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Edifier R1280DB – When sound meets harmony

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The Edifier R1280DB is made with a wooden outer casing & silver coated speaker compartment.
The Edifier R1280DB is made with a wooden outer casing & silver coated speaker compartment.
The wood used here is the Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). it is tight and solid, yet flexible enough to absorb any sound leak and seal the speaker airtight.
The structure of the MDF is an interesting one here. it seems like a plan of natural wood that has a glossy finishing. Therefore retaining a vintage look.

Edifier R1280DB

When sound meets harmony

Chapter 1

When sound meets harmony

The Outer Casing

Wood & Silver

The Edifier R1280DB is made with a wooden outer casing & silver coated speaker compartment.

The wood used here is the Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). it is tight and solid, yet flexible enough to absorb any sound leak and seal the speaker airtight.

The structure of the MDF is an interesting one here. it seems like a plan of natural wood that has a glossy finishing. Therefore retaining a vintage look.

The Inner Frame

Silver Coated

The inner frame of Edifier R1280DB is another MDF frame treated with Silver Coating. Make no mistake that it is MDF under that coat.

We do believe the silver coating is purely for aesthetic purposes. The combination of wood brown colour and dark silver is a subtle but marvellous compliment.

The control panel is placed at the right side of the right channel unit. In my opinion, this placement is a rather odd one. If I were to place alongside my monitor, I would much prefer the control panel to be at my left channel setallite’s right panel.

The combination essentially gives the Edifier R1280DB a vintage look and feel.

Chapter 2

Design and Precision

The Driver Placements

The High

The high frequencies here is generated by a Φ13mm silk dome tweeter.

The tweeter is located on top the mid-range driver and depending on which channel of the satellite, it will switch positions from left to right and vice versa.

What I found interesting was the placement of the drivers. The drivers seems to follow the golden ratio guidelines. This generally has no particular effect on sound quality, but allows full utilization of the space available in the unit.

The Driver Placements (Cont)

The Mid & Low

The mid & low sound range is handled by a 4-inch woofer. Surprisingly, the base of the woofer is made with a mixture of paper-based fibre and wool.

This combination increases the flexibility of the woofer, making it softer and warmer. By being more flexible than any other driver base, it allows the driver to vibrate at a wider range. These characteristics help produce a natural and organic feel to light or vocal-based music.

But what we noticed is that the response frequency is different with the Edifier R1280T. While the predecessor is only capable to response between 75Hz ~ 18KHz; the Edifier R1280DB is capable transmit from 55Hz to 20KHz.

Chapter 3

Seemingless Control & Inputs

Inputs

A hand full

Comparing with the predecessor, the Edifier R1280T, the Edifier R1280DB have more inputs outlets.

Other than the original Line in 1 & Line in 2 (replacing the aux), now we have optical, coaxial, and Bluetooth inputs too.

This opens up many options for pairing. No longer would you need to rely on the RCA cable to deliver your music. Now you can connect to your home theatre system, high definition player, or smartphones with ease!

Inputs

The long awaited

Comparing with the predecessor, the Edifier R1280T, the Edifier R1280DB have more inputs outlets.

Other than the original Line in 1 & Line in 2 (replacing the aux), now we have optical, coaxial, and Bluetooth inputs too.

This opens up many options for pairing. No longer would you need to rely on the RCA cable to deliver your music. Now you can connect to your home theatre system, high definition player, or smartphones with ease!

Chapter 4

Clearity in the Air

Clarity

Symphony & Orchestra

Inheriting designs of the acclaimed Edifier R1280T, the Edifier R1280DB sounds amazing when playing light music or orchestra pieces. With the help of an agile driver, every single tone is picked up and produced very well.

In Sia’s Breathe Me, the vocals was crystal clear, every click and tone so much more audible than expected. Even the almost invisible hi-hat’s “chick” sound can be clearly picked up in the background. I found myself indulging in the song thorougly.

The missing Hum

Bass

Combining the roles of emitting mid and low frequencies into one driver is a common tactic in the speaker industry. The tradeoff is the delivery will fall short in either category.

In comparison with the original Edifier R1280T, the lower frequencies are definitely more audible. A step up from its predecessor, Edifier R1280DB, the improved responses up to 55Hz is a welcomed change.

The limited range of the lower frequencies is distinct. In Sam Smith’s Writing on the wall, the very impactful bass in the intro is no longer but has been reduced to a subtle push.

Chapter 5

Classic Design meet Modern Tech

Conclusion

We here in Gentlementech all have our own distinguish taste in music, but we can all agree that the Edifier R1280DB performs well in light music and orchestra pieces, but fall short in bassy music.

This speaker could be akin to the vinyl player: classy and subtle. Hauntingly beautiful when played with the right song.

Warranting an extra RM40 from the original Edifier R1280T, you gain extra inputs, Bluetooth connectivity, a remote, and likely new drivers due to the extended frequency.

At the price of RM299, we will recommend the Edifier R1280DB with confidence for those who value light music and frequently listen to it. You will not disappoint.

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