Discovering that Edifier’s retro/modern-styled Luna e25 HD Bluetooth stereo speaker pair prices solely $250 was a little bit of a shocker. After two days of arms on with out studying the press launch, I figured they needed to price twice or maybe thrice that. They’re that good. They’re not transportable, they usually require a cable strung between them to ply their commerce, however for those who’re searching for one thing to blast sound about the lounge, they’re the actual deal.
Edifier Luna HD speaker design
What we’re coping with within the Luna e25 HD is a sort-of-classic or retro-modern ovoid. I examined the pink model that evoked ideas of a Pac-Man who’d eaten just a few too many pellets. They’re additionally vaguely paying homage to a sure current interval in kitchen equipment manufacturing. Sure, that’s why they pay me the massive bucks.
Clearly, the images do a greater job of describing these Eight.34-inch excessive, Eight.74-inch deep, four.Eight-inch large audio system than I can. But when for some purpose these aren’t exhibiting up, the Luna HD are vaguely egg-shaped, with about 20 % sliced away at an angle within the entrance to permit the Three-inch woofers and zero.75-inch silk dome tweeters to pump air. There’s additionally a horizontal hangar deck halfway down the again of the speaker that permits an upward-facing passive radiator to maneuver air.
On the again of 1 Luna HD are the combo Three.5mm auxiliary/optical digital enter, AC jack and 6-pin speaker connector which transmits each energy and audio indicators to the second Luna HD. An identical 6-pin connector is all that you just’ll discover on the secondary speaker.
The facility, auxiliary, and optical cables Edifier consists of are impressively thick. That’s often an indication of high quality design and manufacturing, and after utilizing them, that actually appears the case right here. The cables are an excellent match for the general stable building of the audio system.
Edifier additionally provides a distant with on/off and quantity up/down buttons, so that you don’t have to get off your couch to achieve the stylishly built-in contact controls discovered on the left aspect of the first speaker.
Bluetooth pairing occurs robotically. There’s no button to press or password required. The primary machine to seize it, will get it—with no considered safety. As they’re meant for use in your house, that’s not an enormous deal.
One factor concerning the odd form: You’ll have to set them on one thing. And not using a flat aspect or again, aside from the underside, it’s just about not possible to mount them on a wall. You could possibly take a look at that as a chance to play up the type of the Luna HD and their existence in your abode with the Luna Collection flamingo (my adjective, not theirs) stands ($100 at Amazon). These increase the audio system 2.5 toes above the ground.
HD and DSP?
DSP stands for Digital Sign Processing and is marketed as a function of the Luna HD (which stands in flip for top definition—no matter meaning on this case). Digital sign processing is a really broad time period that merely says that one thing’s being finished to the audio sign. This may very well be absolutely anything from EQ to psychoacoustics.
Edifier additionally touts dynamic vary compression (DRC), which is one other of myriad of potential DSP features. The corporate’s web site says it’s to stop distortion, however that’s typically dealt with within the enter achieve staging, as compression imparts its personal colour to sound. In mass-market audio, DRC typically refers to quieting the overly loud passages in films, so that you just don’t get up the neighbors. In the event you’ve ever heard this utilized, you’ll discover a squashed taste to the audio. There was no squash that I may hear from the Luna HD.
To not decide on Edifier, however the boutique audio enterprise is rife with phrases that sound spectacular, however are mainly meaningless. These aren’t, they’re simply utilized in a semi-meaningless trend. However boutique additionally means high-quality building and parts. So for me to say the $250 Luna HD as having a boutique really feel (apart from the half regarding advertising drivel) and boutique sound is excessive reward and barely superb. Superb, as a result of $250 in boutique audio is what some distributors cost for a cable.
I’ve already killed the suspense for this matter, however… Stereo separation, how I’ve missed thee! Severely, there are solely so many transportable (and stationary) single-body audio system you’ll be able to hearken to earlier than you need to run screaming into the night time seeking proper and left pan. Maybe not on the seaside, however indoors? You get good separation with the Luna HD, in addition to glorious sonority.
The frequency response is essentially flat the place you need it (okay, the place I need it), with a gentle accent on the low finish. They’re not studio displays, however they sound much better than the common Bluetooth product. They’re loud (the amp sends 22 watts to every woofer and 15 watts to every tweeter, clear, and with no discernible distortion. There are additionally not one of the occasional delicate glitches that you just generally get with true wi-fi stereo (TWS). I may want for a wee bit extra prime finish sparkle, however that’s being choosy at this worth.
That stated, the Luna HD lack any type of EQ operate, so it that’s lacking out of your playback supply, you received’t have the ability to pump up the bass or roll off the treble. With “DSP” on board I discover that odd. Sure, that was a wisecrack. I personally by no means actually felt an overwhelming need to twiddle, however tastes differ. They sound very, excellent as is.
Edifier additionally markets a $450 system that seems to be the Luna HD with the addition of a like-styled subwoofer. Not my factor, however for those who throw dance events, test it out. There are additionally the non-HD Lunas which have the identical styling however price solely $200. I haven’t heard both product, so I can’t let you know how they examine sonically, however extrapolating from the Luna HD, in all probability fairly good. That’s not a promise.
The Edifier Luna HD are glorious Bluetooth bookshelf audio system and an enormous step up in high quality from the common single-body product—each in sound and building. Stereo! I personally love the type, and I even favored the colour. I’m guessing lots of people will go for the extra impartial white or black, although the form will nonetheless probably provoke dialog.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the VaVa Voom 22 stereo speaker pair obtainable at an analogous worth level ($220). The VaVa Voom don’t sound or really feel fairly as stable because the Luna HD, however they’re transportable and consequently extra versatile as to the place they are often positioned, in addition to that includes a extra basic profile.
Offering choices accomplished, I actually, actually just like the Luna HD. They’re the best-sounding Bluetooth product I’ve examined, which is the place the buck stops so far as I’m involved. Given the value, they’re completely ace.