Edifier R1280DB Bookshelf Speakers Review 2021

The Edifier R1280DB Bookshelf speakers are a set of two speakers complete with Bluetooth connectivity as well as coaxial, RCA and optical inputs. Unlike many of the other Bluetooth speakers featured on this site, this set is modeled very much like traditional Hi-fi speakers.

In terms of looks the Edifier R1280DB Bookshelf speakers are quite refreshing to look at, especially since I haven’t owned any speakers other than portable Bluetooth speakers for the past few years. They have that traditional box styling to them, just like what you’d see sat next to a HiFi. With a height of 9.5 inch, they aren’t too tall, but they aren’t too small either, this size makes them perfect for bookshelves or any other shelf for that matter.

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As you’d expect and for obvious reasons, the left and right unit aren’t 100% identical. The right unit is home to the inputs, power cord and control panel. Present on both speakers is a speaker out panel. This is the panel used to connect the cable between both the right and left speaker units. A long enough cable is included to connect the two together, however, if you want them much further apart, any copper speaker cabling will do.

The input panel on the right speaker unit is home to two lots of RCA inputs, an optical input, a coaxial input. It’s located on the rear of the speaker, which is also home to the main power switch, the power cord and the left speaker connection point. The only part present on the rear of the left speaker is the right speaker connection point.

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Around the right-hand side of the speaker is the control panel, which homes three controls knobs and a status LED light, which is used to remind you what mode the speakers are currently in. The knobs present here are for the treble, volume and bass. The volume knob also doubles as a mode selection button, should you accidentally misplace the remote.

Both speakers also have a removable front panel, which uses a soft fabric meshing. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of the front panels, They’re bare and kind of boring, luckily though they are removable and once removed they reveal a rather sweet looking setup that includes the main driver, a tweeter and a vent tunnel for bass reflex. Revealing this setup gives the speakers a more industrial look that screams outs studio styling.

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The rest of the speaker exteriors are made from wood, a pretty solid wood to say the least. There are two colors available as well. There’s black or there brown. I have the black version and I have to say the set looks rather sleek in this color.

Included with the set is a small wireless remote control. The remote features 12 buttons. It can be used to switch between the various inputs, skip tracks, adjust the volume, play/pause music and enter/leave standby mode. It can’t be used to adjust the bass or treble levels though, these can only be adjusted using the knobs on the side of the right speaker unit.

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Setting the Edifier R1280DB Bookshelf speakers up isn’t hard at all. Simply connect the two together using the supplied cable, connect your wired device and you’re good to go. Connecting the set to a phone via Bluetooth is also pretty straightforward. The whole process took me no more than 30 seconds. As usual, if you do struggle, a quick glance at the user guide will provide you with the answers you need.

Using the speakers in Bluetooth mode is very seamless. They work extremely well, especially when connected to a mobile device. Unfortunately, they do lack AptX support, which when supported creates a much better Bluetooth listening experience.

While I do use the speakers a lot in Bluetooth mode, I have them permanently connected to my PC via the RCA cable. Luckily the speaker supports multiple inputs, which means there’s no need to unplug something to listen via Bluetooth, all you have to do is simply use the remote to switch from one input to the other.

The Edifier R1280DB Bookshelf speakers come equipped with 4inch bass drivers and 13mm silk-dome tweeters. This setup provides a rather impressive sound quality, sure it’s nothing special, but it still works well and the sound produced is brilliant. At its highest setting, the bass delivers a powerful punch, while the audio is clear, even at higher volumes, where distortion is simply not a problem.

I have these set up in my front as PC speaker and it’s safe to say they can easily fill the medium-sized room full of sound. Hell, I can hear them all the way up on the third level of my house when the volume is turned up to its loudest.

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In conclusion, I have found the Edifier R1280DB Bookshelf speakers to be a refreshing entry into the world of proper speakers, having used only portable speakers for a good few years. They offer a fair amount of input options, a visually pleasing style and audio quality that is simply not achievable with bag sized speakers. At £119.99 a set, they are a tad bit on the expensive side, and in my opinion, a price point between £100 and £110 would be better.

Pros

  • Multiple input options
  • Fantastic audio
  • Sleek design
  • Removable front panels

Cons

  • Steep price point at £119.99
  • Front panels are rather boring

List Best Edifier Bookshelf Speakers Reviews of 2021

SaleBESTSELLER NO. 1
Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Stereo Active Near Field Monitors - Studio Monitor Speaker - Wooden Enclosure - 42 Watts RMS
  • 2 x AUX INPUT - Convenient connection to any device that has a 3.5mm headphone output or dual RCA output. Connect to two devices via AUX at the same time, no plugging and switching needed. (None Bluetooth version)
  • STUDIO SOUND QUALITY - Natural sound reproduction from 13mm silk dome tweeter and 4 inch full range unit
  • REMOTE CONTROL - Adjust volume at your figure tips. Bass and treble control located on the side of main speaker.
  • CLASSIC WOOD FINISH - High quality MDF wood build finished with wood effect vinyl serves as a great compliment to any home decor.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - Guaranteed high quality and reliability with hassle-free parts and labor warranty for two years in USA and Canada.
BESTSELLER NO. 2
Edifier R1280DB Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers - Optical Input - Wireless Studio Monitors - 4 Inch Near Field Speaker - 42w RMS - Wood Grain
  • BLUETOOTH WIRELESS - Popular classic bookshelf speakers now can be enjoyed without the hassle of wires. Simply connection to an iPhone, Android, Tablet, PC or Mac.
  • STUDIO SOUND QUALITY - Naturally fine tuned sound reproduction from 4 inch bass and 13mm silk dome tweeter.
  • OPTICAL AND COAXIAL INPUTS - Digital inputs to enable lossless connection to most TV and computers.
  • REMOTE CONTROL - Adjust the volume and toggle inputs at your fingertips. Bass and treble control located on the side of main speaker.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - Quality components in solid MDF wood housing are built to last. 24 month parts and labor warranty in USA and Canada.
BESTSELLER NO. 3
Edifier R1850DB Active Bookshelf Speakers with Bluetooth and Optical Input - 2.0 Studio Monitor Speaker - Built-in Amplifier with Subwoofer Line Out
  • DIGITAL / ANALOG INPUTS – RCA/Aux for PC turntables etc Optical/Coaxial for lossless connection Bluetooth for convenience
  • BLUETOOTH V4 0 - Latest wireless technology for playing from phones tablets or laptops
  • TREBLE/BASS CONTROL SUB-LINE OUT Adjust bass treble volume and toggle inputs on rear panel Need a little more oomph? Add a subwoofer to your 2 0 setup by simply connecting to the sub-out jack
  • WIRELESS REMOTE – Handy compact remote control for input selection volume adjustment and track control (Bluetooth)
  • 2 YEAR - high quality and reliability with hassle-free parts and labor for two years in USA and Canada
BESTSELLER NO. 4
Edifier R1280DBs Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers - Optical Input - 2.0 Wireless Studio Monitor Speaker - 42W RMS with Subwoofer Line Out - Black
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0 - Pair the speaker with your smartphone, tablet, Mac, or laptop to play music wirelessly, no need to deal with messy wires.
  • SUB OUT AND OPT/COAX INPUTS - Subwoofer output with built-in auto crossover detection. Optical and coaxial inputs to ensure a lossless connection to TVs and computers.
  • DISTORTION-FREE SOUND - Fill your room with beautiful sound with its 42W continuous undistorted power, 13mm silk dome tweeter unit, and 4-inch sub-woofer unit. Enhance your listening experience with Soundfield Spatializer.
  • UPDATED REMOTE CONTROL - Wireless remote for easy control of volume, mute/unmute, switch to OPT/COAX mode, line-in, and Bluetooth modes. Bass, treble, and volume control located on the side panel.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - Guaranteed high quality and reliability with hassle-free parts and labor warranty for two years in USA and Canada.
BESTSELLER NO. 5
Edifier S2000MKIII Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf 2.0 Speakers - S2000MK3 Near-Field Active Tri-Amped 130w Studio Monitor Speakers for Audiophiles with Wireless, Line-in and Optical Input
  • HIGH-END AUDIOPHILE COMPONENTS - Built using planar diaphragm tweeters and 5.5 inch woofers, the S2000MKII delivers clear, powerful audio.
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0 WITH aptX HD DECODING – Stream high quality audio wirelessly with reduced latency and increased stability.
  • LINE-IN/OPTICAL/COAXIAL INPUTS - Connect the S2000Pro easily using wireless, dual RCA, line-in and optical. Connect to multiple sources to avoid swapping inputs constantly.
  • WIRELESS REMOTE - A convenient remote control allows you to adjust playback or inputs on the fly.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - S2000MKIII is proudly designed and manufactured by Edifier. The entire system is back with a 2-year warranty.
BESTSELLER NO. 6
Edifier S1000MKII Audiophile Active Bookshelf 2.0 Speakers - 120w Speakers Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD - Optical Input - S1000MK2 Powered Near-Field Monitor Speaker with Class D Amp
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0 WITH aptX HD DECODING – Stream high quality audio wirelessly with reduced latency and increased stability
  • OPTICAL, COAXIAL AND AUX INPUTS WITH WIRELESS REMOTE - Connect to multiple sources at the same time and reduce time spent fiddling with inputs. Swap inputs or playback on the fly with the included remote.
  • 5.5 INCH MID-RANGE UNIT - Coupled with Digital Sound Processing (DSP) technology, you get 120 watts of rich, powerful sound
  • CLASS D AMP AND DSP - A new class D amp further reduces distortion and allows the system to go even louder while keeping audio clear
  • 1 YEAR WARRANTY - Guaranteed high quality and reliability with hassle-free parts and labor warranty for one year.
BESTSELLER NO. 7
Edifier R1700BTs Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Wireless Near Field Studio Monitor Speaker - 66w RMS with Subwoofer Line Out
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0 WITH QUALCOMM APTX HD - Easily connect to your phone, laptop or tablet for wireless listening enjoyment, suitable for iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows devices. AptX HD supports up to 24bit quality over Bluetooth.
  • SUB OUT - Subwoofer output with built-in crossover and auto detection. Dual RCA inputs for phone, TV, DVD, PC connection, support connect to two devices at the same time, no plugging needed.
  • NATURAL SOUND REPRODUCTION - Get the cleanest and most impressive natural sound from the 19mm silk dome tweeter unit, 4 inches woofer unit, and 66W continuous undistorted power.
  • UPDATED WIRELESS REMOTE - Easily control volume, mute/unmute, Switch between Bluetooth and line-in modes. Adjust the bass, treble, volume on the side panel. Enhance your listing experience with Soundfield Spatializer button.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - Guaranteed high quality and reliability with hassle-free parts and labor warranty for two years in USA and Canada.
BESTSELLER NO. 8
Edifier R2000DB Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers - Near-Field Studio Monitors - Optical Input - 120 Watts RMS - Black
  • BLUETOOTH CONNECTION - Pair your phone, tablet or computer for a true hassle free wireless experience, perfect for any iOS, Android, MacOS or Windows device.
  • OPTICAL INPUT - Enjoy lossless digital connection from your TV, TV Box, DVD/blu-ray player, receiver, HTPC, computer or gaming consoles such as Xbox and Playstation.
  • 2 x AUX INPUT - Convenient connection to any device that has a 3.5mm headphone output or dual RCA output. Connect to two devices via AUX at the same time, no plugging and switching needed.
  • REMOTE CONTROL - switch input sources, control volume and choose digital sound processing (DSP) modes at your finger tips
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - Guaranteed high quality and reliability with hassle-free parts and labor warranty for two years in USA and Canada.
BESTSELLER NO. 9
Edifier S360DB Bookshelf Speaker with Wireless Subwoofer, 2.1 Speaker System, Bluetooth v4.1 AptX Wireless Sound, for Computer Rooms, Living Rooms, and Dens
  • PLANAR DIAPHRAGM TWEETERS – Get clear highs thanks to fully planar diaphragm tweeters.
  • 8-INCH WIRELESS SUBWOOFER – Achieve rich, room-shaking bass sound with the 8-inch wireless subwoofer.
  • BLUETOOTH V4.1 WITH APTX – Get a fast, rock-solid wireless connection with high-quality playback thanks to aptX decoding. Other available inputs include AUX, PC, optical, and coaxial.
  • WIRELESS REMOTE – Get convenient access to volume and playback controls with the included wireless remote.
  • REDUCED ACOUSTIC RESONANCE - A wooden MDF enclosure minimizes cabinet resonance and ensures that you get crystal clear audio.
SaleBESTSELLER NO. 10
Edifier S1000DB Audiophile Active Bookshelf Speakers
  • BLUETOOTH 4.0 aptX connectivity – Stream high quality sound wirelessly with minimal loss
  • OPTICAL / COAXIAL and AUX inputs - Attach the professional studio speakers to multiple sources at the same time
  • 5.5 INCH MID-RANGE UNIT - Coupled with Digital Sound Processing (DSP) technology to deliver 120 watts RMS quality sound
  • REMOTE CONTROL - Switch input sources and control the volume at your figure tips.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - Guaranteed high quality and reliability with hassle-free parts and labor warranty for two years in USA and Canada.

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