We humans are weird. While the ideal speaker is having a flat frequency response across the spectrum, most of us will find it boring and “no oomph”. Thus, we have equalizers, or EQ, to tweak the sound. But EQs are quite limited – hence hardware-optimized frequency responses. The Edifier M3600D is one of those speakers that goes beyond EQ, touting its THX certification.
Let’s take a look at the Edifier M3600D – the THX-certified speaker that has so much bass.
Special thanks Inter-Asia for providing us the speaker for this review!
Unsurprisingly, the box itself is rather simple in design.
Digging out everything reveals the contents which are fairly basic. Cables necessary to hook up the Edifier M3600D, some documentations and warranty card, and the speakers themselves. The 2.1 speaker system here is simple too – one subwoofer and two satellites. That’s it!
First things first – the color. I absolutely adore the fact that Edifier has opted for its sleek, pure black wood for the subwoofer and both satellites. Even the cables are all black – which makes it that much easier to hide in the shadows of your setup.
However, Edifier has opted for a bizarre serial port this point. The serial port connects from the right satellite (which houses a majority of the controls) into the subwoofer.
The only thing that’s not controlled by right satellite is the bass. For that, the dial is located behind the subwoofer. Quite an awkward placement and would probably be better if it’s on the right satellite too, I know.
Speaking of awkward placements, I’m not sure why the aux port is placed waaaaaaaaay behind the right satellite… Not the easiest to access, but can be routed elsewhere easily and cleanly.
On the left satellite, it has absolutely zero knobs or ports there.
By the way, the 乇乂ㄒ尺卂 ㄒ卄丨匚匚 serial port cable might be a little difficult to route, but still manageable nonetheless. It’s just that the subwoofer will have to be offset from the wall by quite a large gap.
With both satellites angled, the sound produced is propagated towards my ears instead of my chest. This angle, however, makes the volume knob a little too difficult to be pressed.
This is where things get a little weird. On the right satellite (where all the controls are found) has a little sticker on its side. This sticker tells the modes that the Edifier M3600D can support through its corresponding colors. To change modes, you’ll have to press the volume knob.
It’s a little confusing, to be honest. After I turned it on, it’s on Line 1/Line 2 mode (yes, both lines are in the same mode) and pressing the knob, the light flashes once but still shows green. This time, it’s in aux mode.Press the knob again and this time it turns red.
Press the knob again and this time it turns red. Pressing it will flash red once more. I’m not sure which input comes first – either optical or coaxial input, but they’re both certainly still categorized within one same LED color.
Which I guess is same, since most people will only be stuck in one input mode anyway. By the way, that little headphone jack is a blessing for those who switch between headphones and speakers while keeping the desk clean with minimal cables.
The one thing that I think can be improved here is the placement of that bass knob. Seriously, why put it way at the back of the subwoofer? I do understand that most of us will only fiddle with the bass knob once and never be touched again, some people will want a little more bass on the fly without using any EQ.
Placing the bass knob on the right satellite at some corner would be lots better than having it behind the subwoofer, in my opinion. I mean, let’s not pollute the THX certification with some janky EQ.
Using the Edifier M3600D
Alright, let’s be honest here. Hooking up the Edifier M3600D is extremely simple. Just plug in the RCA to 3.5mm audio jack to its respective colors in Line 1, plug in the left and right satellites, plug in the power cable, and switch it on. Then, it’s ready to play some tunes.
They look rather minimal too, to be honest. It’s all gunmetal grey and black wood all around. Cleaning the satellites, however, might be difficult. The mesh net isn’t removable and since it’s angled this way, it’ll only scoop up most dust over time.
I compared the Edifier M3600D with the Edifier C3 that I’ve been using for the longest of time and find out if the THX certification is a gimmick or if it really matters.
Let me clarify something first – the Edifier M3600D is a THX-certified speaker. Its midrange and bass unit is moved to the 8-inch subwoofer unit, while the two satellites have a 2.75-inch treble unit each. In theory, this setup will give a lot more emphasis on the bass while still maintaining great treble.
I started off with my usual list of music – Adventure Time by Rogue. That song alone has quite a heavy amount of midrange and bass, and the sound quality is as expected – its bass is great while the midrange is a little heavier on the bass side. The treble however, isn’t as high as it should be. This is something I expected wholeheartedly, so no surprises there.
With that knowledge, I moved on to something different – Everything’s Different by Bustre. This song has a distinct bass vibrato in it that even the Edifier C3 can’t really play it distinctively. I was surprised that the Edifier M3600D can play this vibrato (rapid slight variation in pitch) with utmost clarity while still shaking my table in the mean time.
Orchestral tracks like the BBC Big Band’s Cherokee sounded surprisingly more bassy, but its treble is still maintained pretty nicely. Sure, it’s not as sparkly as the Edifier C3, but those brass and percussion instruments sound extremely fantastic on the Edifier M3600D!
David Guetta’s remix of Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars sounds fantastic as well. Every beat is heard clearly and it just sends a shockwave across the room with every beat.
We’ve all heard about “gaming audio”, mostly on the headphones/earphones realm of audio devices. They’re tuned to emphasize on the bass.The Edifier M3600D is — in my opinion — can be categorized as a “gaming speaker”.
Following that consensus, the Edifier M3600D is — in my opinion — can be categorized as a “gaming speaker”. With the THX certification and the big emphasis on bass, its frequency response will certainly shake your butt when an explosion happens in game. Reaper’s voice is extremely bassy, by the way.
Wrapping up the Edifier M3600D review
To be honest, it’s a speaker that looks minimal, doesn’t have those unused fancy features, and it has a unique sound signature. The THX certification is certainly legit, as the bass response on the Edifier M3600D is earth shaking.
For a price of RM399 now over at Lazada for a limited time (originally RM699), the Edifier M3600D is a direct competitor with the Logitech Z623 – another THX-certified 2.1 speaker. I can’t say which one is better, but for all I can tell, the M3600D is disrupting this specific niche market.