Before I write any details about the speaker, I would like to mention how my personal experience was with them. When I thought of buying a speaker, I was not just looking for a Bluetooth speaker.
I wanted a bookshelf speaker for some casual listening, as well as a loud one which will give life to my parties. Along with it, I also wanted it to pair perfectly with my television’s sound system.
As many expectations as I had, I was not once disappointed by the Edifier R1700BT. These speakers function well in all the above-mentioned areas, that’s has made them my new favorite.
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Edifier R1700BT Review  Overview:
At first glance, the speaker gives a classy aesthetic. Their stylish appearance gives away an impression of them being fairly expensive. In contrast to that, the speakers are quite budget friendly. To be able to cover a lot of bases at such a price point is an achievement of its own kind.
The exterior of the speaker is perfectly designed to keep it modern, yet classy. It does not give away a boring vibe; neither draws too much attention. Rather they are the perfect blend of class and style.
Like most passive bookshelf speakers, the chassis is built from a textured, plastic composite material, which is black in color. On each side of the main chassis, two planks are installed, which are either walnut or cherry in color.
The sleek size of the speaker is 6 inches in width and 10 inches in height. An acute angle is given to the speaker towards the bottom of each side to enhance the eye-catching look of the speaker. This gives an upward slant to the speakers at almost 10 degrees’.
Even though most bookshelf speakers are not lightweight, we still consider the Edifier R1700BT is a little too bulky. The weight of the speakers is a whopping 15 pounds, which makes them a little too heavy to be placed on shelves.
It should be considered that the wooden exterior has added to the weight. If it had been replaced by a plastic exterior, it would have delivered a shaky sound towards the back of the speaker.
The footprint of the speaker is considerably larger because of the angled projection. The angle, however, did significantly help in improving the sound quality of the speaker.
When comparing the price to the overall performance and the features of the speaker, it seems like a good deal.
Most mid to low ranged speakers will be able to satisfy you with the same sound quality, however, features like Bluetooth connectivity will be lacking, which the EDIFIER R1700BT offers you.
With just three knobs on the side, the speaker does seem to be a little short on the connectivity front. One of the knobs controls the volume while the other controls the bass/treble of the speaker.
Two-RCA based inputs are allowed at the rear panel. RCA cables are also supplied with the speakers. To ensure a much easier installation, Edifier has connected the speaker with a 5-pin port. This has shown a much more stable connection than the conventional two-wire standard cable connection.
The speakers have Bluetooth 4.0 streaming, and connectivity is easy. It is also the most striking of all the features. One thing which makes it a little difficult at first is that the Bluetooth pairing mode is enabled via a remote.
His remote is provided along with the speaker and does not clearly identify the Bluetooth options. However, once understood, the connections are pretty stable and easy to make.
If one does not have the remote, doing it via the speaker will have you digging down the instruction manual, which, to be fair, nobody likes. To enter pairing mode manually, you will have to press and hold the volume knob of the speaker.
When going for a low-priced speaker, most customers do not consider Edifier, it has two reasons. One is that there are other fairly priced brands that deliver just as well. The other reason is that the brand recognition of Edifier is not established.
However, when tested, the speakers are premium in sound quality. A 15W RMS output is allowed per speaker. Due to a lot of headroom, this does seem to appear as 20W or 30W easily. The speaker is built-in with a small amp unit, which puts out 85dB.
The harmonic distortion is around 0.5% or less. The sound produced is surprisingly louder for its size. The 4 inches’ drivers of the speaker deliver a phenomenal bass response. The low-mid frequencies were a tiny bit full, which was quite expected, given the price point.
Q- Which one is better? Edifier R1700BBT vs Edifier R1280T?
The answer depends on your preferences. If you are more into added features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, Edifier R1700BT should be your choice. If you do not care about those, and rather want a cheaper option than Edifier R1700BT, then Edifier R1280T is perfect for you. Both of the speakers provide similar sound quality.
Q- Will you be able to connect a subwoofer to Edifier R1700BT?
A self-powered subwoofer can be connected to the Edifier R1700BT. For this, you will also need an RCA Y-splitter.
The Edifier R1700BT is a powered speaker. This speaker provides Bluetooth connectivity and excellent sound quality. The exterior is perfectly designed at an angle that delivers the sound directly to the listener. The wooden exterior of the speaker improves the sound quality but makes the speaker a little heavier than expected. The speaker comes with a remote, which enables Bluetooth pairing. Overall the speakers have good performance, especially considering the low to mid ranges price point of the speakers.