Edifier R1280T Bookshelf Speakers Review
Edifier R1280T Bookshelf Speakers Review
Another day, another look at an awesome product in the home theater sphere. This time it’s the Edifier R1280T bookshelf speakers review, a quick look at a particular set of truly compelling speakers.
But what exactly makes them so interesting, and why might these be your next favorite pair of speakers?
Well read on because there’s quite a few reasons actually.
When it comes to appearance, I think it’s pretty apparent that the r1280t is certainly distinctive in that regard.
With the soft fabric grille on, it’s actually pretty low key from the front, with a small logo towards the bottom and a gray stripe through the middle.
It’s the kind of look that looks pretty normal from first glance.
However once it’s removed, it’s a completely different story.
When the grille is off, you’re immediately greeted with a driver that seemingly takes up half the speaker, a tweeter in the upper left and right corners of each respectively, and a bass reflex port to minimize distortion.
The middle is also a grayish color, and is a stark contrast to the grained MDF wood that makes up its perimeter. It’s probably a more divisive design for sure; since some will like it and others may not.
For me personally, I truthfully prefer the look of it with the grille on since it’s a lot less “loud” so to speak, but you might prefer it with it off. It’s really just going to depend honestly; but it’s certainly not a bad looking speaker by any means.
Overall, I’d say I definitely don’t mind it. It kind of has a retro look that brings about sense of nostalgia from its distinct look.
You can definitely tell a lot of time and care went into the design and it definitely shows. In my opinion, I think it’s a really cool looking speaker.
Specs & Features
This is a pretty novel speaker, particularly because of the various features it touts. For starters, one speaker is an active speaker while one is passive. The active one plugs up into the wall via a power cord, while the passive one connects to the active one by speaker wire.
There’s a terminal that accepts the speaker wire and 2 different connection types; RCA and auxiliary.
It has dual RCA inputs allowing you to do RCA to RCA, or RCA to auxiliary, meaning support for external music sources like a phone, tablet, or laptop is there.
On the side you have master volume control, bass, and treble knobs to adjust the sound to how you want it. It goes from -6 to +6 so you can really get granular in terms of control. Plus it comes with a wireless remote which is also pretty useful.
What’s really cool though if you didn’t notice is the fact that these have speaker wire terminals.
That means that you can technically use both of these as passive speakers as well with an external receiver — allowing them to serve as traditional bookshelf speakers too.
It’s nice to have the choice because you could technically use them for their typical use in a home theater, or you could use them for playing music, or even as desktop/computer speakers giving you a lot of different options.
In terms of the speakers themselves though, they’re not too big coming in at 6.9 x 9.5 x 5.8 inches and weighing 10.8 pounds.
They have a 4 inch full range bass reflex driver and bass reflex ports to minimize distortion.
There’s also a .5 inch silk dome tweeter present, and comes with all the wires you need to set them up.
Since these are technically active and passive speakers, setup is going to depend on what you’re using them for.
If you’re planning to use them as computer speakers, all you would have to do is plug the active one into the wall via the connected power cord, and then connect the passive speaker to the active one that’s plugged into the wall with the included speaker wire.
If you’re planning to use these as typical bookshelf speakers, then you’d do it the traditional way where an external receiver is used to power them.
So luckily, setup for these is just like any other speaker and isn’t hard at all.
How They Sound
What do these sound like though?
Honestly they’re really good.
Audio quality is crisp, and there was no signs of distortion, crackling, or anything like that even at the highest volumes.
I will say this though; they have a very warm sound signature, so they’re definitely not neutral.
At lower volumes they’re very subdued and mellow, and when cranked up, they sound really smooth. The sound quality itself is really good, but it’s almost kind of relaxed even when loud if that makes any sense.
I mean don’t get me wrong, these things get plenty LOUD, it’s just that I’ve seen speakers that are a lot livelier when turned up. These seem to really prefer the low end honestly. Everything sounds tonally warm through these.
I personally love that, but some may not; especially if they’re an audio purist that prefers accuracy or even just a lighter sound.
In that case, something more like the Klipsch R 41M may work for you.
It might be due the fact that the tweeter is only .5 inches so it may not be as articulate as speakers with a 1 inch tweeter, but they’re by no means muddy, imprecise or anything like that. They’re just a warm sounding speaker.
Actually if anything, they almost sound retro too, similar to speakers in the 80s with that warm sound signature. Whether that was intentional or not I have no clue, but that’s honestly what they remind me of.
The point ultimately though, is that they sound great and there’s definitely no mistaking that.
Be it movies, games, music, anything really, content just sounds really nice with these; especially when it comes to voices in movies. Not sure why, but these do a fantastic job in particular with voices.
That being said, like most speakers, these things aren’t going to produce crazy amounts of bass or anything like that, but they do handle the lower end well. If you’re thinking about using these in your home theater, then I’d definitely recommend a subwoofer.
Once you do that, they excel honestly.
But for just listening to music or stereo sound in general, you really can’t go wrong with these.
They have a respectable audio quality that I do think you’ll be impressed with. They sound smooth, have very little distortion, and they look good, making for excellent near field monitors.
Really not much they do wrong honestly. You’ll really love them.
- Audio quality excels in every category
- Can be used as desktop or home theater speakers
- Auxiliary inputs meaning they can also be used with a smartphone
- Bass, treble, volume knobs on the side give you precise sound control
- All the wires you need are included
- Not too big
- Vintage look gives a sophisticated feel to any room
- .5 inch tweeter might not provide the most intricate details at highest frequency levels
- Might want to get an extra spool of speaker wire since the included amount might not be enough if you’re planning to use these with a receiver
Well that about wraps it up for this one folks. Hopefully you enjoyed this Edifier R1280T bookshelf speakers review, and learned what makes these such a convenient yet awesome pair of speakers.
Overall, if you’re looking for something that’ll provide you enjoyment for years to come, but don’t want a gigantic speaker, then this is definitely a solid choice.
It provides an awesome sound quality while also being an absolutely incredible performer.
In short, it’s completely worth it.
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