Edifier R2000DB Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review
This time we have the Edifier R2000DB Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers - Near-Field Studio Monitors - Optical Input - 120 Watts RMS - Black for review.
Let us get straight into the specifications before we get to unboxing the speakers-
BLUETOOTH CONNECTION - Pair your phone, tablet or computer for an authentic hassle-free wireless experience, perfect for any iOS, Android, MacOS or Windows device.
OPTICAL INPUT - Enjoy lossless digital connection from your TV, TV Box, DVD/Blu-ray player, receiver, HTPC, computer or gaming consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation.
2 x AUX INPUT - Convenient connection to any device that has a 3.5mm headphone output or dual RCA output. Connect to two devices via AUX at the same time, no plugging and switching needed.
REMOTE CONTROL - switch input sources, control volume and choose digital sound processing (DSP) modes at your fingertips
2 YEAR WARRANTY - Guaranteed high quality and reliability with hassle-free parts and labor warranty for two years in the USA and Canada
Product Dimensions 6.9 x 11.4 x 10 inches
Item Weight 21.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 23.6 pounds
Item model number R2000DB
Batteries 1 CR2 batteries required.
As we unboxed it the first thing that came out was speaker cover, then an optical cable, a 3.5 millimeter to a bunch of different RCA's. With this RCA jack, you connect the speakers to an iPod, a tablet, a smartphone. Any device that has got a 3.5-millimeter jack output, you will be able to communicate through this RCA cable. This RCA you connect to the speakers into the back of the right-hand side of the speakers. Since the cable is quite long, you can easily hide it in the background and use the speakers as bookshelf speakers. You can also place the speakers in the kitchen, in the living or wherever you want to put it in the house.
Talking about the optical cable, it is also very long. It has got something like little bubbles at the end. You can pull off these bubbles when you want to use them. The bubbles are to keep the cable jacks safe. The mechanism of the optical cables is that light passes through sound and that is how you get the music. We do not have an in-depth knowledge since it is all science but have a general idea of the mechanism.
There was an RCA cable about one and a half meter long through which you can connect the speakers to a CD, DVD, Blu-ray, computer. You can join the RCA jack to the right-hand side of the Bluetooth speaker or to the actual amplifier speaker that adds to the control of the power. It is plugged into the back of the right-hand side of the speaker.
There was a long cord that probably goes between the two speakers, an instruction manual, a small remote.
The remote control uses a 20-25 CR battery. The longevity of the battery is about three years. It has a mute button, a power on and off switch, a volume up and down rocker volume so that quickly turn the volume down or turn it up to the maximum.
There is an option button too. You can go from 3.5-millimeter jack to optical link to Bluetooth. It also has a Bluetooth button if you want to swap from DVD Blu-ray via straight to Bluetooth like a phone. There are button buttons in line so that you change the different sound technologies.
There also was a power cable. The speakers were well covered with some styrofoam. The first look and feel of the speakers felt very strong and robust. It is available in two colors: a piano black, the one which we ordered and a wood finish one.
The back of the speakers has line one and line two. You can have a CD player on one and DVD player on two or you can have a laptop in one and then a Bluray in the other one. Whatever you want, you can connect it accordingly via those lines on the back of the speakers.
Let us now talk about the aesthetics of the speakers. It comes with a beautiful grill front. Once you remove the grills, it has got some pins on the speakers. The pins are solid and like we earlier mentioned the look and feel of the speakers are heavy and solid. We tried picking up the speakers and could feel their weight like the speakers from Bose. However, the right-hand side speaker does not even come with an amplifier, but the left one does which justifies the weight. Wonder why the right-hand side speaker weighs so much? The speakers are 60 watts, 30 watts on each of the speakers. That is how it works with speakers. It has got a 3.5 inches dome for the base the tweets for the high-end and their clarity of sound.
The sound quality of the speakers would not be like studio sound speakers. We want to be very clear about this. Do not expect studio sound speaker quality from the Edifier R2000DB. Studio speakers sound more rugged, and these seem more enhanced and digitally enhanced at the same time. It means that the manufacturer would have pushed up maybe the bass a little bit. With the tweeter and stuff, it will sound a bit more enhanced. The sound can be compared to Dolby Pro Logic which again sounds digitally enhanced and not like the raw audio. By raw sound, we mean like the sound that comes when we speak or the ones where singers sing in the studio to capture it in a more real sense. Digital audio is quite different from that.
For the grill of the speakers, it has got good quality covers which can be put on and off. The grills come off very quickly and smoothly. The speakers have good quality Allen screws. The overall look of the speakers is nice. It gave us a feel of levers of coverings.
On the back of the speaker, there is a funky cable. The cable is around two meters long. It means you can space out the speakers because usually, that is the comfort you get with speakers. You can also have them close together.
There are a lot of things taken into account how you want these to sound. The other speaker has got knobs on the back. You have got a bass volume, input bass, and treble. You can control your bass and treble quite easily by rotating the knobs up and down.
On other Edifier speakers, they usually have like a volume rocker or bass and treble, and you can keep moving it around forever and ever. With this, it stops, and you know where you are. We have tried it with the volume knob and like we explained the knob moves smoothly and finally stops. You can also press the volume knob to mute and unmute it.
Next, to the knobs are the line in and line out so that you can play your DVDs in order and your Blu-rays. There is a place for optical link behind the same speaker. You can put the jack in and out from there, and you can also turn it on and off. Remember since it has an option to turn it on and off to not put your hands around there while you play music.
The speakers have rubber feet, and it feels next to impossible to move them as we tried to. It removes any fear of moving the speakers by accident or any possibility of the speakers moving if music is played loud on it. Since it has rubber feet, it also means it is going to take a bit of resorption, and it is also going to deliver quite good quality sound at 60 watts.
Every Edifier speaker that we have tested seems pretty good barring just a few of them. But honestly, we love these Edifier bookshelf speakers. Edifier is going all out and has brought out some quality products.
Now, let's get to testing these speakers. Firstly, we will check them with the covers on and then without the covers. We started testing the speakers using Spotify. Spotify has a lot higher bitrate than what it is for Youtube. We tested tracks like rock, hip-hop, R&B, pop, and it all sounded okay. Read this review until the last to know our honest feedback.
We played a track and got it louder and louder to see the real effect of the music. The bass and the treble were up to the full blast.
Next, we tried the music with the covers off. We then tried the music on full volume. The music was really loud, and we were quite impressed by it.
After we finished our testing the music on the speakers, this is what we honestly felt. The bass was slightly edging a little bit of a distortion. The sounded a bit muddy together. The highs were a little bit too peaky and hisky. As a result, it felt a little bit annoying to hear. The sound was as if when guitars are being rubbed back and forwards or maybe a violin or similar instruments. But with the speakers, it went well over the pitch.
Also, when we put the speakers on full blast, it started to distort a little bit. The sound too went down and compensated for the bass. But, it still sounded muffled, and this is what we meant by studio speakers. Studio speakers do not do that. Whatever is the actual music it all comes out like that while digital speakers try to make the music sound as good and clean as possible.
If we need to rate the speakers, we will give an excellent 7.5 out of 10 just for the sound quality, but we have heard better Edifier speakers. The speakers weigh between 165 pounds to 200 pounds. The price of the speakers is $249. But we feel at that price point you get better Edifier speakers or other speakers.
What we love about the speakers is that aesthetically they look charming to the eyes. They also look very stylish. The build of the speakers is quite good. The plus is you can connect the speakers to two devices at the same time. On top of that, you can even have the Bluetooth on, and then you can have an optical link out, and then you can have two other devices like a Bluray or a laptop that connects through RCA or phone uploads.
For 60 watts, the speakers sound great. If you are an audiophile, these speakers are not for you. Also, if you are not an audiophile you want to listen to music you can opt for these speakers. The speakers also lack in the gradual build of music. These speakers can be a valuable option as home audio.
In a similar price range and with similar features, you can consider the Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers - Active Near-Field Studio Monitors - Powered Speakers 2.0 Setup Wooden Enclosure - 66w RMS or the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watts RMS or maybe the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watts RMS.
But at just a little price difference, who would not want speakers with 120 watts RMS?
Overall, the Edifier R2000DB has excellent sound quality. The volume can be put loud. The bass can be adjusted and can be made tight or punchy to give an expansive feel in the room.
The new tweeter in the models lives up to Edifier's midrange tuning in and also very textured and extended sound quality. What we also loved is that is can be connected to multiple devices at the same time. They are versatile speakers that offer various digital controls and wireless integration.