Edifier Prisma e3350 2.1 PC Audio System Review - Performance and Final Thoughts

Performance

I honestly think that some people will gladly pay $100 for the Edifier Prisma based on looks alone, and never have a problem/complaint with their performance. I am not one of them. I honestly do not care for this type of styling, and I would rate the sound performace as "average" for speakers in this category. It's not hard to read the literature on Edifier's website and ascertain that the primary design objective here is style.  Reading the Overview, the only mention of sound comes as "...a treat for your eyes and ears.." (note, eyes first!) while the rest is focused on appearance. Of the six points made in the Features, only one of them has anything to do with performance (magnetically shielded speaker drivers), and the first point made concerns the "red halo LED effect".

 

Edifier Prisma Subwoofer

 

Sound would seem to be an afterthought here, and that's not too hard to believe considering the product category that this falls under is "Edifier Image" (the others are Edifier Multimedia and Edifier Studio). So what's my beef with the sound? It's mostly the subwoofer. I challenge you to find any reputable subwoofer that is shaped like an aerodynamically optimized bicycle racing helmet. At low volumes, the satellites are clear and mellow, and the sub is actually pretty good. Initially, bass sounds tight, focused, and warm, but quickly turns bland, dry, flubby, and unfocused as you start to roll the volume wheel inside that beautiful red halo LED remote. The satellites respond similarly at higher volumes (they don't break up or anything though, they just sound...not...great). But hey, lets be honest, these aren't speakers that you're gonna sit your neighbor down square in front of, crank it, and wow them with instruments they've never heard in songs they've listened to hundreds of times. Nah, these are for the bedroom, the dormroom, maybe the office, and I think they'll suit most just fine for that application. Most importantly is that you're into the style before making this purchase. People that are looking for a nice, modern compliment to a similarly styled iPod or iPad are probably searching for these right now, in fact. The advertised frequency response of 30Hz-20kHz (coverage by the whole set) is pretty accurate, again at lower volumes. I'm actually listening to a hard rock album at moderate volume at this very moment and just want to interject that the sub sounds, quite frankly, absent and distorted. 

 

Final Thoughts

For $80, you get a uniquely styled, solidly constructed, set of average speakers. That's about all there is to it. The Edifier Prisma has standard features and integration capabilities that you would expect from any set of speakers these days via the standard 3.5mm jack, but we'd hands-down recommend Edifier's S330D (at $130) which we love to this day as one of the best 2.1 computer speakers we've had the pleasure of testing. However, if you are only mildly into the look, I would not recommend purchasing these because of the sub-par sound performance. It just isn't there.  Some of Logitech's 2.1 sets, which can be had for $20-30, have far superior subwoofer performance, and the speakers themselves perfrom as well as the Prisma's, and have half-decent looks to boot. If I had better audiophile verbiage at my disposal, I would use it, but I doubt it would mean much to most. I don't think it would be fair to knock Edifier for these, because they clearly fit in a market where the chief design requirement is style, and they've succeeded in packaging a rather stale form factor into a sleek and modern package, and Edifier has plenty of other options for those with a true appreciation for great sound.

 

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