When it comes to computer speakers, a few names typically come to mind. The first ones, Creative and Logitech offer decent sound at a middle-range price. I have owned sets of both speakers, and they are, as I said, decent. On the high end, the first name that comes to mind is Bose – they offer an amazing sound for an unbelievably high price. Many sound enthusiasts know these brands and hardly ever look anywhere else.
When I received an offer to review the Edifier E3350 speakers, my first thought was – who the hell is Edifier? I took a look at the spec sheet that I was provided and was initially impressed with the unique look of the speakers, and also found it interesting that they won an award at CES this year, the CES Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Awards Honor. I decided to take them up on their review offer, and I was certainly intrigued by the results. These speakers offer a Bose-quality sound at a Creative and Logitech-level price. Yes – I did just compare these on the same level as Bose. Soon, you’ll see why.
The Edifier E3350 is a 2.1 speaker system with the following technical specs:
- Power Output: RMS 32W + 9W x 2 (THD=10%)
- Signal to Noise Ratio:>=85dBA
- Distortion:<=0.5% THD
- Input Impedance: 10K Ohm
- Input Sensitivity: Satellites—550+/-50mV; Subwoofer—200+/-50mV
- Frequency Response: R/L: 130Hz – 20kHz SW: 30Hz – 130Hz
- Bass Unit: 5 inch driver, magnetically shielded, 5Ohm
- Satellite Unit: 2.75 inch oval shaped driver,4 Ohm and 3/4 inch PV dome tweeter, magnetically shielded, 4Ohm
- Dimension: Subwoofer — 248 x199 x 294mm (W X H X D)
- Satellite — 96 x 234 x 118mm (W x H x D)
- Gross Weight: approximately 5 kg
- Power Input: 100V-240V wide range AC power adapter,18V
Initial Impressions and Tests
When I opened the box for the first time and was able to see the speakers, my first thought was, “These look pretty sweet.” I hope by the picture below you can see what I am talking about. The design is definitely unique compared to the typical box-like speakers you will find from many companies – it is somewhat hard to describe exactly why these look cool, but they just do. There are no straight edges anywhere on the speakers or the subwoofer, which are all three shaped like pyramids, and they feature a slick-looking plastic top. The subwoofer is neat in that it fires downward instead of outward, allowing them to play with the design a bit.
My first instinct when it comes to testing speakers is to plug them in, turn the volume as high as it will go, and play the THX trailer on them. I have done this on several different speaker systems, including 5.1 speakers, so I am accustomed to how most systems sound. I played the trailer called “Cavalcade.” I can not tell you how blown away (quite literally) I was by the beautiful quality of sound that blasted out of these little speakers. Not only was it extremely loud, but the pitches were produced perfectly, without the slightest hint of distortion or stress that you get from many speakers when cranked up all the way. These speakers are definitely impressive.
For testing sound quality, I used several different types of music that would test the different sound ranges, from the very lowest to the very highest pitch possible. My first test was the THX trailer Cavalcade, but after that, I ran it through about everything on my playlist – including these specific songs:
Star Wars Episode II Soundtrack – Love Pledge, The Arena
Overture to Candide
If Everyone Cared
3 Doors Down
I tried to play a little of everything so I could hear the speaker’s response to a variety of tones and chords. Overture to Candide is probably the best all-purpose tester because it has everything from a very brassy low sound to an extremely high piccolo part. The balance of bass (which is adjustable) does not overpower the mid-range or high-range sound of the speakers – even when the subwoofer is turned all the way up.
Ratings (1 = lowest, 10 = highest)
|Design / Construction:||10|
To conclude this review, let me tell you something: if you are looking for speakers and have about $100 to spend, buy these speakers. I’m not getting paid to say that, nor was I asked to even give a positive review – these speakers just kick ass, period.
You can visit their website at http://www.edifier.ca/