Edifier M3300SF 2.1 Speaker Set Review
Published: 10th October 2011 | Source: Edifier | Price: |
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.