We’ve tried many Edifier products in the past, ranging from low to mid-end on both price and performance and for the most part, they’ve been great. We’ve now been sent a pair of their S3000 Pro speakers, a pair of active wireless monitor speakers, with a retail price just shy of £600. As far as I can tell, these are the most expensive speakers Edifier have on offer, so I’m hoping for big things. Let’s find out.
Before even opening the box, first impressions are good because the box is significantly heavier than most speaker boxes I pick up. Rip away the cardboard and polystyrene, and I am greeted by two rather large speakers, protected and sealed from the outside world in a black cloth bag. Pull the bag away and you’re greeted by two beautiful looking speakers.
Each speaker has a luxurious dark wood panelling to both sides, with the remaining sections covered in a matte black finish and the two complement each other very well. There are sleek curves in the wood panelling, rounded edges to the top and bottom and with removable mesh covers, it offers a classic, yet modern design, that I feel would fit in with most current decors, apart from the ultra-modern. Each speaker sits on four brushed metal legs, each has a large bass port to the rear and the right speaker, as the master, has a small indicator/IR sections at the bottom. The worst part for me, that Hi-Res logo is stamped on the front. That being said, the attention to detail and build quality is the best I’ve seen from the brand.
Also in the box are the associated power cables, both speakers require one, a remote control and an array of cables for hard-wired connections. Although plastic’y to touch, the remote looks quite nice and it’s functional, offering input options, track and volume control, plus a selection of four pre-built EQ settings.
The S3000 Pro are certified HiRes, which is somewhat of a loose statement but Edifier is saying the speakers offer a better response at a wider range of frequencies. Each speaker is equipped with a 6.5″ aluminium alloy diaphragm driver and a Planar diaphragm tweeter, with 120 and 8watts pumped into each respectively.
The speakers include Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity with Qualcomm®aptX™ HD decoding, which offers increased range, speed and quality. There is also a XMOS xCore200 interface, which supports USB audio bitrate up to 192KHz for those actually using these as studio monitors.
These are in fact wireless speakers, there is no physical link between the two and they come paired straight out the factory, all they require is power. If for whatever reason they are not paired, it’s detailed what to do on the back of the left speaker. Although both powered, the right speaker is the master, the left it’s slave. One the back of the master speaker is your inputs and some controls. These include RCA line-in, USB, optical and coax. There are also three knobs which can be used for volume control/input selection, treble and bass.
With the above physical inputs, plus Bluetooth, you’re open to attaching near on any form of content you wish. Be it Bluetooth via your smart device, record deck via RCA or your TV via optical for some late-night Netflix.
As for performance, I was very pleasantly surprised and knew before I even got into settings, volume or a decent song, that they would be good from just the low volume nursery rhyme I had open on Spotify from the night before.
Straight out the box, the sound profile was well balanced, with piercing highs and punchy lows. Specific musical notes were well defined, vocals were crisp and the table rumbled when something a little heavier came on.
You can control the treble and bass via the rotary knobs to the rear of the right speaker to suit your mood but be warned, push that bass to high and the low end begins to get muffled and flat. If that isn’t enough, there are also four preset EQ’s available via the remote and they include Monitor, Dynamic, Classic and Vocal. I went through them all several times, with several different tracks and the change in EQ is subtle but you can hear it.
My go-to connection was Bluetooth via my iPhone but I also tried RCA to a CD player and optical into my TV. I actually watched the 20-minute car chase in 6 Underground on Netflix and it was a brilliant experience. I did not have any means to test the USB connection with a PC audio interface, so cannot comment on that right now.
Overall, I was hugely impressed with the performance of the S3000 Pro from Edifier and they are a worthy product to take the flagship product from the brand. Perfection is hard to come by and they’re not quite there yet when compared with the likes of KEF but the price reflects that. All things considered, it’s a 5 of 5 for me.
For more info, head over to the official Edifier webpage.