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Edifier R1280DB (Active Speakers) Multimedia Speaker System With Bluetooth, Remote, Control Panel, Black Or Maple, 42W £99.54 @ CPC Farnell

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Posted 20th Dec 2019Edited by:"louiselouise"

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Edit: The slightly better R1700BT is the same price - mentioned here

£82.95 Exc VAT.


These are the best price I can find these well-rated speakers - which are a bit more compact for use with PC, laptop, etc, though you can use it with your preferred audio set-up.

Specifications here

Cheaper than Amazon at the moment who have these for £119.99
3370318.jpg3370318.jpgModern active speaker system with a stylish, classic design. Delivers high performance output for a rich audio experience coupled with a comprehensive range of connectivity options.

Active bookshelf speaker system with a sleek, understated design
4" Bass drivers and 13mm silk-dome tweeter drivers
MDF wooden enclosure to minimise acoustic resonance
42W RMS total power output (2 x 21W)
Bass, treble and volume controls on side panel
Full function wireless remote control
Versatile connectivity supports Bluetooth, optical, coaxial and dual RCA inputs


Review on Trusted Reviews trustedreviews.com/rev…0db
3370318.jpg3370318.jpg3370318.jpg3370318.jpgTL;DR:
PC speakers have been a bit of a rollercoaster in recent years. Creative *gnashes teeth* told me that they don't make or sell my beloved T40 MkII (2.0 speakers) any more when I sought out technical support. Yet, Amazon still sell them - funny that. The Volume knob failed after a few years - it "clicked" but didn't light up/power on, which is a common fault - sold them for £10 Spares Or Repairs on Gumtree!

Later down the line, I had Creative Bluetooth HITZ WP380 headphones which broke at the pivot (another common fault) and Creative Labs told me I paid too little for them to offer technical support (!). See here

Boyf for some reason bought me another set of Creative T40 MkIIs for Xmas - I had boycotted them and they are #cancelled as far as I'm concerned.

I was (reluctantly) going to use them as they're a gift, BUT, from reviews, they now have a new "feature". An "EU Directive" has made Creative quietly (ha) add a 10 minute power-saving function (ie, the speakers turn off after 10 minutes of no sound!!). Sorry, but the Creative T40 MkIIs are going back!!

Review from JordanAndrew:

Here's a screenshot from another Youtuber (Depo196) which gives an idea of their size next to a PC3370318.jpg
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louiselouise20/12/2019 16:15

Great to hear! That's what I'm going to use them for. My desk isn't that …Great to hear! That's what I'm going to use them for. My desk isn't that huge but I'll squeeze them in somehow. My monitor is a bit higher up than most, so that should give me some space. I quite like the olde worlde maple colour.


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Here's an example of what they would look like on your desk
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Boyfriend sounds a right div
Cracking find. I hope these bad boys do a job.
Blimey, CPC have dispatched mine 42 minutes from ordering! Well done CPC
Edifier official page: edifier.com/gb/…ers
Edifier's Speakers Just Got Better
The R1280DB has the classic look you love with all new features of modern powered Bluetooth speakers. The clean wooden finish of the R1280DB bookshelf speakers leave a lasting impression of elegance and luxury. The upgraded specs accommodate a standard of professionalism while improving quality and performance. The naturally fine tuned Bluetooth bookshelf speaker is enjoyable in just about any setting enhancing the style of your domestic living space.
All New Style
A newly refined look you love with a twist. Black wood keeps the classic look with a fresh twist on the style of modern technology. Innovation and style are important elements that accompany the feel of the R1280DB Bluetooth bookshelf speakers. Hi-tech quality and style drive the overall experience of this powerful black bookshelf speaker. Upon first glance the black wood finish gives any reviewer the impression of a sleek and stealthy Bluetooth speaker ready to deliver powerful performance.
On-Board Controls
Adjust the EQ using the on-board controls located on the active/powered Bluetooth speaker. Treble, bass, and volume knobs located on the side panel. The clear accessibility to on-board controls and modern functionality heighten the amiability of the R1280BD powered Bluetooth speakers. Clear and concise controls compliment the manual providing uninterrupted playtime.
Fully Featured Inputs
Achieve HD audio with the help of the optical and coaxial inputs which are additions to the R1280DB Bluetooth speakers. We have kept the two RCA connections for both RCA and AUX connection. Also, wirelessly connect to your phone or laptop with Bluetooth. Edifier Bluetooth bookshelf speaker specs provide for the quintessential modern experience. Comprehension and control, all at your fingertips.
Wireless Remote
Easily switch between inputs, adjust volume and power with the use of the remote. The features of our black remote add that extra layer of modern delight. Comfort and convenience is what the R1280DB seeks to provide with inclusion of the remote. Control at your fingertips yet again, with the R1280DB Bluetooth powered bookshelf speakers.
All New Remote
With the newly redesigned wireless and sleek black remote the R1280DB puts the power in your hands. Control your powered Bluetooth bookshelf speakers and connect to your device in total comfort. Activate playback with the buttons located in the square with the Bluetooth logo.
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Many ways to connect

  • Bluetooth
  • 39450164.jpg 3.5mm to RCA
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  • 3.5mm AUX
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  • Optical/Coaxial

SPECIFICATIONS
  • R1280DB
  • Total Power Output: R/L: 21W+21W RMS
  • Signal to noise ratio: ≥85dBA (A)
  • Noise level: ≤25dB (A)
  • Input sensitivity: LINE IN1: R/L:450±50mV
  • LINE IN2: R/L:550±50mV
  • OPT/COA: R/L:500±50mFFS
  • Bluetooth: R/L:700±50mFFS
  • Frequency response: 55Hz-20KHz
  • Bass unit: 4 inch (116mm)
  • Tweeter unit: 13mm silk dome tweeter
  • Dimension: 5.75in x 9.5in x 7in (WxHxD)

Download user manual

(wouldn't let me add it all as one comment)
Edited by: "louiselouise" 20th Dec 2019
Great price
I have these and I have to admit they sound amazing! Use them as speakers on my desk! But the maple doesn't look good in my opinion so skinned them white. No complaints
'I was (reluctantly) going to use them as they're a gift, BUT, from reviews, they now have a new "feature". An "EU Directive" has made Creative quietly (ha) add a 10 minute power-saving function (ie, the speakers turn off after 10 minutes of no sound!!). Sorry, but the Creative T40 MkIIs are going back!!'

That 'feature' of Creative speakers is really, really annoying. I wouldn't mind if it actually did what it says, but my set turn off regularly, regardless of whether there is sound going through them or not. Turn the volume up and they come back on for a while, then off they go again. Annoying!
CaptainMatta1120/12/2019 16:12

I have these and I have to admit they sound amazing! Use them as speakers …I have these and I have to admit they sound amazing! Use them as speakers on my desk! But the maple doesn't look good in my opinion so skinned them white. No complaints



Great to hear! That's what I'm going to use them for. My desk isn't that huge but I'll squeeze them in somehow. My monitor is a bit higher up than most, so that should give me some space. I quite like the olde worlde maple colour.
F4STFORW4RD20/12/2019 16:14

'I was (reluctantly) going to use them as they're a gift, BUT, from …'I was (reluctantly) going to use them as they're a gift, BUT, from reviews, they now have a new "feature". An "EU Directive" has made Creative quietly (ha) add a 10 minute power-saving function (ie, the speakers turn off after 10 minutes of no sound!!). Sorry, but the Creative T40 MkIIs are going back!!'That 'feature' of Creative speakers is really, really annoying. I wouldn't mind if it actually did what it says, but my set turn off regularly, regardless of whether there is sound going through them or not. Turn the volume up and they come back on for a while, then off they go again. Annoying!



Yeah, from reviews, the T40 MkIIs power on when there's sound activity happening again, but they miss a few seconds whilst re-connecting. I don't get angry about many things, but that would enrage me.

A feature that makes your speakers worse and less user-friendly. Baffling. Creative have burnt their bridges with me anyway.
louiselouise20/12/2019 16:15

Great to hear! That's what I'm going to use them for. My desk isn't that …Great to hear! That's what I'm going to use them for. My desk isn't that huge but I'll squeeze them in somehow. My monitor is a bit higher up than most, so that should give me some space. I quite like the olde worlde maple colour.


39450415-HoEns.jpg

Here's an example of what they would look like on your desk
These were £78 2 months ago. Cold
Any way to connect a nest to speakers like these?
Kosmonaut20/12/2019 16:20

These were £78 2 months ago. Cold



Ah, but they were coming from Amazon Germany (I'm used to EU plugs as I order from Amazon Warehouse and they crop up a lot on there), but cutting the plug would - apparently - invalidate your warranty.

It's not that price any more on Amazon de, so I'm happy with buying from a UK retailer.
There's a Pre-Owned listing (4 available) £95 Buy It Now or Best Offer (+ £2.99 P&P) on ebay (UK seller, one-nine19) at the moment if you like living (slightly) more dangerously! ebay.co.uk/itm…012

Not sure how low they'll go, though.
Alternatively the R1700BT are the same price!cpc.farnell.com/sea…0BT

CPC will hate me, but I've re-ordered and they said I can refuse the first delivery. (Otherwise, it seems there's a 30% off restocking fee)...?

These are £5 more than the ebay listing above, also the same seller mentioned in my previous comment ebay.co.uk/itm…211

Edit: CPC ship really fast. Both are coming by UPS (I'm keeping the R1700BT as they're a bit of an upgrade, going by reviews).

Here's some chatter/reviews about the R1700BT on head-fi dot org head-fi.org/sho…ews

The summary at the bottom of this review made me look up the R1700BT -
"The R1280DB isn’t a revolution, but a subtle update well-considered for its target demographic. Buyers searching for a well-designed speaker with a pleasant tone will find much to love with Edifier’s new R1280DB but those looking for something a little more discerning will want to investigate Edifier’s higher-end R1700BT."

Comparison between the R1280T (essentially the same as the DB, but without Bluetooth) and R1700BT (guess you need to hear this through headphones)

Another summing up from an Amazon US reviewer, here

"I was pleasantly surprised by the (R1280T's) faithful sound reproduction, I mean I really wasn't expecting such full and rich sound from a $99 pair of speakers. I was so happy with them that I thought to myself that if the smaller R1280T is this good, what does the R1700BT sound like? Short answer... about the same but brighter. Yes it may reproduce lows better at lower volumes but I assure you that at 50-100% power it's hardly a noticeable difference and I prefer the warmer natural tweeter in the R1280T over its more expensive big brother.
...The R1700BT Edifier R1700BT is a great speaker with bluetooth, more power and a great price. But for me it was not the softer more natural sounding performer that the R1280T is."

So, it seems some prefer one or the other. Wish I could hear them separately!
Edited by: "louiselouise" 21st Dec 2019
Another option very similar to the R1700 but with better connectivity are the R1850DB they have Sub out & optical too. Bass treble volume controls for the R1850DB have been located on the back this time.
Is there any way I could connect alexa spot to these speakers?
I have my eyes on the Edifier S880DB but can't seems to justify that cost especially with this one which os £100 cheaper... hmmmm....
louiselouise20/12/2019 16:27

Ah, but they were coming from Amazon Germany (I'm used to EU plugs as I …Ah, but they were coming from Amazon Germany (I'm used to EU plugs as I order from Amazon Warehouse and they crop up a lot on there), but cutting the plug would - apparently - invalidate your warranty.It's not that price any more on Amazon de, so I'm happy with buying from a UK retailer.


I got them on that deal, £78.43 using Revolut. They are superb for the money and I would highly recommend them. I have them set up with a new PC and I use the analogue input. I use a plug adapter which is no inconvenience.

If you are going to do the same then you can get the Edifier 1280T for around £72 with a fee free card. This does not have bluetooth or optical out but if you don't need those features....
louiselouise20/12/2019 15:42

Blimey, CPC have dispatched mine 42 minutes from ordering! Well done CPC


That is how long they take to pick your item too if you go in-store. There tends to be a-lot of staff standing around doing nothing there.
vincento_120/12/2019 17:47

Is there any way I could connect alexa spot to these speakers?


Yes, You could connect an Echo Spot via Bluetooth or 3.5mm to phono cable.
spandexbaldrick21/12/2019 07:18

I got them on that deal, £78.43 using Revolut. They are superb for the …I got them on that deal, £78.43 using Revolut. They are superb for the money and I would highly recommend them. I have them set up with a new PC and I use the analogue input. I use a plug adapter which is no inconvenience. If you are going to do the same then you can get the Edifier 1280T for around £72 with a fee free card. This does not have bluetooth or optical out but if you don't need those features....



As I said above, I also purchased the R1700BT, and cutting the EU plug invalidates the warranty (so they were saying in the previous thread a while back). I also want Bluetooth functionality and don't have a fee-free card!

Edit: I'm a bit old school (or tunnel-visioned!) and thought the only PC-friendly decent speakers were made by Logitech or Creative - thought I'd need some amp set up for beefier speakers. Glad I found out about Edifier and the like.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 21st Dec 2019
louiselouise21/12/2019 14:19

As I said above, I also purchased the R1700BT, and cutting the EU plug …As I said above, I also purchased the R1700BT, and cutting the EU plug invalidates the warranty (so they were saying in the previous thread a while back). I also want Bluetooth functionality and don't have a fee-free card!Edit: I'm a bit old school (or tunnel-visioned!) and thought the only PC-friendly decent speakers were made by Logitech or Creative - thought I'd need some amp set up for beefier speakers. Glad I found out about Edifier and the like.


Sorry I was not being critical about your decision, I would have gone for the 1280T had I not have got these so cheap as I do not need the added features. Either way these speakers knock Logitech out of the park for the money!
spandexbaldrick22/12/2019 12:55

Sorry I was not being critical about your decision, I would have gone for …Sorry I was not being critical about your decision, I would have gone for the 1280T had I not have got these so cheap as I do not need the added features. Either way these speakers knock Logitech out of the park for the money!



I'm looking forward to the R1700BT arriving! Have to remember to reject the delivery of the 1280DB - though - some actually prefer the R1280DB, eg, this Youtube video (the R1280T and -DB are the same, apart from the Bluetooth functionality - and some extra inputs, I think). Saw this last night and I'm as confused as ever, haha.

The reviewer (Benchmark Tests) is using "sound card Xonar U7, RCA cables, adjusted to treble + 3 and bass + 2".
Edited by: "louiselouise" 22nd Dec 2019
Can confirm that it's fine to reject delivery if you change your mind about a CPC order - they replied to my email (with UPS tracker) in under an hour, amazing for this time of year.

Haven't tried the R1700BT speakers yet, if I have anything to add I'll edit this post

Here's a look inside the R1280T (the same as the DB/Bluetooth/upgraded version) from Youtuber Michael Beeny:
Edit a few weeks later - here's a closer look at the insides of the R1700BT (the speakers I ended up keeping and am using with the FX Audio DAC-X6) - on Audio Circle forum.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 29th Jan
Hmm.. I ordered both, with the idea of giving whichever pair I don't use to a relative that's fighting with some Bose bluetooth crap. What I have on my desk at the moment is a slowly failing pair of Logitech Z-10s.

I'd agree with everything I've read here. I guess the R1700BTs sound brighter because the tweeter is seperately wired. That also means a custom cable between the speaks on the 1700s where the R1280DBs just use a standard speaker cable (and presumably have a crossover [edit] as I see from the video linked above, just a capacitor!). so that could be something that influences the purchasing decision.

The sound quality IS very good, but for me there's too much mid-bass that nauseates quickly. I love the z-10s as they've got a ton of very low low down bass, but without the mid-bass being overpowering. I'm already not exactly enjoying listening to either of the Edifiers in comparison to be honest. Needs an EQ before them I guess but I was looking for something simple.

The other criticism I would have is that the minimum volume setting is wayyyyy too high.

Don't get me wrong they're pretty good. I've been looking for maybe 5 years for something quick and easy that compares well to z-10s and these are not at all bad. Depends on how you like your bass I guess!
Edited by: "tin" 24th Dec 2019
Can someone suggest which of the budget Edifier speakers have the most pleasing balance of bass and treble. As for R1700 I've not heard any reviews on so far.
I've come to conclusion that the R1280T are a bit hollow on bass but better on the high end compared to R1280DB whilst the R1850DB had the best balance of the three. This seems to be reflected in the price difference. Listening on YouTube video reviews through TV speakers I am aware I have probably made some very big assumptions and errors.
saif1a27/12/2019 17:27

Can someone suggest which of the budget Edifier speakers have the most …Can someone suggest which of the budget Edifier speakers have the most pleasing balance of bass and treble. As for R1700 I've not heard any reviews on so far.I've come to conclusion that the R1280T are a bit hollow on bass but better on the high end compared to R1280DB whilst the R1850DB had the best balance of the three. This seems to be reflected in the price difference. Listening on YouTube video reviews through TV speakers I am aware I have probably made some very big assumptions and errors.



I listened to Youtube's Digital Stereophony comparisons through headphones, TV speakers might not cut it?

Michael Beeny reckoned the 1280T (non-Bluetooth version) was very bassy and preferred more of a neutral sound with the bass down to minimum - think the 1700 suffers from this too. Though Mr Beeny usually discusses much higher-end hi-fi, judging by his CV (one comment from him says "My review is based on my opinion with over 50 years involvement with high quality sound reproduction. I have worked with Quad, Cambridge Audio, Martin Audio. I was a founder member of Monitor Audio. I have involvement with three way loudspeakers within AMC/UCI cinemas").

Re that 1280T Youtube review, another comment says, "I presume the capacitor connected to the tweeter is a high-pass filter to block the low frequencies which might damage the tweeter's voice coil." and one commenter says he will re-cap his.*

There's a Reddit discussion about Edifier's range in general here though they don't mention the R1850DB.

Comparison between the R1700BT and R1850DB mentioned here
"I asked Edifier Support about the difference between these two speakers. They responded with this: 'The R1850DB has the same size driver and tweeters. The added value is in the connections and subwoofer output option. If you are looking for something better than the R1700BT in size and sound than the R2000DB is the next step up.'"

*On a tangent, I have recent experience of cheap capacitors failling in my Sony CT60BT Soundbar - which is apparently quite poorly made inside and has lots complaining of the same problem!
Edited by: "louiselouise" 29th Dec 2019
Thanks for the helpful references. I'll try and listen to the 1700 through better speakers. My heart was at on the R1850DB on a similar sound test. I seemed to hear the 1280T loose midrange on the switch from 1850DB. Aside from that it makes more sense how the bass port is positioned in the 1850DB.
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