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Edifier MP300 2.1 Portable Audio System
Speakers/Headphones | First Looks
Fri 18 Nov 2005

Audio You Can Easily Move Around

Tubular Subwoofer.

Micro Satelites with 1.5-inch driver.

Carrying case for easy transportation.

With more than nine years of experience in producing sound systems, Edifier, a brand that was established in Beijing, China in May 1996 is a specialist in producing audio products that are not only aesthetically striking, but also great sounding as well. The latest addition to the company's lineup of portable audio systems, the MP300, is a 2.1 speaker system conceived to tap into the growing demand for better audio quality on the go for users of notebooks and portable audio players being the core group of targeted consumers.

For Other Portable Toys

Coincidentally, the MP300 is Edifier's first ever 2.1 portable multimedia speaker system designed with a heavy emphasis on mobility, specifically designed to pair up with portable devices such as notebooks, CD/DVD player, MP3 players and portable media player (PMP) devices. For executives in the sales and media industries, the higher audio ceiling offered by the 1.4kg MP300 over standard speakers found on notebooks could prove invaluable when it comes to persuasion power. Likewise, the portable nature and higher volume might also be well received by the notebook gaming crowd.

Vital Statistics

Being a 2.1 audio solution, the Edifier MP300 is packaged around a self-contained subwoofer with internal amplification circuits and is accompanied by two satellites to cover mid and high range frequencies. Like the subwoofer, the two satellites are also magnetically shielded to allow free positioning of the Edifier MP300 without concerns of complications caused by magnetism to nearby audio/video devices. As per audio solutions of such implementation, the woofer of the MP300, a passive version in this case, reproduces all low frequencies. However, with a power rating of just 9W for the 'boom box' and 2.5W for each of the two satellites, the audio impact for this system is unfortunately limited to a close proximity experience.
We also noted that the bass was clearly lacking travel and punch for pumping club tunes. On the other hand, higher frequencies were better handled, thanks to the adequately sized 1.5-inch satellite drivers. Overall the audio experience, though not quite the caliber of proper desktop counterparts of the same value, is acceptable given the specs and the kind of mobile application in which this set was designed to cater.

It'll Match Your Decor

Styling is a strong plus factor of the Edifier MP300 that is worth mentioning. Shaded in a contemporarily lifestyle tone using reflective chrome and silver metallic paint, Edifier has managed to create a Zen image for the MP300 and in doing so, made it easier for owners to place the unit inconspicuously on most desktops. Thanks to the error proof connectors for the satellites, audio input and power, the system can be put into action in a jiffy and it's also just as easy to pack it all up into its nifty carrying case to be zipped to the next location. These points definitely strengthen the MP300's selling proposition for a truly portable 2.1 speaker audio system.

Keeping It Simple

Controls were kept simple as well, with only a pair of volume buttons and the blue LED activity indicator on the subwoofer. Bass and treble adjustments are nonexistent on the MP300 and are relegated to software fine-tuning or equalizer adjustments available on audio sources.

By keeping things simple for the MP300, Edifier was able to pull off its attempt in retailing a decent audio product to complement portable audio devices and in the process of doing so, delivering a tightly integrated audio solution that is as easy to setup as it is to carry around for audio on the move. Retail price of the Edifier MP300 is expectedly a little on the high side, especially when competing solutions are stacked against in comparison. Nevertheless, going by its build quality, lifestyle design, simplicity and portability aspects, its price tag of US$77 is, in our opinion, properly justified.

Product Specifications

  • Frequency Response: 75 - 20,000 Hz
  • Input Impedance: 5Kohms
  • Input Sensitivity: 450mv
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 85dBA
  • Bass Driver Unit: 2.0-inch Woofer with Heat Treated Paper Voice Coil, Magnetically Shielded
  • Midrange/High Frequency Driver: 1.5-inch with Heat Treated Paper Voice Coil, Magnetically Shielded
  • Subwoofer Dimension: 151 x 223 x 245 (W x H x D)
  • Satelite Dimension: 92 x 115 x 90 (W x H x D)
  • Power Requirements: DC 12V
  • Weight: approx 1.4kg