May 31, 2015
When looking for wireless audio speakers, I tend to believe that units that do a bit more than, well, connect and transmit are infinitely more useful. Some companies do this better than others, but after checking out Edifier’s Prisma Encore Speakers a while back, we were hooked.
As such, we were helpless when an opportunity to review its Luna Eclipse System came up.
The review package Edifier sent is a representation of the system in its retail glory; in the box, one gets the pair of speakers, power cords, audio cable, optical cable, speaker-to-speaker cable, RCA-to-3.5 mm adapter, a remote and documentation. We got the black color (blue, red, orange and white are options), and the two speakers are almost mirror images of each other, in that they both look like ovals with defined cutouts. The one side (right) serves as the control unit, with volume and power rifles, as well as ports for power and connecting. Officially, they come in at 4.80 x 8.34 x 8.74 inches and just under 8 lbs. Compared to the aforementioned Prisma Encore, this set is fairly compact. It has a glossy, smooth finish, and I admit it’s nice to look at.
It utilizes Bluetooth 2.0, and each head packs a tweeter and speaker drive. Audiophiles will be pleased to note the official continuous power rating of 74 Watts.
Connecting via bluetooth is easy, in my testing I used two Android devices (and a Windows tablet for good measure). The sound output was rich; little echo, and a healthy dose of base that isn’t overpowering.
Using the included remote, I was suitably impressed by the high volume reaches; distortion is minimized.
Next, I used a wired connection to patch in to the TV using the supplied audio-cable. Again, it enhances the built-in sound output, and works very well.
Off the bat, the variety of connection options are a big draw. Using the provided cables, one can connect via optical cable and “regular” audio 3.55mm audio cable including wireless bluetooth wireless. In one scenario, I connected the speakers to the TV, and, with the help of the remote control, was able to “take control” of the speakers with my pre-connected phone via bluetooth.
The mix of style and functionality is probably what sets them apart. No, they are not the most mobile, but provide enough sound that semi-permanency does not take away from its overall shine. Even without the optional stands, it makes for a stylish piece with plenty of powerful sound. Still, while I am not one for superfluous apps, but do feel one would have been fantastic here.
For a multi-dimensional piece, $159.37 (via Amazon) isn’t overly unpalatable, so it is an investment that might be worth it.
And we are not just talking style here.