Edifier has delivered superb tech for audiophiles and anyone seeking high-end sound for nearly twenty years now. Their bold design and exceptional sound performance has catapulted the company to being one of the most trusted audio innovators in the industry today. If you’re looking for audio hardware that looks as good as it sounds, Edifier’s diverse product range has something for every taste and budget. Their latest line of lifestyle speakers (the R1280T, 1700BT and the R2000DB), set to hit Amazon across all markets early November in UK and EU and mid November in the US, are yet another great example of Edifier’s variety and quality.
Today, we’re taking a look at the Edifier R2000DB active bookshelf speakers, which retail for $249.99. The speakers are primarily designed for mini home theaters, gaming consoles or your computer desktop. The R2000DB measure at 174×289×252mm and weigh approximately 6kg. They aren't particularly small if you’re trying to set them up next to your PC, but a decently sized desk should have no problem supporting them.
"The speakers are perfect for smaller office/gaming environments, but they carry enough punch to fill large rooms with rich audio."
The Edifier R2000DB speakers boast impressive specs: a channel separation of ≥45 dB, a frequency response of 55Hz-20KHz(±3db) and 100-240V auto switching power. The R2000DB can be connected via Optical and dual RCA inputs, and it even pairs with Bluetooth compatible devices. It’s worth noting that Optical and Bluetooth connections deliver slightly superior sound quality over RCA, but it’s nice to have options for those limited to older inputs.
The R2000DB don’t come with additional software, like most audio equipment from Creative Labs for example, but they have a bass and treble dial in the back that can be tweaked to your preference. They also come with a handy remote that lets you switch between the different outputs and switch between Classic and Dynamic modes. Classic mode delivers a direct audio feed from the source, while the Dynamic mode boosts both bass and treble for increased depth.
I personally find the Classic mode to be the most suitable for gaming, listening to music and movie watching. Since the R2000DB have a really deep bass by default, the Dynamic mode tends to punch up the low frequency sounds a little too much. Fortunately, you can tweak the bass further via the speaker dial, and even when lowering bass to its minimum setting, the speakers still provide satisfying depth across all media.
"If you’re looking for affordable high-end sound performance, the R2000DB are currently the best bookshelf speakers money can buy."
The speakers are perfect for smaller office/gaming environments, but they carry enough punch to fill large rooms with rich audio. Video games sound absolutely spectacular, especially action oriented titles with varying highs and lows. The R2000DB do a fantastic job of keeping minute details crisp and sharp, even when deep explosions are going off in the background. This is particularly true when watching movies at lower volume levels. Shows and movies with 5.1 audio encoding tend to play dialogue at extremely low volume when no center speaker is present, but the R2000DB downscale to 2.1 flawlessly by keeping all frequencies well balanced. If you’re getting the R2000DB primarily for music, then you’ll be happy to know that the sound quality is excellent regardless of genre. Whether you’re listening to acapella or more bass heavy dubstep, the R2000DB provide impressive auditory performance across the board.
Of course, you can’t discuss an Edifier product without mentioning the excellent design. The R2000DB look stunning, and the designers have aimed for a modern and sleek aesthetic. The high gloss piano finish enveloping the speaker provides an elegant touch, although the surface attracts fingerprints and dust if you’re not careful. Luckily, the speakers come with a microfiber cloth to keep the surface clean and smudge-free. When viewed from the side, the speakers have a subtle upward tilt that helps distribute sound better, and also serves as a nice visual touch. Overall, these are the kind of speakers that easily impress when entering a room.
The Edifier R2000DB are a superb set of active bookshelf speakers, and they come at a very modest asking price. Their stunning design beautifully complements a modern mini theater setup, and Edifier has once again proven that they are a leader in audio hardware. If you’re looking for affordable high-end sound performance, the R2000DB are currently the best bookshelf speakers money can buy.