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Edifier R1700BTs Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers $178.49 (15% off), R1280DBs $149.99 (25% off) Delivered @ Amazon AU

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Edifier R1700BTs Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers 66w RMS $178.49 Delivered (Was $209.99)

New Model (replaces R1700BT.) First time they are discounted on Amazon and they were excluded from the recent Edifier 10% off sale as they were new models. Thanks to thebadmachine:

R1700BTs
Updated R1700BT. Analog input only + Bluetooth.
New features: BT 5.0 (with aptX), Subwoofer output, Sound Spacilizer, new remote.
This model has Bluetooth but is missing digital inputs.


Edifier R1280DBs Active Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers 42W RMS $149.99 Delivered (Was $199.99)

Another New Model Replaces the R1280DB. Previous cheapest was $170. Review published yesterday

Thanks to thebadmachine:

R1280DBs
Updated R1280DB. Analog & digital inputs (optical / coaxial) + Bluetooth.
New features: BT 5.0 (with aptX), Subwoofer output, Sound Spacializer, new remote.
This model would be ideal for PC / TV use with optical input, and has Bluetooth for wireless music from your smart-phone


Free delivery for all, no prime required.


Edit 8/2: R1280DBs available again.

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    Oh nice, sub out and a better remote on this model is excellent.

    Digital inputs are for the other models, fyi.

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    Are there any significant difference to the Edifier R1700BT for $159?

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        I think they were asking the difference between this new R1700BTs vs the old R1700BT.

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          BTS is bluetooth 5.0 and has APTX, BT does not.

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    Edifier R1280DB for $149 is a bargain?

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      This is the R1280DBs (new model). See description.

      R1280DBs
      Updated R1280DB, analog & digital inputs (optical / coaxial) + Bluetooth.
      New features: BT 5.0 (with aptX), Subwoofer output, Sound Spacializer, new remote.

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    Would a soundbar or these be better for a TV? (I know ‘but 5.1’)

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      In terms of quality of sound reproduction, I'd also like to know. I'm debating whether to upgrade from a soundbar to a 2.1 setup using these. Sometimes from a TV, ARC is an important factor too for Dolby and DTS. I'm looking for the best option for HTPC output.

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        Real speakers will always sound better than a sound bar.

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          That's what I'm expecting too. I guess from now its best to go and listen to them or similar in store. The dimensions suggest they're the size of a shoebox.

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            @DarthAntz: Sound bars can sound good and I think they are an easy sell to wives/girlfriends since they are a bit neater than having 2 bookshelf/floor standing speakers with associated wiring/amps everywhere.

            the thing is they are still just slightly better TV speakers.

            My parents have a Sonos Playbar and Sub and it sounds great but its at the higher end of the soundbar market.

            i have audioengine A5 powered speakers as my TV setup and they are great. they are 5" speakers. i paired them with a second hand Jamo sub and they sound great. a bit flat on their own.

            i havent heard edifiers so cant comment on the sound but they seem to be really popular.

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              @Laserface: So you think its a matter of space and cabling, and the slight difference in quality is not worth it? I was looking at the A5's too.
              I'd definitely pair them with a subwoofer. In the end, it all depends on the space I have to setup a TV and speakers.
              Thanks for the comment, your experience is very helpful to this question.

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                @DarthAntz: At the price of the A5 you could also consider the s3000pro for a little more.

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                @DarthAntz: if you can audition a few speakers in a shop, do that. the audio engines are pretty spendy these days. im waiting to listen to some edifiers at my mates house to see how they compare. I think JB sells edifier?

                can always add a sub later if the bass isnt to your liking. no need to buy it at the exact same time!

                another benefit of the soundbar is they support all the dolby surround stuff. so you dont end up with loud music and quiet voices in media. you can get around this with stereo speakers if you have the adequate setup to mix down the 5.1 to stereo but something to be mindful of. I personally dont notice it too much. Most TVs can decode but not downmix to stereo, i think?

                the A5s I have are analog inputs only and some TVs dont have analog out anymore. I have to use the headphone jack for example (LG B8)

                also consider the size of your room. my lounge room is maybe 3-4M across and im about 3m from my speakers. its a shoebox flat pretty much. the A5s are well loud enough, but a large family room or media room may need something bigger.

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                  @Laserface: Thanks, I totally agree with adding a sub later and the size of the room. I'm buying new speakers every 3-5 years, and later this year we are anticipating on moving to our own home. If that's the case, I'd like to use a larger space and have something conservative, yet complete. I believe that can be achieved with the right priced soundbar, and this will save on a lot of setup and coordination, especially from multiple devices.

                  However, going the route of a receiver and speakers could provide the 'step up' in sound for the space, and there are plenty of second hand options to start at. Plenty of research to do also (hence these comments). I believe 'you get what you paid for' when it comes to sound, and from previous experiences, having all the features isn't always worth it as its not always used. Oh and whenever you buy speakers, you realise you're missing a component or feature that is only in another set of speakers. In my case, i missed ARC on the last purchase a few years ago on a 2.1 soundbar.

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                    @DarthAntz: I tend to treat speakers as 'forever purchases'. if you aren't blowing them out, they should last decades.

                    amps on the other hand not so much.

                    Im considering going for some second hand floor standing speakers and a nice vintage amp but I am a bachelor that loves music so the aesthetic/homemaker issue isnt a big deal.

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    Would I be able to physically connect my headphone to these Edifier bookshelf speakers when it connects to PC ?

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      I'm not 100% sure, but I highly doubt it. Any reason why you wouldn't just connect your headphones to the PC?

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        I tried to connect to the PC but the sound is awful. I will keep try. Thx,

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    I bought the 1700BT for 129 a few months back, they are good for that price. Not sure the few extra features are really worth it, probably better forking out extra and getting the ones with a Sub.

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    I have 2 pairs of these Edifier speakers,the R1700BT in the kitchen and the R1700BTs model in the lounge. The 3 things I like about the upgraded model is; 1) The power on light is now at the front of the speaker instead of the side, so you can now see when you've accidentally left the speaker on, the older R1700BT model has the light on the side which means for most locations it's difficult to see the light. 2) Bluetooth 5.0 on the R1700BTs has one big advantage for me, if I accidentally leave the room with my phone (which also has Bluetooth 5.0) the connection does not drop out so easily, I can pretty much go anywhere in the house with my phone, the older R1700BT has Bluetooth 4 and leaving the room with the phone and the familiar dropout squeaking starts. 3) The remote control on the newer R1700BTs model has a simple clean button layout.

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    Highly recommend you spend few hundred more on these https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07B4Q5587/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_f... and a cheap class d amp.
    Much better soundstage, bass and you won't feel the need to upgrade for a while

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      Which D-Class Amp can you recommend? There seem to be so many.

      I'd love one with bluetooth too…

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        SMSL SA300 would be best option if you don't mind spending a bit more and not having optical out for connection to TV and other devices.

        If you want it all for cheap, then the Topping MX3. Though I have avoided this one due to quality control issues and reports that bluetooth is unreliable. But it has many rave reviews.

        I'm just waiting on a sale for the SMSL SA300.

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        Smsl ad18

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          Thanks @ifreddo and @mlburnian for your suggestions - they're the ones I keep seeing come up.

          I guess it'll be the amp and some Voll speakers next time there's a sale? Should smash the Edifiers with only slightly more hassle.

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    Can you hook any sub to these or do you have to use the Edifier T5 sub? A quick search shows you can't get edifier T5 in Australia unless importing from UK.

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    Anyone hooked a turntable up to these, or the previous model?

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      Have seen a few reviews online of people hooking these up to turntables. They were happy with the sound.

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        Thanks, I got my pair delivered today (thanks one day shipping!) and they sound awesome.

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    Which model here would be great for a combination of PC speakers, wirelessly connecting to tv when watching a movie and also able to use phone to automatically change it from one input to another. Like it’s connected to my pc but then I’m on the bed and want it to start playing music from my phone without having to go and swap it over.

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    Going to buy the Edifier S3000PRO when they are on sale.

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    this or r1855db

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    R1280DBs available again.

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      Awesome, just purchased a pair. S360db are also on sale. Really struggled with which to choose between.

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    I'm looking at the R1700BTs for my home office, mostly for listening to music and some potential amateur recording. I've looked at the specs and can't see why the huge difference between this and the R1280DBs besides the optical port which I wouldn't be using. Anyone had experience between the two? Being a near field studio monitor I imagine this will provide better sound as I'm sitting close up and won't be slamming sound out too hard?

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      Ah screw it, bought the R1700BTs. Thanks OP!

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        You made the right choice if you dont want the extra inputs and if you have the space for the bigger cabinets (they are quite large). 1280DBS has optical and coaxial as extras I think and maybe an extra line in I think.

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    Hey guys i was looking at the R1700BT & R1280DB and found out that there's no password for bluetooth (dont really want strangers to connect to the speakers) so does anyone know if the updated models have a password for bluetooth?

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    R1700BTS now $139.99 for those subscribed who haven't purchased yet.

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      Nice post but ouch, didn't expect such a drop!

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        Yeah me neither!