Welcome to our Edifier R1850DB Review.
The Edifier R1850DB speakers are bookshelf style units that are small, but sound a lot bigger. They may just surprise you as they aren’t just loud, the sound quality is awesome as well.
Let’s get into the review and see just how good they are.
Edifier R1850DB Review
As is the norm with bookshelf speakers of this design, the two speakers cover both active and passive. Apart from the rear of the speakers, they are the same size and you won’t be able to distinguish between the two.
The gloss black sides look fantastic, as do the cloth dust covers that hide and protect the drivers. The only slight annoyance I can foresee here are fingerprints. However, Edifier have added a cleaning cloth in the box to tackle this, which is a nice touch.
First Impressions & Build Quality – Edifier R1850DB Review
My first impression was that I really liked the design, they fit in almost any environment, except perhaps really old school cottages. A strange comparison, but I have reviewed a pair of Edifiers in an old cottage before over at Fullsync.
Once I’d set the speakers up and plugged them in, it was time to test them out. First up, a dance playlist. I noticed that the bass was really good, punchy and the adjustable levels on the back gave you extra depth when it was required.
There’s no distortion to the sound when listening at the higher end of the volume level. You’ll often get some distortion on speakers that are on the lower end of the price bracket, but I think these are very good value, considering how good the sound is.
At just shy of £159.99 they’re definitely worth the price.
I did film a sound test but unfortunately (or ironically) my camera didn’t capture any sound! So here’s a comparable sound test I found on Youtube.
As with most bookshelf speakers they are a decent small to medium size and will fit on just about any shelf or ledge, as the name would suggest!
The size of each speaker is as follows:
Width: 154 mm
Height: 254 mm
Depth: 224 mm
They feel really sturdy and you can tell they won’t go wrong any time soon. Normally, with a product the feel of it is a great indicator of just how well it is made. There are no gaps between the joins nor are there any misplaced paint flecks or anything untoward.
What’s In The Box? – Edifier R1850DB Review
The packaging is basic and there seems to be a slight excess of plastic covering when there isn’t really the need for it. That’s my only issue with the packaging.
Inside the box you get two speaker units, a small remote control, a collection of power and audio leads and the User Manual. Oh, and I almost forgot, the handy cleaning cloth!
Edifier has included four leads in the box. They are as follows:
1 x Active to Passive Speaker Cable
1 x 3.5 mm-RCA Audio Cable
1 x RCA to RCA Audio Cable
1 x Fiber Optic Input Cable
The 3.5 mm-RCA audio cable measures 164 cm.
The RCA to RCA audio cable measures 162 cm.
The fiber optic input cable measures 144 cm.
Power Output: RMS 16W x2 +19W x2
Signal to Noise Ratio: ≥85dBA
Frequency Response: 60Hz ~ 20kHz
Input Sensitivity: PC:700±50mV
Bass Driver: 4 inch (116mm)
Treble Driver: φ19mm silk film
Dimensions: 6.1in x 8.8in x 10in
Remote Control: Yes
Positioning the speakers on a bookshelf or anywhere else should not be a problem. The reason for this is that the Active to Passive speaker cable is 500 cm long (that’s five metres!). This makes it really easy to place the individual speakers far apart.
You can have the speakers at completely opposite ends of a room if you wanted to. It helps with the sound staging.
The R1850DB also supports a multitude of different input sources, these include:
The Bluetooth connectivity is simple and even technophobes can get to grips with it.
To enable Bluetooth mode you can select the relevant button on the remote control unit, or you can press the main volume control knob on the active speaker.
A light on the front of the active speaker will change colour to show what the current input mode is. This light will change to blue when you are in Bluetooth mode.
I think the lights could do with being a little brighter, the issue only presents itself in day time. At night, it’s fine.
For around £159 / $200 you’d be hard pressed to find a better set of speakers. Especially ones with a rich feature set like these have. They’re really strong and they feel like they’ll last absolutely ages.
It’s such a shame that these are just loan units, as I didn’t want to let them go. They’re really really good and when the sun is shining, the BBQ is on there is little else you’d need, other than a good sound system and the Edifier R1850DB’s hit the nail on the head.
I almost knocked a point or two off for the excess plastic packaging! I decided against it due to the sheer greatness of the sound and build quality. Not to mention the value.
These are a set of speakers that I could and would use on a daily basis. If you’re in the market for something reasonably priced and of real high quality then I’d suggest you grab a pair for yourself.
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