Musical Instruments : Studio Recording Equipment Reviews - 4/1/2019

Musical Instruments : Studio Recording Equipment Reviews - 4/1/2019

Edifier S2000pro Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers - Near-Field Active Studio Monitor Speaker with Wireless and Optical Input

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$399.99

SKU:

B0725GZQFZ

Product Rating

4.6 / 5

  • AUDIOPHILE COMPONENTS - Built with flat diaphragm tweeters and 5.5 inch woofers, the S2000pro represents the top of the line powered speakers for home or studio use
  • BLUETOOTH WIRELESS - BT v4.0 with aptX decoder makes playing high fidelity audio from your mobile devices at ease.
  • OPTICAL/COAXIAL INPUTS - Connect S2000pro via toslink or spdif connection for lossless digital audio streaming. AUX inputs via dual RCA or dual XLR ports at the back.
  • INCLUDES REMOTE - A large remote control with clearly labeled buttons is included for convenience.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY IN USA AND CANADA - S2000pro is proudly designed and manufactured by Edifier. The entire system is back with a 2 year warranty.

Amazing speakers By:
I'm blown away by the amount of sound these speakers can produce. The mids and highs are outstanding with beautiful vocal clarity. The bass is plentiful and controlled with just a small amount of boominess due to the ported enclosure. They create an excellent soundstage that envelopes you with sound. These speakers could easily serve as the anchor front speakers in a multi-speaker surround sound system. Their compact size allows for versatility and portability. The bluetooth paired easily with my cell phone and with my television. The fit and finish screams quality. These are audiophile quality speakers are well worth the $400 price tag.
These speakers are very well worth it! By:
I bought the active Klipsch PM-51 bookshelf's and a short time later the Edifier S2000pro active bookshelf's so it a was side by side comparison. I sent the Klipsch back. They even had much longer break in period but still suck without a sub woofer. They're way to bright and forward for my taste. The Edifier has sounded well balanced from the start! Now after several months of break in these speakers sound freaking fantastic! The detail from those Planar ribbon tweeters are awesome. The bass from the aluminum bass drivers are very crisp, tight, and punchy but yet at the same time, I've never heard a bookshelf with a 5 14" driver have this much bass deepth. They sound much bigger than they are! Edifier has knocked it outta the park this is audiophile quality equipment on a budget.
How to connect bluetooth???. By:
I used it for surround sound for my entertainment center I absolutely love it but I can't figure out how to bluetooth it to my phone please help
Great sound for bookshelf speakers! By:
The more I listen, the better I like these speakers. Affordability is surprising. The sound quality is better than many towers and floor speakers.
Amazing Fidelty By:
Amazingly high quality sound! I am a decades long audiophile, these have unending clarity, balance, and an impressive feature set for the price. I'm very impressed with the transperency and soundstage of these speakers!
magnificent sound quality By:
I ordered these Edifier S2000Pro speakers on a Gold Box offer. Consumer Reports rated the S1000DB speakers very highly, so I expected these to sound as good or better for use in my bedroom.These speakers arrive very securely packaged. They came double-boxed and surrounded by form fit Styrofoam for protection against damage. Included with the speakers were a very thick and heavy 16 foot connecting cable that connects the two speakers together, a remote control with batteries, a short optical cable, and a short audio cable. The printed manual is well written and describes how to connect and operate the speakers. An audio source can be connected to the speakers either directly with the cables provided or via Bluetooth.The speakers are truly beautiful in appearance and look much nicer than their photos suggest. The speaker grills have very fine mesh, almost invisible in appearance, to protect the speaker cones. Each speaker is quite heavy, and they have rubber feet on the bottom.In my case I set the speakers up in my bedroom on a pair of speaker stands and paired them with my iPad via Bluetooth. I had no difficulty whatsoever doing this. I played various types of music streamed from my Amazon music collection, and the sound is magnificent. The bass is really quite impressive for relatively small speakers. Midrange and high frequencies are very crisp and clear. Between the volume control on the master speaker and that on my iPad there was ample volume output with no audible distortion. The speakers have controls to adjust volume, bass, and treble if desired, and there are also 4 pushbutton settings for preprogrammed sound settings depending upon how you want your music to sound. For the most part I found the “classic” setting to be the most enjoyable. You can easily select from different sound sources either by pushing a button on the master speaker or via the remote control.Overall, this is a beautiful speaker system that provides outstanding sound quality for a smaller room like a bedroom, den, or even small living room. I believe most listeners will find the bass they offer to be perfectly adequate, although Edifier sells another model that incorporates a separate subwoofer if desired. But if you want the simplicity of a simple 2-speaker bookshelf system with great sound quality you cannot go wrong with this Edifier S2000pro system.I try to write informative product reviews. If you have found my review to be useful, please let me know by clicking the “Helpful” link.
Fantastic frequency range, sound quality, and volume levels By:
I'm not a hardcore audiophile, BUT, as a long time musician, my hearing is very attuned to subtle sounds and distortion. I wanted a powerful, responsive set of speakers for use with my PC, primarily to listen to music, and jam out with. I have a broad musical taste; I play classical, acoustic, and electric guitar, including various genres of metal, some pop, and I really like technical progressions and solos. I also like to hear well defined, accurate bass, particularly in the very low frequencies. I needed something that could keep up with a variety of guitar amplifiers (e.g. 50 watt tube) at fairly loud levels.If this sounds like you, I can tell you these will not disappoint.The speakers came well packaged, with little socks to protect them from scuffs and scratches. The cable that connects the passive speaker, while somewhat proprietary, is very well made and has a good thick gauge. They came with a fiber optic cable, but I ordered another one (I needed something longer than ~6 feet). There were also some other analog cables in the box which I haven't used.The remote is larger, but I think these are marketed in part for TV use. A large remote means you won't lose it in the couch cushions very easily, and the buttons are easy to find by feel, since they are spread out and arranged in an intuitive manner. I don't think you can control the DSP modes without the remote, and there may be other limitations should you lose or break it.The speakers themselves are in fact solid wood (looks like birch) on the sides, with a nice 3D contour. The speakers are ported in the back, and these 5.5" woofers really deliver. Even at very loud volumes, there is no appreciable distortion, and they hit all of those low notes effortlessly (e.g. drum/bass on a Korn track, or Franz Ferdinand, Chevelle, Beastie Boys). While they won't get as loud as a full-sized dedicated subwoofer, the frequency response is amazing. The cabinets and drivers are well matched. It sounds like a large subwoofer that's just turned down, and you get those subtle ultra low notes to perfectly augment the mids and highs. The bass is crisp and fairly tight (ported speakers tend to get a little muddier, but these have tighter response than I expected).The highs really come alive on the "Dynamic" DSP setting, which seems to impose a moderate compressor on the sound stream. The built-in low and high equalizer knobs I dialed up a touch (each) to balance out with the mids a little better, but it didn't take much. Cymbals/crashes come through without being too harsh.The volume levels have small discrete steps, although there is a low volume threshold below which they just shut off, so ultra quiet listening requires you turn it down at the source. The differences in the DSP modes are subtle, but they are there. The designers did a good job with the transitions; when you switch DSP modes, it takes a few seconds for it to reach steady-state. There is no discrete step in the sound, it just gradually transitions to the new setting. Very slick, but it also makes it a little harder to hear the differences between the settings.One final note. I had an issue where I was getting noticeable harsh clipping on certain songs when using the "Dynamic" DSP setting. Initially I thought the DSP was the cause, but it turned out that at 100% gain, my fiber optic sound card was clipping a tiny bit. I had to dial it back to around 91%. The compressor in the DSP greatly exaggerated the clipping, making a distinct popping sound, particularly at very low playback volumes. I contacted customer support about the issue, they offered to have me send the speakers back, and replace them if they found any defects. If you are worried about customer support, my experience was very positive.In conclusion, these get about as loud as my much larger Sony bookshelf speakers coupled with a 5.1 100W per channel Kenwood receiver, but they get better frequency response, and maintain much better audio quality at higher listening levels. They are also about half the size of the Sony speakers, and the amp is built in, so it makes for a very clean desktop setup. I am very pleased with these. As with any new speakers, their sound gets a little clearer after you break them in at moderate volume levels for several hours. This loosens up the surrounds and allows the cones to move they way they're meant to.
Money well spent! By:
A little context first. I am the happy owner of some Martin Logans powered by a 200w Musical Fidelity amp in my living room, and some LS50's in my bedroom with a Rega Mira. I am used to, and thoroughly enjoy quality music reproduction. I was a studio engineer for quite a few years, so names like Avalon, Focusrite, Tube-Tech and Universal Audio are also part of my lexicon. That said....I was looking for some speakers to put with my desktop iMac. I usually use the optical out or through an M1 DAC. I initially tried some Mackies, but too boxy sounding. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so small Genelecs were out of the question. I had read some reviews about Edifier, and figured with Amazon's return policy, they were worth a try. Adams were just too bassy for my taste in near field. It's getting harder and harder to audition speakers prior to purchase..Pleasant surprise upon setting these up and plugging them in. Clean. Quiet. The mids and highs on these little speakers are smooth as silk. I was expecting good, but these babies sing. In terms of bass, they may sound a little anemic at first, but as they break in and using the eq settings on the remote and tweaking the buttons on the rear will let you find a calibration that will suit most folks I would imagine. Don't expect huge bass from any 5" woofer, but these go down low and stay clean. On both EDM and Gregory Porter, the lows are tight. Maybe the upper lows may seem a little muddy as another reviewer mentioned, but you can "clean" this up with eq. As they break in, the soundstage opens up, and there is great presence for such a small box. No boxy sound, wide clear soundstage. Perhaps one of the reasons they are so heavy.This is a well thought out and designed product.One comment...they are advertised as near field, and they work as such. But you can also give them a little space and you will be pleasantly surprised at what they can do.Wow. At this price? Highly recommended!Edit: a week later. Have been listening to these almost non-stop as I've been spending hours at my desktop. They are unforgivingly source sensitive. Put on Bublés master set on Tidal and the sound out of these speakers is extremely good for boxes this size. Switch to mp3's and you can hear the difference immediately. I'm impressed, great definition. Powered, multiple inputs, good DAC, Bluetooth, eq and good sound......for $400. Money well spent!
Mind blowing sound By:
I had a set of Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers set up in our kitchen for the past 9 months or so. They produced really great sound for their size and I have been very happy with them. But when these S2000pro speakers were offered via Amazon's Deal of the Day at a discount, I decided to upgrade.I will echo what everyone else has said in these reviews....the sound is really remarkable. The upgrade from the R1280Ts is very apparent. Yes, they cost more, but to me it was worth it. Can't believe I hesitated (I debated all day and finally made the purchase in the evening, just before the sale ended).The feature I like best (that I didn't have in the ones they replaced) is the Bluetooth capability. I now have my home theater receiver connected to them via Bluetooth, so music from my main system now flows into and throughout the house/kitchen.I panicked when I first tried to power them on. I had them hooked up to Alexa via auxiliary cables and tried to test them out, but no sound would come out. I finally had a "well DUH" moment when I realized I had not changed the input to AUX mode. Worked perfectly after I realized that minor but essential step.My wife gives me a hard time about all the electronics and gadgets I purchase, but even she was blown away by the sound these speakers produce. I have them spaced apart at the maximum length allowed by the cable that connects them, so they're around 15' apart, which IMO enhances their sound even more.So, in summary I am more than pleased with these speakers and highly recommend them. I hope this review helped to some degree, thanks for reading!
Edifier s2000pro a great product I thought I was going to have to return! By:
Let me first say that I have been researching a lot of speakers for my TV in my bedroom and these are the ones I keep going back to.. so I got a email from Amazon that it was deal of the day and was marked down. So I bought them they were delivered quickly. Then I went to hook them up and I couldn't get the optical to work but all the others were perfect so I spent the weekend thinking about returning them but decided to call edifier and ask for their help..he asked what type TV I was hooking up to. Told them it was a Samsung smart TV. He said I needed to change a setting to pcm in sound and that fixed all my issues.. The speakers are awesome sound great and worth the money..

Mackie Big Knob Studio Monitor Controller and Interface with 1 Year EverythingMusic Extended Warranty Free

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$219.99

SKU:

B075XJBBCB

Product Rating

5.0 / 5

  • Professional source and monitor selection Choose between 3 sources and 2 monitor pairs Classic Big Knob volume controlIndependent trim on all sources and monitor outsMono, mute and dim functions
  • Flexible 2X2 USB Recording Interface Two boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps including phantom power for condenser microphones High-resolution 192kHz / 24-bit recording and playbackCue mix allows controlled blending of direct inputs with other signals for zero-latency recording
  • Comprehensive Feature Set for Professional Studios Flexible source connections including convenient 1/8" input for your smartphoneDual headphone outs with independent level control Built-in talkback mic for easy communication with artists16-segment high-resolution input source metering
  • Compatible with all major DAWs on both Mac and Windows
  • Includes traction recording software

That's a big knob! By:
A quality product from Mackie. I have it hooked up to a pair of PreSonus Eris E5 studio monitors on output A and a subwoofer on output B. All audio from the computer runs through USB which means I no longer have to adjust the volume of the computer or of each individual speaker. Just turn the Big Knob and I can go from very quiet to "I bet the neighbors will complain."The two separate headphone outputs with their own volume control is super helpful when editing late at night so I don't wake up the wife or kid.The Big Knob does get a little warm. I measured on each side of the actual knob hitting about 90 degrees F. Also, there is not any sort of pop protection when turning the controller on or off so it's best to turn it on first, then your speakers. And when turning off, do the speakers first then the controller.All in all, very happy with it. Wish I had bought it earlier.
Incredibly useful and under appreciated! By:
This device reminds me of the glory days of Mackie of the late 1990's. It is incredibly useful and a pleasure to use. It feels well made and sounds transparent. The built in headphone amps are fantastic and each has independent controls. I find myself using the DIM button quite a lot. It has limited but "just enough" routing and switching capabilities. It does get very warm from normal use, but it looks like its part of the design as it has ventilation vents across the entire top. The heat really doesn't bother me as long as it sounds great (which it does) and provides these functions without any glitches, pops, or hisses. Very happy.

Edifier S880DB Bluetooth Optical Coaxial Active Powered Bookshelf Speakers Near-Field Monitors Great for Gaming, Computers, and TV

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$299.99

SKU:

B07J1W8F1P

Product Rating

4.2 / 5

  • HI-RES AUDIO CERTIFIED – Go beyond CD audio quality
  • LISTED INPUTS – RCA, AUX, USB, OPT, COA, and Bluetooth
  • TITANIUM-LAMINATE TWEETER – High quality tweeter produces crisp clear highs
  • METAL DIAPHRAGM BASS UNIT – Big booming lows with this metal diaphragm
  • 2-YEAR WARRANTY – Purchase with confidence with our 2-year warranty for both USA and Canada

Solid Step Up from Edifier R1280DB's USB Input is a big plus for MacOS By:
I originally got the Edifier R1280DB's for an xBox setup but returned the xbox and kept them for the computer. They are decent speakers, but lack the USB-in and higher fidelity of the S880DBs.I tested the S880DBs matching volume, bass and stacking them on top of the R1280DBs. There is clear sound clarity advantage for the R1280DB's when you flip between the two. I'm not a pro-audiophile person. But the way to describe it is you hear more different sounds with the S880DBs. It is subtle but the R1280DB's almost sound like they are playing through a paper towel roll compared to the s880DBs. If you were not spoiled by a direct comparison the S800dbs you might not notice though.But importantly, the S880DB's USB input allows you to keep the speakers connected for computer workstations and be controlled by MacOS or Windows system audio buttons. The R1280DB's either need to be hooked up to the computer's headphone out or a monitor audio output to do this. MacOS support for passing through volume control from the system on many monitors is limited, so having a USB output gets around this handily.If you can spring for the fancier speakers, they do not disappoint.
wonderful speakers By:
love it so much
El audio By:
El sonido exelente muy buena compra
Awesome speakers! By:
Great quality speakers, super easy to set up .

Mackie XR824 Professional Studio Monitor, 8", 8" Model (

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$499.99

SKU:

B01LWYAA2X

Product Rating

4.1 / 5

  • Logarithmic waveguide provides acoustic alignment for balanced sound across the entire frequency spectrum
  • ELP Bass Reflex System engineered for zero turbulence, providing greatly increased output capability and extended low-frequency response
  • 8" Kevlar woofer offers fast transient recovery for incredibly accurate bass response
  • 160W Class-D amplification and 36Hz - 22 kHz frequency response
  • Optimize the XR824 for your mixing space with dedicated acoustic space controls and HF/LF filters

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME By:
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. IT'S PERFECT.
A Great Reference Speaker. Very Impressive. By:
Sorry for the long review, so I’ll summarize. If you are looking for a high end reference speaker at a reasonably affordable price, this is a superb speaker. The highly efficient Class D amplifier is built-in and it can create a tremendous amount of clean authentic sound with an excellent flat frequency response across the 36 Hz to 22,000 Hz specification. The limit of human hearing is 20 to 20,000 Hz (cycles per second). Unfortunately, we often start losing our highest frequency hearing at a very young age.Just in case you are not familiar what a studio reference monitor is, it a speaker intended for accurate audio reproduction – usually in a professional recording studio or film making and the likes. Of course, you can use it for a home theater, too. A studio monitor speaker is intended to have a flat accurate frequency response that covers the entire range of human hearing. Even though you may have a big powered subwoofer, it is usually boosted to high levels for entertainment purposes. Nothing wrong with that, but in a professional studio, you want to know exactly what you just produced.The quoted frequency range of this speaker is 36 Hz to 22,000 Hz. The specification of -3dB variation over this range is impressive. It does not say +/-3 db, just -3db. This SR824 speaker has separate amplifiers for the 8 inch speaker and the tweeter. The crossover frequency is 2200 Hz. I don’t know if they are using active Butterworth crossover filters, but whatever the case, the transition is virtually seamless. I used an online sweep sound generator recording to test the low frequency range and the full range from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. My hearing is gone after 8 KHz, but astonishingly my wife can hear all the way to 20 KHz I purposely shut off the signal right before it got to 20 KHz a few time and she caught it every time.I compared this reference speaker with a Pioneer reference speaker I happen to already own. The Pioneer Bulit6 speaker has a Class AB amplifier, which is the type amplifier I’d normally expect to find in a reference speaker. The Pioneer speaker is surprisingly heavy for its size. It is noticeably smaller than the XR824 and only a half pound less in weight. I weighed this XR824 speaker to be 19.2 pounds. The Pioneer was 18.8 pounds. So that’s probably attributable to the difference in weight between a Class AB amplifier and a Class D amplifier and power supplies. A Class AB amplifier and power supply are considerably less efficient and produce more heat than a Class D powered speaker. Usually all battery powered speakers are Class D for that reason. You can do some Google searches to learn more about amplifier classes and their pros and cons.To make it a fair comparison test, I had to find a way to set the volume of each powered speaker exactly the same. So I used a condenser microphone I recently purchased. Next I recorded a 1 kHz tone for each speaker alternately using a software application called Audacity for recording level. I set the output volume as equally as I could for each speaker. I had to use a screwdriver to adjust the speaker volume on this XR824, but I understand the reason. After you set up your reference speakers, you don’t want anyone tinkering with the volume. I don’t much like the way Pioneer did their volume control. The volume knob has detents and changes the volume in increments instead of being continuously variable like this XR824 speaker. About 2 dB is the least sound level change anyone can detect and even that depends upon which frequency or tone it is. The human ear is not linear. Increasing the power by 3 dB means doubling the electrical power, but that doesn’t mean the sound pressure is doubled. It’s more like 1.4 times the acoustical energy. Perceived volume by a human involves a complex set of parameters interpreted by our brain, such as the tone, exposure time and lots of other parameters. You can’t even hear very low frequency tones until they get above a certain level. So don’t get too excited about the absolute numerical parameters because the human ear's frequency response varies with sound intensity. Louder sound results in the best hearing response. (But don't make it too loud or it can result in permanent hearing loss - usually the very high tones.) This XR824 speaker has no audible resonant frequencies even down to 20 Hz and that's very good. I didn't depend upon my ears either. I used the condenser microphone and watched the waveform intensity. So they have done quite a good design with the tuned port in the first image.I recorded several tests from 20 to 20,000 Hz using a condenser microphone. I did not include them because I do not have a response curve for my condenser microphone. The sound spectrum response between the two speakers is close, but the XR824 is clearly better. Even though my condenser microphone is not a world class microphone, it is still useful for comparisons, just not absolute calibrated sound levels. The Pioneer speaker is quite good, but this XR824 is better.There are two things that I especially like about the XR824: The logarithmic sound dispersion for high frequencies and the 8 inch Kevlar woofer speaker. High frequency tones are very directional, so unless you treat the higher frequencies with a good dispersion method, only the person in the direct path will get to hear the full upper frequency spectrum. The Pioneer uses a concave structure for high frequency sound and it’s much smaller than this XR824 speaker.The Pioneer uses a small long throw woofer and you can easily see it in motion at very low frequencies. This XR824 makes it look effortless and produces the exact same sound intensity. For a low throw speaker at low frequency, you'll need a very strong big permanent magnet. A short coil in a long magnetic gap is best. So I'd much rather have large diameter woofers than small ones that have to work harder to produce the low frequency tones. Magnet strength is very important to reduce harmonic distortion. You just cannot beat a larger diameter woofer without compromising distortion and fidelity. Personally, for a $100 difference, I would purchase the 8 inch version versus the 6.5 inch version. But if space is an issue, it still has a very good specification.If you want to better understand loudspeaker design and what is important, perform a Google search on: The Design and Development of High Performance Loudspeakers by W. J. Woodman. It's somewhat technical in places, but it is still readable. You should be able to grasp an general overview by reading through the main points. Professional Studio Monitors are not simple to design.They included two wedge shaped pieces of foam that exactly fit the bottom on the speaker so you can angle and aim the speaker toward the listener or audience. That's a really nice thing to have. You usually have to buy that separately. The designers did a very good job of making this a fully inclusive product.They are using a pair of Class D amplifiers in the XR824 speaker, which are highly efficient. There are multiple variations for Class D amps, but basically a Class D amplifier is a pulse width modulated digital signal with low pass filters to pass the audio spectrum. You can produce a lot of sound energy without dissipating a lot of energy in the output stage and the power supply. They don’t provide any technical details and it’s probably proprietary anyway. I’d like to see the specification for third harmonic distortion, signal to noise ratio and few other specifications, but no speaker manufacturer supplies it.If high power is your goal, then this is the reference speaker for you. It says it can output up to 109 dB peak sound intensity, which is in a harmful range up close. Don’t let your ears get close at high power. Keep the volume at a reasonable level. I turned the volume way up briefly and it still sounds fantastic. If you need to project sound across an audience, this has plenty of power with sufficient line input signal level. I suppose it depends upon how big a space you need to project the sound. When I turned the volume up - and not to full power - it was way too loud for a 36X18 foot room with acoustical absorbency.I have been delaying buying another Pioneer speaker for quite a while and literally had it in my shopping cart recently when I became aware of this XR824 reference speaker. Now I’m planning to buy a second XR824 speaker instead. But first I’ll sell my other speaker and a couple more speakers to pay for it. I would rather pay more now than regret it a couple of years from now. Of course, we have to live within our means.