These are powered speakers so no need for an amplifier and can accept inputs from the dual aux cables, or via Bluetooth. Priced at £79.99, making them very affordable.
Design - Edifier R1010BT Bluetooth Speakers Review
Due to the 2.0 style of these speakers, they are quite large and take up a fair bit of deskspace, these speakers need to provide all the base themselves. Having large bulky speakers isn’t perfect, others may prefer this style as it avoids a massive box sat on your floor. The speakers themselves are traditionally designed contained in wood cabinets and mesh grills, they should fit most environments.
The build quality of the speakers feels good, and they give off a much more expensive look than they are.
Being powered, they do not require an amplifier, and all the main electronics are kept in one speaker while the other is connected using a traditional speaker cable. I like the use of the speaker cable as it gives you the option to change it if required, so for me, I could get a much longer cable and have the speakers mounted further to the left and right of my table.
Another appealing aspect of these is the dual aux inputs as well as the Bluetooth. This allows you to connect multiple sources at once, so in my example, I have my PC connected, but also a raspberry PI connected for when I watch TV.
Two dials on the back of the active speaker allow you to adjust the master volume and bass level. This will enable you to tweak the settings to your preference. There is no remote control though so changing the volume can be annoying. Ideally, you would set it to your highest volume then control it via Bluetooth or your PC speaker volume settings.
To switch from Bluetooth to aux and vice versa, you need to press the volume knob, I needed to read the manual for instructions on how to do this.
Sound - Edifier R1010BT Bluetooth Speakers UK Review
The R1010BT’s power output is quoted at 2 x 12W, in practice, they offer a good level of volume, more than the quoted amount would suggest. Sound quality is good for the price and style. You get excellent clear trebles and mids, with little harshness or distortion. The bass is decent, but it doesn’t offer the room filling boomy-ness a dedicated subwoofer offers, depending on your placement, if the bass or volume is too high it can sound a little hollow.
The performance far exceeds typical low-cost computer speakers, especially in the 2.0 format. Personally, I would opt for a dedicated subwoofer, and the small stereo speakers are conveniently small, but the overall system is messy with long cables and a big sub.
Edifier R1010BT - 4" Powered Bluetooth Wireless Multimedia Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair) 24 Watts RMS - Wood £79.99 at time of review (Check current price)
Verdict - Edifier R1010BT Bluetooth Speakers UK Review
Overall, these are a good investment that provide excellent sound at the £80 mark. They sound quality is more superior than the typical low-budget computer speakers you get from the likes of Logitech and Creative. The more traditional wooden design is has an element of class, as opposed to the plastic speakers that are far more common.
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