Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review

by admin on July 15, 2016

Edifier is a company normally known for making audio products with an ultra-modern, abstract or minimalist design. Currently at Amazon classification Bookshelf Speakers, The Edifier  R1700BT is the TOP 4 in Best Sellers Edifier-R1700BT
Rank. and they’ve all had an unusual aesthetic. It was a refreshing change, then, to get my hands on the R1700BT bookshelf speakers. They’re Bluetooth, versatile, look good and sound great.

The R1700BT speakers look like a regular set of classic, wooden speakers. The’d fit in well in a classically-furnished room.They measure in at 154mm x 254mm x 214 mm and weigh 6.6kg (14.5 pounds), so they’re not huge by any means. But if you’re partial to all things solid wood, you’ll be disappointed. I couldn’t tell if it was a plastic with a wood finish, or a composite like MDF covered with a wood-effect laminate. Edifier describes it as ‘hand picked walnut vinyl’ which roughly translated means ‘not wood covered in not wood’. Solid walnut these are not.



List Price: $149.99 USD
New From: $139.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $119.00 USD In Stock

Overall design is still very attractive though, thanks to lots of straight, clean lines and subtle angles. And the walnut-effect is still nice to look at, as long as you don’t compare it to actual walnut.

Both speakers feature the wood effect panels on left and right, while the right speaker’s right side houses the recessed treble, bass and volume controls. The entire front panel where the speakers live is set at a ten degree angle to direct the sound up to your ears.

The right speaker acts as the main speaker. The power supply feeds it directly from the mains, and all the inputs and outputs live on the back. All in all, there’s not too much going on here. There are two inputs: PC in and Aux in, both of which use RCA/fono connectors. A coaxial cable tethers the left speaker to the right, in order to pass through the power and audio and give you true stereo sound.

You can use the included RCA to 3.5mm jack cable to connect virtually any audio source. But if you’d rather go wireless, switching to Bluetooth mode using the included, tiny remote is really simple and requires no complicated pairing process. Just switch Bluetooth on, search for speakers from your smartphone and connect.

I’ve been using the R1700BT speakers for around 4 weeks now as my main source of audio while working, and I’ve generally been really impressed. For the price, the audio quality is admirable. The 19mm “Eagle Eye” tweeter and 4-inch subwoofer combine with DSP and DRC to offer a well balanced sound with limited distortion. I didn’t turn them up anywhere close to the full volume capable, and yet they were plenty loud enough. At their loudest point, the speakers were turned up about half way, and that was enough to fill my entire dining room with sound. Although many audiophiles would likely bemoan the lack of a middle control, the presence of treble and bass knobs was enough to balance the sound to my taste.

Overall

A total of 66W RMS, excellently rich and clear lower frequencies, plus clever DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and DRC (Dynamic Range Control) to stop any hint of distortion. It’s all good in my world. These produce a clean sound for any tune I pumped out of my phone. Even when the volume was cranked up to “insane” and glasses started to fall out of my kitchen cupboards, you could hear even the softest of notes as heavy basslines and subtle high notes played nicely together in these well designed, well manufactured and well thought-out speakers.

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