If package weight was directly proportional to audio quality, these 2.1 speakers would stand unparalleled. Most 2.1 speaker sets you will have encountered in high street computer stores will weigh a few kilos. Logitech’s Z533 is 6Kg. This set of Edifiers weigh more than 15Kg.
One thing we know to be true for quality manufacturers: The heavier the product, the more protection it will receive. The e235’s come in a double-box with large quad polystyrene foam grids, ready to take a courier’s hit to protect your purchase.
The external box looked like it had been in a fight when we received it, but the speakers were thankfully undamaged. Each of them wrapped in their own white cotton pouch complete with a pull tie. The only thing missing was some retail-ready packaging or sleeve – which might indicate that Edifier is not expecting to sell this product ‘off the shelf’ in local retail outlets.
The box also featured a smaller plastic casing for the user manual and cables, as well as a plastic pouch with an Edifier micro-fibre cloth for cleaning the glossy speakers.
The hand-held remote is a good size and weight with rubberised buttons that are easy enough to find. It would be more effective with a backlight, though. While small/slim/sleek has its design advantages, keeping it anywhere near your sofa is likely to result in a search when it inevitably slips between the cushions.
The satellites have a ¾” tweeter and 3 inch driver giving you 38 watts. The ‘thunk’ comes from the big, round subwoofer, which is equipped with a pair of 8” drivers and a 100 watt built-in amplifier.
We found the subwoofer and satellite units were paired straight out of the box. If you do lose the link for some reason, then the re-connection process is simple enough.
The tweeters on all the speakers are protected by a curved piece of metal. However, the 8” speakers on the sub-woofer are exposed, so you might want to consider physical factors before choosing the e235. Certainly a cat, dog or toddler in the house should make you think twice.