Sound is prevalent from the day you are conceived to the day you die. I do wonder what it is like to be born and have all the sounds of the world hit you all at once, it must be unbelievably scary for our little ones. But what if we had no way to experience sounds, there are plenty of deaf people in the world and I think to myself are they missing out on everything we get to experience or do they experience sounds in a whole new way and we are missing out on something only they experience.
When it comes to us as gamers or just people that like to listen to music, watch the latest movie, experience sports events or just general TV we rely on Speakers, Sound Bars, Base Units. We all have them nowadays, we need them for our TV’s as the speakers within them are extremely small, some face down or face towards the back wall, they are simply rubbish. This is due to us wanting our TV’s thinner and lighter when speakers need to be deeper and bigger to produce quality audio. I have a 65″ 4K Super Thin TV and the sound on the TV is worse than my Samsung S9 Mobile phone, go figure. I have linked the TV to a bunch of speakers and one Base Unit, this gives me an amazing soundscape and with Dolby Atmos turned on, wow, just wow.
For gaming, you should not expect anything less, than a good headset or a good set of speakers. If you are looking for a headset I have not seen or used anything better than the SteelSeries Arctis 7, its light, comfortable, has great sound, comes with good software, produces a great soundscape for your ears, it can be used wireless or wired, and the microphone is mindblowing. When it comes to finding a good set of speakers, it’s a minefield, with so many available from the well-known brands like Logitech or Razer, Razer being the more premium brand to the not so well known brands, which personally I would ignore. The two brands I have mentioned gamers know, they trust and they buy, what I have here is a brand that I would not have associated with gaming I would of not even thought about getting them for my speaker set up, Edifier who are Edifier? a high-end brand? something else? let’s go find out.
Edifier specialises in premium audio solutions that showcase technological innovation and design elegance. We deliver outstanding sound experience through a wide range of sound systems for personal entertainment and professional excellence.
So going off how they talk about their brand, they do not mention gaming in any way, so gamers looking for speakers for gaming will most likely use the term ‘Gaming’, when searching through Google, Amazon, eBay and so on. Edifier might not even show up, as an example, before I got myself the ‘Logitech Z333 Multimedia 2.1 PC Speakers’, I researched for speakers suitable for gaming, value for money and would offer a decent quality sound experience. I went to many gaming sites that reviewed speakers for gaming, read user reviews and took everything on board and made my decision on that. Before anyone says anything, yes we have one or two reviews on speakers on this site, but to get a more rounded overview, it is better to go to other sites as well. If it comes to headsets, this site has loads of reviews, so making a decision is much easier.
So how did I hear about Edifier, well I am a website owner and we do get loads of PR (Public Relations) people sending us their announcements and Edifier is one of them, they don’t only PR for Edifier they PR for other companies as well, but over time you gain a mutual respect for one another, we publish their news which gives them coverage and in return we get to review their products.
So let’s get on with this review and the unboxing
What a nice brown box, I really hope this is not on display when it is being sold in a store, it in no way represents what’s inside. Opening up the box everything is well packaged as you can see from the image below using styrofoam. My partner hates styrofoam, the way it feels and sounds, I always deliberately open up products with her in the room and deliberately make more noise with the styrofoam that is needed. She squeals and cringes and gives me the evil eye.
The image above shows the speakers and the instruction manual, everything is wrapped up well and protected from any possible damage. Pulling out the speakers along with the styrofoam, you will see the bass unit which is L – 29.5cm, W – 26.5cm, H – 27.5cm, the subwoofer itself is 8 inches in diameter.
Keeping with the bass unit, and looking at the back there are a number of connections, RCA, coaxial, and optical connections, there is an AUX connection but that is on the back of the right speaker. There is a cable that comes with these speakers that connect to the RCA ‘L and R’ colour-coded ‘red and white’ and leads off with to a 3.5mm audio jack, which connects up to your device, for me it was the PC.
Now, this is odd, I have never seen a connection for a speaker like they have used for the right speaker, it is the same as a VGA connector used for a monitor, then for the left speaker they have used a standard connection RCA. I had to ask Edifier why they have used such an odd connection and this was the answer I got … “We need so many cables run through satellite and subwoofer, the cable only use VGA connector, is not VGA standard cable” Now I am still confused as I have seen loads of speakers with the same setup and none of them have used a VGA to connect up a speaker, they have all used an RCA connection.
The Bass unit has a huge 8inch bass pounding subwoofer that pumps out 130watts of pure bass. The subwoofer is behind a metal grill with an Aluminium disk in the center, there is a little ‘Certified by THX‘ sticker on the top right. If you look at the picture below you will notice that there is a huge reflex port on the right-hand side of the bass unit, everything about this bass unit, tell me one thing, ‘Bass in the place‘
Now we check out what Edifier call ‘satellite speakers’ short definition ‘A speaker in a home theater system that is placed behind or on the side of the listening area’ I call them simply speakers. The right speaker comes with a rather thick cable, which as you already know connects to the VGA port on the bass unit. The speakers have a single 70mm driver unit with an aluminium cone dead center. Under the driver unit, you have a reflex port that helps improve lower frequency responses. To help protect the driver and the reflex port, everything is safely behind a fabric mesh. The right speaker has the volume dial that seems never-ending, which can reach 200watts, damn that is loud. The dial is also the power button, there is a small LED which high lights when the speaker is on in Green and Red when off, there is also a connection for a 3.5mm audio jack for your headphones.
On the left speaker there is no control just the words Certifed by THX, but what does that mean? as this information is on the bass, speaker and all over the packaging.
‘THX Certification establishes a rigorous set of industry standards for audio reproduction. The certification means that the sound coming out of your speaker is exactly as the audio engineer intended while he was recording and mixing it.’ to find out more about THX Certification head here.
Both the bass unit and speakers are truly designed well, they look impressive with there black wood effect overtone and Aluminium and gunmetal grey undertones, both of them have rubber feet, so when setting them on a surface they should not slip and slide all over the place. I must warn you though, I have only managed to put these speakers at MAX volume once and BOOM, everything moved, even my neighbours as they jumped into their car and went out, Opps.
There is one thing missing from these speakers, a Bluetooth connection, now some will say Bluetooth is crap and it causes a delay, but for the majority of listeners, they really do not care, they just want the easiest possible way to connect up their mobile phone or other Bluetooth devices.
Here are the official boring specs
|Power output:||RMS 35W x 2 (satellites) + 130W (subwoofer)|
|Signal to noise ratio:||Satellites: ≥ 84 dBA
Subwoofer: ≥ 80 dBA
|Frequency response:||40 Hz – 20 KHz|
|Input sensitivity:||Line 1: R/L: 600 ± 50 mV, SW: 1300 ± mV
Line 2: R/L: 800 ± 50 mV, SW: 1700 ± mV
AUX: R/L: 550 ± 50 mV, SW: 1200 ± mV
Opt/Coax: R/L: 350± 50 mV, SW: 750 ± mV
|Input type:||RCA stereo input (2 sets), Optical, Coaxial, AUX|
|Dimensions:||85 x 175 x 105 mm (per satellite), 265 x 280 x 295 mm (subwoofer)|
Setting up is as easy as counting 1, 2, 3, everything has a place and you can not go wrong, you can follow the instruction manual if you wish, but there is no real need, just plug everything in and turn the bass up to Max.
When using this product I had two options, I could use the Realtek drivers that came with the motherboard and Nahimic, or SteelSeries with Dolby DTS, for other surround sound experiences I have Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic. I went straight to SteelSeries as the software auto connects my headphones when I Turn them on and when I turn them off they automatically revert back to the speakers. I can also use the amazing Dolby Atmos for headphones due-to the setup, which gives you an amazing surround sound experience, not possible with other virtual surround sound programs. I have used the DTS within the Steelseries Software, Nahimic, Windows Sonic, even Razers own software, none have come anywhere near as good as what Dolby Atmos offers.
When I first turned the speakers on, I said to myself: “Are those the speakers I am hearing?” because they sounded so realistic. The Logitech Z333 sounded nothing like these in anyway, I was simply listening to what can only be classed as an inferior speaker system with my old set.
The bass coming Off the Edifier M3600D is Deep and BOOMING when listening to drum & bass music tracks, playing games with deep explosions and drums in orchestral tracks made the floor beneath my Feet shake. The speaker has no dedicated treble so getting those really good highs is not possible, but that does not mean that the Speaker can not produce those good quality highs when required.
As I said before, moving from my old Speaker to these, I could instantly hear the difference and it was HUGE. I watched movies, from the latest ‘Marvel Avengers Infinity War’ to playing ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’, the sound coming from these speakers Both with or without Dolby Atmos turned on was by far astounding. Dolby Atmos was able to produce a sound that capsulated ever scene correctly and the speakers reproduced this is a way that made it sound unbelievable realistic. Now you might say, I am talking shit, but have a-go yourself, some speakers simply do-not in-any-way offer a true to life audio experience, these speakers I can tell you now, for the price they are selling them for, do a job, that is stupidly close to what I can only class as ‘True to Life’.
The best-way to really experience these speakers in all its glory would be with Dolby Atmos and the videos they have available that showcase the effect they have created, nature, life, everything is created in a way, that just sound beautiful.