Edifier Predator 2.1 Speakers

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Product: Edifier Predator 2.1 Speakers
Provided By: Edifier
Price: ~$79.99 at time of publication

Introduction:

Welcome friends! Today we bring you both a visual and audio treat from Edifier.  This is a company that produces speakers for computer and other multimedia applications.  The focus of our attention today is the e 1100 MK II Predator. They can be used for Computers, DVD players, CD devices and whatever else you can plug a generic 3.5mm connector into.

Edifier Predator Box

We are somewhat familiar with Edifier and have reviewed a few other products from them.  You can find them in our audio section here.

 

First Look:

The package looks pretty slick and flashy.  Although I've only included one image of the box, the box features images of the Predator speakers on all sides.  Once I opened the box I was quite impressed with the packaging, both because of the type and how well it cradled these nice speakers.  I'm not a tree-hugger by all means, but it is nice to see companies take foam packaging to heart and help reduce waste by using recyclable materials.

In The Box
In The Box

In The Box
In The Box

 

Although not pictured clearly above, the box includes the speakers themselves as well as a small manual, a cleaning cloth and a warranty slip.  Of course, all the required cables are also in the box so you are ready to roll.

The two satellite speakers themselves look very nice. The main body is black and they rest on a silver base with the Edifier logo printed on the front side. The front these speakers look fairly average but when you start feeling the materials used for the main body, you get the feeling that they are quite durable - not to mention that the finish is quite appealing. The speaker body itself sits at an angle and this adds to the overall style of the product. When you turn it around and look at the back, you'll notice some nice curves and a snazzy little peek where the back curves down.

Front Back

Each speaker is also endowed with slip-resistant padding on the bottom of the bases.  At the back of the base we see that the audio cables come out and meet close the head, which plug into the sub.

Non-Slip Bottom

Next up, we’ll talk about the subwoofer. It doesn't take long to see what inspired the design and the name of these speakers.  It is styled somewhat like the heads or head pieces from "predators" from the movie bearing the same name. The sub itself is made of the same material as the speakers - as far as the stylized plastic construction. On the front we find a nice curve with another of those iconic ridges. Directly on top we see a round volume dial and power control that lights up with a nice blue color when the system is turned on.

Solitary Sub
Subwoofer Front

Volume Knob
Volume Knob

At the back we find the bass changer dial as well as the power input, line-in and the speaker output, all of which are labeled accordingly. On the business end of this banger is the nice 5" (131mm) driver. Near the back of the bottom there is also a small hole that allows air to move in and out of the enclosure. The stand on which the subwoofer sits is the same silver plastic used on the speakers and offers a nice contrast with the black.  The subwoofer has the same non-slip pads as does the satellite speakers.

Inputs
Inputs

Subwoofer Cone
Subwoofer Cone

 

The last things to mention are the 3.5mm-3.5mm audio cable that runs from the subwoofer to the computer.  The 100V-240V power supply also hooks into the subwoofer.

On the next page we'll cover the specifications before we jump into testing.

 


Overview:

We have included a bit of the information from the Edifier site to help bring you up to speed on these speakers.  While we've provided a good chunk of information, we always encourage you to check with the manufacturer's site for all the up to date information.

Predator by Edifier, is a one-of-a-kind 2.1 speaker system, uniquely designed with a sci-fi inspired appearance.  The system contains a 5 inch downward firing subwoofer, a pair of 2 inch front facing full range drivers and a passive bass radiators producing a total power output of 20 watts RMS.  The downward firing subwoofer creates deep, even bass, that can be tailored to fit individual needs with a separate bass adjustment dial, whilst the passive radiators enhance the bass notes making this unit perfect for full, rich audio.  Connect to any audio device using the 3.5mm auxiliary input to turn the Predator into a stylish, great sounding, audio experience.

Features:

 

  • Downward firing 5 inch subwoofer and one 2 inch front firing full-range driver in each satellite
  • One 2 inch passive radiator in each satellite for enhanced audio output
  • Angled satellites for enhanced sound projection
  • Auxiliary input port for versatile connectivity to external devices
  • Master volume and on/off dial located on the top of the subwoofer with blue halo indicator light
  • Separate bass adjustment control for bass output
  • All speaker drivers are magnetically shielded
  • Universal 100V-240V power supply

Top View

Specifications:

Specs

 

On the next page we'll cover installation and testing before we wrap things up.

 


Installation:

Installation is very simple.  All you have to do is run the cables from the speakers to the appropriate output on the back of the sub. You will also have to plug the power cable into its allotted spot as well and plug in audio cable to be connected to the proper device and input.

 

Testing:

Testing these guys has been great. They produce nice clear sound and the bass does quite well, although it isn't a house shaker. When it comes to music they perform very well. The sound seems very well balanced and you aren't drown out by bass. They also do very well with - yes you guessed it - gaming.  There is a lot of stereo separation and this gives you a good idea of where sounds are coming from.  They just plain sound good and this is a big plus considering the retail for roughly ~$79.99.

The Edifier Predator speakers exude quality and durability.  I like the look of the plastic but it does seem to get fingerprints on it quite easily.  I guess that is why there is a cleaning cloth included in the box. I noticed the satellite speakers are a bit top heavy, so you'll want to keep them away from the edge of your desk in order to prevent them from taking a plunge to the floor.

As far as the volume controls go, I would like these to be a bit different.  The volume and bass knobs work decently, but I would prefer some sort of external control - and not everything on the top or the back of the subwoofer.  This isn't the most convenient place for controls.  It would be nice to have them located on your desk if you put the sub on your floor.

The satellite speakers have an odd way of joining as well.  There is nothing to prevent the cord from keeping on splitting until it reaches the audio connector.  This will give you more reach, but I'm not sure this is the best way to do it..

Although it's merely a cosmetic issue, the bass of the subwoofer is made of two pieces of plastic with the seam joining right in the middle.  It would look much better if this was a solid piece - or if the seam joined somewhere else.

Conclusion:

Overall the Edifier Predator speakers have good sound and are decent quality speakers for a nice price.  Good speakers for a low price aren't always possible, but Edifier has managed to pull this off.

Minus the few hiccups that I've mentioned above there wasn’t a lot to complain about in these fellows. The slight design flaws - such as the cables from the speakers and the base of the sub; don’t affect the overall experience - although the volume control is a bit of a geographical disappointment.

I would still recommend these speakers to anyone looking for unique, clear sounding and cost effective speakers.  These are not mere generic multimedia speakers and they stand out for sure.  If you are looking for foundation movers in terms of bass, you might want something more substantial.

Speakers

 

Pros:
  • Good sound 
  • Decent quality
  • Looks great

 

Cons:

  • Design hiccups
  • Slight functionality issue

 

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I'd like to take a moment and thank Edifier for sending over the Predator speakers for us to review.  If you have any questions, comments or general feedback regarding this product or this review - please post it at the link below.