Edifer E1100 plus
The two satellites are each 10x9x5.5mm. The Sub woofer is 21x17x16cm with cables inserted in the rear for power and MP3. The bass of the sub woofers chassis is 27cm from front to back and it is as wide as the sub woofer.
The shape of the units is unusual, some may call them stylish, perhaps most importantly they give a good sound.
Both the speakers have silvered frames that lift the speakers by a couple of centimetres at the front. The sub woofer has a semi circular frame lifting it by 3cm from the desk of whatever you stand it on as the sub woofer itself projects from the base. I think the best way to describe the shape is rather like a motor cycle helmet with the edges trimmed off so the glossy black central section is what sits on your desk or even the floor.
The User’s Manual is in five languages with the fist six pages in English, however I doubt anyone will need to use it except perhaps to look at the specifications, the speakers are 5watts each and the sub woofer is 12watts.
Each satellite speaker is fitted with a hard wired lead 1.4metres long these leads join to make a single 3.5mm plug connecting to the sub woofer into a socket on the back of the sub woofer labelled strangely ‘Output for Satellites’.
Next to this socket is the other 3.5mm connection which is the line in socket and this can be from anything with a 3.5mm output, a 3.5mm to 3.5mm lead is supplied. At the other end of the back is a 1.7metre DC lead to a small power brick mains plug. Between the first two 3.5mm sockets and the DC connection is a rubberised bass adjustment knob going from minimum to maximum in around 300 degrees from left to right motion.
I used this first with my desktop PC and the added range of even basic Windows sounds has to be heard, when I gave it some MP3 these were excellent and then I inserted a CD into the drive and needless to say satisfaction.
Next on the list was a notebook, while most notebooks – other than very recent offerings – have poor quality sound this can often be improved by a decent set of speakers and this was certainly the case with these from Edifer.
The final tests were using external music players, I used an iPod and connected the supplied lead to the earphone socket. I also used a standard MP3 player and both were certainly worth listening to where with earbuds the quality is just not there. Of course WAV or other sound formats are better than MP3 but if you ramp up the standard from the long time standard of 128mbps to 320mbps then even MP3 have some depth to them.
The Edifer E1100 Plus is available from the link below for £32.90. The manual I was sent is for what I assume was the predecessor which had speakers rated at 4.5watts. However this is a nice if somewhat strange shape 2.1 speaker unit. The price is reasonable for the overall sound quality and there is plenty of bass available.
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