Edifier S1000DB Review (Page 2 of 4)

Page 2 - Physical Look - Hardware

As I have mentioned in the introduction of this review, the Edifier S1000DB are massive. If you are planning to put these speakers on your desk, then you better have a pretty large desk. At specified dimensions of 34.3cm tall, 20.3cm wide, and 26.7cm deep, you know these bookshelf style speakers are not made for the common man by sheer size alone. It is even bigger than the Audioengine HD6. If you are looking for something a little smaller that fits well on your desk, my advice is to look elsewhere. All S1000DB models come with wooden side panels and matte black finish in front. In my opinion, the HD6 looks clean yet sophisticated, and aptly looks the part as a piece of premium audio equipment. It is different than the HD6 in a way that it does not look like it has been designed by someone with a ruler, and only a ruler. I am also happy to see detachable speaker grilles are included. They are held on by four friction tabs, and Edifier claims attaching the grilles reduces sound attenuation. Of course, we can never judge acoustics by the way it looks, so let us talk about its construction and design.

From the front, both the left and right speakers look nearly identical. At the bottom is a 5.5" woofer, and at the top is a 1" titanium dome tweeter. Together, their frequency response is rated at 48Hz to 20kHz ±4dB. We will talk about its actual performance in our evaluation on the next page. The drivers are angled to face the listener for improved soundstaging, and reduces the resonance of the output. Signal to noise ratio is specified at ≥85dBA. At the bottom, Edifier's logo is embossed onto the grille piece. A multi-color LED is present on the right speaker to indicate power status and input source, where it glows red to indicate optical/coaxial, green for aux/PC, and blue for Bluetooth. An infrared receiver for the remote control is also located here.

Here is a shot at the back of the Edifier S1000DB powered desktop speakers. By "powered", it means it comes with an internal amplifier. What we have here is an internal amplifier located inside the right speaker that provides 25W for each tweeter and 35W for each woofer RMS per channel for a combined output of 120W RMS. Surprisingly, both speakers weigh about the same. Edifier does not specify how much the speakers weigh, but according to my trusty digital bathroom scale, both came out to be 19.0lbs -- certainly not light by any metric. A bass reflect port opening can be seen at the top of both speakers. The main, bass, and treble volumes can be adjusted independently by three knobs shown in our photo above. Pressing the infinite rotation master volume dial will allow you to cycle between inputs, while holding it down will disconnect the active Bluetooth device. Power is supplied by a 100-240V internal power supply, which can be turned on or off by a rocker style switch.

As you can see in our photo above, Edifier offers a generous array of input connectors on the S1000DB. There are two RCA line-ins, optical, and coaxial. A 3.5mm to RCA cable is included for you to connect devices that uses this jack. It is too bad there is no USB input, but most computers have optical out anyway. Unlike most powered computer speakers with multiple inputs I have used in the past, you can actually select between optical/coaxial, aux/PC, and Bluetooth separately, which is very useful for those who plan to hook up some newer cable boxes that cannot be turned off or muted. On the output side, no stereo line level output is present. Having a stereo line level output is a big oversight in my opinion, because you lose the option to pair a subwoofer to the S1000DB. The only output is the one that connects the active right speaker to the passive left speaker, where an included 3m cable gets the job done.

On the wireless side, Bluetooth operation depends on an internal antenna. To start, simply switch the Edifier S1000DB to Bluetooth mode. The aptX protocol is supported over Bluetooth in addition to SBC, but no AAC for Apple devices. SBC, or Subband Coding, is the default Bluetooth audio codec with reasonably good audio quality and low processing power requirements. aptX is a time domain ADPCM compression algorithm that promises "CD like quality" according to the people promoting it -- but so does MP3 at 128kbps, which, in my opinion, is quite an overused marketing term in the industry. Do not get me wrong; it is probably still an improvement compared to the standard profile, since it has a more efficient encoding algorithm and higher bitrates. In case you are asking, Apple devices does not support aptX, but many high-end Android devices do.

The Edifier S1000DB is built using a wooden enclosure. Our photo above shows the bottom of the S1000DB, which four rubber feet are used to dampen it from the surface it resides on. This is most likely your wooden or glass desk, which can be very useful. No inserts are present for wall mounts.

Edifier includes a remote control to go with the S1000DB, shown in our photo above. The remote control is made out of plastic, and its layout is relatively simple. There are only four buttons and a D-pad. The power button toggles between standby and on, and the rest are for selecting the input source; labeled from the left to right, a Bluetooth logo, PC/Aux, and Opt/Cox, which should be self-explanatory. Using the power button will fade out your music if something is playing at the time you depress the button. Pressing up or right on the D-pad will increase the volume, while hitting down or left will decrease the volume. The button in the middle of the D-pad is Mute. I do not understand why all four directions on the D-pad controls the volume. It makes more sense to me to have up/down control the volume, and left/right for repeat/skip. I would also make the middle button Play/Pause instead, with a separate additional Mute button.

With all this in mind, it is now time to put the Edifier S1000DB through APH Networks' infamous subjective audio tests.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware
3. Subjective Audio Analysis
4. Conclusion