Price (RRP): $1,122.99
The last time I reviewed an Edifier product was many years ago. It was a tiny little USB-powered computer speaker. My, things have come a long way. The Edifier S3000 Pro speakers can certainly be used as computer speakers. But they are powerful, versatile and impressive speakers which work perfectly well as the main music speakers for a large room.
Edifier S3000 Pro Features
The first thing I noticed about these speakers is their weight. I like heavy speakers. It indicates solid construction. And that goes with reduced sound colouration and reduced distortion. The Edifier S3000 Pro speakers are heavy.
There are two of them in the Edifier S3000 Pro carton. They are a stereo pair or, as Edifier calls them, 2.0. The left speaker weighs 10.35 kilograms. The right one weighs 10.45 kilograms. The extra weight for the right-hand speaker is because it has a little more inside. I’d call them large-bookshelf-sized. They are each around 360mm tall, 210mm wide and 300mm deep.
Both speakers are powered. Both plug into power points. But only the right one has inputs.
They connect together wirelessly using KleerNet wireless technology. This is a system that apparently supports near-lossless audio at 16-bits and 44.1kHz sampling. The two speakers are factory pre-paired, but can be re-paired should the connection somehow be lost.
The inputs are:
- Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD support.
- Stereo audio via RCA sockets.
- Stereo audio via balanced XLR sockets.
- Digital audio via optical input.
- Digital audio via coaxial input.
- USB Audio from a computer via USB Type-B connection.
The Edifier S3000 Pro speakers come with a remote control, two power cables, optical and analogue cables, plus a USB cable for connecting to a computer.
The grilles are removable and are a little unusual, in that they are quite see-through. They are secured by four pins around the bass/midrange driver. Beneath the grille on the right-hand speaker is a small horizontal display panel. This shows which input is currently selected.
Inside each of the Edifier S3000 Pro loudspeakers are two drivers. The bass/midrange is a more-or-less conventional 165mm unit. But the tweeter, well that’s different. Edifier variously describes it as a “planar diaphragm tweeter” and a “planar ribbon tweeter”. Generally, “planar magnetic” and “ribbon” tweeters are considered to be two different design techniques. Without more information, it’s hard to say which these are.
But what they are not is the usual dynamic speakers with a 25mm or thereabouts dome. Both planar magnetic and ribbon use a lighter moving assembly to produce higher frequencies than dome tweeters. And they are generally rarer and more expensive. These ones have a phase plug or wave guide in front of them, which likely reduces the directivity inherent in flat panel transducers. And they seem to be mounted in a gentle horn, increasing their output efficiency.
The built-in amplifiers provide 120 watts to each bass/midrange driver and 8 watts to each tweeter.
“What?” I hear some crying, “Only 8 watts for each tweeter!?!” Don’t worry, that’s plenty. In the real world, as in the world of music, sound intensity diminishes rapidly with frequency. The power proportions are about right.
Edifier rates their frequency response at 38 to 20,000 hertz.
I used my old smashed-up Google Pixel 2 phone to confirm that the speakers really do support aptX HD for Bluetooth. The XLR inputs are probably overkill for speakers at this level. Don’t get me wrong, the Edifier S3000 Pro speakers are very good. But probably not quite good enough to be paired with the kinds of source devices which have XLR outputs. I didn’t have any appropriate equipment to hand with those outputs.
What I did do was use the USB connection, as (extensively) outlined below. And the analogue input, using my Rega Planar 3 turntable with Rega Exact cartridge. And the optical input, using a Chromecast Audio device.