Edifier R980T Bookshelf Speakers Review

Edifier R980T Bookshelf Speakers Review

Edifier has been working on premium audio equipment since 1996 and has many famous and successful models in its portfolio. In a way, you can compare Edifier to Pyle Audio, Audioengine, KEiiD, and other similar brands.

This review will write about Edifier R980T, their most basic powered desktop speaker with minimal cost.


  • Great build quality
  • Crisp sound
  • Active speakers (no amp needed)
  • Affordable
  • Good bass levels for the size of the speakers
  • Volume and Bass control knobs
  • Dual RCA inputs so you can plug any device with a 3.5 mm output


  • No treble control knob
  • Location of the control knobs

Listening to good sounds while working behind the desk is something we all want. Somehow we all got used to the integrated speakers in our computers or smartphones, that sometimes we forget that we can have something much better without having to pay lots of money.

The active speaker system is an interesting one. It has an integrated amplifier inside, aesthetic design, and excellent features. The fact that the active speaker system does not require an additional amplifier saves you money and space. Another advantage is that you do not need extra cables that can cramp up space. The fewer components are involved, the less is the possibility of something going wrong.

With active speakers, you can directly plug any device (TV, a laptop, phone, iPod, etc.) with a 3.5 mm audio jack output and press play.

The bookshelf size of active speakers is perfect for desktop use in a small office or at home.


The Edifier R980T is a two-way speaker, 5.5 inches in height, 7.5 inches in dept ad 9 inches in height. The speakers are pretty small, so that they won’t take much space. The weight is about 4 pounds per speaker.

The cabinet is a half an inch MDF black wood finish all around. The speaker has magnetic shielding, which is not so often feature in budget speakers. The main reason is that few electronics are susceptible to magnet interfering nowadays, so shielding is unnecessary.

The grille cloth removes easily if you want to clean it or prefer the look of the speakers without it. Under the grille, there are a silk dome tweeter and a four-inch woofer. There is also a bass reflex port that simulates a subwoofer and boosts the bass. The port is located on the front, so you don’t have to worry about the speaker’s position near a wall.

The total power output is 24W (12W RMS), an adequate amount of power for speakers of this size. The frequency response is 70 Hz to 20 kHz (+/- 9dB).

The rear end of the active (right) speaker includes two aux inputs, 3.5 mm input for headphones and a dual RCA output that allows you to connect the R980T to several sources. Also, there are knobs for volume and bass control, speaker ports, and of course, the power cord. Both speakers have four round removable rubber feet.

The position of the control knobs is a bit problematic since there is no remote control for the speakers. If they were on the front side of the active speaker instead of the back, the access would be much easier.

The setup of R980T is easy, as it offers plug and play system. The built-in amp is powerful enough, so you do not need any additional amplification. All the wires are packed with the speakers, so you do not need to buy RCA and 3.5 mm cables.

Sound quality

The highs are crisp, the mids are clean, and the bass is tight but not overpowering. Although there is no dedicated mid-range driver, it isn’t easy to reproduce accurate mids, but Edifier R980T finds its way.

The sound is full of presence and depth with rich, detailed sound.

The sonic performance of Edifier R980T is vibrant and alive, filling the room with rich sensations.


The Edifier R980Ts are decent inexpensive, two-way bookshelf speakers.

These speakers are a pleasant update to the built-in laptop speakers, making the listening experience more enjoyable.

So if you are looking for essential improvement at a minimal cost, these speakers might be perfect for you. But if you seek authentic reproduction, Edifier R980T’s can’t compete with more powerful speakers that come with a subwoofer. For that, you should consider Edifier’s higher grade powered speakers with subwoofer compatibility, but be sure that they are also more expensive.

Another nice thing about Edifier’s powered speakers is that they come with a two-year warranty, while other manufacturers usually offer only one.

Edifier R980T Bookshelf Speakers Review
Edifier R980T Bookshelf Speakers Review


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