Edifier e235 Luna E 2.1 Speaker System REVIEW
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When it comes to speakers — home theater or computer — I’ve always been a minimalist. I like to have great sound, but sometimes don’t see the need for big, flashy, complicated speaker systems — especially for my computer. I’m not a gamer so I’m typically just using my computer sound for music or videos. I also don’t usually end up using computer speakers for a really long time. So, what’s the point of having a stellar set of speakers for someone like me? Well, that question was answered when I added the Edifier e235 Luna E to my desk setup.
The first impression I had of the Edifier system was its striking design. The system is comprised of three speakers — two satellites and a subwoofer. All three of them look like something pulled straight off of the Star Trek Enterprise. They are smooth and sleek just like the moon — which matches the ‘Luna’ name. The speakers use Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity and has a range of up to 300 feet. You can also connect this 2.1 speaker system through an auxiliary port or an optical port. The fact that these connect wirelessly was appealing to me because it means a less complicated setup and less wiring to deal with. In addition to being able to connect to the speakers from a device, but the satellite speakers also connect to the subwoofer wirelessly. The subwoofer connects at a 5.8G radio frequency.
In addition to the connectivity specs, the e235 Luna speakers have some other very impressive technical details. The subwoofer is built with an 8-inch driver and a 100-watt built-in amplifier. The satellite speakers feature a dual layer housing for sound dampening and each speaker has a 3/4″ tweeter and a 3-inch driver.
The final component of the system is the remote. It’s small and can fit right into your pocket. With it, you can change the volume, subwoofer level, and switch between connectivity inputs. In addition to the remote, you can control the volume and turn the system on and off by touch-sensitive controls on the right satellite speaker. The touch controls also feature swipe gesture controls so that you can change tracks of music.
Installation of the e235 Luna speakers is pretty easy. Even though they are Bluetooth compatible, there are still some cables to deal with. There is a cable that stretches between the two satellite speakers, a power cable that plugs into the right speaker, and a power cable for the subwoofer, too. If you choose to connect the speakers to the auxiliary port or the optical cable, there will be another cable to deal with coming from the right speaker. While there are a limited amount of cables due to the wireless capabilities of these speakers, the cables that are included, are a bit bulky. With our desk setup, I had a little trouble getting them all hidden and routed properly.
While it’s a typical 2.1 speaker setup, I did find a few different ways of setting it up. First, I tried keeping the subwoofer on the top of my desk. After all, the speakers are a work of art so I wanted it displayed. While I enjoyed seeing it, I didn’t get the most out of the subwoofer’s power and sound with it on top of my desk. I ended up placing the sub beneath my desk — just underneath my monitor. This placed the unit directly between the two satellite speakers as well. Once I did this, I found that I got a much better, well-rounded sound experience. I would also recommend making sure that the subwoofer is turned up. The first time I setup the system, I found that I really wasn’t getting much sound or punch from the sub at all. Then I found that it has its own, separate volume control. Once I adjusted it, everything sounded great.
With it being a ‘wireless’ setup, I wasn’t sure how easy the sub would connect to the satellite speakers and how well the system would connect to other devices. I was very pleasantly surprised that the process was painless. In fact, I’ve had the entire speaker setup dismantled and re-installed twice since I’ve had it and I never had to repair the sub to the satellites.
I use the Bluetooth connection as well as the auxiliary connection as my primary methods of listening to audio. I switch back and forth regularly and haven’t really had any issues with doing so. The changeover is instantaneous and there is a small LED indicator on the right speaker to show which connection you are using. This really plays into how well the system is designed as a whole. It makes things very easy.
Before the Edifier system was installed, I had a 2.1 system from Klipsch. This was a great system and pushed through a clean, powerful sound. I also had some experience with a smaller speaker set — the Audioengine HD3 Wireless Speakers, which also had a wonderful sound, but wasn’t quite a powerful because it was only two speakers and did not include a separate subwoofer. At first, I had my concerns about the sound quality. As I mentioned above, I didn’t feel as though I was getting the most out of this powerful setup because of the original placement of the subwoofer. The quality coming from the satellite speakers was great, but there just wasn’t the powerful bass that I wanted. When I changed the setup, the punch that I was expecting was there. I quickly fell in love with this speaker system when I heard the full extent of its power. The only issue I’ve had is that when you listen to a digital file that has a lower bit rate, you can hear the difference between it and a high-quality file. It also doesn’t seem quite as punchy. This might be the case with other speakers, too, but you can really hear it with the e235 Luna speakers.
I’m really happy with these speakers. They push out great sound and are very easy to setup. The only issue I had with them was that the remote for the speakers interferes with a remote controlled LED light strip I have mounted to my desk. Each time I change the volume or input method, the colors change on the strip. This is a minor inconvenience and one I’m willing to overlook since the other benefits of this system outweigh that issue. This is a great system for gamers and non-gamers alike. Even if you are the casual speaker user — like me — you will find that the e235 Luna speakers really get the job done.
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Originally published at macsources.com on February 22, 2017.