Whether you want to work with music or have a love for music, a good pair of speakers is always important. With a good pair of speakers, you can get the best possible music experience you could as for. And if it affects your profession or you want to pursue a profession, you can't compromise with that.
Now, the real problem is finding affordable speakers with a great level of quality. However, you don’t have to worry too much about it because I am here with a solution. I bring you the Edifier R1280DB speaker, which is enough to satisfy anyone’s need.
Want to know more about why I chose this? Then keep reading ahead to find out the specialties of the speakers.
- 1 Edifier R1280DB Speaker specifications
- 2 Review Methodology
- 3 About the Edifier R1280DB
- 4 How is the product used?
- 5 What sets this apart from the competitors?
- 6 Product features and rate performance
- 7 Benefits and drawbacks
- 8 Verdict
Edifier R1280DB Speaker specifications
- Power: 42w
- Frequency responsiveness: 55Hz to 20,000 Hz
- Connectivity: RCA, Bluetooth, Optic, COX
- Dimension: 7 x 8.1 x 12.5 inches
- Weight: 12.17lbs
- Warranty: 2 years
I work with music and music equipment a lot. While doing that, I got into searching for an affordable option that provides some excellent sound quality. From there on, I began my research and came out with this speaker. I have been doing this for quite a long time now and doing it the same way.
So, what you get here is my personal experience and thoughts about the speakers and the information I got from my research. That information mostly comes from other users of the speakers.
About the Edifier R1280DB
Are these speakers worth the hype I am creating? Well, you can find that out yourself below, with all the details of the speakers.
What’s the speaker like physically?
- Design and look
When I looked at the speakers for the first time, I was stunned. These speakers look so good in person with the wood grain finish on the sides. With the slightly shiny grey and black accents, the speakers are just classy to look at. Every component has a premium feel to the finish.
If you are not a fan of flashy speakers, then this might be just the thing for you. These look elegant, stylish, and very simple. They will compliment any studio set up perfectly, as you would want to go for more of a sophisticated look in your studio rather than gorgeous and flashy.
- Build quality
All right, these speakers look good but are they durable enough? Surprisingly, yes, these speakers have some heavy-duty built going on there. The wooden part you get to see on the speakers are MDF boards with vinyl wrapping around.
On paper, these may not be the sturdiest speakers, but in practicality, these are some heavy-duty choices you can go with any day.
Unless you are thinking of throwing your speakers around or bang them with a bat, this will last for a very long time. You won’t have to worry about dents and scratches here and there.
How is the product used?
These speakers come with a lot of connectivity options. You have to connect them to your device and use them. They have the RCA connection option, which is pretty basic. You also get Bluetooth connectivity on this very convenient one. And for controlling all the settings, you get a remote control as well.
There are also knobs on the sides of the speakers that let you control the volume, bass, and treble. This is a great functionality that you can use for your studio sessions. All in all, you can use the speakers for professional purposes and regular day-to-day music experience.
What sets this apart from the competitors?
If we begin comparing keeping the “studio monitor” aspect in mind, then the connectivity is something to be aware of. There aren’t many studio speakers with wireless connectivity, which is a different level of convenience.
Other than that, the looks, sound quality, and price are also very competitive. You can hardly find options with all these things packed together. So, you can say the overall speakers themselves are a class above the rest.
Product features and rate performance
Till now, what you have known about the speakers doesn’t tell the real stuff about the speakers. Now, let’s check out the feature that should matter when you want to buy these speakers for your studio.
Sound quality can be the sole reason to get the speaker for your setup. It comes with quality that should come as a shocker to you because it was a shocker to me. As I work with the music myself, I found the high tones and mid-tones coming out perfectly from the speakers. This can be very helpful for mixing and mastering music as a music producer.
This also leads to getting better at your profession; all thanks go to the quality speakers. As for the low tones, you shouldn't have any complaint with that either. With a 4" woofer on the speaker, you get decent bass coming from them.
All in all, the sound quality of the speakers is well balanced and provides a rich feel to it. And the loud volume makes things perfect, fulfilling all your needs from a studio speaker.
Ease of use
These speakers are super easy to use, which makes them appealing to all kinds of people. You don’t need to be an expert to operate the speakers. The connections are pretty straightforward to understand. There are labels for each connection on the back that will surely help you turn the speakers on.
What I loved the most about these speakers are the tuning options and remote control. The tuning options on the side let you control the bass and treble levels according to your will. As they are on the side panel, they are easy to access as well. There is also a volume control knob on the side available for you.
Don’t feel like getting up from the couch? Well, you have the remote control that allows you to go through multiple settings for your speaker. You can control it while sitting on your couch or laying on your bed. Altogether, this is a great easy to use speaker you can get anywhere.
When it comes to connectivity, there are a bunch of options that you can try on this. To begin with, you have the obvious choice of using an RCA connection like any other studio monitor. Other than that, it has got an optical connection as well as a coaxial connection. The cox connection makes it easier to connect to a TV or a PC.
Now, the most interesting connectivity feature on this one is Bluetooth connectivity. This is something that you don’t see on a studio monitor. This feature makes it a great option for both professional uses as well as personal use.
Because for your personal use, you would want comfort at your home sitting on your couch. And with Bluetooth connectivity, you will get just the perfect relaxation you need.
Aesthetics and durability
Yes, you get sound quality, ease of use, multiple connections, but what about the looks? Are they satisfying? I have to say yes, they are. Especially if you are someone like me who loves to keep things simple and elegant, these are the perfect pair. With the wooden pattern on the sides of the speakers combined with some shiny matte black accents, these look very aesthetically pleasing.
Coming to the durability factor of the speakers, you wouldn’t have any complaints either. These are some high-quality materials that come together and work the way they are supposed to. You can tell by the finishing of the speakers that these will last for a long time.
As for the size, they aren’t the smallest speakers, neither the largest. To give you a perspective, these are some speakers that will look perfect with any 25 to 27-inch display. So, you can assume how large or small these speakers are. You can consider them somewhere in between bookshelf speakers and full-sized studio speakers.
Value for money
Let me tell you this, if you test the features and the quality of this speaker without knowing the price, you will guess the price 3 or 4 times the actual price. Because the quality of sound you get along with all the features is too good to be true at the price you get these speakers.
Whether it’s the looks or the sound quality or the ease of usage or connectivity or everything combined, this is the epitome of value for money. You can’t get a better speaker than this within the price tag these speakers provide.
Benefits and drawbacks
By now, you have some idea of where this speaker stands. But you are yet to know about the benefits you can have from the speakers. Well, if you are still not convinced, then you will be once you get to know about the benefits, so let’s check them out-
Benefits of Edifier R1280DB speakers
- Once you get these speakers, you are set for at least two years as it comes with two years of warranty.
- These speakers look too good and aesthetically meets all of your needs.
- You will have no complaints about the sound quality; whether it's the high tones, low tones, or the mid tones, all of them are satisfying to your ears.
- The blend of every sound is perfectly balanced and comes with a loud volume as well.
- There are tuning knobs and buttons on the side of the speakers for easy tuning and easy access. You don’t need to move the speakers around to tweak anything.
- Using the speakers is very easy due to the wireless connectivity and remote-control feature. You can sit on at one place and keep using the speakers to your will.
- It comes with multiple connectivity options like RCA, optic connection, cox connection, and Bluetooth connection. So, you are never out of options in terms of connectivity.
- No need to spend a lot of money getting some quality speakers when you have got an option like this. For the sound quality, look, connectivity, you won’t be paying much at all.
You must be wondering, is this the perfect flawless speaker then? Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but no, this isn’t flawless neither perfect. It has its drawbacks; let’s check them out.
Drawbacks of Edifier R1280DB
- While it has Bluetooth connectivity, the connection isn’t seamless or smooth. You may face some trouble while connecting to different devices on this speaker. Also, if there are any obstacles in the line of sight, it might have some connectivity issue that affects the performance.
- Another drawback of this speaker is the loud volume. Once you start peaking the volume to the maximum, you may face sound distortion. However, it only happens when you take it to the peak; even before that, the sound is loud enough. It will only be a problem for those who love to listen to music with a super loud volume.
- One more thing I would like to add is the USB connectivity. It’s not a flaw, but it’s something they could have added to make it more appealing. Having that feature would make using the speakers a bit more convenient.
In short, if you are looking for perfection in a studio speaker, then Edifier R1280DB speaker is the closest you can get. Yes, in terms of performance, you can get better options; I won’t deny that. But for that kind of performance or even performance similar to this one usually costs a lot more money than you would be paying for these speakers.
For any music producer who is just beginning with their career, these speakers can be a good place to start. It comes at an affordable price but has enough quality to make it a good studio speaker. Aside from that, if you are looking for a pair of great speakers within a budget for your daily usage, Edifier R1280DB speakers are viable options to try out.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Sound Production. He has worked with a number of studios as a Recording Engineer, with over 10 years of servicing experience in both re-recording mixing and sound editing.