EDIFIER R12U USB Speaker, worth or not? | REVIEW

Recently, I sold out my Logitech Z313 since I already bought a new gaming PC. But, I still need to use my old PC for testing purposes, by doing so, I need a medium to convert the electrical energy to mechanical energy (motion) from computer via speaker. After conducting few google searches, I came across with a 2.0 speaker powered by USB, it seems. Well, without taking time to think, I rush to a shop, Nxygen at Jusco Equine Park and bought a pair of EDIFIER R12U, a USB powered 2.0 speaker.


If you’re planning to buy this speaker, then you can directly buy from their official website as, they’re having a discount from the actual price of the speaker for a limited amount of time.

OVERVIEW

The box is quite handy and cute. EDIFIER R12U is a 2.0 USB powered speaker, they’re so handy until, they can even fit in the smallest place or desk of yours either beside the laptop or your computer monitor. This speaker is suitable for PC’s and laptops.

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Figure 1: The speaker.

Currently, they’re offering three main colors, red, black and white. For this speaker review, I’ve chosen the white color.

PACKAGING’S

Before Un-Boxing

The box is not too big and able to fit into my motorcycle basket like a charm. So, you don’t really need a car to buy this speaker if you decided to buy directly from the authorized dealer of your choice.

After Un-Boxing

Believe or not, this speaker feels heavy. Trust me, when I hold the box, I don’t feel much weight, but after I unbox the speaker, the speaker feels solid and slightly heavy. I’ve used a pair of Creative SBS 245 before, but, this speaker feels heavier than them.

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Figure 6: The speaker w/ a USB cable and a 3.5mm audio jack attached.

The casing of the speaker feels premium, perhaps, one of the reasons why, this speaker feels solid.

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Figure 7: The closer look of the given input cable.

SETTING UP THE SPEAKER

The setting up process of the speaker is not hard. It is very easy as the speaker comes with a single USB cable and a 3.5mm audio jack. To fully use this speaker, plug in the USB cable to any USB port(s) in your computer to powered it on, and, plug in the 3.5mm audio cable to the audio jack of your computer.

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Figure 8: The speaker I/O control.

AUDIO QUALITY

Well, in general my first impression towards the speaker is, this speaker might have a weak bass. So, I decided to buy the speaker for a test. After all the proper process was done, I powered up the speaker using the USB cable attached to the USB 3.0 port back in my second PC. I will divide this section for bass, clarity and balance audio.

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Figure 9: The driver.

Bass

The bass is decent for a USB powered speaker. Not the best so far when compared with other 2.0 speakers out there, but, simply outclassed USB powered speakers out there. The driver really punches some basses and there is air that flows out of the bass reflex port.

Clarity

The clarity of the speaker wins here. The vocal quality from the speaker is absolutely good. I just like it whenever I powered on the speaker. For such speaker, I am amazed at how such small speaker can produce such vocal clarity.

Balance

When both bass and clarity was played at the same time, well, it is slightly decent. I must say, though this is a cheap speaker, but, it does present a good amount audio quality to me.

Earbuds & Headset / Headphone Experience

It is really easy to plug into the available audio jack port that located at the left of the volume knob. For this, you don’t really need to be powered up the speaker. An audio jack of your earbuds or headset can be directly plugged into the port and can be used immediately.

The test was done via a pair of EDIFIER H180 and EDIFIER H850 Hi-Fi headphone. The audio quality was nice, along with a solid bass and vocal clarity.

Okay, now, some respective individuals might questioning me, yes, the audio quality sure will be nice by directly plugged into the PC as well. But, to solve the riddle, I tested by myself by plug in directly to PC audio port and the speaker audio port. I will explain in the analysis of the differences between these two methods.

The differences:

  • Plugged directly to the PC audio jack: The audio quality is terrible.
  • Plugged into the audio jack of the speaker: The audio quality is superb.

Overall Analysis of the Audio Quality

I turned to speaker to its maximum volume, and, amazed at how good the drivers of the speaker do the work. The bass was slightly distorted for some songs, but, overall, the music is playable even at the maximum volume.

For movie users, this speaker may not made for you as, it only gives the decent vocal and slightly distorted bass, and at some point, the vocal can’t be heard clearly and I need to increase the volume slightly higher to solve the problem.

This will be a common question from the end users. Do this speaker suitable if, I am using the on-board soundcard. Well, here is the answer. This speaker did a good job in my second PC powered by the onboard soundcard. Here is a simple tip, “If you wish for a good audio quality, you should tweak your equalizer settings of your respective soundboard manufacturer“.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  • Cheap and affordable
  • Excellent quality for its price range
  • Good driver quality (feels solid and premium)
  • Loud audio playable
  • Solid volume button
  • Having a single 3.5mm audio jack port for headphone users.

Disadvantages

  • As the volume goes up, the bass seems to be slightly distorted but, not much.
  • Only three color options were given.

CONCLUSION

Being a bass head personally, I accept this speaker with an open heart and will be using this speaker for my second PC. I must kindly remind that, this speaker won’t fit for gamers as, the bass outcome from the speaker is not up to other standard 2.0 speakers.

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Figure 10: The left-driver of the speaker.

If you’re a student by any chance or working in a office, well, this speaker, definitely for you.

My recommendations (For USB powered speakers): 9/10

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