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Edifier speakers a stylish addition to the computer desk

The E3350 is also a significant step up from the speakers that came with your PC

I’m told that Edifier’s E3350 multimedia speaker system was the talk of this year’s Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, being named a CES Honoree Award Winner. With its sleek and stylish design and choice of colours, I can see why.

These are good-looking speakers, and certainly an improvement over many of the traditionally grey, boxy alternatives on the market. My review unit was a sleek black model, but the system is also available in other colours such as blue, purple and bronze.

The system includes two satellite speakers and a pyramid-shaped subwoofer. My one compliant with this system would be the size of the subwoofer. At 248 x199 x 294mm it was too big to sit on my computer desk, so it sat on the floor instead. The speakers themselves are each 96 x 234 x 118mm.

With the subwoofer on the floor that meant having to reach down for the on/off button. That would have been a nice feature to include on the wired volume controller, a nice little volume dial device that sat on my desk and let me adjust the volume independent of the computer volume control. I liked the red halo light on the volume controller, and on the subwoofer.

I used these speakers with my laptop, with a desktop PC I’m testing and with my MP3 player, and got excellent sound quality with them all. A definite step-up from the internal speakers of these devices, with good power and crisp, clear sound.

The system features two-way satellite crossover, a downward firing subwoofer, and magnetically-shielded speakers. The specs include:

• Power Output: RMS 32W + 9W x 2 (THD=10%)
• Signal to Noise Ratio:>=85dBA
• Distortion:<=0.5% THD
• Input Impedance: 10K Ohm
• Input Sensitivity: Satellites—550+/-50mV; Subwoofer—200+/-50mV
• Frequency Response: 40Hz – 20kHz

At $99 these speakers are a good purchase, offering excellent sound quality for computing, gaming and MP3 playback and make a stylish addition to your home office workspace. My only qualm is the size of the subwoofer, but for the other benefits I can overlook it.

Edifier products are available in Canada at Wal-Mart, Best Buy and many local computer stores, as well as through distributors ALC Micro and Samtack Computer Inc.