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A noob's review of Edifier R1280DB active speaker

swamytk

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I use Edifier R1280DB active speaker for last three weeks. Being a noob it is my first good quality speaker. It is damn good upgrade from my earlier PC speaker setup. Better than my Philips Sound bar. It is very detailed and bass is enough for this size of speaker. First time I heard many new sounds in my usual audio tracks.

Internally it is powered by TI PCM9211 - 216kHz 24 bit DAC. A lot of sources supported. It has optical and coaxial digital ports + 2 RCA ports along with Bluetooth receiver support. Bass and treble controls are highly useful. A subout would have made it a complete one.

It looks good and takes considerable space on desk.

But it is a near field monitor. I have connected this to my Linux PC. So I need to place speakers facing towards my seating position and I need to sit in front of my PC (close to speaker). Once I move out of my chair in front of PC, it loses the clarity, detail, punch and volume.

Verdict: Good affordable speaker for PC usage. Even for a small room listening, look for something else.
 
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sandeepss

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But it is a near field monitor. I have connected this to my Linux PC. So I need to place speakers facing towards my seating position and I need to sit in front of my PC (close to speaker). Once I move out of my chair in front of PC, it loses the clarity, detail, punch and volume.
Try firing the speakers forwards without any toe-in and place 1 audio CD under each monitor so that it tilts upwards. Your sound stage should improve.
 

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Definitely Not suitable even for small room. The clarity goes away (muddy?). Forget about room filling audio.
Reviews on amazon and online is very good for these speakers are you using any dac with these speakers and audio file quality
 

swamytk

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Try firing the speakers forwards without any toe-in and place 1 audio CD under each monitor so that it tilts upwards. Your sound stage should improve.
Thanks. But my use case is as PC speaker. So I don't mind. Since many people buy this as general music listening, I commented this.
 

swamytk

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Reviews on amazon and online is very good for these speakers are you using any dac with these speakers and audio file quality
I am not saying negative about this speaker. This is damn good for the price we pay for. It is meant to be used as near field monitor, it serves the purpose very well. I meant it is not meant for room filling music listening.

I tried playing FLAC collection with both internal DAC and external Fiio e10k DAC. It is crystal clear and punchy at right listening position.
 
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