Edifier s350db review
The Edifier S350DB is a 2.1 powered system consisting of two speakers as satellites and a subwoofer. The idea behind it is to substitute the soundbars and all-in-one speakers without a change in the price.
The Edifier S series started in 2001 as a high-end series that will show the acoustic strength of the Edifier.
- Nice design
- Powerful bass and clear highs
- Multiple options for connection
- Good value for the money
- There are no bass and treble controls on the remote control
- LED indicator too small
- The design limits the placement
- The subwoofer is quite large
Edifier S350DB has a retro design and comes without any grilles on. Just exposed drivers that look kind of cool. The satellites have a black front panel, while the veneer is cherry wood colored.
The cabinet is built of MDF board and decorated with PVC skin. The size is 8.8H x 5W x 6D inches each. There is a 0.75-inch titanium dome tweeter (carrying 15 watts) and a 2.8-inch mid-range driver (the mid-range driver is 25 watts). The mid-range driver has a cast aluminum basin stand. Aluminum has better strength and does not conduct magnetism, so it will not affect the magnetic circuit. Because of crossover technology, the traditional crossover is not of need in the satellite speaker.
The subwoofer is 12.3 x 10.4 x 11.7 (HWD) and has the same black front and wood veneer as the satellites. There is an 8-inch driver of 70 watts and a side port for allowing air movement. The subwoofer also has an aluminum basin stand.
The subwoofer connects both bookshelf speakers at its back panel and connects the whole system to the power outlet. Also, on the back, there is two RCA inputs (PC and Aux) work with the included 3.5 mm input cable. The connections for the satellites, a Coaxial input, and a power switch are on the subwoofer’s back as well. The right speaker is hardwired, while the left one is not.
The right speaker has three knobs for volume, treble, and bass, with a central setting as a neutral position. From the practical point of view, these controls would have been much more helpful if they were on the remote control.
While we are at the remote control, its buttons are puck-shaped with options for power, play, and pause, track forward and backward, volume up and down. There are also buttons for different inputs such as optical, Bluetooth, aux, pc, and coaxial.
There is an indicator on the right speaker’s front side that shows which input is selected, but it is minimal, that you need to be very close to read the display. Also, there is no possibility to choose the input physically, and you have to use the remote control. Although remote control is essential, it lacks the treble and bass controls, as we can see.
In case you plan to connect the S350DB to the TV, you have to remember that the subwoofer has to be close enough to the TV to get the signal from it and be on the axis with the right and left speakers because of the cables. If you decide to mount the satellites on the wall, the chunky wires will not make it look pretty.
Sound quality of Edifier S350DB
If you use the S350DB to watch movies, you will notice that the bass coming from the subwoofer is powerful and managed well without covering the dialogues, which are crisp and clear.
If you use it to listen to music, it also shows excellent bass power, without any distortion, even at high volumes. Thanks to the DSP and the bass knob, you can solve unexpected issues if they emerge. Otherwise, the sound is clean and robust at moderate volumes.
The vocals have a friendly low-mid presence, and the treble has a crisp edge. Male and female voices have an excellent performance.
In general, the sound signature is well balanced, especially with the settings on neutral.
The Edifier S350DB creates a believable stereo image, much better than a speaker broadcasting a stereo signal. Despite there is no surround processing with S350DB, the sound coming from it pulls you into the movie or the music and lets you sink into the moment.
The Edifier S350DB does a great job of delivering powerful audio, regardless of musical or film point of view.
Although it is not a slim system and not so wall-mountable, it is hard to argue that sonically you can not get much better systems in that price range, especially with such an extensive selection of inputs and pleasing aesthetics.