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.
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.
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