Nov 4, 2014
Speakers are big business, and Edifier has a good reputation in that specific sector. It has a host of offerings, portable and not much so, but for the most part, the name invokes quality.
As such, we can’t really pretend to be unexcited by the opportunity to take a look at its Prisma Encore Sound System.
The review package Edifier sent us was sizable, and hinted at the goodness inside. The review box came with several pieces: three main pieces in black finish with silver accents, and several smaller accessories. The main unit is the subwoofer, and there are two satellite speakers; there is also a power cord, adapter, 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable, a remote with battery and documentation.
The speakers have wired plugins for connection to the subwoofer, it (the subwoofer) logically houses the power button, speaker connector ports, volume controls and 3.5mm auxiliary port. The main unit is domed, with the side units following the main design paradigm. Altogether, standing together, the system looks sleek and futuristic without slipping into the area of pretentiousness.
In action, the setup is intuitive; I was able to get it placed and connected in wired fashion in under two minutes. The sound is rich, expansive and gets loud. The control works well, and I was surprised at the fidelity of the output. Having said that, the cool thing is that the Prisma Encore simply refuses to be a one-trick pony: it also supports bluetooth connectivity. Pairing to a bluetooth source is easy enough, and as long as the auxiliary cable is not plugged in, bluetooth audio is streamed from a paired source.
This combined solution is not really very mobile in nature, but I don’t think that it is trying to be. The semi-permanent nature works as a connected sound system for TVs, mobile devices and everything between. My biggest quibble is the relative size, though. It does take up a good deal of space, but, again it goes to what the unit really is. Pricing might give some folks pause, but in the end, we have looked at more expensive units.
Altogether, I liked the concept: remote control, sleek polished look, and quality output. Edifier has no shame in striving to be one’s one stop shop for audio needs, and it is hard to stop them from taking that title.
It is an Edifier after all.