The Chinese sound mogul Edifier has been known to produce quality products for low prices since its formation in 1996. The company had an instant market impact, gaining popularity exponentially, setting its footprint in the market.
Edifier prides itself on having excellent design and affordability. The R1280T is nothing short of perfect in this sense. It is a small sized bookshelf speaker, which primarily aims to enhance the sound output of PC or laptop stations.
PC’s and laptops normally have weak speakers due to space constraints, and this is very irritating for users. The R1280T is made in such a fashion that it goes with the setting of the user’s system and is an excellent low-cost upgrade to the basic speaker units of most of the consumer base.
The Edifier R1280T consists of a pair of speakers. Their combined weight is just a bit over 10 pounds, which is not a lot for twin speakers.
But the weight is primarily because of the magnetic attachment structure of the speakers. The bookshelf compatible MDF case has a simulated vinyl wood finish that looks very real to the eyes.
The wood is paired with a dark grey front grill, which is magnetically attached. Thus, allowing it to be removed. The grill; when removed, reveals the woofers and tweeters on each speaker.
The grill detachment feature is there to give a more advanced, tech-inspired look to the set. The wood and grey combination makes it easy to fit into furniture as a part of the setting. The Woofer, tweeter, and horn are all strategically placed at the front of the speaker to maximize output quality.
Let’s take a look at the Edifier R1280’s specs.
- A 4-inch woofer on each speaker serves the purpose of giving a solid bass to the listener.
- A 1.25-inch tweeter is placed on the speaker to allow the speaker to handle high volumes. This, paired with the woofers, gives the Edifier R1280T a solid frequency response.
- The primary (right) speaker has a control panel on its side. This control panel has three turn-knobs, giving the user the ability to modify the Bass, Treble, and the Master Volume. This addition to the speaker is very handy for audiophiles, as it allows sound modification.
- The pair takes up 42 watts of power between them, which is powerful for bookshelf speakers.
- The primary speaker has a spartan connection panel, with dual RCA inputs and the speaker wire jack that connects the right speaker to the left one. A power switch can also be found on this connection panel.
Pricing is the Edifier R1280T’s primary selling point; the mere $100 tag gives the speaker great value. It might not be as powerful as its competitors, but the low cost gives it the edge it needs to be valuable.
- Cost leads this indefinitely, it is the strongest selling point of the Edifier R1280T.
- Due to its design and aesthetic superiority, it becomes a major contender in the market.
- The removable grills and the advanced tech look make for a good selling point for the R1280T.
- Edifier gives an international 2-year warranty.
- The warranty is a useful feature, but Edifier prides itself on excellent build quality, and it is homogeneous throughout its products.
- As the promise is generally kept, the users will not need to stress out about durability.
- The speakers are made of top-quality materials and electronics and do not get damaged easily.
- The Edifier R1280T’s frequency response is a big pro for the product because it gives a well-balanced range of sound.
- Along with the sound, the bass and treble modification feature only adds to its value.
- The minimalistic design and interface make the speaker easy to use and set up.
- It can be perfect for someone who requires simplicity above anything else.
- The sound quality is mediocre at max, but the speakers are just not that powerful when compared to the other speakers on the market.
- Lack of connectivity. The Edifier R1290T does not feature Bluetooth connectivity, or NFC.
- The R1280T does not feature audio amplification. Hence an external amplifier is required for better output.
- The accessories with the set are subpar, the wires are outdated tech. the remote control is utterly dispensable and useless due to the lack of controls on it.
What’s in the Box?
The R1280T includes the pair of speakers as its primary attraction. With the speakers is the cable that connects the two, a dual RCA cable for AV input and an RCA to 3.5mm audio cable for auxiliary input.
The speakers also come with a small remote. This plain shiny minimalistic remote has the volume control and a mute button. Yes, the remote control is not very impressive, but it is still worth mentioning.
A user manual is also included. The accessories provided are decent but could be improved a bit by Edifier.
Today’s market is a very competitive one, with each day presenting more competition for speakers currently in the market. Although the Edifier R1280T might not be very competitive in sound-related aspects, its size, design, and affordability make it worth buying.
For someone on a restricted budget, with more eye for design rather than sound quality, the R1280T is the best bookshelf speaker, and a must buy.