I recently upgraded to the Edifier S1000MKII. This is a 2.0 HiFi speaker system with lots of features built-in. It’s an entirely new experience for me as this is the first time I’m using a HiFi bookshelf speaker.
A little backstory here – about 12 years ago, I bought the Edifier C3. At that time, the Edifier C3 was – and still is – a powerful set of speakers. I used it for more than 10 years – and I absolutely loved how the way it sounded. It’s time for an upgrade but the selection of 2.1 speakers is pretty stale.
I am also using the Edifier R1700BT (review here) at the office and I have confidence in the company, which is why I opted for the Edifier S1000MKII.
Our unit of the Edifier S1000MKII is from China, by the way. Pardon the Chinese-only language on the speaker itself.
Inside the box, we get a few different things. What we need to pay attention to are these things:
- Remote control
- 2x AAA batteries
- Optical audio cable (standard TOSLINK)
- RCA to 3.5mm audio jack cable
- 5-pin XLR cable
Edifier has you covered right out of the box. You can use whatever devices and connect to the Edifier S1000MKII and start playing your music already.
So, looking at the design itself. I have to say – each satellite in itself is very heavy. It’s about 8kg each, if I’m not wrong. The new Edifier S1000MKII satellites look essentially the same as the old S1000DB. Looks sleek, though.
The satellite is also slightly angled so that the sound propagated goes towards your ears, not your chest. This is a bit of a double-edged sword as it is better for close-range listening – like my desktop setup here – but not suitable for TV uses as the sound will be propagated above our heads.
Like usual, there’s also an indicator LED at the bottom front of the right satellite, indicating the speaker’s status and what input the speaker is using.
The protective grill also looks sleek and it’s also detachable, if you wish to do so. Personally, I’ll leave them on since my desk is a hazardous place with lots of sharp objects.
By the way, since the speaker is so tall, I just place my secondary monitor on top. That piece of cardboard is to protect the speaker from getting scratches.
As usual with many speakers, the right side of the speaker system is the “master”. For the Edifier S1000MKII, we have a whole lot of ports and dials to play with. we’re looking at a total of 5 different types of inputs:
- 2x line-in through RCA
- Optical audio cable (digital S/PDIF through TOSLINK)
- Digital coaxial
- Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX and aptX HD support
And there are also a total of 3 different dials here:
This is why I stated that you can pretty much connect the Edifier S1000MKII to any device that you have and it’ll work. All the necessary cables are included in the box, too.
Just don’t lose the remote because it is the most important companion to the S1000MKII. Love the remote and you’ll have a tough time changing between the slew of different input.
I think we should mention that I outright replaced the Edifier C3 that I was using for more than a decade with the Edifier S1000MKII. It’s placed in the same position in the same room so that I can get a true apples-to-apples comparison. I am also sitting at about 50-70cm away from the speaker.
I should also mention that I am using the optical cable because my PC’s soundcard supports it. That’s because I want to take advantage of the Edifier S1000MKII’s DSP which can support up to 24-bit @ 216kHz.
Coming from the Edifier C3, the new Edifier S1000MKII sounds magnificent. I didn’t even have to tune the bass and treble and it sounds just the way I like it.
The overall bass isn’t as heavy as the Edifier C3 since there’s no dedicated subwoofer, but that’s okay. The bass still sounds good out of the box. If I want more bass, I can turn it up at the back of the master side.
The treble is what I’m most impressed about. The trumpets sound great on the Edifier S1000MKII.
The vocals are also fantastic. I was listening to Alice Francis (fantastic vocals by the way) and her voice sounds great through this set of speakers. I mean, it’s a big leap from the Edifier C3 in terms of the quality overall.
I don’t really know how to describe this, but its clarity – especially with instruments played in the big band jazz that I always listen to – sounds much more natural. I think in a more technical term, it’s because the diaphragm is looser?
Anyway, the music just sounds much better. Even MP3 files at 320kbps sound great on Edifier S1000MKII.
Wrapping up the Edifier S1000MKII review
Alright, so let’s talk about the price first. The Edifier S1000MKII is at RM1,299. It’s just RM100 more than the previous generation S1000DB, but comes with a lot of upgrades under the hood.
Coming from the usual 2.1 speaker systems, the Edifier S1000MKII is a big departure and a big upgrade for me. The sound is just so much better and more natural compared to other speakers I’ve owned so far.
I think it’s worth the price it’s asking for. I’ve tested other HiFi bookshelf speakers – like the Audioengine A5+ Wireless but costs more than twice the price but lacks the variety of inputs like the Edifier S1000MKII.
Also, do keep in mind that the Edifier S1000MKII is the entry-level HiFi bookshelf speaker that Edifier is offering. There are higher-end options like the S2000 Pro and also the S3000 Pro.