I always enjoy reviewing Edifier products and the Edifier R1850DB speakers continue to uphold a quality I’ve come to expect at a very reasonable price.
They arrived well packaged with a selection of input cables in the box. Lifting them out of their packaging you notice they have a good weight to them, they feel solidly built.
The two speakers measure 154 x 254 x 224 mm (W x H x D) which might be a little big for some bookshelves, but certainly makes these a compact set compared to floor standing speakers.
Edifier R1850DB Active Bookshelf Speakers with Bluetooth and Optical Input - 2.0 Studio Monitor Speaker - Built-in Amplifier with Subwoofer Line Out
1 used from £129.00
- DIGITAL / ANALOG INPUTS – RCA/Aux for PC, turntables, etc; Optical/Coaxial for lossless connection; Bluetooth for convenience
- BLUETOOTH V4.0 - Latest wireless technology for playing from phones, tablets or laptops
- TREBLE/BASS CONTROL, SUB-LINE OUT: Adjust bass, treble, volume and toggle inputs on rear panel. Need a little more oomph? Add a subwoofer to your 2.0 setup by simply connecting to the sub-out jack
- WIRELESS REMOTE – Handy compact remote control for input selection, volume adjustment and track control (Bluetooth).
- Signal-Noise Ratio L/R:≥85dB(A) Frequency Response: R/L: 60Hz-20kHz Power: 16W X 2 + 19W X 2
Edifier has chosen black MDF wooden cabinets with matching black material front cover which looks great. If you want a more aggressive look just remove the fabric panel to reveal the 3 speakers, plus a second Edifier logo.
This is an active set of speakers meaning you don’t need an additional amp, just plug them in, connect them to each other, plug in your source (or pair via Bluetooth) and you’re good to go!
In all setup took less than 10 minutes, with a couple of minutes used for unpacking. Connected together by a long cable, I had no problem setting these up either side of a 65″ TV with plenty of cable to spare.
Around the back of the right speaker are controls and inputs. You can connect via optical, coaxial, line-in or wireless via Bluetooth, and you’ll also find a sub out and the left speaker output.
I like the look of the bass, treble and volume controls, they’re black with silver trim. Note the volume control is a duel control, twist it to change the volume, push it to select an input.
You can also control input selection and volume via the included remote, which is powered by a CR2025 battery. It’s a functional remote that does the job, and if you have a device connected via Bluetooth you can also control forward/back/pause features from this remote.
Are the Edifier R1850DB Speakers any good?
You’ll see in the review video I fired up the Xbox to try these out. Games, like films, present an interesting challenge for speakers as they mix music, sound effects and speaking all into one output.
Horizon 4 sounded really good, it has a great soundtrack always on in the background, lots of talking, cars racing around, it was all brought to life by the Edifier R1850DB speakers. The R1850DB speakers performed well across a range of games, although I could’ve done with a little more oomph on explosions, keep in mind these are bookshelf speakers rather than a home theater setup such as the Edifier Luna E235, plus you can connect these to an additional subwoofer via the sub out.
Stand-alone music also impressed, the speakers easily fill the room without distorting and the compact size makes them perfect to hide away on a bookshelf.
Edifier has done it again, the R1850DB speakers look good, sound good and are well priced.