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Like many, no doubt, I can still remember my first encounter with the world of Star Wars, Hans Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and the other iconic characters who existed “A long time ago in a Galaxy far away”. It was a cold Sunday evening as I joined the queue of eager cinema goers to see what the future held for us according to the imagination of George Lucas.
With a choice of five input streams, this next product belongs to Edifier’s family of speakers.
In the past I have looked at various Edifier speaker systems but this is the first opportunity I have had to check out the company’s take on soundbars with the S50DB model. With dimensions of 112 x 12 x 10 cm (W x D x H), for this soundbar, Edifier has gone with a fairly standard design appearance of an elongated speaker unit that can either be wall-mounted or free-standing. Keeping the soundbar company in this kit are a wall mount bracket, screws and rawl plugs, 3.
This small unit can work with Alexa should you wish. It is both a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker. It becomes an ideal desk accompaniment and for someone like me that is a poor speller it can get you out of a hole when Microsoft Word fails to correct it for me.
Small and round at only 9cm tall and 6cm across, it weighs only 228grams, there is only one obvious control a rubberised push button on the base. The rear has the internal batteries charge connection point via the supplied micro USB lead. The top edge is twistable and this the volume control also touch anywhere around this ring and you are able to speak with Alexa as you would via any Amazon Alexa device once you have linked it to Alexa.
With a model number of R1850DB, this Edifier speaker kit belongs to the company’s multimedia range of audio offerings.
The Edifier R1850DB speaker system is made up of a pair of bookshelf style speaker units, a small remote control device, a collection of leads and a User Manual covering a selection of European languages. With this speaker system, Edifier has bundled four leads designed for different purposes. By far the longest and thickest lead is that for connecting the two speaker units together. This lead measures an impressive 500 cm. Also included is a 3.
This is a complete Karaoke system that you can hold in your hand, that is the music on micro SD card, the microphone and the speaker and because it has a solid rechargeable battery you do not even need mains power with this unit.
It can also connect to your mobile phone via Bluetooth so whatever music is on your phone can be relayed to you to – in my case anyway – damage beyond recognition with your voice. However it is not all bad news it could be used as a microphone in an area where more volume above a normal voice is required. It can also connect to your mobile phone via Bluetooth so whatever music is on your phone can be relayed to you.
Having recently told you about the Teufel One M (May 2nd 2018) here I am looking at its much smaller sibling that still possesses almost all of its facilities but as it is far smaller just with a somewhat smaller volume output but it’s still rather nice.
It also has one big plus over its larger sibling it is a lot cheaper. The One S is 18cm across at the front and 14cm across at the back, it is 18.5cm tall at the front and 15cm tall at the back and 8.5cm thick. The speakers are the front and sides of the unit. At the rear near the base are seven buttons and inputs in a line. The top has a line of nine not that easy to read buttons the pale grey markings are on a black background and only really clear in a good light.
Designed for the bookshelf, this next audio system features two-tone speakers.
Developed by Edifier, the R1700BT product is a Bluetooth bookshelf speaker system. The kit consists of a pair of speakers covering active and passive roles. The speakers can be connected to a gaming console, computer, TV or for delivering streaming audio from Bluetooth-aware devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Also included in the package are a small remote control unit, a selection of leads and a User Manual booklet in various European languages.
With a choice of connection options, this next speaker system could deliver your favourite audio
With the less-than-informative model number of R1280DB, this kit is a Bluetooth speaker system from the Edifier family of audio products. This particular model, sporting a classic wooden appearance suitable for various environments, is being targeted at a bookshelf location when it comes to positioning the unit.
This is more than just an enclosure with Bluetooth speakers. The Teufel One M is a Bluetooth speaker that can be linked to any device to output its sounds but it is also – via the Teufel App – able to do much more including play Internet radio.
Braven do a range of speakers that do not object to getting wet, in fact they can even be waterproof. However the most important feature should not be that but the sound quality and here it is rather good from such a small enclosure.
This wireless speaker from Braven measures 18x9x8cm and gives a sound that makes you think you are listening to a CD through good speakers rather than MP3 being streamed from a SmartPhone, and this was with the default settings out of the box. It weighs 810grams. The Ready Pro is number two – smallest to largest - in a range of four outdoor speakers from Braven. It has a 2600mAh battery which lasts for around 14 hours at a good volume level enough to fill the average room with sound.
Listening to music on your mobile phone probably means headphones or earbuds, it seems quite popular among the young to share a set of earbuds, not perhaps great hygienically but if you need to share output an external speaker can improve the volume.
Brando are selling Mi-Amp a device that sits on top of the phones speaker and increases the sound in my tests this can be up to treble the normal output level. It is round at 8cm and is 4.5cm tall, inset in the base are the on/off button and entry point for the supplied micro USB lead, outside this a rubber 2cm circular disc to give both a smooth surface to place onto your phones speaker and also provide a solid connection.
Next under the spotlight is another speaker system from a popular audio supplier.
With a model number of R2000DB, the Edifier speaker system under review is a bookshelf style unit. Having looked at several Edifier products in the past I was expecting this particular speaker system to consist of a sub-woofer and satellite speakers that were of an innovative design appearance but neither expectations proved to be correct once I examined the contents of the package.
At the start of 2017 I told you about a pair of pioneer headphones, here what are described as DJ Active Monitors while they are that they are also a rather good pair of speakers for home use so even MP3 sounds can sound excellent.
They are two way bass reflex speakers with ¾ inch tweeter and a four inch woofer. The speakers are 22.5x14.5x22cm. The total weight is just under 5 kilos. The total power output is around 40watts. There is a power lead that plugs into the left speaker and a connecting lead that runs from the left to right speaker which connects via crocodile clips. Also supplied is a 3.5mm to RCA lead.
This is a small flat circular device that you talk to – and it can talk back – it can also give you information and even play music from a range of sources. Other joys it can tell you time and set alarms to wake you so ‘Alexa’ from Amazon is here.
Some may think Alexa is real as she interprets what you say to a good degree of accuracy but she is just a very sophisticated voice recognition package which needs no training but she is still able to learn and while some of the initial stories coming out about it ordering things for you without you meaning to place the order, this is unlikely to occur by accident.
This is a Bluetooth tube speaker with bright green ends all round speakers and black rubber sides. None of that really matters as turn it on to a music source of your choice and marvel at the sounds coming from the unit then play the same music through your Notebooks speakers, it’s no contest this unit from Braven is a winner.
The Braven Stryde 360 bluetooth speaker measures 16cm tall and 7.5cm from side to side, it weighs 474 grams. Virtually the whole front and rear of this round tube is all speaker with the top and bottom also being speakers as well, for which the technical term is passive radiators. The front has a black rubber strip with five near invisible buttons mounted over its length, I say invisible as they are imprinted black on black.
Not to be confused with the natural phenomena found in astronomy, the Luna Eclipse product is a set of multimedia speakers offering Bluetooth connectivity.
Consisting of a passive and active speaker combination with a remote control unit, the Edifier Luna Eclipse comes with a small multi-language booklet that acts as a User Manual, and various leads. In the case of my review sample, the collection of leads was made up of a two-piece mains power lead with linking switching adapter, a lead with proprietary six-pin connections for joining the two speaker units and an audio lead with 3.5mm jack plugs at each end.
With a model number that has a binary feel, this next product offers dual speaker connectivity.
The Edifier R1010BT product forms part of the company’s range of bookshelf multimedia speaker systems. Available in a choice of black or, as in the case of my review system, brown, this Edifier R1010BT kit consists of a pair of bookshelf multimedia style speaker units and various connection leads plus mini booklet style documentation regarding the set up and use of the product.
While I get to see a range of new phones from Vodafone here are something that I have previous not seen. First a very nice small pair of on ear headphones ideal for traveling with, second a small cube speaker for those occasions when you share your sounds.
These headphones are small, with the phones parallel there is only 13cm between them, at the same position and no side extension it is only 17cm to the base of the head padding. Fresh ‘N Rebel seems to be the name for these matt blue on ear headphones. There is close to 1.5cm of padding on each ear and nearly 1cm on top of the head.
As a popular manufacturer of audio devices, Edifier once again steps into the spotlight.
When starting to review a product, such as the Edifier R19U unit sat in front of me at the moment, I generally follow an initial set pattern for hardware devices. This pattern involves removing the device to be reviewed from the packaging and checking that all the content is how it should be and present. However in this case there was a problem in that I could find no mention of a content list or any documentation whatsoever.
Recently available from Vodafone is a small Bluetooth speaker.