Let’s be sincere, in the event you use a receiver because the hub of your house leisure system, you in all probability solely use a few quarter of the buttons, dials and inputs on it, at most. Not everybody wants all of the bells and whistles of a receiver-driven encompass sound system. For these trying to get their sound with a significantly smaller footprint, 2.1 powered methods consisting of a pair of bookshelf audio system and a subwoofer are simply the ticket, and Edifier‘s $300 S350DB is stable choice.
Setup is straightforward: simply join each audio system to the subwoofer and also you’re good to go. The sub has a plethora of enter choices, so you possibly can simply route your whole setup by way of it. It’s obtained a pair of three.5mm AUX inputs, optical and coaxial, together with Bluetooth connectivity. There’s no HDMI, which is ok for my setup however won’t be for others’.
The audio system and sub are sturdy. They’ve a pleasant weight to them and don’t really feel low-cost. The system can be straightforward on the eyes — it’s hanging, but understated, with each audio system and the sub clad in a darkish, cherry wood-like grain. It will look proper at house in any fashionable house theater setup, but additionally has an excellent retro attraction to it. The bass, treble and quantity knobs flanking the fitting speaker are a pleasant contact, offering a stable tactile sensation in a world beset by feedback-less contact screens. The quantity will also be managed with the included distant.
The system’s pair of bookshelf audio system pack 3/4-inch titanium dome tweeters, which every output 40W complete, whereas the 8-inch subwoofer places out 70W. The subwoofer will be cranked as much as wall-shaking, neighbor-infuriating ranges, but additionally dialed again significantly whereas nonetheless selecting up the nuances of the low finish from each supply I threw at it.
The system has a superb worth/quality-to-price ratio. At $300, it’s cheaper than many high-end sound bars, and might stand by itself because the hub of your house’s sound system. The S350DB audio system warmly and faithfully reproduce sound equally properly from cable TV, set-top packing containers, online game consoles outdated and new, Blu-rays and even vinyl. I attempted all the pieces from classical to hip-hop albums utilizing the system and I used to be impressed with the constancy and readability of the playback on each style, even with my middling high quality file participant. It additionally has Bluetooth V 4.1 APTX, which guarantees lossless sound from whichever system you’re streaming. The Bluetooth was straightforward to attach. It by no means dropped the connection and all the time sounded wealthy and full.
My few complaints are extra like nitpicks. For one, the audio system don’t have grill covers. Which, for some, is an aesthetic deal breaker. The tweeters haven’t been fairly the mud magnet I’d feared up to now, however time will inform if that design alternative impacts their lifespan. The distant is a bit of… odd. It’s formed like a hockey puck, which makes it considerably unwieldy. I nonetheless haven’t fairly discovered one of the simplest ways to carry it but. The buttons are laid out properly, nonetheless, with the play/pause button within the heart pulling double responsibility because the mute button (which isn’t famous on the distant itself, I, considerably embarrassingly, needed to seek the advice of the guide to determine this out).
The distant was additionally considerably persnickety in registering button presses, requiring considerably exact goal on the speaker (which homes the energetic enter indicator LEDs). I additionally want the wire connecting the fitting speaker to the subwoofer was a bit of longer. I’m considerably restricted in how a lot I can unfold the system out because the proper speaker will be no various toes from the sub.
Nitpicks apart, the S350DB from Edifier is an effective, budget-friendly choice that may cowl the house audio wants for most individuals. It packs a punch whenever you want it to, however it may possibly simply rein it in and present its softer, subtler aspect.