Usually, when you read a speaker review here at Techaeris, it’s of the Bluetooth variety. While the Edifier S350SB bookshelf speakers do support Bluetooth, they offer more connectivity which allows you to use these with your TV, console, Blu-ray players, and other devices. Our Edifier S350DB review takes a look at these bookshelf speakers which (spoiler alert) are fantastic sounding and offer multiple ways to connect to your audio sources.
The Edifier S350DB Bookshelf Speakers with Subwoofer have the following features and specifications:
- Titanium Dome Tweeters
- 8-inch Booming Subwoofer
- Bluetooth 4.1 aptX Wireless Sound
- Side panel controls
- Wireless remote control
- Digital Signal Processing
- Dynamic Range Control
- 2.1 Audio
- Signal to noise ratio
- R / L: ≥ 80dB (A)
- SW: ≥ 85dB
- Freqency Response
- R/L: 160Hz -20KHz
- SW: 40Hz –160Hz
- Input Sensitivity
- PC: R/L: 600±50mV; SW: 270±20mV
- AUX: R/L: 400±50mV; SW: 200±20mV
- Optical/Coaxial: R/L: 400±50mFFS; SW: 200±20mFFS
- Bluetooth: R/L: 400±50mFF; SW: 200±20mFFS
- Input: PC, AUX, Optical, Coaxial, Bluetooth
- Subwoofer: 12.23 x 10.43 x 11.73″ (312x265x298mm)
- Satellite: 8.75 x 5 x 6″ (222x127x156mm)
- Weight: 42.1lbs (19.1kg)
- Warranty: 2 years with a 30 day return policy
What’s in the box
- Active satellite speaker
- Passive satellite speaker
- Remote control
- Power cable (5.9’/1.8m)
- 3.5mm RCA audio cable (5.5’/1.7m)
- Speaker connecting cable (10’/3m)
- Fiber optic input cable (5’/1.5m)
- CR2025 battery for remote
- User manual
Right out of the box, the Edifier S350DB Bookshelf Speakers exude “old school” with their wood veneer covering. In fact, Edifier’s own product page states “old school style modern sound” and that’s exactly what you get.
The subwoofer is rather large, just over 10-inches wide, just under a foot in height, and just over a foot in depth. The speakers are much smaller at 5-inches wide, just under 9-inches in height, and 6-inches deep.
All three components are finished on the sides, top, bottom, and back with a reddish wood veneer. The bottom also has four rubber feet for added grip. The front of the speakers angle inward from the box a bit and are black plastic shells which house the tweeters, cone woofers, and subwoofer. The ported vent is placed on the back of the speakers and on the side of the subwoofer. The Edifier logo is embossed in black on the top of each satellite speaker while it sits centered near the bottom of the subwoofer in silver.
Each tweeter and cone woofer is screwed into the front of the speakers with four screws while the subwoofer has six, giving it a bit of an industrial look. With an open-faced design, you’ll want to be careful where you place these as there is no grille covering to protect the components. That being said, the speakers do look fantastic and, while old school, will still fit nicely into various decor setups.
The right speaker is the active satellite speaker and has a D-sub cable hardwired into it which connects to the subwoofer. On the right side of the speaker are three dials. The top is for bass balance while the middle one is for treble balance. The bottom dial is for volume control. Pressing the volume control also toggles between inputs. Just below these is a power indicator light. On the front of this speaker, below the tweeter is a small display screen which indicates which input you have selected.
The left, passive satellite speaker is pretty nondescript and has a single output which the speaker connecting cable attaches to connect the left speaker to the subwoofer.
The back of the subwoofer houses the majority of the inputs. These include the main power switch, power cable connector, PC input, AUX input, optical input, coaxial input, and left and right speaker connections.
Speaking of cables, the power and speaker connecting cable are plenty long and should easily accommodate most setups. The optical and RCA cables are decent lengths as well at around 5′ and should also fit most setups without needing extensions.
The system isn’t light either, coming in at just over 42 lbs all said and done. The subwoofer is obviously the biggest and heaviest component. You’ll still want a sturdy shelf to place the satellite speakers on as they come in at about 5 1/2 lbs each.
The remote is by far the most interesting piece for this system.
The buttons in the middle of the remote are arranged in a circular fashion with power on the top and your five input choices continuing around the remote. Centered in the middle of the outer ring of buttons are your media and volume control buttons with the play/pause button in the middle. It’s definitely a unique looking remote but, more importantly, it works as expected.
As for as design goes, the Edifier S350DB speaker system looks sharp and feels solidly constructed.
Setup of the S350DB speakers is super simpl. Connect the right speaker into the subwoofer, plug the speaker connection cable into the left speaker and subwoofer, plug it into the wall, put the battery in the remote control and you’re good to go.
Depending on your setup, you can also hook the optical cable into your TV, gaming console, Blu-ray player, or other device with optical audio. You can also connect the 3.5mm RCA audio cable to your PC.
Ease of Use
The speaker system is as easy to use as it is to set up. You can either use the dials on the right speaker to control input and volume, or you can use the remote. When using the remote, you can also control audio playback when streaming over Bluetooth.
With its 15W + 25W speaker output and 70W subwoofer output, the Edifier S350DB Bookshelf Speakers have more than enough output to fill the room. While we didn’t test it in a small community hall, at full volume I’d bet you could easily fill the room with audio.
The speakers are pretty balanced between lows, mids, and highs. Every type of music we tried sounded fantastic from rock to
The speakers also offer independent volume control when listening to music over Bluetooth. This is a feature all speakers should have as it allows you finer control over the volume of your music.
When listening to the speakers at maximum volume, you could sometimes hear just a hint of distortion wanting to happen but the dynamic range control Edifier uses with the S350DB balances quieter and louder sounds to prevent clipping and any distortion.
At any rate, these speakers definitely do not disappoint in sound and offer a fantastic listening experience.
With an MSRP of $299.99USD, the Edifier S3540DB Bookshelf Speakers offer pretty good bang for the buck so to speak. Solidly built with fantastic sound and multiple connection options offer great value given the price.
If you’re looking for a set of bookshelf speakers to hook into your TV or even just use as Bluetooth speakers, the Edifier S350DB should be on your list. There’s no question that they deserve a Top Pick of 2018 Award here at Techaeris.