Published on November 11th, 2014 | by Greg0
Edifier Prisma Encore: A Futuristic 2.1 System
We always like it when products think outside of the box. There’s no reason for every corner to be sharp and every product to be rectangles and squares. Speaker systems especially tend to be a bit conservative when it comes to industrial design, so we always take notice when a company can shake things up.
And Edifier definitely takes an alternative approach with their E3360BT Prisma Encore 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System. Like the Luna Eclipse that we reviewed before, the latest model offers an eye-catching form factor, with both satellite speakers looking a bit like stalactites- or is it stalagmites?- and the subwoofer seeming like a smooth alien lifeform. Even the touch-sensitive volume control pod sticks to the unusual scheme, in the shape of a rounded triangle- and unusually, the remote pod is even wireless.
You might expect a system like this one to cost you an arm and a leg, but it’s surprisingly inexpensive. There are a couple of catches, of course, like Bluetooth playback quality that is only so-so (no apt-X, but AVRCP and A2DP profiles are included. We had no major issues with connectivity, just an occasional need to reconnect and resysnc, and we tested using both Android and iPhone smartphones as well as OSX and PC laptops. 64 total watts of power won’t blow the lid off the party, but are perfectly adequate for music listening in small and mid-sized rooms, and ideal for use with your computer. The two-way satellites feature three-inch mid-range drivers, and the subwoofer has a five-inch down-firing driver for bass performance. Overall, audio performance is a little cool and there is distortion as you get to the edges of range or volume and a bit of a hiss in the background, but the E3360BT is pretty easy on the ears as well as the eyes.
Available in gloss white or gloss black, there’s an auxiliary 3.5mm mini-jack input so you can connect your other devices via old-fashioned wires. Lighting is subtle, even if the E3360BT itself is not. For $150, online and in stores, it’s a great system that isn’t too big or too small, and offers decent audio with a modern style.