Published on March 15th, 2011 | by Gbemiga0
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.