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Published on November 11th, 2014 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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