Reviewed by David Savage
We all strive for better quality sound on whatever device we are listening to, whether that is the television, phone, tablet or hi-fi system and that often means adding better speakers. And there are plenty of different speakers on the market in all sorts of colours, sizes, design and quality.
I have been a big fan of Edifier speakers, including headphones and earbuds, over the years as they are always very good build and sound quality. I have been really impressed with their TWS1 Truly Wireless Earbuds and they have been going everywhere with me and getting a lot of use.
Edifier have now upgraded their classic bookshelf speakers R1280DB and I was sent a pair to try out.
The Edifier R1280DB 2.0 Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers are a classic pair of sleek and understated wooden (100% MDF wooden enclosures) powered speakers that are available in a clean wooden finish or black wooden vinyl wrap finish. With their RCA/AUX, Bluetooth, Optical, and Coaxial Connection they offer a wide range of connectivity options for a multitude of different devices. With 42w (2x 21w RMS) total power output with a 4 inch bass unit they are more than loud enough for any home or small office and support Bluetooth V4.0, Optical (24bit/48KHz), Coaxial (24bit/48KHz) and dual RCA inputs.
So what do you get in the box:
- 2x 21w RMS Speakers (one with onboard controls)
- 1x Remote Control
- 1x 2.5m (8.2ft) Speaker Cable
- 1x 1.7m (5.5ft) RCA to RCA Audio Cable
- 1x 1.7m (5.5ft) 3.5mm to RCA Audio Cable
- 1x 1.5m (5ft) Fibre Optic Input Cable
- 1x User Manual
The speakers are perfect bookshelf size, measuring 5.75in x 9.5in x 7in (WxHxD), but packing a lot of punch. They look very understated but ooze elegance and luxury. The two speakers connect via a standard speaker cable which has a very generous 8ft length. They are operated (treble, bass and volume) from the controls on the side of the active/powered speaker, from the supplied remote control or even from your phone (if using the Bluetooth connection).
If like me, you stream a lot of music of video from a tablet or phone then connecting via Bluetooth is simple – select Bluetooth on the supplied remote control, turn on Bluetooth on your device and select the R1280DB option and you’re connected. I prefer using the Bluetooth option wherever possible as it reduces the need for cables everywhere and just makes everything look neater and tidier. Using the optical cable or RCA cables is also very easy if connecting to your laptop, hi-fi or television but you just have to tidy the cables away (the optical cable gives HD audio and should produce less noise).
So they look aesthetically pleasing (especially with the front grills removed), have plenty of connectivity options and are very easy to control but what do they sound like?
Well to me, the sound was crystal clear whether I used a cabled option or wirelessly via Bluetooth. They were louder using cabled options, but that could also depend on the output from my phone and tablet to the level of sound. The Bluetooth connection was faultless, and the range was very good. At the highest levels there was no distortion and coped just as well at low levels.
They are bigger than a set of average pc speakers, so probably not great to set on your desk but are perfect for on a shelf or mounting on the wall.
The Edifier R1280DB a powerful and very versatile set of speakers, very good quality and look great. They would make an excellent upgrade on laptop, pc and television speakers.