Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review
The market for portable and wireless speakers is steadily increasing. This new range of speakers is proving to be a hit with music lovers; unfortunately, to the detriment of the old school wired speakers.
Thanks to advancements in wireless technology, it is now simpler to achieve great sound without the clutter of cables. This allows for all the music you’ve stored on your phone, tablet, and other smart devices to be transferred to these speakers via Bluetooth connection.
This only takes a matter of seconds, making it simple and quick. The “plug-n-play” functionality seems to be the new way of doing things and the best part is that the speakers won’t cost you an arm and a leg,
The Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf speaker system is a good example of the quality you can get from a wireless speaker configuration.
Last Updated: October 2023
Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers:
Specs and Features
Edifier R2000DB Review
Finding the perfect speakers for your home entertainment can be a challenging endeavor! Most people end up buying units that merely fill the visual void on their bookshelves but leave a lot to be desired in terms of sound quality.
You don’t want to take this route! Rather, try to find something that is value for money.
Edifier was founded by a small group of enterprising music lovers.Their current product range includes a wide array of multimedia and home theatre systems, including portable bluetooth models. The Edifier R2000DB bookshelf speakers easily embody the quality produced by the manufacturer. But just what can you expect from this audio system? The detailed review of the Edifier R2000DB below will provide you with all the information you require.
Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Design and Construction
Design-wise, the R2000DBs are not too different from the R1700bts, although the casings are notably larger and a little more rounded off. The striking all-black color scheme used on these speakers creates a sense of quality.
Both speakers look and feel like a first-class product, which is something we’ve come to expect from the Edifier brand.
The casing is made out of a textured leather MDF that not only complements the look of the speakers but also breaks the monotony of the more industry-common glossy/matte finishes.
The sides are glossy and feature a piano black finish that isn’t prone to fingerprints. This makes for easy cleaning. Looking at the physical aspects of the unit, the R2000DBs are a more dedicated bookshelf speaker compared to the brand’s lower models.
There's nothing overly flashy or innovative about them, but that's what allows them to blend in with any PC setup and peripherals you may already have.
As for the build quality, it's, well, okay. The speakers are made of plastic, matte black for the most part – with a touch of glossy, especially on the subwoofer – and that's pretty much it.
Surprisingly enough, they don't feel as "plasticky" as they look.
The satellites measure 5.75 x 3.5 x 3.2 inches each and weigh a pound total thanks to the lightweight plastic construction. I like the slight tilt of the front panel and, while I'm at it, the whole black and silver color scheme that's going on there.
Each of the satellites features one two-inch full-range, seemingly aluminum driver, along with a pretty hefty rubber surround. Bonus points for making the drivers as small as possible; Logitech knew what it was doing here.
While it seems counter-intuitive, with full-range drivers – and without dedicated tweeters – the small driver size is an advantage. That way, the cone breakup usually occurs higher in the frequency range, where human hearing isn't as sensitive.
Also, I didn't expect that I'd like the grilles so much. The mesh-like material hits the perfect balance between protecting the driver and retaining an open design that doesn't cause any disturbances.
This is evident from the rear-facing bass port, controls, as well as a larger footprint than your usual PC speakers.
This also means the speakers come with a more seamless look with unbroken lines. The only problem with the design is that when you want to tweak the settings; the rear placement of the controls makes it a bit inconvenient.
Edifier has also retained the strong metal prong system found on the R1700BT, which allows for easy and smooth attachment. The mesh covers enhance this resemblance, although I prefer how they look without the covers.
The speakers feature a 5” full-range driver with a matte black cone and nicely rounded metallic edges. Just above them is the eagle-eye tweeter with a notably shiny finish. At the base of the speakers, you will find the metallic Edifier logos, with a receiver LED above the logo of the right speaker.
Measuring 9.5 x 11.25 x 7.5 inches, the speakers are fairly large, and this is something you’ll want to consider if you live in a small space. The two units barely fit on the desk when I placed them on either side of my PC.
They also come with the 10-degree angling, as seen on the R1700B, to ensure that the woofer and tweeter align with your ears.
This helps to deliver the strongest sound performance while rubber feet on the four corners help prevent vibrations when the music is booming.
Overall, I would say the design of the R2000DB is best suited for TV and bookshelf usage!
Edifier R2000DB Performance and Sound Quality
Comparing the R2000DB to the R1700BT, you’ll notice a clear improvement of sound quality. Edifier corrected most of the customer complaints while fine-tuning the strengths of the R1700BT. This includes a new driver setup that features a 5-inch 36W full-range driver, paired with a 24W 25mm tweeter.
The result is that you get a mighty 120W power output total from both speakers, which is just about twice what the R1700BT offers. Aside from boosting the maximum volume, the increased power also offers a greater frequency response of between 55Hz and 20kHz; Edifier’s estimate.
However, the bass will realistically go deeper than the 55Hz while sounding stronger around 50Hz, which is unlike other speakers that barely reach the company’s specified frequency response. The unit is designed with a built-in amplifier that delivers an >85dB to noise ratio, just as on other Edifier models.
While the full range driver produces no discernible noise, I noted a constant hiss coming from the twitters. This hiss also increases when you increase the treble dial, which is also common with the R1700BT. This proved to be a bother, especially when listening in calm and quiet environments.
I like the sound-staging on these speakers and this is thanks to the 10-degree elevation meant to angle the drivers in line with your ears, as well as the DSP, which adds a little bit of extra space and separation.
One area where the R2000s excel is stereo imaging. The speakers have a large sweet spot so you’ll get a good stereo effect in more than one listening position, and they have no trouble filling a fairly large room.
Unless you are a choosy audiophile, I doubt you’ll dislike the sound of the Edifier R2000DB Bluetooth bookshelf speakers. It is well balanced and subtly adjusted to offer each speaker a unique flare.
The bass is a lot tighter compared to the R1700BT, which could be due to the rear-facing port on the speakers. This means you have to be more sensitive when setting up the speakers to ensure that you don’t place them against any solid surface.
With the right positioning, the low-end sound presence is enough to give you the quality you desire. Elsewhere, the treble sounds quite similar to R1700BT through the use of an identical eagle-eye tweeter.
The 25mm high-frequency driver produces crystal-clear and extended high notes while bringing out a lot of detail. However, it can be a little bit thin sometimes. Furthermore, the Bluetooth audio has largely been improved to a fine quality.
While some Bluetooth streamers come with extreme frequency distortion, the R2000DB from Edifier doesn’t, allowing you to stream lots of content via Bluetooth from a smartphone seamlessly.
Edifier R2000DB: Weighing The Pros & Cons
The Edifier R2000DB Active Bluetooth Bookshelf speakers is an impressive set that offers decent sound quality. The speakers are easy to look at, sound pleasantly, and feature a useful set of functions.
Although it might be a little bit too bulky to fit on your desk, this unit impresses with balanced sound reproduction. The bass is not as deep as that of Aego, but it should be enough for listeners looking for all-around audio quality.