Edifier R2000DB (Review)During the past few weeks I have been looking into getting a new pair of speakers for my PC. The old pair I had weren't bad but had seen better days and had been eye up by another person in the family. So this gave me the reason to get a new set of speakers. Ideally I wanted them to sound as good as, if not better than, my old speakers without getting too expensive. I also didn't want a sub-woofer unit; just a pair of bookshelf speakers to the left/right of my 27" screen.
This is when I came across the Edifier R2000DB speakers. These speakers weren't exactly cheap; costing around £160 but seemed to be what I was looking for. So ordered a set and waited for the delivery the next day.
The first thing you will notice when lifting the box is the weight - weighing in at around 9kg. Usually the heavier the speaker the less chance it will vibrate itself. So the next thing to do is unbox the speakers and accessories come with it.
Included in the box is an instruction manual, cleaning cloth, phono-to-phono cable, optical cable, jack-to-phono, a remote control, and two speaker covers (you can choose to see the actual speakers or not). The speakers themselves measure around 174mm across, 289mm high with a depth of 252mm. One right speaker weights around 4.7kg, whilst the left weights around 4.5kg (slightly lighter).
On the back of the right speaker we have 3 knobs for volume, bass and treble control. This allows you to fine-tune the bass and treble. Next we have two sets of phono's labelled as Line 1 / Line 2, and optical input (which is very welcomed). This allows you to plug the speakers into 3 different devices at the same time, although for me the most interesting bit is seeing that optical input (which allows you to by-pass the DAC's inside the monitor, for a better sound). Below the inputs there is a DIN plug to the other speaker (on the left). This cable is a good 3 meters, allowing you to place the speakers pretty far apart. It's also nice to be able to disconnect both speakers, as it's easier to move them with way. I also like how both speakers look from the front; no knobs or buttons to make either one look different. Another nice little touch is that the power block is built into the speaker, so there is no large power brick to hide (I'm not a fan of them). You can also connect to the speakers over Bluetooth should you wish to use the speakers with your phone or tablet – this might be a selling point for some of you.
The next thing you are probably wondering about is how to change between the various inputs? "Surely I don't have to reach around the back to adjust the volume," you might say. This is where the handy little remote comes in. It's a fairly basic but gets the job done. It allows you to mute, switch the speakers on/off, adjust the volume, select which input and change between pre-sets (classic mode or dynamic; out of the two I prefer classic). The remote doesn't illuminate, so it can be hard to see at night - which would have been nice.
Next, we must consider one of the most important factors: the sound. We all have our own preferences and I did find the speakers were a little heavy on the bass. This is easy to remedy; simply turn the bass knob down to -3. After doing so, I was impressed. When comparing them to my Kef Q7's (a hifi speaker, 170w ea) + Paradigm sub-woofer (250w) they do sound pretty similar at normal levels; the bass doesn't extend as deep but I wouldn't expect it to. You're talking about comparing a 5" driver (in the Edifier's) vs. 8" (in the Q7's) + 12" (in sub-woofer). For a speaker of such size it is impressive.
Obviously things change when you turn-up the Kef's, as they can go ridiculously loud - not something most speakers of that size can do. The Edifier's are about giving you good sound without breaking the bank. In my case the speakers did perform much better when using an optical cable, as I could by-pass the lower-quality DAC's used in my monitor (when connected with either HDMI or Display port). You may not notice as much difference when plugging them directly into a sound-card. I would highly suggest connecting them with an optical cable as it cuts down the amount of times the signal is converted back and forth (from analogue to digital). Optical cables do not suffer from inference,and can be run over long distances without a problem (5-10 meters).
If I'm being very picky my only two criticisms would be the price and maximum sample rate over optical. They aren't cheap but I guess you get what you pay for nowadays - even a 'cheap' set of speakers can set you back £50 or more and these are nowhere near that level. It would have been nice to have the option to sample at 192 kHz instead of 44.1, 48 and 96 kHz over optical. So all in all, a very good set of speakers that pump out the appropriate level of bass with a little tweaking.
- Good quality sound with a slight bass adjustment,
- Two line-in's, Bluetooth and optical input,
- Good length cable between the two units,
- Nice build quality,
- Bass can be a little strong,
- A tad pricey,
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