The hulking Edifier S3000 Pro speakers are the latest of Edifier’s devices to hit our testing room, and they pack a real punch.

Pushing the premium feel, Edifier steps up with the excellent audiophile quality S3000 Pro speakers. Cable free connection between speakers keeps your set-up clutter free, and the use of the KleerNet protocol and associated hardware means that you’re guaranteed that Hi-Res Audio that the S3000 Pro speakers have been certified for.


  • Bluetooth Connectivity?: Yes
  • Input Type: Line In/Balance/Bluetooth/Optical/Coaxial/USB
  • Dimensions: 368 x 356 x 232 mm
  • Brand: Edifier
  • Power: 2 x 8 W (Tweeter), 2 x 120 W (woofer)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth V5.0, KleerNet

Speaker configuration: Wireless or wired


  • Superb sound reproduction
  • Wireless connectivity between speakers
  • Outstanding bass
  • Hi-Res Audio Certification


  • Quite big and heavy to be truly “bookshelf”

Hot off the back of our Edifier Stax Spirit S3 review comes another—this time much larger—review. as I look at (and listen to) what the brand’s flagship bookshelf speakers are all about: the S3000 Pro.

Unboxing the Edifier S3000 Pro Speakers

Before you even open them you’ll notice, for bookshelf speakers, they come in quite a sizeable box. It is pretty weighty, too, so it might be best to get someone to help you unbox these bad boys to avoid damaging them.

Once you’ve got the box open, you’ll find:

  • Two S3000 Pro speakers
  • One 3.5mm to RCA audio cable
  • One RCA to RCA audio cable
  • One Type-A to Type-B Data cable
  • Fiberoptic audio cable
  • Two power cables
  • Remote control
  • Device literature

Once you’ve got them out of the box, you’ll see precisely how big and weighty these speakers are.

Great-Looking Form Factor

The appearance of the Edifier S3000s is very similar to almost all Hi-Fi speakers. They’re cuboidal, with your speaker array up front and your controls around the back of the active speaker (right channel).

Taking a full tour, the right speaker is where most of the action takes place, as this is the active speaker, as mentioned. They look identical from the front, with the removable silk cover hiding the 180mm aluminum alloy woofer at the bottom and the 107 x 107 mm planar silk tweeter at the top.

The cabinet is made of wood, with wood-effect side panels bearing a curiously space-aged notch (considering these speakers have a more traditional appearance).

The rear of the right speaker houses the controls, being the active member of the duo. Controls and inputs are located at the rear of this speaker, and there are plenty of them. You’ll find:

  • The power switch
  • Volume dial/input selection
  • Treble and bass controls
  • Pairing button for connecting to the passive counterpart
  • Balanced input
  • Line-in input
  • USB digital audio input
  • Coaxial input
  • Power socket

The left speaker only features a power input, switch, pairing button, and a status indicator, so you know when you’ve paired the two speakers successfully.

It is of note that both speakers require a power cable, and thus both require power. The left speaker is only passive in the sense that it takes commands from the right speaker; you still need to plug it into a power source to get things working properly.

Overall, the cabinets measure 368 x 356 x 232 mm (14.5 x 14.0 x 9.13 inches), so they’re quite large, and they weigh in at 21.1kg (46.8lbs) for the pair. So they’re chunky, to say the least. If you plan on buying some to put on a shelf (rather than a cabinet or their own speaker stands), make sure it is deep enough and can take the weight because these are pretty big even by bookshelf speaker standards. Edifier refers to these as studio speakers, which might explain the size.

Edifier S3000 Pro Specs

As these are wireless speakers, a fair bit is going on aside from the sonic specifications. However, we’ll deal with the sound first.

The S3000 Pro has a frequency response of 38Hz to 40kHz. Most people can’t hear bass frequencies much lower than the 30Hz range; this is a really deep sub-bass sound. The 40 kHz upper register is also likely to be lost on most human ears, which can generally only perceive frequencies up to 20 kHz—a number that can deteriorate through adulthood.

The signal-to-noise ratio is ≥85 dB, which is very respectable. Essentially, this refers to the signal power level vs. the noise power level. This ratio indicates that the signal power level is higher than the noise level, so this is good news. Most experts would say that an amplifier with an SNR of ≥90 dB is acceptable, so to get near this ratio with a set of powered speakers is great.

In terms of power output, you have 2 x 8W of treble, and 2 x 120W for mids and bass, giving you a total RMS output of 256W.

So, what else is going on with these speakers? Well, they use the KleerNet wireless protocol. If you think your Bluetooth speakers or headphones are doing a good job, then you need to really look into Kleer’s wireless technology.

To explain it briefly: Kleer allows music fans to stream 16-bit / 44.1kHz audio wirelessly, and thanks to its low latency, low power consumption, and exceptional interference resistance, it offers a better solution to streaming audio than Bluetooth, using the exact same frequency as Bluetooth does. It losslessly compresses the sound signal to achieve this.

The S3000 Pro speakers also have Bluetooth 5.0 support, and come with that all-important Hi-Res Audio certification, which means these carry a mark of quality, and they also boast support for Qualcomm’s aptX HD decoding. More good news!

Smooth Setup Experience

Weight aside, the Edifier S3000 Pro speakers are easy to set up. It’s a case of plugging each speaker into a power source and using a sim-tray poker (or something similarly slender) to press the pair button on the active speaker, then do the same on the passive speaker.

Once you have successfully paired the speakers, you can start using them immediately. No fussing with wires unless you plan to connect a wired source to them using the various inputs on the back of the right speaker. Other than that, pair them with your source, and off you go.

Note that the Edifier Connect app only supports headphones at this time.

Excellent Edifying Sound

I’ll start by saying that, bluntly, the Edifier S3000 Pro are an excellent set of speakers, sound-wise. They offer fantastic clarity across all frequency ranges and as a result, are a wonderful listen.

At the bottom end of the register, we’ve got excellent bass with plenty of depth. Kicks sound punchy, and drums, in general, boom through the mix. On the mids, vocals and instruments are warm, and at no point do the S3000 Pro speakers sound muddy or nasal across the midrange, with upper mids representing crisply.

The trebles are sublime thanks to the planar silk tweeter (also known as a ribbon tweeter). Crystal clarity is the name of the game, here, with an airy quality at the very top end. I noticed no sibilance on cymbals and other high-pitched sounds, and prolonged listening caused no fatigue.

I was impressed with the sound of these speakers from the off, which hasn’t waned during continued use. Sound quality is excellent whether your source is wired (i.e. a streaming amp, such as the NAD M10 V2 I used—the caveat being that my Cambridge Audio amp has given up the ghost, so I could only listen wired via one channel with the M10) or wireless (such as your smartphone, which was my wireless source here). Note; all tracks were accessed via Tidal’s MQA service.

Listening to the remastered version of Leftfield’s 1995 album, Leftism, I was noticing subtle synth elements I had never noticed before. The bolder synth sounds all had a fantastic presence, with the iconic 303 oscillating through frequency ranges with excellent accuracy. This highlights the Hi-Res capabilities of the S3000 Pro.

On to some modern classical, and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 2023 album—12. The piano here was texturally balanced, and the electronic soundscapes Sakamoto interweaves with his key work were remarkably intricate, despite the overall minimalism in the sound. Play the album through the S3000 Pro speakers and Sakamoto’s exhalations make it sound like he’s in the room with you.

Given the speaker’s performance across the range, you can also guarantee that vocal music will sound good. Such a Night by Dr. John, which contains a lot of midranges thanks to vocals and multiple instruments, affords a view of the soundstage and imaging. The soundstage is relatively wide, and imaging is excellent, allowing me to pick out instruments or vocalists (particularly the backing singers) in their spatial locations—an immersive experience.

So, we’ve got a cracking pair of bookshelf/studio speakers here.

Recommending the Edifier S3000 Pro Speakers

To be honest, I struggle to find anything bad to say about these speakers other than “some people might not like the indentation in the side panels”.

Prolonged use will definitely show how that silk tweeter fares over time, but right now, the treble sounds spot-on, and the sound overall is awe-inspiring.

In short, I highly recommend the S3000 Pro speakers; they deliver Hi-Res audio perfectly, with crystal clarity and detailing. If you want to get into the audiophile game without spending an absolute fortune on your speakers, the S3000 Pro represents a viable contender for your cash.

Active speakers are gaining popularity with people with homes or lives that don’t lend themselves to a full-sized audio system. The concept of a great pair of speakers with an amplifier built in and connections for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and legacy inputs is brilliant. Active speakers save space and offer flexibility for streaming music from a smartphone and hooking up legacy equipment like a vinyl turntable or CD player.

The latest pair of active speakers to reach me for review come from Edifier. This innovative audio brand Edifier has launched the S1000W wireless bookshelf speakers, joining the brand’s impressive line-up of premium and affordable technology.

The S1000W are a gorgeous pair of speakers finished with a luxury wood veneer and a leather inlay that makes them as good to look at as they sound. Each speaker is slightly raked back to account for the slightly different speeds that the frequencies travel from each driver. An acoustically transparent cloth grille covers the speaker drivers. The styling would fit in with almost any kind of décor.

Each speaker houses a one-inch titanium dome tweeter with an extended frequency range that tops out at an impressive 40kHz. Meanwhile, the main woofer is a 5.5-inch aluminum alloy driver delivering a beefy bass response that can dip as low as 45Hz thanks to a reflex port on the rear of each cabinet. Each tweeter is powered by 25W of digital amplification, while the woofer gets 35W per channel. That’s an overall total of 120W output between the two speakers. This loud system has sufficient muscle to fill even a large living room with impressive sound.

The right-hand speaker acts as the main unit, while the left-hand speaker acts as the satellite. There’s no switch to reverse the position, so the right-hand speaker must be positioned close enough to a power outlet. All the electronics are housed in the right-hand main speaker, linked to the satellite unit via a special five-pin cable. The S1000W isn’t entirely wireless, but the cable supplied is long enough to connect the two speakers and create enough space for a beautifully wide soundstage.

When it comes to inputs, the Edifier S1000W offers plenty of options. The Bluetooth function supports apt-X and the Wi-Fi connection works with Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and Amazon Alexa. However, there’s no microphone built in, which will please people who worry about digital eavesdropping. You’ll need to use your smartphone to issue commands to Alexa. The latest firmware update for the speakers adds Tidal Connect capability to select music using the Tidal app on your smartphone. Then, the S1000W establishes direct contact with the Tidal server, bypassing your smartphone.

As well as the wireless inputs, the Edifier S1000W speakers offer optical and coaxial digital inputs for connecting to a TV using a TOS-Link. The coaxial input is ideal for connecting a source like a CD player. In addition, there are two RCA line-in connectors for hooking up a tuner or other analog music source, such as a turntable with line-level output. Inputs can be switched using the smart-looking infrared remote control, which includes a power button and volume controls. Inputs can also be selected on the main speaker or by using the Edifier Connect app.

The digital heart of the Edifier S1000W is built around a Texas Instruments Burr-Brown PCM9211 DAC, delivering a finely tuned sound that serves up plenty of detail and clarity but never sounds harsh and mechanical as many digital audio systems can. This sound system feels more analog than digital. And thanks to the PCM9211 DAC, the S1000W can handle files with resolutions up to 24bit/192kHz.

Getting the S1000W connected to a Wi-Fi network is incredibly easy. I didn’t even have to enter my network name and password using the Edifier Connect app. The app automatically took the info from my iPhone and connected me in seconds. Once connected, I was offered the option of a firmware upgrade and that was also a superbly smooth process. Finally, the app asked if I wanted to link the speakers to my Alexa account. That took just a few seconds and I was ready to go.

For anyone who wants to stream music using Bluetooth on their smartphone or computer, the S1000W has impressive support. The Bluetooth circuitry is built around a Qualcomm chipset, which uses Bluetooth 5.0 and can handle aptX, AAC and SBC codecs.

The Edifier Connect app is a slick piece of software and makes using the S1000W super easy. There are no EQ controls built into the app, but on the rear of the main speaker, there are three rotary knobs for adjusting volume input, bass and treble. The controls make quite a difference and it’s good to have them; I only wish they were a little more accessible. Another missing feature is the provision of a headphone socket for personal listening.

The Edifier S1000W serves up a marvelously robust tone with plenty of bass and a silky-smooth treble thanks to the titanium alloy dome tweeters. There’s plenty of volume coming from the 120W of digital amplification and the speakers are more than adequate, even for larger rooms. The sound has lots of detail, but the most impressive aspect is the lack of hiss when the speakers are idling or playing quiet passages. Although there’s plenty of bass coming from the woofers, the sound is uncolored and neutral, enabling plenty of clarity and very little clouding of the music.

Verdict: The Edifier S1000W1 is a fabulous active speaker system for the money. The sound quality is impeccable and there’s almost every input option you could wish for. I’d like to see balanced XLR connections so the speakers could be used as studio monitors, but that’s not the target market. The Edifier S1000W are a fantastic pair of active speakers with great sound and a superb finish for anyone needing a compact audio system for streaming music or connecting legacy devices. Highly Recommended.

Tech Specs:


  • Power output: 35W × 2 (woofer) + 25W × 2 (treble) 120W total.
  • Amplification; Digital Class D.
  • Frequency response: 45Hz – 40kHz.
  • Noise level: ≤25dB(A).
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: ≥ 90dB(A).
  • Inputs: RCA Line-In x 2, 1 x Optical TOSLink, 1 x Coaxial, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi.
  • Driver unit: 5.5″ woofer and 1″ tweeter.
  • Dimensions: 19.81 x 34.54 x 29.46cm / 7.8 x 13.6 x 11.6 inches (WxHxD).

Edifier is a brand we have reviewed a number of there products from headphones to speakers and they are back with another pair of studio monitor loudspeakers the MR4 that allow you to enjoy your music without the need for headphones in your home office or chilling in your living room after a long day.


I have recently just had a new office built in the garden so the timing of Edifier MR4 arriving could not have been better. The Edifier MR4 currently costs £129 via Amazon so they fall in that budget-friendly zone and are available in white or Black in the review we were sent the Black version.

The two key benefits when reviewing a product from Edifier is they are always value for money and you can always bet on excellent performance and the MR4 continues that trend.

If you have tried powered speakers or studio monitors before they share lots of similar features. However, studio monitors are generally tuned for a flat frequency so any left is quite audible. They are designed to provide a louder and more immersive listening experience. Powered speakers are made for the enjoyment of music and have intentional non-linearity to enhance engagement. What you will be pleased to hear the MR4 provide something for both types of listener


The Edifier MR4 offer a 2-way design using a 4-inch low-frequency diaphragm woofer to produce a stronger bass and more accurate overall sound. The speaker also comes with a 1-inch silk dome tweeter to produce a smooth and high-frequency sound placed inside an MDF-made cabinet with a special coating to ensure a more natural and refined treble. As mentioned the monitors can be in all black or white with a black driver style.

Size wise the speakers measure up the following 140 x 228 x 197.5mm and you will have no issue with them fitting on your desk. Moving to the front it has waveguides moulded for both drivers to sit and then there is a couple of inches of free space and the controls are located on the right monitor. You also have two 3.5mm ports on that speaker positioned on the left side and these ports can be used as a headphone jack there is also an AUX input as well. Next to the port is the volume control that can also be used as the power button. When you power on the speaker there is also a small LED to indicate the speaker is on.

Moving to the rear of the speaker you have round bass ports which are located at the top of the speaker. There are also a set of spring terminals on both speakers. The primary speaker also has input jacks such as a 6.35mm TRS balanced input jack for direct connection to consoles, mixers and other equipment above that, you have adjustments for both bass and treble. Finally in the bottom right is that fixed power cord.

The monitors are also packaged with a speaker cable that is used to connect both monitors together also included is an RCA audio cable, a 3.5mm audio cable and a user manual.

The Edifier MR4 studio is easy to set up simply plug in the fixed power cord into a power supply and use that provided speaker cable between the two speakers and then connect your input source. You will notice the speakers do not come with any wireless compatibility which is understandable considering these will be wired for connection.


The best way to test the MR4 was as a studio monitor via my laptop and I was very impressed with the bass considering the size of the woofers the sub-bass is rolled off below 80Hz and can be a little limited. The bass we got from the MR4 was well-controlled and cleaner than I thought I was going to get. I found the clarity and detail impressive.

The mid-bass performed even better and offered even more clarity and texture in the sound. This is when I kept the volume at a max of 75% or lower.  Taking the volume above 75% did cause distortion and this also affected the treble so if you want the best quality sound keep it at an enjoyable level.

Once you have selected the right volume level in this case about 55% the extension was good and the detail compared to other studio monitors on the market.

The Edifier MR4 also comes with a unique feature it allows the user to switch to music mode. The mode provides a tonal balance creating a warmer sound signature with a focus on the mid-bass and lower treble and more focus on that vocal range as well. The music mode is best when listening to music, podcasts or in a small window I get a chance to watch films these do a fantastic job.  The monitor mode is designed for critical listening because there is a more linear sounding frequency range.

Overall I found the sound quality to be crystal clear and crisp but only as mentioned below that 75%. Personally, I found keeping the level at 55% the best for me as this allows for listening at a comfortable level. I think these speakers are ideal for a home studio and are clearly a step up from your standard set-up and will enhance my new work office set-up.

An example of its performance is when watching the opening part of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 the opening sequence is complex and the surround sound was handled very well and never seemed muddied.


The Edifier MR4 is ideal if you are on a budget and are looking to create a home studio or increase your sound system for listening to music while at home. I was also impressed with the lack of room they needed in my room they are ideal for these with limited space.

The overall sound quality works well and is transparent and comes with an impressive level of texture. However, if you try and push the volume too hard it will not sound nice and will distort. Keeping the volume at a mid-level will provide an impressive-sounding pair of monitor speakers for those on a budget

The Edifier MS50A aims to accomplish an interesting feat because it wants to be a full-fledged smart speaker, while also maintaining some trace of privacy. And it technically managed to achieve its goal, although the user may not be that happy about it.

That’s because it doesn’t have a microphone which is great for privacy reasons, but to interact with the speaker, you still need to use a third-party device, so in the end your data is still collected, just not from the Edifier MS50A. Even so, the speaker does have support for Apple AirPlay 2 which opens up an interesting array of possibilities, it will also work with Alexa, TIDAL Connect and Spotify. Additionally, Edifier says that the MS50A supports the multi-room function if you’re not bothered using Amazon Music (for a better music file formats).


Besides that, the Edifier MS50A is very nicely built, and it promises to offer a good sound reproduction (with a slight emphasis on the bass, so it’s in line with what the larger majority of people prefer). And in terms of connectivity, it uses both Bluetooth and WiFi. So, it does seem that Edifier has built a proper contender to the Sonos One, but does it sound as good and can it truly surpass it, as well as its other competitors? The speaker does have the potential to be a user favorite in its category (especially due to its price tag), so let’s put it to the test.

Build Quality and Design

The Edifier MS50A is built in a traditional meets modern fashion. There is a walnut veneer enclosure which gives some more weight to the speaker and makes it look classy, as well as a bit more traditional. Also, the case is not a simple rectangular block, no, the veneer does curve around the case, enforcing a cylindrical shape instead. I am really a fan of this approach since it makes the device seems more expensive than it really is, but the ‘modern approach’ involves plastics and LEDs.

Don’t worry, there is a modern touch here as well because at the top of the Edifier MS50A, there is a hard plastic area where you can find the controls. There are no buttons or switches, but a touch-sensitive section which reacts to both taps and finger slides. I did mention that the speaker has gained some weight and indeed, at 4.98lbs (2.26kg), the Edifier MS50A will stay steadily in place. That’s also thanks to the five silicone feet at the bottom of the case.

It’s worth noting that the speaker is a bit larger than some of its main competitors (it measures 8.6 x 5.7 x 5.7 inches or 21.0 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm), such as the Sonos One, but this should have allowed for a better bass and potentially a far better sound reproduction. Still, a large case doesn’t necessarily equate a deeper bass since as I saw with the GravaStar Venus, even a small speaker, when tuned properly, can be a total beast.

On the front of the Edifier MS50A, the manufacturer has added a removable mesh (which is common for this type of speakers) and, after taking it off, I could see the drivers and other elements.

In the middle, sits proudly the 4inches (102mm) wool diaphragm woofer (for mid-bass) which occupies almost half of the space and at the top, there is a 19mm (0.75inches) silk diaphragm tweeter (for treble). Underneath the woofer, you can see the vent. It is possible to leave the drivers exposed, but the mesh looks good as well and it offers some extra protection, so I suggest that you leave it on. I did move around the case in the hope that I could see some ports or connectors, but the wood case seemed uninterrupted, so I checked the bottom of the speaker.

There is a rectangular carved-in section where you can insert the Power cable, as well as a cut to let the cable flow outwards freely, but again, no other ports were present. It seems that Edifier went for a Wireless / Bluetooth -only speaker which is fine at the moment, and it does lower the cost of the device substantially. But that may not be the case in the future. Bluetooth is a very tricky technology and not really the best medium to move high fidelity sound packets – that remains the cable. The WiFi is also ever changing since we are pushed from one standard to the other every few years.

The Edifier MS50A only has a power connector and no other input or output.

I highly doubt that the Edifier MS50A would still work after we have all moved to completely new standards with no backwards compatibility, but it’s best to keep at least some way of connecting the speakers via cable, since we should not be fond of creating this type of precedent. Before moving on, is the Edifier MS50A suitable for outdoors? Not really. The speaker doesn’t have any IP-rating, nor has the manufacturer mentioned that it may be splashproof, so it’s best to keep it indoors.

The Controls

There is a single LED ring at the top which will shine blue when the speaker is connected via Bluetooth, and it will be white when it’s connected via WiFi. In the middle, there is the Power button which you need to press and hold for about 3 seconds to turn on and off the device.

This touch-sensitive button can also Mute the track if you tap on it once. The Play/Pause button also has two functions, one is the obvious pausing or resuming of a track, but if you press it for six seconds, it will return the Edifier MS50A to its default settings. The Left and Right buttons can be used to return to a previous track or to skip the current one.

The Edifier MS50A with the touch-sensitive area at the top.

I won’t deny that it could have been a bit more intuitive, but it’s still far better than a lot of other ‘minimalist’ approaches that I saw on the market. I need to mention the volume control which is very interesting. If you slide the finger over the circular area in a clockwise manner, then the volume will rise. Doing the same, but counterclockwise, it will lower the volume. What I didn’t like was the three seconds latency which happened regardless of clicking the controls on the app or tapping on the touch-sensitive area. This only happened with WiFi, but not on Bluetooth, where the latency was 1 second or lower.

Internal Hardware and Connectivity

If you read the previous sections, then you know that there is a tweeter and a woofer, the former is 15W, while the latter is 25W. So, considering the size of the Edifier MS50A, it’s more than acceptable. Plus, Edifier says that they’re tuned for bass booming and treble spiking, so I expect a very mainstream sound, which is fine for the majority of people.

Additionally, the manufacturer has mentioned that the noise level is equal or below 25dB and, inside the case, the Edifier MS50A uses the AP6265 IC chip which both encodes and decodes audio data. And there is also the amplifier technology and the DSP tech which are both common and pretty mandatory on any modern audio hardware.

Source: Edifier official website.

As for the wireless connection, the Edifier MS50A uses Bluetooth 5.0 which has a good coverage – about 30 feet with no line of sight – and there is also support for a higher data rate. But does the Edifier MS50A use better codecs? I didn’t see anything ‘exotic’, so it should only be the basic SBC. As for the WiFi, the speaker can connect to both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz networks (802.11ac), so we’re moving in the right direction with the client devices.

Connecting via WiFi: The App

The Edifier MS50A can be connected to the WiFi network, and you need to use the app to set up the connection. The app is called Edifier Home and it’s available for both iOS and Android. I chose the former, so after installing and running the app, it required no account (which is a bonus), but it did need permission to use Bluetooth (if you want to switch between the two available modes) and to find devices in the local network (not a necessity since you can select the device from the list).

The installation.

In my case, it discovered the speaker automatically and then the app asked permission for precise location which it did not receive. That meant that I had to manually insert the WiFi username and password, which was fine by me. Don’t forget to properly match the security type of your networks and also be aware that there is only support for up to WPA2, not WPA3 which is the newer and better standard. A few seconds later, I got the message that the Edifier MS50A was connected and that I could upgrade the firmware.

This is where things got a bit weird. Despite the speaker saying that the firmware was updated, the app hanged and, after I forcibly closed it, I had to redo the entire installation process again. Then it finally became stable. So, there are still some occasional bugs. In any case, the app interface is simple and easy to explore, the dashboard giving the option to play/pause, skip a track or return to a previous one. You can also adjust the volume and underneath, there are three icons. The first is called Add to Pair and it’s the way to pair two identical Edifier MS50A in stereo mode (I only had one unit).

The App GUI.

Next, you can choose the Input which can be WiFi or Bluetooth. Then, there are some dedicated Settings which are more like status info because you can only see the network details and the signal strength but can’t change them.

Airplay 2, Alexa, Spotify and Multi-Room

If you have an Apple device, then you can cast the audio to the Edifier MS50A using Airplay first and second generation. The Airplay 2 comes with a new feature which allows you to stream the music towards multiple devices at the same time and it works in a very similar manner to the Amazon Multi-Room which also allows you to group multiple speakers that have Alexa support and blast music towards all at the same time.

I only had one Edifier MS50A, so I couldn’t really test these features, but there is definitely support for both Alexa and Airplay 2 within the speaker. But be aware that you will need to use a third-party device to send vocal commands towards the Edifier MS50A because, as mentioned in the intro, there is no microphone built into the speaker.

Edifier MS50A – Apple Airplay.

Also, this multi-room feature is brand-sensitive, so you can’t use Edifier speaker alongside other brands, all need to be from the same manufacturer (this is also true for Sonos One). As for Spotify Connect, it’s also a supported feature for people that have subscribed for the premium offer.

The Sound Quality of the Edifier MS50A

I positioned the Edifier MS50A at ear level with its back side against the wall and before anything else, I checked the driver quality test. Ideally, there should be no buzzing, but the speaker did reproduce some buzzing at the lower frequencies, but besides that, it was quite clean across the spectrum. I usually also run a driver matching and binaural test, but since I only have one unit, these tests are currently irrelevant.

Moving on to the actual songs, I first checked a song that’s focused on low bass called Faded by Zhu and I immediately noticed the bass has a lot of substance and it makes itself very much present. But I also realized that the sound stage is not that wide which is to be expected considering the use of a single speaker.

Source: Edifier official website.

Still, I am fairly sure that even in stereo mode, the sound stage is narrower than expected, which could be seen as a more intimate experience. But that’s very akin to your personal taste. Moving on to the mid-bass, I listened to Morph the Cat by Donald Fagan and I realized that the sound was a bit bright, so the mid-bass is clearly boosted quite a bit and it does slightly bleed over the voice of the singer. I also checked Sofi Tukker – Déjà Vu Affair for those juicy multiple bass beats and again, the song seemed a bit bright, but I liked the reproduction of the bass beats; there was very good instrument differentiation and clarity.

Things do take a bad turn when listening to crowded, complicated songs. I chose System Of A Down – Mr Jack and the sound was muddy, it was difficult to differentiate the instruments, but the voices were properly placed only to get overshadowed at certain times by the bass. Moving on to the mids, I first checked how well the male voice is positioned by listening to Vance – She Burns, and the song was clean and clear, the voice was properly placed, so this is one of the places where the Edifier MS50A shines.

Edifier MS50A
Next, I checked the position of the female voice by listening to Ariana Grande – Breathin and again, there is a good instrument differentiation, the voice was properly placed, so all is good in relation to the mids. As for the treble, I chose Sweet Child o Mine by Guns n Roses and the song is clearly a bit bright which may cause fatigue, but the voice is, again properly positioned. Also, even if the treble is a bit boosted, it doesn’t interfere with any other frequency.

The Conclusion

The Edifier MS50A works really well as a Bluetooth speaker, being able to reproduce a very mainstream sound, the build quality is great and, while I was skeptical of the controls at the beginning, they’re actually more intuitive than expected. As a WiFi speaker, the experience is a bit different mostly due to the omission of the microphone. I am one of those people that applaud privacy-related features, but I am not entirely sure if it truly made sense in this case. Regardless of that, it doesn’t take away that much from the experience, since another device can take the role for vocal commands, so if this is not a deal-breaker, then the Edifier MS50A is one of the best in its class, especially considering the price tag.

Welcome to LGC’s first hardware review! When it comes to audio, I’m a bit of an audiophile. I’ve owned several headphones; some were really good, others not so much. I’m particularly a fan of headphones that deliver deep bass. I recently discovered the Hecate G33BT from Edifier. Bought it on sale on eBay. I’ve never heard of the company before, didn’t even bother to check any reviews before I bought it, but I got it anyway.


  • incredible battery life
  • decent sound quality
  • lightweight; easy on your head and your neck
  • customizable LEDs, can be turned off as well
  • couldn’t get mic to work on Linux
  • missing functionality for skipping a song or going back to previous one

The package arrived in pretty bad shape. One side of the box was crimpled. Fortunately the contents inside remained intact without blemish. The box came with the following:

  • the headphones
  • detachable mic
  • USB-C cable (for charging)
  • 3.5mm audio cable (for using in wired mode)
  • tiny instruction manual available in dozens of languages

Ports/buttons on the device include:

  • 3.5mm jack for connecting in wired mode
  • mic jack
  • USB-C
  • “G” button
  • Mute button
  • volume scroller

First impressions upon setting the headphones on my head is the light weight to it. The previous headphones that I used were definitely heavier. I don’t know how much heavier, but with these new headphones the lighter weight certainly makes a difference. It feels much better on my head, and as a result, puts less strain on my neck. The circumference of the hole where your ears go in is also a bit wider, another welcome change. The cushion surrounding the hole, much like any other set of headphones out there, has a leather finish. I can confirm I can have this on my head for quite a few hours and not report irritance to my ears or my neck.

Holding the “G” button on the right cup for three seconds turn the headphones on. When turning them on for the first time, it’ll go into pairing mode (there will be a female voice that says, “pairing”). On my desktop, pairing worked on Arch, but I was getting intermittent audio issues. I think that’s more so a problem with the Bluetooth card, not the headphones themselves. I later confirmed that this was the case when I paired the headphones to my laptop with Tuxedo OS. There were no audio issues at all when connecting to the laptop.

The headphones contain a 40mm driver. Listening to some tunes on Spotify, the sound was pretty good. I double-tapped the “G” button to switch to gaming mode. This time the music had a heavier bass to it. However, it sounded a bit oversaturated. The default music mode sounds much better. Makes sense, given the name to it.

That being said, gaming mode certainly serves it’s purpose when gaming. I played Splitgate with these headphones on, and I could hear where my enemies were walking. The gaming mode, at least to me, offers this more “surreal” experience where I can pay better attention to my surroundings. So each “preset” that comes with the headphones are good depending on what you’re listening to. And with the 60 ms response time, there’s absolutely no latency with either preset.

I like having a volume scroller rather than buttons, the latter of which which many headphones supply these days. A volume scroller allows you to more quickly adjust to the volume that you desire, and more precise at that. The G33BT has that. Plus, these headphones are LOUD. Like, if you have the volume all the way up, you’ll probably get deaf over time.

The outside of the cups have LEDs. By default, it pulsates a red color. By double-tapping the Mute button, you can switch between several colors, ranging from cyan, yellow, violet, blue, and a few others. You can also configure the LEDs to remain static, without pulsating, or have them pulsate to different colors. LEDs are pretty neat, for sure, but honestly, on headphones they’re not very useful. You’re not even looking at them when you’re using the headphones. And the LEDs are just a nuisance when you’re in your room in the dark, watching TV, with the LEDs glowing the otherwise dim area.

That being said, you can disable the LEDs by holding the Mute button for a few seconds. Disabling the LEDs will certainly help with the battery life too.

Speaking of battery life, Edifier claims the battery lasts 24 hours with the LEDs on, and 48 hours with them off. I think this is the first time where I haven’t seen numbers like that inflated. I genuinely have reason to believe the headphones last that long. I’ve gone to sleep with these things on, jammed to some tracks from Guilty Gear: -Strive- while lifting weights, and gamed with them over a series of a few days, all without charging the unit. Battery life came to 20% before I charged it. I didn’t count the number of hours I had the headphones on, but I’m pretty sure it was close to 24 hours. So yes, thumbs up for a solid battery life.

Not sure if I’m doing something wrong, but when connecting the mic to the left side of the cup, Tuxedo OS isn’t picking it up. No new audio input device is connected. That being said, I do praise the fact that the mic is detachable, and the hole on the left cup has a certain mechanism in place that prevents the mic from being accidentally yanked out. I’m sure the mic works on mobile.

The 3.5mm audio cable stretches to about three feet. One connector is angled at 90 degrees. The cable serves well when your headphones are out of juice, but the disadvantage is you can’t change the volume on the headphones, switch between different presets, configure LEDs, etc. I would imagine the mic wouldn’t work either.

There’s another flaw with these headphones. Although you can pause and play a track, that’s all you can do. You can’t skip a track or go back to the previous song. That’s something that my other headphones had. They’re certainly useful when you’re mowing the lawn and you don’t have to take your phone out to skip to the next track. I’m kind of surprised they never added a couple of extra buttons for that, or at least program the existing buttons to do the same thing.

Is it worth the $80? Eh, a bit pricey. On sale for $30 though? Yeah, I’d argue it’s worth it. The sound quality isn’t spectacular by any means, but they’re good enough. The light weight is definitely welcome too, plus an incredible battery life that lasts at least an entire day. The music and gaming modes serve their purpose, one offering better clarity, the other for deeper bass and a clearer distinction between different sound effects.

For some reason I couldn’t get the mic to work on Linux. And there’s missing functionality for skipping a song or going back to it. The latter is a particularly glaring flaw. I’d certainly want to see that functionality added into their next set of headphones.

That said, if you’re looking for a decent pair of headphones, one that serves both your gaming and music needs, the Hecate G33BT is certainly on option (on sale).

Despite their looks, the Edifier Hecate G5000 gaming speakers are surprising and offers something different to the table when it comes to gaming peripherals.

“A passion for sound” is Edifier’s slogan. The audio equipment maker prides itself on its roster of products, but the Hecate G5000 has a lot to live up to. Having browsed other outlets for some background information on the company, Edifier seems to have picked up a reputation for great speakers, but only in certain markets.

Edifier’s attempt to enter the gaming market has gone down well well, but within the circles we populate, they’ve been a relative unknown. It’s why the G5000 is interesting to us. A speaker system that wants to work within the confines of the gaming industry, with the backing of a reputable audio company?

Edifier’s Hecate G5000s then, have to do something to stand out from an overcrowded market that is desperate to one-up each other.

Key specs

    • Frequency: 70Hz – 40kHz
    • Noise level: i>
    • Audio input: Bluetooth, AUX, USB, Optical, Coaxial
    • Bluetooth version: 5.0
    • Audio decoding: APTX HD, APTX, SBC
    • Digital sampling: Up to 24bits/192kHz


Upon first glance, the Hecate G5000 didn’t get a positive response from us. The garish gamer aesthetic, with the sickening rainbow RGB made for something that we just didn’t want to position around our setups.

We get why they chose to go with this look, as it is what everyone else is doing. However, looking at their other offerings in the high-end speaker department, made me yearn for that wooden paneling and elegant aesthetic. Something where you wouldn’t be embarrassed about having them on your shelves.

After a few weeks with them around us, the design never grew on us. Turning off the lights helped, and with winter setting in, the darkened room helps disguise them.

We loved that they’re quite chunky though, which only made us want that typical speaker design. It frustrates us that these companies dive into the industry, expecting that these rather ugly designs are what’s wanted. While we’re sure a marketing department somewhere has done the research, having some ‘grown-up’ equipment would have been appreciated.

Features and audio quality

The G5000s frustrate further through its design, because the feature set and actual performance from them are really good. From having onboard Bluetooth, AUX, COAX, and optical options, nothing was spared in giving full access. In fact, the optical cable – while tiny – was included, which is always a bonus.

There’s also a delightful, very broken English voice that mispronounces every mode as well, which is something that we see Edifier improve on in the future.

Edifier Hecate G5000 Music mode

Edifier has fitted the speakers with different modes, focused on musicmovie, and games. Music is the best overall, offering thick bass and a comforting, warm sound that fills the room.

Music tracks we tested for this review included:

      • Weird Al’s UHF and Now You Know
      • Mick Gordon’s BFG Division
      • David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World
      • Pink Floyd’s Money and Brain Damage
      • Dethklok’s Murmaider
      • Brendon Small’s Prophecy of the Lazer Witch
      • Run the Jewels’ Love Again

Each song we chose was intended to attempt to cover a few bases in terms of how far we could push the speakers. Weird Al, Bowie, and Pink Floyd’s older mixed tracks – played over Spotify and Apple Music – felt rich, as the speakers brought each stereo mix to life.

The harder, more intense sounds of metal from Mick Gordon’s DOOM 2016 soundtrack and Brendon Small’s Dethklok and Galakticon projects benefitted from the all-encompassing hardware inside, but felt as if they could have been assisted by a dedicated subwoofer. The same went for Run the Jewels, although not to the same degree.

Movie mode with the G5000

Heading into movies, YouTube, and TV, we tested the following:

      • RedLetterMedia’s Ninja Turtles review
      • Bleach
      • Classic Doctor Who
      • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
      • Wednesday
      • Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure

It is during our testing of this type of media, that we found these speakers aren’t supposed to be running solo. Movie mode takes away the bass so that you’d reroute it to your subwoofer and other devices.