Edifier E3350 Speaker Review

Posted April 7, 2008 1:20 pm by with 11 comments

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.

Speaker Specifications

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.

Sound Quality

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
John Williams

Overture to Candide
Leonard Bernstein

If Everyone Cared
Nickleback

Superman Kryptonite
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.

Conclusion

Ratings (1 = lowest, 10 = highest)

Design / Construction: 10
Sound Quality: 10
Balance: 10
Overall: 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/

11 responses to Edifier E3350 Speaker Review

  1. CMack April 8th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    If you think these look unique, check out there E3300 speakers. I am surprised that such a design can produce such a vivid experience, and yet still cost hundreds less than that of true “high-end” equipment.
    I am sure my next build will include a set of these impressive speakers.

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  2. Hi Ho April 8th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Nice review. Those are cool looking speakers. By the way, in the audio industry, Bose is most definetly NOT considered a high quality product. I’d be willing to bet that those Edifier speakers sound better than any Bose system simply based on the fact that it’s a three way system (sub, mid, tweeter). Bose systems don’t have tweeters.

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  3. Steve Wallach April 10th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I wouldn’t use Bose speakers as the standard by which to compare. I have a set of Klipsch speakers (also with a downward firing sub-woofer) that sound much crisper and cleaner than anything Bose has to offer.

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  4. Don Gold April 10th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I have only been involved with computers now for some 6-7 years and I do respect you for what you know about them and all their workings and that is why I read your PCMech Newsletter etc., etc. HOWEVER, when it comes to audio you have as much to learn as I do about puters. Bose is possibly the biggest sound hoax ever foistered on the audio public! Do some reading, go to an audio store, hear some live music (un-amplified)and get your ears educated. I could be more caustic,but you have struck a raw nerve with the “Bose Sound”. I’ll say this…..it is unique!

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  5. Tyler Thompson April 10th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    While I do not do audio production work for a living, I do spend between 10 and 20 hours a week in a concert hall, and close to 40 hours a week listening to music of some kind, either live or via my work computer. My ears are fairly mature, and having listened to many of the newer Bose systems, I find their quality to be pretty good. I know for a fact you can’t beat the clarity on their aviation headsets, but I will cede that I do not compare Bose to professional systems. I viewed them as the high end of the consumer market along with Klipsch, not just price, but quality. I have listened to some cheap and middle priced systems that suck compared to Bose.

    I suppose the point I was trying to make, more precisely, was that this system is far superior to any Bose system for lots less money.

    Sorry to offend the audio industry with my comparison to Bose, it was unintentional!

    Have a great week guys. If you have any further comments, just let me know!

    Tyler

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  6. zeumeren April 10th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Who sells these speakers?

    zeum.

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    • Patel Sooraj July 18th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      in lamington in grant road near visha electronic kit mfg

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  7. Kj malc October 12th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I plan to buy this stuff probably next with along with Samsung LCD 19′….

    It seems this speaker system would satisfy my needs in music for single room…

    thanks for the review, haven’t heard the real sound on this but it seems a good sounds to hear and the design as well.

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  8. Tyler Thompson October 13th, 2008 at 11:34 am

    You won’t be disappointed. I’ve had them wired to my TV / Xbox / Computer ever since I did the review, and I absolutely love them. They really output like nothing I’ve ever used before.

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  9. shah May 26th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Another challenge for Boss computer speakers. Edifier did come out lots of model but this one really impress me. I trust your ear to give good comment on this speaker. I will try find one at my local dealaer. Cheers

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  10. Graham May 25th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Just picked them up. Very pleased. They are quite loud for their size and are made with quality. For price and quality I give them a 9.5/10. I want to encourage more hardware of this value to be made for this price.

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