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Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System - Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

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Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 Portable Speaker System

Summary

Our Score:

9

Another area where the Edifier set performs particularly well is in classical music. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jolity, from Holst's ‘The Planets' is produced with impressive verve. Even the most delicate percussion is brought out beautifully, though the slight mid-range weakness was exposed by the more powerful Mars, the Bringer of War.

It's worth noting, too, that though the set rarely struggles for volume, its soundscape is predictably narrow. This is hardly a problem if you're sitting at your notebook - in fact a more personal sound is desirable - and isn't a problem for your typical bedroom or hotel room, but Hi-Fi replacements they certainly aren't and arguably the T20s best them in this department as well.

You can't, however, pack the T20s into a carry case and pack them in your suitcase, something that you can do with the M300s. Whether this is useful to you depends on your lifestyle, but when on the road it's nice to listen to music through something other than a set of headphones. Moreover, even if you're not a jet setter, the ability to pack up and move your speakers, for convenience or tidiness, is definitely a plus while also being a handy thing to have when going on holiday.

It's also amazing the sheer range of music that this set can deal with. Be it the rockier vibe of Muse's Plug in Baby, Hip-Hop, R&B or Jazz, the M300s rarely fail to produce a pleasingly wholesome sound. Indeed, for Hip-Hop or R&B they're ideal, since the 15W sub-woofer plays to their strengths. They're even impressive during film viewing; their power and precision combining for impressively powerful explosions without sacrificing audible dialogue.

Verdict

For under £50 the Edifier M300 Plus speaker set offers remarkable sound quality in an attractive and intelligently designed ensemble. Throw in a handy carry case for portability, or simply for stowing away when not in use, and it's difficult to not recommend them. Indeed, only a very minor lack of mid-range punch prevents them from even higher honours.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Value 10

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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