Edifier R1280T Review
We all know that the sound is far from perfect when it comes to our laptops or desktops’ audio. For laptops, it is understandable, considering they have limited space for speakers, and for desktops, the accessories are usually of bad quality.
So if you decide to purchase Edifier R1280T as bookshelf speakers for a low price, you get excellent wooden satellites with lots of features and an easy setup.
- Beautiful design
- Audio performance has rich lows and bright highs
- You can adjust the bass and treble.
- Connectivity with any gear with an RCA output
- No wireless, lack of connectivity options
- Distrotion occours at high volumes
- A bit heavy and bulky
- Fixed power cable
The size of the Edifier R1280T speaker is 9.2 x 5.7 x 7.7 inches (HWD) each. There is a wood veneer panel on the sides and a matte metallic finish on the top. Because of the light tan wood showing grain, the speakers look natural and retro, like from the 70s.
The removable grilles are light gray with a thin, metallic accent line in the middle and the Edifier logo at the bottom.
Once you remove them, you reveal the 13 mm silk dome tweeter, a four-inch woofer, and a front-mounted firing port that allows the airflow for more efficient performance.
The right speaker is the active one, and it provides power for the left unit via included detachable cable. The IR sensor for the remote control is also on the right speaker. The remote control is straightforward and has only three buttons (for mute, volume up, and down).
The rear end of the right speaker is busy with all the connections, so there you can find the dual RCA inputs; one is PC (an included 3.5 mm RCA cable works with PC and smartphones), and the other is AUX ( an included RCA to RCA cable for a TV with RCA outputs).
The power switch is also on the back, together with the hardwired cable. Edifier R1280T does not have wireless connectivity, so there is no Bluetooth option.
As with other Edifier’s speakers’ models, on the right speaker, on its right-side panel, there is a recessed area with three knobs. Going from top to bottom, you have treble, bass, and volume, respectively. The treble and bass have a neutral position, which is the midpoint of the dial. As far as the volume control is concerned, there are no levels indicated, and the dial turns complete revolutions without notifying when it hits the lowest or the highest point.
Below these dials, there is a power LED.
Each speaker gives 21 watts of output, so at 42 watts, the Edifier R1280T is not too powerful for anything other than a smaller room. Edifier puts the signal power at 85 dB.
Sound quality of Edifier R1280T
The Edifier R1280T speakers will probably surprise you with how well they do when playing different music types.
Despite the driver size, there is a fantastic body at the lower end, probably due to the materials used and the cabinets’ design. The front flared bass port seems to do an excellent job on the low end of the spectrum. But the details on the higher end are a refreshing surprise, considering they usually get sacrificed when more bass is present.
It is noticeable that these speakers are not for radio talk shows and podcasts because the spoken voice tends to get a bit muddy.
When you play music with intense sub-bass, the speakers have a strong bass response at high volume levels. If the source gets louder, the distortion chances grow more elevated, but the bass response is robust and balanced with the highs at moderate volumes.
Vocals are crisp, clear, and have an excellent low-mid presence. Instruments such as guitars also benefit from the well-defined brightness. Orchestral tracks have a little bit boosted low frequency, where the lower register instruments have more body, but the higher registers as brass, strings, and vocals are bright and not overshadowed.
The Edifier R1280T provides excellent value for the money. Most of the speakers at this price range are in the low-level category, with much smaller drivers, a cheaper look, and a not satisfying listening experience.
With Edifier R1280T, you get high-class sound for an affordable price. If you are a brand addict, you might be displeased that it is not Sonos or Bose, or the lack of Bluetooth might be a setback, but in the end, you have to make some compromises if you want to get speakers with decent sound quality for a bargain price.