If you've been paying attention recently, and if these have been posted in the right order, you'll notice this is the third of our speaker review triumvirate.
So far we've had the SP2200 which were loud but a bit bassy, and the Aurora, which were nicely designed but bassier.
Today we have the M3300SF from Edifier which, thanks to a clever bit of design and an extra speaker in the satellites, hopes to dispense with the lack of midrange and manage to tick all of our aural boxes in one fell swoop.
With a remote, a big subwoofer and two very thin satellites the M3300SF once again highlights the design focus of the Edifier range, but does it sound as nice as it looks?
The major part of the M3300SF when compared to our other recent speaker reviews at this price point is the inclusion of a dedicated tweeter to go along with the midrange speaker and subwoofer.
- Power Output : RMS 12W x 2 + 30W (THD=10%)
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio: >= 85dBA
- Channel Separation (dB): R/L: >=45dB / SW: 20Hz ~ 150Hz
- Input sensitivity: R/L: 450mV +/- 50mV (Line in)
- Frequency Response: 45Hz - 20K Hz
- Volume Control: Wired remote Volume Control, Subwoofer built-in Bass Control
- Bass Unit: 6.5 inch (166mm), magnetically shielded, 8Ohm
- Mid-Range Unit: 3 inch (78mm) driver, magnetically shielded, 4Ohm
- Tweeter Unit: 10 mm driver, magnetically shielded, 8Ohm
- Dimensions: Subwoofer--- 167 x 298 x 283 mm ( WxHxD) / Satellites--- 108 x 187 x 75mm ( WxHxD )
- Gross Weight: Approximately 8.3kg
- Power Input: 100V-120V ~, 50/60Hz
Let's take a look at the M3300SF shall we.
Starting off with the subwoofer connections, there are two phono inputs for the two satellite speakers, and the serial port for the remote. Oddly the remote also has the input, which we'll get to in a moment. The speaker itself is massive and the covering grill is a seriously sturdy metallic number.
Round the front of the subwoofer is the power button and the shiny port that gives the tight bass we all love.
The satellites are incredibly thin and light. Of course piano black is a complete pig to photograph, but looks the business.
See. Told you they were thin. The stands don't adjust, but thanks to a nice angle the satellites aren't much larger than the footprint. Round the back there is wall mount possibilities. The marks on the back of this particular set is thanks to the previous review place not looking after them as well as we do here at OC3D. Thankfully it's purely cosmetic.
The remote has a gorgeous soft-feel volume dial and mute button. Very responsive and a really pleasant juxtaposition between the muted matt grey controls and piano black remote itself. Round the side of the remote is the input for whatever you choose to play, and Edifier supply both a long and a short 3.5mm cable for this.
Testing and Conclusion
Looking through the Edifier product line there are a serious selection of speakers from the basic 2.0 set to serious quality 5.1 sets. One of the things you tend to expect is that if a company is capable of putting out a high-end set then the more affordable items start to suffer. When a kit looks as nice as the M3300SF then it's even easier to expect that the quality has been compromised on the altar of looks and price.
It only takes a little experience of the Edifier M3300SF bashing out a favourite album to realise that all those presumptions are without any factual basis. Of course we can't just do that, so the usual array of games and media were brought out to test the full range of capabilities.
The first thing that strikes you is how full the aural experience is. The inclusion of dedicated tweeters on the satellites mean that the main speakers on them can be tuned more towards the midrange and this really enhances the sound scape. Highs are crisp and voices clearly audible whether you are listening to the quite exposition of a blockbuster, or your team-mates screaming orders in the middle of a firefight.
One thing that is a particular highlight is the linear nature of the bass dial on the rear of the subwoofer. Rather than have a very small usable 'window' the M3300SF goes from no bass all the way through to enough to re-arrange your internal organs. What is most impressive though is that in the 12 o'clock position it's nearly the perfect balance which shows a nice attention to detail in how the entire suite works together.
In testing we, as always, run the full gamut of media from the intensity of Dirt 3 and Iron Man to the more measured tones of Bastion and Up. The M3300SF not only look the part, but they are capable of handling anything you choose to throw at them. The bass is tight rather than woolly and the sound has a really nice balance to it with everything rendered in a crisp and clear manner, even right at the volume limits.
On the down side it's a surprise to see the audio input only available on the remote. Whilst we understand that it allows for a far simpler way of changing audio device without fumbling around the back of the subwoofer, it would be nice to at least have the option to have the cables hidden away if you use the Edifier M3300SF as a single-purpose item.
Available for around £50 these have a huge value for money factor as they both look and sound like a much higher-priced unit and so we're happy to award them our OC3D Gold Award.
Thanks to Edifier for supplying the M3300SF for review. Discuss in our forums.