Date: January 19th, 2005
Article by: Jeff Caldwell (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: Edifier Canada
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION (cont'd)
In separate packaging we see 5 identical satellites. Each speaker is has a basic understated design with only a tiny Edifier logo on the top in gray plastic. What is interesting is the relative heft of each speaker. For such small speaker they do seem to weigh a lot more than what you think. A larger mass usually states that a decent sized magnet has been used for pushing the speaker cone itself and lets not forget that the enclosure itself is comprised of MDF instead of cheaper plastics.
The R501 system subwoofer follows the same simple design used throughout the system. Nothing flashy, just a basic MDF enclosure with a front LCD display and infrared sensor. But where is the actual speaker? We'll show you in the next section.
PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
All five satellites come equipped with removable speaker covers if you aren't in need of speaker protection or if you are into your system looking more like a studio setup. The 3.5 inch paper cone driver is not able to handle huge power, but the supplied six watts RMS is perfect for this speaker and you would be surprised just how much volume and sound these small speaker can handle. Face it, not everyone needs a system that will shake the walls.
Hanging and connecting the satellites is complete child's play.. I found the standard speaker wire connections to be an excellent feature. Using speaker wire instead a bulky cable that some systems use was a definite plus. Seeing the satellite's six watt power requirements, huge coaxial speaker cable is just not needed.
To attach the speaker onto a wall, simply insert a screw into the wall almost to the point where the head of the screw is touching the wall, allow the head of the screw to insert into the back of the speaker and pull down slightly. In a lot of situations, people just don't have the space on their desktop to plant five speakers.