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Published on March 15th, 2011 | by Gbemiga

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Brighten Up Your Sound With The Edifier Aurora

At CES, there are al­ways the lat­est and great­est in speak­ers on dis­play. Some of them are quite large, cost­ly beasts that can de­serve their own zip­codes. We al­ways like these sys­tems, but find them a bit be­yond our reach- it takes a lot to set­up a de­mo and com­pare, and the since we reg­u­lar­ly mis­treat our equip­ment, the price range on the high­er-end au­dio gear can be a bit scary.

If you’re in the same boat, then you’ll en­joy our reg­u­lar cov­er­age of Blue­tooth head­sets and portable speak­er sets. The lat­est small item to come through our labs is from Ed­i­fi­er, mak­ers of the Au­ro­ra MP300. This is a prod­uct whose most stun­ning fea­ture is the psychedel­ic range of col­ors that it is avail­able in. The Au­ro­ra is made for net­book, tablet, or lap­top us­er but with its 3.5mm jack, it is com­pat­i­ble with a wide range of de­vices like your MP3 play­er or var­i­ous portable gad­gets and de­vices. Un­like many such speak­er sets, this is a true 2.1 sys­tem, with bet­ter sep­a­ra­tion than many com­peti­tors. Win­ner of a Red Dot De­sign Award, the de­sign is quite fun- spher­i­cal speak­ers and a tubu­lar sub­woofer. We felt mis­lead though- it’s quite easy to be fooled by the im­ages on­line, and we strong­ly wish that the ads and pic­tures made it more clear- the in­di­vid­u­al speak­ers are in­deed wired, not wire­less, as it ap­pears in the im­ages. And the wires are quite short, to boot!

The Au­ro­ra was easy to set­up right out of the box. The sub­woofer puts out a de­cent amount of vol­ume and oomph for its size. Con­nect­ed to the sub­woofer are two small speak­ers that al­so pro­vide suf­fi­cient sound out­put. On top of the right speak­er we found two sil­ver but­tons. One but­ton turns the vol­ume up, the oth­er down, and it’s sim­ple enough if a bit awk­ward. The au­dio in­put ca­ble is rea­son­ably long and al­lows you to place the Au­ro­ra a dis­tance from you.

The sound from the Au­ro­ra is good enough to lis­ten to mu­sic, watch movies and YouTube videos but it won’t be suf­fi­cient for any se­ri­ous mu­sic lovers who want a broad­er range, deep­er bass and or more ac­cu­rate re­pro­duc­tion. We weren’t im­pressed by acous­tic ver­sions, nor did the sparkle in ana­log record­ings come through- sound tend­ed to be a bit more flat than we liked and a bit clin­i­cal. Vol­ume was good, and im­pres­sive­ly dis­tor­tion-free though crack­les and er­rors could be heard at high­er end of the vol­ume range. The Au­ro­ra is avail­able in As­phalt Grey, Elec­tric Blue, Liq­uid Sil­ver, Lu­mi­nous Yel­low, Mid­night Blue, Orig­i­nal Red, Pas­sion Pink, Spicy Red, Stormy Black and Tangy Or­ange. If it had been wire­less, or of­fered bet­ter sound, we’d strong­ly rec­om­mend it thanks to the fair­ly cute de­sign. But, at­trac­tive though it is, it winds up be­ing a bit dif­fi­cult to pack, lacks the bat­ter­ies nec­es­sary to be tru­ly portable but al­so the pow­er need­ed to be a good sta­tion­ary set­up. A few flaws mar the slick sur­face, but the stylish Au­ro­ra can be yours for around $100.

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About the Author

In Gbemiga Sodipe's 28 years on this planet, he has lived on every continent but South America and has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Microsoft in Beijing and as a coupon delivery guy in Springfield, Missouri. He loves books and is partial to Sci-Fi and Nonfiction but if you put any book in front of him his mind will be gone from this world and into the world of the book. Unless of course you put Uncle Toms Cabin or any book by L. Ron Hubbard in front of him, then he will first beat you to a bloody pulp with the book then commit what he considers to be one of his Seven Deadly Sins i.e. burn the book. In fact he for a time considered books much more interesting and less problematic than girls but that was during his early teenage years (ok maybe also every now and then but don’t tell his girlfriend that). Gbemiga speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, understands but can’t speak Yoruba (to his mother’s eternal chagrin, even though it’s her fault) and knows the insults and swear words of 5 other languages (thank you International upbringing).



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