Very few audio manufacturers can compete with Edifier’s unique engineering. Their product design is exemplary, showcasing some of the most aesthetically diverse audio hardware on the market. Today, I’m taking a look at Edifier’s new Luna Eclipse HD, one of the best looking speakers I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in years. The Luna Eclipse HD not only look fantastic, but deliver remarkable audio performance despite lacking any extra tweaking options. As far as small-sized PC and entertainment speakers go, this may be my favorite pair since the Sound Blaster E-MU XM7.
Pictures don’t do the Luna Eclipse HD justice. They may look great in all the marketing shots and ad videos, but seeing them in person is something different altogether. I review audio tech on a weekly basis, and have done so for many years now, and there have been very few instances where the unboxing was as thrilling as with these speakers. They look like something that’s been teleported from a sci-fi film or Syd Mead’s very own drawing board. The spherical, egg-shaped design is brilliant, and I wish more manufacturers were willing to experiment with unique shape like Edifier.
"Edifier’s new Luna Eclipse HD are one of the best looking speakers I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in years."
The speakers are packed in a protective, scratch-resistant cloth bag that can be reused when transporting them around. Edifier even includes a little microfiber cloth for keeping the shiny surface clean. There are enough cables in the package to satisfy a variety of setups. The box contains an RCA to 3.5 mm adapter, a 3.5mm-3.5mm audio input cable and an optical fiber input (tosh-link) cable. For best audio quality, the optical cable is the way to go as it deliver crisper sound and higher volume levels. The Luna Eclipse HD are also Bluetooth compatible, allowing you to pair compatible devices without the need for any wiring. There’s even a nifty remote control included, although if you’re using the speakers on a desktop, you can control volume and power via the touch buttons on the active speaker’s side.
The Edifier Luna Eclipse HD boast some rather impressive specs. The speakers deliver a power output of RMS 15W X2 (treble) and 22W X2 (bass). They have a signal to noise ratio of 85 dBA and a frequency response of 50Hz~20KHz )+/-6dB). The treble unit is a 19 mm silk dome and the bass & mid-range unit is 82mm. Even though the treble and bass can’t be tweaked independently, they’re flawlessly balanced, and I never felt the need for further adjusting whether I was gaming, listening to music or watching movies.
"The Luna Eclipse HD are remarkable, and I can’t think of another speaker set with such excellent out-of-the-box performance."
I tested the Luna Eclipse HD on my Desktop PC for the most part, and I used the optical cable for maximum performance. I used the 3.5mm connection briefly to analyze the difference, and despite the older connector delivering solid audio, the improvements from using the tosh-link are unparalleled. It’s also worth pointing out that the Luna lets you switch between sources with a single click of a button, and each source is indicated by a corresponding color. This is particularly useful when switching from optical to Bluetooth without the need to reconnect or disconnect anything.
"Voice clarity in music and spoken dialogue in films are crystal clear, and I was surprised to find such even audio leveling during sudden volumetric shifts."
I’ve yet to hear poor audio from an Edifier product. The Luna Eclipse HD are remarkable, and I can’t think of another speaker set with such excellent out-of-the-box performance. I spent an entire week switching between gaming, music and movies, and I just can’t get enough of the speakers’ superb sound richness and depth. Voice clarity in music and spoken dialogue in films are crystal clear, and I was surprised to find such even audio leveling during sudden volumetric shifts. This is particularly noticeable in video games. While revisiting The Last of Us, there are frequent moments of serenity followed by loud creature roars or explosive gun fire. The Luna HD speakers balance low and high frequencies with flawless precision, making these sudden auditory changes much more effective.
The same can be said for games that rely on constant action where rumbling sounds steadily envelop the player. Games like Call of Duty or Battlefield are oftentimes overbearing with their overuse of bass, losing finer details in the process. With the Luna Eclipse HD, all levels are properly mixed, allowing minute details to get as much attention as its bass-heavy counterparts.
Edifier’s Luna Eclipse HD are without a doubt some of my favorite speakers I’ve ever used. They look stunning, sound phenomenal and retail for a rather reasonable $200 (at the time of this review). If you’re seeking a set of speakers that offer audiophile quality, but don’t really want to fiddle around with equalizer settings, then the Luna Eclipse HD offer some of the best default sound quality you can find. Edifier has recently announced that they’re releasing a 5.1 surround sound version of the Luna speakers, the Luna E 5.1 (E255), and I can’t wait to see how the same tech will perform with a more expansive setup and an external bass.