Reviewed by David Savage
I love speakers from Edifier. I find they always have quality sound and generally look quite stylish. The M1380 2.1 desktop speaker system delivers both.
The M1380 is a 2.1 desktop speaker system that consists of 1x subwoofer, 2x satellite speakers and a wired remote control. When I first heard that the remote was wired to the sub I was a bit concerned that would be the downfall, but I am starting to like it (for reasons I will get to later). It is capable of producing a total output of 28w (2x8w satellite speakers, 12w subwoofer).
The sub is housed in a solid, and quite heavy, MDF box to ensure vibration resistance. Finished in black with silver trim. The subwoofer measures approx. 16.4cm × 22cm × 28cm and the speakers 12cm × 15.1cm × 12.5cm. The speakers are also finished in black with silver trim.
The cable connection, power switch and bass controller are at the end on the subwoofer, I would rather see at the back to hide the trailing cables. With the use of a stick on cable grip I have managed to tidy the cables at the rear (but that is my personal preference).
There are no rubber grips on the base of the speakers so can be prone to slipping, but they are heavy enough to stay in place. The subwoofer is also quite heavy and is very sturdy so stays put (it does have some rubber feet to stop any slippage).
So what about the sound? Well as desktop speakers go, they are very loud. Unless you are planning on running a mobile disco or using for parties they are more than you need for YouTube videos, gaming, mp3’s or watching videos/television (Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video etc.).
The sound is extremely clear, even at the highest volume level and with the bass turned to full. There is no sound distortion and the bass is a very reasonable quality, it may struggle on very low end bass but for everyday general use the sound is perfect and very well balanced. The sound is crisp, clear, loud and distortion free on everything I tried with it (I played a variety of audio, games and movies without any issues).
Now, as I mentioned near the start of this review the remote control unit is wired to the subwoofer. Initially, before using, I found this to be off-putting, but since using I actually think it is a better idea than a wireless remote. When using the speakers I am generally sitting at the laptop so I don’t need a wireless remote that I have to hunt for. This wired controller looks very smart in its silver housing with large black volume dial and smaller black mute button. It sits nicely on the desk and the cable it long enough to position where needed. Again reasonably heavy for its size so is not slipping or sliding all over the place and easy to use; just turn the dial with your finger. It doesn’t have control of the bass (that is controlled by the large knob on the side of the subwoofer). It even has a headphone jack on the rear of the unit so you can pug headphones into this rather than the speakers or sub, reducing trailing cables or having to extend the length of your headphone cable (obviously much more suitable to desktop computers than a laptop where you could just unplug the speakers and plug in headphones).
Overall, I love these speakers. The sound is more than loud enough and is crisp and clear with no noticeable distortion on anything that I played. They would be perfect for any home or small office. They look smart and stylish.
The only thing I would like to see changed is the cable connections at the back for aesthetic reasons, but depending on where you are positioning the subwoofer isn’t a really big issue.
At around the £50 mark, they are not too expensive but the sound quality is what you would expect to find on a more expensive set.
Another quality offering from Edifier.
Available to buy from Amazon here.