EDIFIER R33BT is the newest addition to bookshelf speaker system in EDIFIER’s family. The R33BT were targeted towards budget users since the unit just costs RM199. Now, speaking about being a budget speaker system, the R33BT were not designed for hardcore gamers since it lacks a dedicated subwoofer and tuning controls such as bass and treble. The rated RMS of the R33BT is 10W, indicating that, this is very underpowered speaker system.
Moving ahead, the accessories that comes with the unit itself is pretty basic. A pair of EDIFIER R33BT speakers, a 3.5mm male-to-male audio jack, a user manual and a warranty card.
Next, the R33BT comes with removable mesh cover. The mesh cover purpose is to protect the drivers from dust or other accidental damage caused by the user that may disturb the overall functionality of the speaker. According to the specification provided, the R33BT features a 3.5mm mid-woofer driver, a 3.5mm tweeter that actually works. I believe the similar tweeter was used in XM6BT. Adding further, the R33BT features a good quality amplifier that can support 20Wx2 output power, easily supersede with the stock RMS rating by the manufacturer.
The R33BT’s right speaker is an active speaker and the left is the passive. The given I/O options is very basic, a 3.5mm left speaker input, a 3.5mm aux input (for PC/TV/decoders/external amplifiers) and a switch.
On top of the active speaker unit, three buttons present. The center button act as a power button (press it for 5 sec to switch on or off), and press once to switch to Bluetooth mode and vice versa. Each speaker unit gets dedicated bass reflex port for a better airflow.
Back to the main agenda of this review article, the R33BT comes with the dual operational mode, PC mode and Bluetooth mode. When PC mode were selected, the led light indicator will be green. The R33BT undergone a standard one-hour burning in session with heavy bass song. After an hour, I tried to play a few bassy songs of my choice to personally experience the DSP feature. To my surprise, the bass quality and clarity from the unit are awesome, well for my ears. I don’t usually tweak equalizer settings since I prefer natural audio output from a speaker driver. Here, the DSP feature kicks in. When it comes to watching movies, the R33BT did a good job, balancing the bass and vocals at the right level. For such price rate, I would say, this is a good deal.
The R33BT utilizes the latest Bluetooth technology, Version 5.0. However, the company do not disclose the Bluetooth codecs used for the R33BT in the official product site. Playing songs through the speaker in Bluetooth mode is somehow similar with the PC mode. Audio quality remains, unchanged. In other word, it is quite decent.
To wrap up my review article on EDIFIER R33BT, I am speaking from my personal experience, and the points presented here were not exaggerated. The R33BT performs decently. This type of speaker system suitable to be used for TVs and laptops. For PC users, you may have to tweak your music player’s EQ to boost the bass further. Another advantage of the R33BT is, when you turn on the unit or change the operational mode, there won’t be annoying automated voice indicating the current status of the speaker. For my usage, I am happy with the bass quality. If you ask me which user category I would recommend the R33BT, I would say, general music lovers who don’t like to play around with EQs or tweaking bass or treble. For gamers, avoid the R33BT and go for the higher spec G2000 that costs RM100 more.