Price: $ 99.99
Here is what we like
- Excellent value for money
- Good looks
- Two inputs, no switching
- And What we do not
- MDF wood construction  Deep Bass Distortion
- Fixed Power Cable
For laptops and desktops, audio is often neglected: the former for reasons of space, the latter because the packaging accessories are generally of low quality. If you want an upgrade for both, these Edifier speakers are a great choice.
The R1280T is a set of fairly conventional bookshelf speakers that focuses on high capacity in two lumpy wooden satellites without a subwoofer. With a street price of $ 100 and standard analog inputs, this is a set that will seriously enhance the audio of your desktop without damaging the bank or adding too much volume or complexity. break audiophile territory? The R1280T is a very robust upgrade picker.
Although the fairly simple set-up of audiophiles looking for wall noise or tedious precision is unlikely, this is a significant improvement over the dusty old Logitech set of 2004, which was found in many desktops.
Fundamentals of Basics
The active bookshelf speakers feature 4-inch woofers and a dedicated tweeter in each unit that share 42 watts of power. The inputs are simple: two RCA audio jacks, both of which are constantly active. The right speaker contains overall volume, bass, and treble knobs (without any kind of screens).
The connector panel is similarly Spartan, with dual RCA inputs and the left jack for the speaker cable unit. The only other controller is a power switch. The only indication of a more modern brand is the supplied remote control, which is equipped only with volume control and mute. Oddly enough, the treble and bass settings on the remote control are not available.
I set up the speakers in the usual places on my desk. one at each rear corner with a slight tilt in the direction of my sitting position. The dual inputs are handy for my special setup. One for my main desktop and one for the Mac Mini I hold on to a secondary monitor input. If both inputs are active at the same time, you do not have to switch them together with my monitor or use a more elaborate cable setup. I would imagine that most users want to keep a cable specifically for their phone or tablet.
In the box you will find everything you need and nothing you do not need. In addition to a standard RCA cable, there is a headphone-to-RCA adapter, which is everything for most desktops or telephone connections. The standard speaker cable connecting the left and right units is eight feet long, more than enough for most offices or bedrooms.
If you need more, the cable on both sides is not permanent, so a longer replacement is required is easy enough A simple manual and the aforementioned remote control (infrared, with the sensor hidden in the right unit) complete this Package off.
Audio Power Fit For Goldilocks
At 42 watts, the R1280T is not powerful enough to function as full entertainment center audio, too if you are not interested in something that has 2.0 stereo sound. A desktop or perhaps a small bedroom is the ideal listening scenario. Without a dedicated subwoofer or larger drivers, the unit can only fill a larger space in quiet conditions.
The set is ideal for smaller applications. The excellent midrange and clear highs are reduced to a maximum by the distortion of the bass. It only took half of my maximum for most of my PC video needs, even the louder video games I like to play, and adjust the Windows volume for better control. The volume controls and remote control are usable, but not required in my particular case.
Distortions on the extreme bass range are present, as expected a 2.0 setup, but I have rarely found media that bumped into the lower frequency range of the R1280T , It is also fairly balanced between the left and right units, which is not always the case with this design. For an office, a bedroom, or a dorm, this represents an excellent compromise between range, volume, quality, and price.
Sound That Looks Good
Edifier chose a more classic approach with this set: standard rectangular cabinet, wood side Panels, gray speaker covers, and gray panels on the top and bottom. The "wood" is only available in a technical IKEA style, because it is MDF with a vinyl exterior coating, but that would not be recognized by the warm tones and grained texture.
The protective cloth panels are removable if you prefer to see your drivers rattle at the music. But I would not recommend it: The neutral styling of the set does not invite it, as is the case with other "edgy" stereo sets. But that comes from someone who keeps half a dozen LEGO spaceships on his desk, so the taste does not matter.
With left and right units measuring about 6 x 6 x 10 inches, the speakers are small for bookshelves, but quite large A desktop setup, especially if you're used to a 2.1 configuration with a submarine on the ground are. You either need a larger desk … or a smaller one that is cleaner than me to accommodate the volume of the set.
Priced at $ 100, the R1280T is not much more expensive than a high-quality 2.1 speaker set and much cheaper as bookshelves with similar operation. With its excellent sound quality, medium power for an office or bedroom, and a good look when it comes to a button-down effect, it is a great companion to almost any desk setup. Two inputs are a good bonus, especially if you regularly juggle with multiple audio sources.
If you're looking for something with the same sound quality, but a bit more flexibility in terms of signal sources, you're spending an additional thirty dollars on the R1280DB. It uses identical speaker hardware, but enhances connections with Bluetooth, coaxial, and optical input options.
Price: $ 99.99
Here's what we like  Excellent value
And what we do not
- MDF wood construction
- Low bass distortion
- Fixed power cable