Edifier R501 Speakers - First Impressions

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Edifier R501 Speakers
First Impressions
Testing and Installation
Edifier R501 Final Thoughts

First Impressions

When I picked up this box, I immediately noticed it was heavy, and you'd have to be a body-builder to not notice. The box weighs approximately 16 kg. Everything is packaged very nicely, and allows for safe shipping, as you can see from the pictures below.

Front of Box
Side of Box
Inside of Box

After pulling out the speakers, I immediately noticed that these speakers look very nice, they do not have a "cheap" look to them like some other companies. All the speakers have a mounting hole so that you can hang them on the wall easily. The front grill on all the speakers is removable. The center speaker is exactly the same as all the other speakers, except it comes with a different grill so that it can be laid on its side.

Satellite Speaker
Satellite Speaker W/O Grill
Rear of Satellite Speaker

The Sub/Amp unit of this set is pretty big, and features an 8' Down-Firing Sub woofer. It has a ported hole on the left side of the box, and features a LED display on the front so that you can tell how loud the unit is set at. There are no buttons on the unit, except for a power switch on the rear of the unit.

Front of Sub
Left Side of Sub
Right Side of Sub
Bottom of Sub
Back of Sub, Connection Area

This set of speakers also features a remote control for volume control. As I mentioned earlier, there is no other buttons on the unit itself, so you're going to want to make sure you don't lose this remote, otherwise, well, you're screwed.




Complete Set of Speakers and Sub


Edifier R501 Specifications:


  • All MDF wood enclosures, even for the satellites. 
  • Magnetically shielded drivers, no need to worry about the screen nearby.
  • 8 inch long-throw super woofer with high power output amplifier.
  • 3.5 inch full range satellite speaker.
  • Micro-Computer controlled digital volume IC.
  • LED digital display indicates the volume setting value and other status.
  • Volume fade-in and fade-out when power on/off is operated.
  • Infrared remote controller, adjusting main volume, rear, center, subwoofer and mute.
  • Flash memory to save the adjusting value.
  • 5.1 channels inputs, Dolby Digital (AC-3) ready, DTS ready.


  • Power Output: 
          Satellite Speaker: RMS 6Wx4(@ fo=1kHz, 10% THD, 5 channels loaded )
          Center Speaker: RMS 8W(@ fo=1kHz, 10% THD, 5 channels loaded )
          Woofer: RMS 30W (@ fo=60Hz, 10% THD, single channel loaded )   
  • THD+N (Amplifier): <=0.5% (satellite, @ PO=3W )
  • Signal-to-Noise Rate (Amplifier):   >=85dB(A Weighted)
  • Input Impedance: 20K Ohms
  • Input Sensitive: 450mv
  • Frequency Response: 35-20k Hz
  • Input Port: 5.1 channels RCA Line-in
  • Controller: Infrared remote controller, main volume, rear, center, subwoofer, mute and power.
  • Woofer unit Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Woofer driver unit: 8 inch(D210mm), magnetically shielded
  • Satellite Speaker unit Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Satellite driver unit: 3.5 inch (D78mm) full-range paper cone, magnetically shielded
  • Dimensions: Subwoofer: 292(W) x 295(H) x 410(D)mm
                             Satellite Speaker: 90(W) x 134(H) x 104(D)mm
  • Gross Weight: about 16Kg
  • Power Requirement: 
               220V-240V ~ , 50/60Hz (for Model European/China/Korea/South America, etc.)
               100V-120V ~, 50/60Hz (for Model USA/Canada/Japan )
               Max Power Consumption: 90W