Important Specs Overview
Speaker type: powered, 2-way, sealed
Power Output: 17.5 W x 2
Frequency response range: 50 – 20k Hz (+/- 6dB)
Driver size: 3 in
Unit weight: 3 lbs (approximated)
Cabinet dimensions: 5 x 8.5 x 9 in (width x depth x height)
Wireless: Bluetooth, included remote
Warranty: 2 years
Review And Discussion
Edifier has really made a name for itself in the last few years for producing a wide variety of performant, feature rich, and nice looking bookshelf speakers at very competitive prices. The company currently dominates the best sellers lists on Amazon, and they’ve also earned spots among our own best-of lists.
The E25HD, an improved version of the now legacy E25, is yet another of their powered desktop speakers. Aesthetics is definitely the aim with this one – it’s a retro-futurish looking egg shaped speaker that’s reminiscent of KEF’s similarly popular and aptly named, you guessed it, Egg speaker (reviewed here).
Component wise the E25HD looks pretty basic. You’ve got a rubber/polymer 3 inch woofer, a 3/4 inch silk dome tweeter, but also interestingly a passive radiator that’s kind of housed in a carved out slice of the cabinet. This is definitely a peculiar design choice – generally you want a radiator or port to fire straight out and have room to breathe, yet here the radiator barely has an inch of outside air to work with, and fires right back into the cabinet, which has unwanted resonance and interference written all over it.
Spec wise these run pretty middle of the road for a compact desktop speaker. They don’t specify an SPL, but a combined 70W of power handling should get plenty loud at near/mid-field listening range, but might fall short at full home theater range. The response range is decent for drivers that are this small – a 50 Hz floor within 6 dB is pretty solid. Bass will still likely be limited with these, but that’s a fairly standard limitation for smaller bookshelf speakers. The E25HD does have an extra optical/coaxial input which could connect a subwoofer though if you choose to add one.
These speakers are narrow, relatively light, and have a small resting surface, so they’re about as easy to place as it gets. Edifier offers a two year warranty on all its powered speakers which is comparatively decent coverage where you’re often lucky to get up to a year of warranty when electronics are included.
Our Overall Take, As Compared To The Competition
The major issue we have with these are the price – they’re frankly just not worth what they’re currently charging for them. We’ve seen KEF’s Egg speaker go for about the same when discounted, and it offers significantly more power and better components. It’s also strange because Edifier normally has such competitive prices – some of their similarly specced bookshelf speakers are a fraction of the price, and others that are similarly priced have much superior specs. Why not just get one of those instead? Or one of several other competitors that are a better value? Check out the links below for some alternative recommendations.