It has been a busy start to the year for me, I have reviewed a few games which included The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics and Warcraft 3: Reforged Review. I have also checked out some new controllers from Gioteck and a Keyboard and mouse for Console from Gamesir. In this review, I will be taking a look at my first set of speakers for 2020 from a company called Edifier. In the past, we have checked out the Edifier S70DB SoundBar + Subwoofer and the Edifier W860NB Active Noise Cancelling Headphones these are just a few of the products we have reviewed for this company.
Now you might be scratching your head wondering who Edifier are as a company, as you most likely never seen them in your local PCWorld / Currys Superstore, this is because they primarily sell online, so here is a short overview of them taken directly from there main website.
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.
If you want to know more about Eidifer you are welcome to check out the site for yourselves here.
Like I said before the one thing you will not see in your local shop is an Edifier product and if you did the packaging is not all that alluring, this is nothing new as many other companies do the same and rely primarily on the product being on display to make a sale. This allows us, consumers, to view the product and test the product before we purchase, I did this when I was purchasing my Dolby Atmos Sound Setup.
But let’s say they did for some reason, like in a huge warehouse, what would you find out about this product before buying?
Sales and Marketing
Well, you can either look at the images above to find out or keep reading, I do hope you keep reading though as there is a lot of useful information.
Starting with the front, which gives you an artistic line drawn view of the speakers, the company name, speaker name and Qualcomm aptX HD. Not sure what Qualcomm aptX HD means, I have you covered;
Qualcomm aptX HD is an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit music quality over Bluetooth and has been engineered to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in lower background noise.
On the back, you get some key features which include the following;
- Active 2.0 bookshelf speakers
- 256W RMS total output power
- 107 x 107mm Planar silk diaphragm tweeters
- Bass Drivers: 6.5″ (179mm) aluminium alloy diaphragm bass unit
- XMOS xCore200 interface supports USB audio bitrate up to 192KHz
- Bluetooth 5.0 with Qualcomm aptX HD decoding
- High-efficiency Class D digital power amplification
- Inputs: Optical / Coaxial
- XLR Balanced input and RCA line-in jack
- Electronic crossovers and dynamic control based on DSP
- Listening presets: Monitor, Dynamic, Classic, Vocal
- 100 – 240v universal power supply
- IR remote control
Now there might be some features used above that you might not understand so I am going to do my best to go through some of them for you.
So first off Planar silk diaphragm tweeters – These simply offer an unparalleled transient sound response for more delicate sounding highs.
RMS simply means power, or root means square, it refers to how much continuous power the speaker can handle.
Bluetooth 5.0 offers up four times the range, faster transfer of data which simply means more consistent audio quality with less distortion.
Next is the XMOS xCore200 professional audio processing – From the audiophiles, XMOS’s xCore multi-core processor has always been regarded as a leading solution for high-end high-fidelity audio. The S3000Pro’s built-in 16-core chip u216 has powerful computing capabilities of up to 2000 MIPS (Millions of instructions per second). With its unique internal structure of paralleled signal processing, It is naturally suitable for processing and playback of time-sensitive signals such as audio signal.
Next is the High-efficiency Class D digital power amplification – The S3000 Pro employs two TI’s Class D power amplifiers – TPA3251. Its unique PurePath technology keeps the chip low distortion in the entire audio frequency band, and the power output capability of mono 175w + 175w provides sufficient high-fidelity sound.
Then finally the Electronic crossovers and dynamic control based on DSP – The left and right boxes of the S3000Pro use a TI professional audio processing chip TLV320AIC3268 each for independent electronic frequency division and dynamic management of the treble, mid and bass, and fine control of frequency allocation.
So those where the technical parts which you might not have understood, the next thing would be the Listening Presets: Monitor, Dynamic, Classic and Vocal, so below I have got you some Frequency Response charts that show you the difference between each preset.
Classic Mode: Odd one here, this is supposed to emulate the class hi-fi system, which makes no sense since hi-fi systems come with equalisers, bass and treble enhancers and much more.
Monitor speakers are designed to provide a flat frequency response so that that the audio signal is reproduced faithfully, within the budgetary constraints of the speaker. The monitor design focus is to avoid artificially boosting bass, treble or other frequencies in an attempt to make the speaker sound ‘good’ and to avoid resonances from the speaker and cabinet. Credit: https://support.image-line.com/action/knowledgebase?ans=231
Dynamic Mode: More aggressive Bass and highs
Vocal Mode: Emphasizes the vocals
I wish there was a way to truly show you how these sound, but in all honesty, I tried with an action camera, Samsung S9 and an audio grade microphone and it did not matter which one I recorded on, none of them truly recorded a perfect music soundstage, so I gave up. So I guess I am going to have to write my throughs down instead.
Before you start using these speakers, can I recommend that you purchase a set of speaker stands, I found some from Amazon, did not cost much and can be used with other speakers if required. DO NOT dump these on a desk, they are big, heavy and does not do them any justice of any kind, they need to be given their own stage as they are 14.0″ Hight by 9.1″ Width by 10.6″ depth. Also as a side note, keep them at least 24″ away from a wall due to the powerful bass they can produce.
As these are sold as Monitor speakers I used the Monitor Preset for the majority of the time I was testing and decided to watch Marvel Avengers End Game, along with some general TV, like the news and drama. I found that the speakers brought the action to life with a great sense of depth and detail to the booming explosions and on-screen actions. Music sounded sensational with BOOMING BASS and zinging Highs with little to no distortion unless you pump everything to the max. I tend to listen to Eminem from time to time, a huge amount of trance, techno and old school dance with a little 80 and 90s classic rock from Guns and Roses and Def Leopard chucked in for good measure. It did not matter what I chucked at these speakers everything was delivered accurately, with vocals clean and clear.
However, I found it hard to find a difference between each preset sound mode, to a point where my partner would change the preset while I was out of the room and asked me to come in and listen to the same scene again. The only way I was able to know the difference was from the LED display on the front of the speaker or a change to the amount of bass and treble.
I tested out the Bluetooth connection which I am pleased to say performed great with no delay when streaming. I tended to use the optical connection over any other prefered method just for digital audio, it is a shame there was no HDMI connection for much higher resolution audio that comes with Blue-ray like Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master.
When its comes to power these speakers can deliver 256 watts (total) with a frequency response of 38Hz, which can produce a soundstage that 4is impressive and can really envelop a room in sound.
The speakers are exceptional, shine quality, and look stunning with its dark wood veneer panelling, covering the majority of the speaker with a nice matt black finish on the front and back all elevated with 4 brass type legs with a rubber underside for grip. The 1-inch tweeter and 6.5-inch woofer are covered with black cloth grilles which can be removed to show off an impressive design underneath.
Each speaker requires its own power cable (Supplied) but only 1 speaker holds all the vital connections and dials.
Everything is on the right speaker as seen from the image above, which include the volume, treble, and Bass dials. RCA connection which a cable is supplied that ends in 3.5mm allowing you to connect up a phone or tablet. USB Connection (Cable supplied), Optical (Cable not supplied) coaxial input (Cable not supplied), these speakers offer a good amount of connection opportunities.
There is a LED Display on the front of the right speaker, but the text is so small you need to be up close and personal to view it. There is a remote control that allows you to turn on and off the speakers, choose the connection type, audio preset, volume, play, pause, forward and backwards. I am unsure if Edifier supplies the batteries, as this was a review unit they came with them, but if they did not they are cheap enough so no complaints.
Plenty of connections to suit any audiophile with powerful bass, exception sound which clear and crisp, with a design to please anyone, they are pure elegance. The only issue is the price of £589.99 which is the current price on Amazon. For a PC gamer, I would not bother, as I said before these on your gaming desk would just look out of place. For a set of speakers to improve your console gaming experience on the BIG TV then these would be recommended, as you can also stream your favourite music tracks to them.
I am not going to lie here, you can purchase a Sony Dolby Atmos Bar with a Sub for £599.99 which also offers the HDMI pass-through for high-resolution audio. The bar also offers 7.1 digital surround sound, on top of that you can purchase surround sound speakers to add to the audio experience and stream from your mobile device. But, yes there is a but the sound quality is not on par with these speakers.
So really it comes down to your budget and what you want your audio experience to be, surround sound or quilty over surround sound. I am personally torn between them both and decided to use the speakers in my spare room for gaming on a big screen while having the cinema surround sound experience in my living room. That is just me, some might just like the speakers, and trust me when I say this, you will not regret your choice.
You can purchase the Edifier S3000 PRO on Amazon for around £589.99
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Edifier S3000PRO Wireless Monitor Speakers
Certified HiRes, these speakers are not only feature rich but also connect wirelessly through bluetooth allowing users to position the speakers anywhere within range without connecting cables, a first of its kind for the Edifier 2.0 speaker system
Product Currency: GBP
Product Price: 589.99