect an Apple Airport Express to my A5+ speakers to stream music from my Mac. I also wish to connect the speakers to my TV. Is it possible to have simultaneous connections to the A5+?
Yes, there are 2 audio inputs on the A5+ so connect the Airport Express to one input and the variable output from your TV into the other. Both inputs are "open" or active so you can leave 2 audio sources plugged in at the same time with no need to push any buttons to change sources.

If I connect Audioengine speakers to my iPhone what volume levels should I set on the iPhone and speakers? What is the perfect overall volume level on the music source to get the cleanest distortion-free sound?
Every setup is different but we generally recommend leaving your speaker volume at around 11 or 12 o'clock and then using your music source (iPod, computer, TV, etc.) to set and to also control the volume.

It is true that speaker placement makes a difference in audio fidelity?
There are various theories but rooms and tastes are different so it's tough to specify a correct placement. We suggest you experiment with different locations to see what works for you. As a general rule of thumb for the best sound stage balance, the speakers should be equi-distant from side walls and a different distance from rear walls. For the best bass response on rear-ported speakers (like Audioengine 5+), we recommend keeping a minimum distance of 6-12" between the rear of the speakers and the rear wall. Our front-ported speakers (such as the Audioengine 2 or P4) do not need any rear panel clearance for better bass but we recommend keeping them a few inches from the rear wall for adequate ventilation.

Will the sound be affected if I place the left (active) speaker on the right side and the right speaker on the left?
Swapping speaker placement won't have any negative effect on the soundstage or quality/clarity of the speakers. This will simply give you the reverse of what the artist intended for you to hear (and if you want the correct L/R audio then swap the RCA L and R from the audio source to the speakers).

Can I drill holes in my Audioengine 5+ speaker cabinets and mount them to a wall?
Due to the electronics, cabinet materials and finish it's not a good idea to drill into your speakers. A5+ has 1/4" threaded inserts on the bottom of each cabinet, which are for securing to floorstands, but here are 3 clamping wall mounts recommended by customers:
  • Vogels VLB200 Speaker Wall Mount
  • Sanus WMS2 Speaker Wall Mount
  • BTECH BT-77 Side Clamping Wall Mount
Can I increase the length or change the speaker wire between each speaker?
Sure. For the best audio performance we've included 12 feet of 16 gauge wire with each powered speaker system but any speaker wire will work. The speaker binding posts on the back of each cabinet will accept bare stranded wire, however if you want to terminate the wires we recommend using spade or pin type terminals.

Is it OK to connect the A5+ to my stereo receiver?
Amplifiers are already built into our active speakers but if you wish to use Audioengine speakers with your A/V receiver or integrated amp, take the line-level "preamp out" from your receiver and connect it to one of the Audioengine inputs.

Do higher power output ratings for audio gear equate to a louder or better sounding system?
Not necessarily. For example, Audioengine speakers and amplifiers are very efficient and designed together as a system so therefore we get more volume output than stereo receivers or amplifiers that might higher wattage or power numbers. Due to this tuning we achieve big sound outputs with less power than required by other systems.

Are two separate speakers really better than one boombox or soundbar?
We're firm believers that two quality speakers will always sound better than multiple speakers together in a single box, regardless of the technology used. There are some decent all-in-one systems that simulate stereo and surround sound from a single source, but most fall short as they can't accurately duplicate a wide sound stage with imaging as complete and rich as Audioengine speakers (yeah, that's bragging a bit but judge for yourself and let us know!).

Can I use a subwoofer with Audioengine powered speakers?
Even though the Audioengine 5+ has a big and tight low end which will easily fill your event space and rival floor standing speakers many times your size, you can also connect a powered sub if you wish (or connect Audioengine speakers to your sub's line-level output). You can even connect our wireless W3 adapter to your A5+ powered speakers for a wireless subwoofer.

How do I stream music wirelessly from my computer to Audioengine speakers and other stereo systems?
Our wireless adapters and wireless DACs will do the job. These products allow you to stream wireless audio from any source to our speakers and/or subwoofers. Apple's AirPort Express with Airplay or iTunes is another low-cost option to send music out to multiple speakers in other rooms.

Will Audioengine 5+ work with my Sonos ZP90?
Sure, just connect the Sonos analog audio outputs to the A5+. Use our passive P4 speakers if you have a Sonos ZP120.

Why don't Audioengine speakers have a built-in iPod dock?
Audioengine speakers not only work well with iPods and iPod docks, but were also designed to connect easily to all other audio products. We feel that Apple docks do an excellent job so we didn't want to waste resources trying to design and integrate a dock into our speakers only for it to become quickly obsolete.

The speakers in my TV sound terrible! Can I hook up A5+ to my TV instead of buying a surround sound system or soundbar?
Audioengine 5+ and A2 speakers can be easily connected to the audio output on most TV's and will give you a greatly enhanced TV audio experience with a wider soundstage and better imaging than a sound bar.

Can I control the Audioengine 5+ speakers with my TV remote control?
Although many TVs have only one audio output, which typically defaults to "fixed", this setting can be sometimes be changed to "variable" via the on-screen menu. Also try your TV's headphone output or the audio outputs direct from your satellite or cable box. The A5+ has a remote control, which is an option as well.

If I have my MacBook and TV both connected to the A5+ at the same time, how do my speakers switch between audio sources?
Both inputs are "open" or active, so you can leave 2 audio sources plugged in at the same time with no need to press any buttons!

Do Audioengine speakers come with speaker grills?
Our woofers are made of Kevlar and the tweeter domes are silk. Both of these materials are very robust and can handle quite a bit, therefore we decided against grill covers as they tend to negatively color the sound. Even though our speakers do not have grills they are still cat and kid-friendly!

Can I take my Audioengine speakers to another country with a different voltage?
Yes, just switch the voltage selector on the A5+ rear panel to match the AC power in your country before powering them on. The A2 speakers use a switching power supply so it will automatically convert to the different voltage for you. The power cable is detachable on our powered speakers which makes it convenient to replace the AC plug with a different type if you don't want to use an adapter plug.

Can Audioengine speakers be placed on your sides?
Sure, and if you do so we recommend that you position each so the tweeters are facing outward.

Are these speakers designed for use only with computers or iPods? I would like to connect them to my Panasonic TV and Denon stereo. Is this possible?
Yes, absolutely. All your A/V gear with an RCA or mini-jack 1/8" connector (even a headphone jack) will work great with Audioengine powered speakers.

How would I connect a NuForce Icon amplifier to the A2 or A5 speakers?
Connect the NuForce line out into the A2 (or A5+) audio input. Simple to connect and sounds great!

What if my speakers or subwoofer have a hum or buzzing sound?
Hum or buzz in the speakers is usually caused by something external to the speakers which is coupling noise into the speaker system, either through the AC lines, cordless phone, wireless router, or directly from the source input. A common reason is that the system is set up such that a "ground loop" results. Basically, a ground loop occurs when the AC power grounds and the system signal grounds are not at the same electrical potential. Refer to our online Setup Guides for a list of things to try.

Are the A5+ speakers accurate enough to serve as studio monitors for mixing music tracks?
The A5+ was designed with the user's listening experience in mind and are not marketed as pro audio mixing monitors. However, Audioengine has it's roots in the studio monitor world and the A5+ is quite good for this purpose. We've had customers tell us they use these for nearfield listening and music editing with excellent results.

Do Audioengine 5+ speakers have an auto-sleep, idle, or auto-power-off function? And can I leave them on all the time?
The A5+ remote has a SLEEP button, which when pressed puts that A5+ into a low-power model so you can leave the speakers on all the time. Check the A5+ Setup Guide for more information.

What is the AC power cable type for Audioengine 5+ speakers?
We use 2-Pin non-polarized IEC 320-C7 cables, which is common and can be purchased at most electronics stores.

Can I use a power inverter with Audioengine speakers?
Sure, for A2 you will need about 50-60 watts and for A5/A5+ about 100-120W.


All Audioengine products have a 3-year Limited Warranty on parts and labor from date of purchase. Your warranty is automatic, so there is no need to register. This Limited Warranty applies only to Audioengine products purchased in the contiguous United States from DJDeals

What is covered
All defective parts or faulty workmanship.

What is not covered
The Audioengine Limited Warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, misuse, abuse, neglect, excessive moisture, lightning, power surges, other acts of nature, unauthorized product modification or repairs, or failure to follow the instructions outlined in the Setup Guide.

What we will do
We will repair or replace any defective parts, at our option, within a reasonable amount of time and free of charge any time during the warranty period. After service, we will be responsible for shipping the product back to you at our expense within the continental United States.

What we ask from you
You will be responsible for shipping or transportation charges directly to Audioengine or to an authorized dealer. We recommend that you keep the original shipping materials, as it is important that you package the product so that it will not be damaged during shipping. Audioengine cannot be responsible for any damages incurred during shipping due to poor packing, so please pack well and make sure to insure your shipment.

If products are purchased from a US reseller or via direct from our online store and shipped outside the Continental US, the customer is responsible for shipping back to our service center in the US at your expense.

How to obtain Audioengine Warranty service
If you have any questions about your warranty coverage or you think you may need service, email the Audioengine Authorized Service Center at: [email protected] or call toll-free in the United States at: (877) 853-4447. We will do everything we can to answer your questions and resolve any issues as quickly as possible.

Exclusive Remedy
This Limited Warranty is fully transferable provided that the current owner furnishes the original proof of purchase and that the serial number on the product is intact. THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF AUDIOENGINE SHALL NOT EXCEED THE ACTUAL PURCHASE PRICE PAID BY YOU FOR THE PRODUCT. IN NO EVENT SHALL AUDIOENGINE BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INDIRECT DAMAGES.