Bookshelf speakers are getting less attention recently as the personal wireless audio solution take flight, especially with the TWS style earbuds. However, that doesn’t stop Edifier from doing what they excel in with the release of the Edifier R1080BT stereo bookshelf speakers. It features Bluetooth 5.0 and the latest Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, making in the most up to date R1000 series speakers.
If you’re reading this review, chances are you have stumbled upon this product either online or in-stores, let us dive straight into the review a see what can you expect from this RM349 speakers.
Edifier R1080BT Specifications
|Tweeter Driver||19mm Silk Dome|
|Bass Driver||4 Inch|
|Power Output||24W RMS total power output|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||≥84dB(A)|
What’s in the box
- Edifier R1080BT
- 3.5mm cable
- User manual & documentation
Sleek Lifestyle Focused Design
The Edifier R1080BT comes in two colour variants – Black and White. Apart from the apparent difference in the chassis colour, the white colour unit has a striking yellow accent on its bass driver. Those who prefer to have a set of a speaker that sounds good yet stands out in your home, take the white unit.
The chassis is made out of medium-density fibreboard (MDF) to keep the balance between cost and audio quality. At the front, we can clearly see the 19mm silk dome tweeter and 4-inch midrange and bass driver. For aesthetics reason, there’s no cloth speaker cover at the front.
Power and volume colours are located at the top of the right channel speaker. The power button in the middle also works as the mode change button. Long press to power on/off while a short press to switch between Bluetooth (blue LED) and AUX mode (green LED).
The single bass reflex port can be found at the back.
The connectivities are rather simple on the R1080BT, accepting LINE IN or AUX input only.
User Experience & Final Words
After having the speaker burn-in overnight, we started the testing session with the good-ol music appreciation session. The first thing we noticed is the absence of a bass adjustment knob on the speaker. That leaves us with the music player’s bass adjustment which is kind of a bummer. Then again, we’re glad to find out the speaker has a relatively neutral sound profile. The bass is not too heavy except that the mids sound rather dull especially when you compare it to the clear and concise trebles. Games and movies are doing well on the R1080BT but it would be better if users can actually control the bass on the speakers to give that extra kick in blockbusters.
While the Bluetooth connection is present on the R1080BT, since Edifier did not specifically mention the codec it supports, we can safely say it only runs on the low-complexity sub-band codec (SBC) or advanced audio coding (AAC). Even without the support of superior codecs, the speaker still works fine over Bluetooth, just don’t expect a higher bit-rate audio stream.
To wrap up our review of the Edifier R1080BT, if you’re in the market looking for affordable yet good sounding pair of HiFi speakers. The Edifier R1000 series speakers are a great place to start with. First of all, they sound great without any funny business going on with the plastic chassis or fake drivers. Secondly, for the RM349 you’re paying, this is a great starting point before you start to step into the higher-end series.