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Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System review

Andy Vandervell

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Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System
  • Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System
  • Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System
  • Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System
  • Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System
  • Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System
  • Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System
  • Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System
  • Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System
  • Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System

Summary

Our Score:

9

Increasingly notebook speakers are getting more and more sophisticated. Larger machines, like the Toshiba Qosmio G50-115 or the Acer Aspire 8920G, come crammed full of sub-woofers and several tweeters, producing sound that's suitably impressive. Even smaller machines, like the Toshiba Portégé M800-106 and Satellite A300-177, have got in on the act. Indeed, in terms of notebook audio, Toshiba is leading the way.

Yet, this isn't the case with all notebooks and however good the audio produced by the integrated speakers, it's unlikely to better a set of dedicated speakers. Of course, the likes of the Creative Gigaworks T3 2.1 speakers can be a bit heavy duty and while the likes of the Gigaworks T20 and Gigaworks T40 2.0 speakers are nice alternatives, and ones we greatly admire, they're both full-range speakers with a lighter level of bass response. It is here where Edifier's miniature set of 2.1 speakers, the M300 Plus, come in. Retailing for less than £50 and coming in their own bespoke carry case, they can sit on your desk or go everywhere your laptop goes.

As a design they're truly ingenious. Comprising of a 2in tubular sub-woofer and two globe-like 1.5in mid-range/high frequency drivers, they're the model of simplicity and unlike most 2.1 systems are incredibly discreet. This is largely because the sub-woofer simply sits behind your laptop out of sight, acting as a hub for the inputs, outputs and power while the two tweeters feed outward and sit either side of the screen.

Vitally, the wires leading from the base unit to the tweeters are quite short and though this might ordinarily be a problem, it ensures you never have an annoying surplus of cable cluttering your desk. So, for their purpose, this arrangement is more or less ideal.

Indeed, you're more likely to encounter clutter depending on where the audio outputs on your notebook are placed but even here Edifier has been very clever, bundling both a longer 3.5mm audio cable with a regular plug and a shorter one with a right angle plug. This means you can use the cable that best suits your own setup.

In addition to this ingenuity, the set look really cool too. That magnetically shielded black aluminium sub-woofer looks funky and unusual, like a UFO, matching the all-black finish with some nice glossy black plastic accents on the bass ports at either end. This design is complements by the elegantly sculpted globe shaped tweeters, also in black; with the right one including a couple of easy to use volume buttons that when pressed together activate a fade-in/fade-out mute function as well.

davef

November 6, 2008, 2:17 pm

Seems like a nice bit of kit. Would like them to accompany my eee. Do you have the dimensions on the carry case? That may be the deal-breaker/maker.

Hans Gruber

November 6, 2008, 2:58 pm

Looks like a good bit of kit though I personally wouldn't class it as portable, since it's clearly tethered to an AC/DC power outlet and doesn't take batteries.





Here's the spec, including dimensions/ davef:





http://www.edifier.ca/english/...





# Power Output: RMS 2.5Wࡨ+9W(THD=10%)


# Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Amplifier): >=85dBA


# Input Impedance:5k Ohm


# Input Sensitivity:450mv.


# Input Port: 3.5mm Stereo input plug.


# Frequency Response: 75Hz-20kHz


# Bass Driver: 2" woofer with heat treated paper voice coil(131mm),4Ohm, magnetically shielded


# Midrange/High Frequency Driver: 1.5 inch M.F./ H.F. with heat treated paper voice coil (78 mm) 4Ohm, magnetically shielded


# Dimensions:


Subwoofer--- 151× 223 × 245mm ( WxHxD )


Satellites--- 92× 115× 90mm ( WxHxD )


# Gross Weight: approximate 1.4kg


# Power Requirement: DC 12V


# AC Power Adapter: 100V-220V ~, 50/60Hz (for world wide use)

davef

November 6, 2008, 3:37 pm

Yeah, saw that page. What I'd really like to know though is the dimensions of the carry case that it all gets carried around in. That, for me, would determine whether its portable or not. The lack of battery power isn't a concern for me.

Andy Vandervell

November 6, 2008, 4:16 pm

davef: I'll drop them a line and try and get a figure. Had meant to do that anyway but forgot. :(

Geoff Richards

November 6, 2008, 5:01 pm

"Transportable" perhaps, rather than "portable" ie use on the go.





Having heard them here in the office I'm quite a fan actually. I'm thinking of picking myself up a pair to take on my Christmas holiday, for those moments when headphones aren't a solution.

needlegun

November 7, 2008, 10:29 am

I'm getting my other half an iMac for Christmas, and these speakers look just the ticket for lifting the sound output to something she'll enjoy a lot more. Thanks for a great review.

Nick M

January 11, 2009, 10:35 pm

This product looks very similar to the Miglia Diva 2.1 speakers which I think may be still available, but no mention is made of this by the reviewer. I have a set of those fellas and they are very good (the Miglias that is). I wonder if the Edifiers are better? It's always confusing also to talk about audio quality and compare audio qquality if music files are compressed. An MP3 file may sound better on a pair of speakers like this but in relative terms a FLAC file might not sound better - the musical detail in the FLAC file may pose more challenges to the speakers than the MP3 file. I think reviewers should say what compression rates their sample music files are ...

Skobbolop

March 9, 2009, 4:48 pm

They are also very smiliar to the Empire M300... or are they the same? can anyone clarify this?

Dino

August 31, 2013, 1:44 pm

A stylish, good looking set of speakers but unfortunately they suffer from a classic case of "form over function". They are by no means "portable" as the sub is actually quite heavy and considering you have all these cables and tid bits in order to connect the whole thing together, its a pain if you want to move it around with a laptop/tablet/phone. The second and in my opinion inexcusable flaw is the complete lack of mid-range. Granted they are better than a laptops built in speakers, they manage to sound "bad" no matter what the volume. Bass heavy at high volumes, tiny at low to mid volumes and muffled at low volumes. The midrange is completely eliminated by the inbuilt circuitry in an attempt to make them "sound good" or bigger than they are. This annoyance is compounded by the fact that its audio circuit automatically tunes it self to sound the same irrespective of the input source. (Good for phones/tablets etc but nasty sounding if you want listen to your music without any added bass or treble) So if you plug it into a PC and use the sound cards equalizer to turn down the treble a bit, it compensates by reducing the bass too and the actual volume goes down. It does this in order to reduce distortion at high volumes which is fine but it really makes them sound nasty. For the price i paid i expected a simple speaker that just does its best to sound and look good, not a bad attempt at a speaker with cheap autocompensation tech. For me : 3 stars on a very good day and after a fair amount of alcohol. Defo not worth the asking price if you care a little bit about how your music sounds. Passing a FLAC file through these speakers is a waste of your time and effort. It has enough trouble dealing with high bitrate MP3s.

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