Edifier S2000MKIII Review

by crackler01

Here is another speaker review – Edifier S2000MKIII Review

As a rule, as potential buyers, we cannot listen to the speakers at the same time or directly in the store before buying, and the most common scenario is simply ordering subsequent constructions one by one within one specific budget. In the case of Edifier S2000MKIII, I followed the scenario of the classic scaling of the position related to the price list and tested the loudspeakers according to the price, from the cheapest to the most expensive, thus emulating a user who is determined to specific designs, but not knowing how much should be spent to achieve the appropriate quality level. One such set, incidentally the most expensive in the same experiment, is the Edifier S2000MKIII.

Edifier S2000MKIII Review

Edifier S2000MKIII – a complete set after unboxing

Edifier S2000MKIII Specifications

  • Total power output: L/R (treble): 15W+15W RMS,  L/R (mid-range bass): 50W + 50W RMS
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: ≥90dB(A)
  • Noise level: ≤25dB(A)
  • Input sensitivity: Line 1 input: 800±50mV, Line 2 input: 600±50mV
  • Bluetooth input: 450±50mFFs
  • Optical/Coaxial input: 350±50mFFs
  • Frequency response: 45Hz~40KHz

You can download the manual here->Edifier S2000MKIII Manual

Edifier S2000MKIII Review – Build quality and design

The first contact with these speakers shows that we are dealing here with something that qualifies as real active monitors. Some will probably miss a badge from a reputable audio manufacturer, but unfortunately, Edifier does not provide any stickers or plugs, so we can either get them on our own or live with the fact that we get “only” Edifier. What I mean by this – is that these speakers, so completely subjectively, are made so nicely and look so beautiful that if they had a logo of another company on them, many would believe that it was their actual job. Who knows, maybe there will be rebranding amateurs who will play with such modifications after the purchase?

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Edifier S2000MKIII front view

The speakers were made, as I wrote, fantastic. I have absolutely no comments as to the quality of workmanship, but also the aforementioned eye-catching styling. Virtually everything we have in the S2000MKIII is present in the S880DB or R1850DB, although they are not directly identical speakers. After the S880 they inherited the overall quality of workmanship, the location of the side panels (although on closer inspection you can see the punctuation of the print on the veneer and that it is not real wood), and the exit of the BR ports on the back. From the R1850DB, they inherit a very delicate slope of the whole structure, the presence of grilles (compared to the S880), and a completely borrowed rear panel with identical knobs and a package of audio inputs. Almost, because they had mercy on me and finally place the volume control as the first knob from the top. I knew it is not that difficult.

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Edifier S2000MKIII close up view

By using the included remote control you have much more options. The remote controller is in the form of a standard, slim, powered by two AAA batteries. They are immediately included, as are virtually all cables and accessories necessary to run the speakers. Of course, traditionally without a coaxial cable. Their quality, however, has not changed, and, in all three loudspeaker designs, we have the same cables, except for the connector between the loudspeakers. In the S2000MKIII this cable is the thickest and most solid. The rest is treated as universal and attached everywhere for a detachable package. This also indicates that the speakers are always favored in favor of using via Bluetooth (with aptX HD) or S/PDIF (maximum 24/192).

Edifier S2000MKIII digital display

Edifier S2000MKIII digital display

A very nice addition is the fully digital display with an automatic dimming function. It is a pity that you cannot control this dimmer as in some devices, but finally, we can see what active audio input we have, what volume we set, and what DSP mode is active.

Of course, this does not mean that the speakers are flawless and perfect. There will not be many disadvantages, but some of them caught my attention:

The power cord is firmly attached again. I would like detachable cabling to IEC 320 or even an ordinary “eight”. Simply for your convenience or the option to choose a longer cable.

The pause between switching sources is too long. It takes about 4-5 seconds, I don’t know why. This made AB testing between sources a bit more difficult, but in standard use, it is a bit irritating if you use two different signal sources very often.

The right speaker grille likes to visually block the display if you look at the speakers at a sharp angle from above.

Edifier S2000MKIII back side view

Edifier S2000MKIII backside view

The speakers have what at first seemed to be the default mode without DSP, which is only activated when the speakers are turned on. The change of the DSP mode can be done by the remote control and it is not possible to return to the default mode later, other than by a cycle of turning it off and on again. I will elaborate on this topic in addition to the audio description. The measurements turned out to be very helpful. Otherwise, I would have written the review untrue, and only because I did not perform the steps in the right order after the loudspeakers were turned on again.

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  • HIGH-END AUDIOPHILE COMPONENTS - Built using planar diaphragm tweeters and 5.5 inch woofers, the S2000MKII delivers...
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0 WITH aptX HD DECODING – Stream high quality audio wirelessly with reduced latency and increased...
  • LINE-IN/OPTICAL/COAXIAL INPUTS - Connect the S2000Pro easily using wireless, dual RCA, line-in and optical. Connect to...
  • WIRELESS REMOTE - A convenient remote control allows you to adjust playback or inputs on the fly.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - S2000MKIII is proudly designed and manufactured by Edifier. The entire system is back with a 2-year...

The remote itself is of average quality, made of cheap plastic, and with average visible labels. It is not a drama in any way, because it works like any pilot, but it still differs from the speakers themselves. Opening the battery compartment must be done with your thumb and in an inverted position. The speakers themselves collect the signal from the remote control more from the front, so the angles are not that big.

Edifier S2000MKIII remote controller

Edifier S2000MKIII remote controller

Besides, I didn’t find any other problem – neither with noise, nor with shooting, nor with rattling, nor temperature, nothing. Thus, we can move on to measurement.

Edifier S2000MKIII Review – Measurement analysis

The main DSP modes of Edifier S2000MKIII are:

  • Dynamic
  • Classic
  • Vocal
  • Monitor

The chart below shows the measurement of all DSP modes with a calibrated, directional measurement microphone in a free acoustic field, but in typical use conditions, although of course with anti-reflective screens. I can see that this methodology works, so I will try to use it in future loudspeaker reviews regularly as well.

Edifier S2000MKIII frequency response in different modes

Edifier S2000MKIII frequency response in different modes

An interesting fact that immediately catches the eye is the point at about 215 Hz. This is where all the DSP modes converge to form a common rallying point. It is clear that it is the driver behind the tonality modifications applied by the loudspeakers’ DSP and they are generated quite uniformly, though not always. There is no such thing as the intensity of the bass is always increased or decreasing as a whole or the rest of the midrange + treble as a whole and an example of this is the Vocal mode, which has several common areas, identical to the default Classic mode. I will refer to the measurements during a more detailed sound analysis.

Edifier S2000MKIII Review – Sound quality

The first contact, or rather the first impression of contact with these speakers, was not misleading. Not only do they look like purebred active monitors, but they also act that way too. The contact was positive, sometimes very positive, because it was a mixture of the best features of the R1850DB and S880DB. Build quality and equipment were taken from the S880, but the sound was built on the R1850DB set, not the R1280DB, which I like more. What’s funnier, I wrote the review of the S880 without unpacking the S2000 and I wished that the 880s would have the same foundation as 1850. And I managed to hit exactly this situation like a blind grain, although due to the lack of a detachable cable or USB – also not necessarily. The sound, however, as I wrote, is a mixture of – as a rule at least – both of the above-mentioned models, where we have more or less the R1850DB sound, and it is on it that DSP tunings are built, and it is all raised to a quality that surpasses them and the S880. I will even risk saying that this is a total sound of the same quality as the two models put together, resembling very mature salon loudspeakers.

Edifier S880DB vs Edifier S2000MKIII - frequency response

Edifier S2000MKIII frequency response in different modes

The chart above shows a comparison between the S880DB and the S2000MKIII. For people who have problems reading the graph in this form, I used a very large smoothing, which allows you to more accurately pay attention to the differences and advantages of one model over the other.

The diferrences between Edifier S2000MKIII and Edifier S880DB

The differences between Edifier S2000MKIII and Edifier S880DB

The darker line is the S2000. The light gray one is S880DB. The differences are stronger, less hard bass in the S2000 (clearly faster bass excitation, presence with greater intensity in the area up to 80 Hz compared to 880, less emphasis on the upper bass and lower midrange 90-200 Hz), and a bit more presence in the midrange (slightly stronger waveform at 1-3 kHz) and warmer treble (two lows at 4.5 kHz and 8 kHz, here making up a strongly averaged waveform).

The graph completely coincides with my listening experience, which bodes well for possible comparisons of loudspeaker graphs in the future, allowing you to predict the tonality of the equipment without having it at hand for direct AB comparisons.

Quick overview of DSP modes

The Monitor mode was reversed with the Vocal mode and this time my favorite DSP mode was the latter. Unlike the S880, every other mode had something about it that didn’t suit me quite. There it all worked out better, while here I was either a bit disturbed by the treble in the Dynamic mode, which became a bit too dry, although legible and certainly with a chance for good results for the target user who liked such playing, or the Monitor mode was too warm and slightly hazy. Great for evening listening, but with the Dynamic mode not starting to the Vocal mode, which seemed to me to be simply the most even and open. The mentioned is more V-shaped and focused on the exposure of the soprano (Classic again, more subdued than Dynamic).

Perhaps this is a mistake on Edifier’s part and something does not work as it should, as it is unlikely that the two modes have the opposite of the S880. There, the vocal was a mode that emphasized the vocal, which I checked especially on such tracks. In the S2000, there is also no chance that something will be changed on the remote control, since the speakers, having a display, show the correctly selected mode. So it is most likely as I suspect.

As I wrote, my favorite DSP mode was Vocal. But there is (was) a secret (as I thought) and perhaps at the same time a defect of the S2000 model, which appeared shortly after the start of testing. It was a secret and a defect at the same time – the fifth mode of operation. We just turn on the speakers and didn’t touch the DSP settings. The S2000 do not remember the settings they worked with, unlike the S880, and reset to some mode of its own without DSP, let’s call it “clean”.

It turns out later that this was neither a secret nor any defect (maybe apart from the fact of resetting itself), only the Classic mode, and as shown by the acoustic measurements:

Edifier S2000MKIII - default vs classic mode

Edifier S2000MKIII – default vs classic mode

The Classic DSP mode is very similar to the Vocal mode, almost identical, but without a slight reverb effect in the midrange.

Edifier S2000MKIII - vocal vs classic mode

Edifier S2000MKIII – vocal vs classic mode

And just as I like Vocal the most from the range of DSP modes, in general, I like the Classic mode the most, which is also the standard mode activated in the S2000MKIII.

Classic mode (default)

The speakers in this mode are the most even and balanced in my opinion. When switching between modes, you can hear the speakers indirectly switch to an intermediate mode that feels like Classic before activating the target mode. The problem with all this, however, is that the speakers cannot be set to a DSP mode other than Classic so that the speakers will remember it permanently. By turning them off and on again, we will reset everything to the Classic setting, no matter if we do it rigidly with the button or with the remote control. One can only guess why the speakers do not remember the settings and always reset to Classic. Whatever the reason, this is a problem for people who don’t want to work in this particular mode, but in anything else that DSP offers. This is where the conventional tonality control knobs on the rear of the loudspeakers can help, as they are digitally memorized and applied in the process. Personally, however, I did not have to change anything in the S2000MK3, because as I wrote, I liked the sound exactly as it was, without any changes. Therefore, the sound description will focus not on each mode separately this time, because the differences are in principle the same as the DSP used in the S880, but on the completely native mode, i.e. Classic.

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Edifier S2000MKIII Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf 2.0 Speakers - S2000MK3 Near-Field Active Tri-Amped 130w Studio Monitor Speakers for Audiophiles with Wireless, Line-in and Optical Input
  • HIGH-END AUDIOPHILE COMPONENTS - Built using planar diaphragm tweeters and 5.5 inch woofers, the S2000MKII delivers...
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0 WITH aptX HD DECODING – Stream high quality audio wirelessly with reduced latency and increased...
  • LINE-IN/OPTICAL/COAXIAL INPUTS - Connect the S2000Pro easily using wireless, dual RCA, line-in and optical. Connect to...
  • WIRELESS REMOTE - A convenient remote control allows you to adjust playback or inputs on the fly.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - S2000MKIII is proudly designed and manufactured by Edifier. The entire system is back with a 2-year...

Bass

It is served generously and at the same time with a character borrowed from the S880. It combines both the pleasant rounding, descent, and filling of the R1850, as well as the rhythm and accuracy of the S880. This is exactly what I scored with the S880 – insufficient capacity. S2000s don’t have this problem. The housings are almost twice as large, and the BR ports are larger and wider, so the difference is immediately audible compared to the two previous models tested earlier.

You can be pleasantly surprised how much bass is dormant in the S2000MKIII. As far back as I can remember, I would put the S2k bass line quantitatively only below the level of Solo29, which due to their construction had a better bass extension and bass potential. Of course, proper placement and placement behind the speakers are required to give the volume and design of both speakers a chance to work effectively, but like the Solo26, the Edifiers strike the right balance between power and control.

It may come as a surprise, but they have more bass than my floor-standing Q80s. On the other hand, it must not be forgotten that physics cannot be deceived from a certain point in time and the cubature of any kind in any monitors or small speakers, in general, will activate against them. Therefore, with all their great filling, the massiveness of sounds, and saturation, it will not be placed only in the overall format and momentum, mainly in terms of the excitation of the membranes from the bottom.

Does it bother me? No, because every stereo loudspeaker and speaker without a subwoofer will have to deal with the same problem, and the desire to have this “extra piece of meat on the bottom” is not necessarily required in music. In cinema applications, maybe yes, but in music, even with a specific low descent (Council of Nine), I didn’t feel any particular dissatisfaction. I am mentioning it because it is demanded by the higher price range. In the case of lower speaker models, I usually treat them more favorably and it was no different with the Microlabs, which stood out with a well-made bottom. The S2000MKIII cope with this task very well, despite the higher requirements on my part, and therefore I think that the low tones will not even be satisfactory here, but what’s more, it is simply surprising as a plus.

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Edifier S2000MKIII Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf 2.0 Speakers - S2000MK3 Near-Field Active Tri-Amped 130w Studio Monitor Speakers for Audiophiles with Wireless, Line-in and Optical Input
  • HIGH-END AUDIOPHILE COMPONENTS - Built using planar diaphragm tweeters and 5.5 inch woofers, the S2000MKII delivers...
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0 WITH aptX HD DECODING – Stream high quality audio wirelessly with reduced latency and increased...
  • LINE-IN/OPTICAL/COAXIAL INPUTS - Connect the S2000Pro easily using wireless, dual RCA, line-in and optical. Connect to...
  • WIRELESS REMOTE - A convenient remote control allows you to adjust playback or inputs on the fly.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - S2000MKIII is proudly designed and manufactured by Edifier. The entire system is back with a 2-year...

Midrange

This time the midrange, although still not fully presented up close, is more weighted, and saturated, taking over the bass line character and creating its presence. The vocal thus gives the impression of a specific, a bit guttural, giving flavor to the entire piece, even when the performer did not intend to do so and wanted to hide his voice from the world. At the same time, as I wrote, it is not pushing it down our throats or a presentation strictly referring to the monitor midrange in the near field. It is as normal here as possible, not too far, not too close.

People who want to dry this range a bit can do it with DSP. However, I believe that these are invasive activities and somewhat contradictory to the superior nature of these speakers, which is marked at this stage in both sonic spaces – bass and midrange. I just perceive the vocal in the S2000 positively as it is. In the R1850 it was very similar, but not identical, and here I think the Solo26 would be the most analogous. Musically, with taste, but this step away from us, without overflowing, silting up, smoothing out beyond measure. You can hear a lot of information about the vocalist’s voice, and some problems also if they exist in the song, but all this is given very humanly and in a non-invasive, coherent way.

Treble

At most, she thought that she would start to emerge from the vision of a coherent image of the S2000MKIII, but this also turned out to be an unnecessary concern. The soprano S2k is also presented with a slightly heavy character, but not sluggish. Also here you can feel that the tone of the speakers is lowered in the style of a bit R1850DB, but much more of the mentioned Solo. As if Edifier was modeled on these speakers. However, you can feel the effort to form a soprano with a slight “room effect”, which gives the message a delicate reverberation, but strengthens the three-dimensionality and introduces a very interesting atmosphere to the piece. As a result, the loudspeakers do not sound flat, although they are also not transparent, and in a certain manner – as in the case of bass and midrange – are still audible.

So the game is ultimately safer for the tracks, but with undisguised detail and character. The loudspeakers are therefore perceived as tilted slightly warm, or perhaps even as if the standard V-character of Edifier was covered with an additional layer of a musical filter, which saturates, improves, and smoothes the whole thing. However, this was done so carefully and competently that it works in a completely different way with its effects and not only does not sound invasive in any way but also causes any touch of the DSP to violate this construct.

Switching to DSP modes gives the impression of artificiality in most cases where the treble is underlined. Dynamic mode, as much as it can be liked, has always had the impression that it misses the point it was supposed to hit. It was not a significant passing, but each time there was a feeling of artificiality, a slight glassy. Therefore, everything that I am describing here comes directly from one specific mode, not in the S880 formula, i.e. single modes. Without the other three S2000s, I listened to the most pleasant and at the same time the most reliable. Well, maybe except for the Vocal Mode, where the interference with the sound is traced. Nevertheless, they still are. The Edifier has an intricately woven sound plan here, in a rather delicate form of balance between registers, which is worth maintaining.

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Edifier S2000MKIII Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf 2.0 Speakers - S2000MK3 Near-Field Active Tri-Amped 130w Studio Monitor Speakers for Audiophiles with Wireless, Line-in and Optical Input
  • HIGH-END AUDIOPHILE COMPONENTS - Built using planar diaphragm tweeters and 5.5 inch woofers, the S2000MKII delivers...
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0 WITH aptX HD DECODING – Stream high quality audio wirelessly with reduced latency and increased...
  • LINE-IN/OPTICAL/COAXIAL INPUTS - Connect the S2000Pro easily using wireless, dual RCA, line-in and optical. Connect to...
  • WIRELESS REMOTE - A convenient remote control allows you to adjust playback or inputs on the fly.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - S2000MKIII is proudly designed and manufactured by Edifier. The entire system is back with a 2-year...

Edifier S2000MKIII – Sound Stage

With all the positive aspects of these loudspeakers, I was most impressed on the stage with their capabilities to the greatest extent of the trio, but also in general terms, as no loudspeaker system I tested over this year had a stage like S2000MKIII. I am limiting myself to a year because it is now the tests of active speaker units have gained a bit of pace and are a very nice springboard. You can sin once in a while, right?

But to be completely serious, the S2000MKIII are so far the most stage loudspeakers of such dimensions that I have had contact with. They do not sound as wide as the Q80, but still very wide for monitors and with a very nice depth, which in turn is lacking in the Q80 due to the greater plasticity of the midrange and replacing it with another, a very desirable feature. However, as I wrote, the S2000 is not a midrange driver, so this seems to be a natural consequence.

Meanwhile, these are only appearances.

For the loudspeakers to sound good in such a spatial way, the manufacturer has to make some effort. Edifier tries, and its speaker’s stage sounds very well in basically every direction, including the transaxle transitions. Although, for example, Solo29 also played very well in this respect and the stage was also specific, the Edifiers create it better and on an even larger set.

About sound as a whole

So if I were to point out the strongest points of the S2000MKIII, they will be:

  • bass
  • musical general character
  • stage

In my opinion, these three elements define the essence of playing this model. Multiple R1850DB upgrades and expansions over Solo26, mixed with S880DB components and released in a very aesthetic formula. Although I used to be distrustful of these loudspeakers based on general skepticism towards more expensive designs of this type and only because of the computer pedigree, apparently I am the biblical Unfaithful Thomas, who needs to be convinced after being seated in front of the equipment. Therefore – contrary to the prevailing fashion – I try to avoid pondering about things that I have not heard, even if I am asked to do so, or even directly attacked for not fulfilling such a request.

The S2000MKIII’s are a great example of how you can be – I’ll borrow from English – flashed before even any listening session and looking only at the general convention and price. The old rule is that if a man does not listen to himself, he will not find out. Of course, it also applies to this review, so as always, I encourage you to listen to it yourself, whenever possible. My blog aims to point out interesting products available on the market in my opinion, but – that’s right – in my opinion, and only indicate what sounds nice and pleasant to my humble ears.

Will it be the same after the purchase? I do not know. And you can safely assume that there will be differences. Different rooms, other accompanying equipment, and different expectations. I am looking for specific things in the sound. I have already found many of them, so my searches are not so intense anymore, they are not created to kill, and I can afford this luxury of looking at the equipment from a calm and, above all, experience-based perspective. Peace of mind and experience are what the hobby is sorely lacking. The former results from the latter, and the latter can never be too much.

Edifier S2000MKIII Sound TestComing back to the essence, Edifiers are “very cool” and this term probably fits me best here. They are very fun to work with, set up, and use. Although they force a specific DSP setting with each start-up and then prevent the return to a manually defined state of affairs when the startup cycle is performed, their nature is so specific that any other DSP mode usually introduces more artificiality than pleasure, in my subjective opinion and mainly in dams of that particular speaker model. Let me remind you that I did not have such an impression of the S880, which may be due to its general V nature, as well as the standard-setting of the Monitor mode. Assuming no one had changed this setting before the speakers were shipped, and it was the correct default. Why is the S2000MKIII default mode Classic? Hard to say. Again, I have nothing else to do but guesswork, but I also don’t want to explain to the producer about his actions, because that’s not my role. I act only as a consumer who critically evaluates what he receives in the box.

However, this does not exclude the possibility that I can guess some things. Or just speculate on what I hear. And so in the S2000, the manufacturer seems to have decided to harmonize all the sound elements only in a specific configuration and put everything on a specific DSP setting. In all other modes, while in the S880 I treated it as a very nice addition, effectively increasing the versatility and flexibility of those speakers, here I could not shake the impression that it was treated as a more experimental and optional thing. The R1850DB did not have DSP, but the usual equalization (S2k also have it) and they did a great job. Also, although we pay for this addition in the S2000, maybe unnecessarily, it exists in them and whether we like it or not, we have it as an option at hand at any time.

However, I encourage you to use the S2000 in nominal mode, ie Classic. The whole sound is then slightly tilted to the warmth resulting from the native nature of the drivers and power amplifier, with a weighted and throatier character, which is pleasant but also generates great versatility. You can feel a jam to a typical Edifier V, but it is not overwhelming and everything in total correlates smoothly with each other. Two characters in one parcel at the same time.

Edifier S2000MKIII Speaker - Front and Backside View

I checked with Edifiers a lot of songs, those recorded better and worse, as well as streaming audio from YT, which notoriously shines with compression and artifacts. “Eski” coped with everything. There was no freaking out, no freaking out here. Even the spacing is much less sensitive than the S880 or R1280DB. Both of these pairs of loudspeakers require a great deal of awareness from the user regarding spacing and acoustics, which is a complete mistake in terms of the concept.

With all due respect to users, many of them do not even know how to connect them, even though the instructions are included. Of course, it is not a problem that you do not know something, even in the field of elementary things, but the manufacturer must take this into account in his designs and cannot release speakers on the market that, with their spacing requirements, can even exceed the mid-range a real full-size kit. And yet, when setting up full-size column systems and more serious monitors, there are so many threads and discussions on the network. This was, in my opinion, a huge mistake with the mentioned R1280DB, which caused so many problems that they notoriously generated frustration and equally emanated comments from dissatisfied people. Interestingly, some people posted pictures of speakers mounted and positioned so that few models could cope with such conditions. Squeezing somewhere between books, on shelves, outside the base, at different heights, facing different directions, on the window sill …

The S880s are more forgiving, but still highly sensitive to the spacing, which results from the economical cubature and risky, yet the interesting approach to the subject. The S2000, on the other hand, is such a paradox, because while they still rotate in the principles of correct spacing and the basics of room acoustics, they do not do it based on having to adjust everything to a ruler. If the distance from the wall is 0.5 m, and 0.6 m with the second channel, nothing will happen. If the speakers will have less space around, nothing that terrible should happen, except for the behavior of the BR ports. With an emphasis on “should not”. It is possible to choke these speakers and position them badly. But here I will leave all the pleasure to the target user because, in my opinion, it is enough to use the basic acoustics rules as I wrote.

Referring to the above words, the S2000MKIII gave the impression of simply playing loudspeakers and just – well – good. They don’t try to pretend that they are not. They are also not idle and willingly show their potential. They do not generate the impression of special stress and problems with the spacing and connection, and they can be used at any time of the day or night due to pleasant and competent tuning and high overall quality. You don’t even need a DAC, because the loudspeakers have it built-in and it is of very good quality. Plus a convenient remote control and display… If you put it all together and summarize it, we have almost perfect speakers tailored to a very wide audience.

Profitability

Thanks to the versatility of the Classic mode it is difficult for me to say who may not like these speakers. In my opinion, the speakers sound very well for their price range, taking into account the fact of activity (no need to use separate amplifiers and cables) and the overall capabilities of the built-in DAC (there is no need to use an additional device of this type).

In a word, the S2000MKIII, just like other loudspeakers from this manufacturer, does not require any separate devices of this type and they are perfect for both RCA and S / PDIF inputs as a comprehensive solution. The difference between the outputs is noticeable, but still small enough to generate costs in this regard. It is also a curiosity compared to the S880DB, which seemed to be more sensitive to the quality and class of the signal provided via RCA. And it is even more paradoxical that we still had a USB DAC at our disposal there. We don’t have it here. Why? I do not know. Does it bother me? No – I have an S / PDIF combo output and I can route the DirectSound signal from one source to two outputs: analog (headphones) and directly to S / PDIF, which eliminates the need to switch software or physical output.

Edifier S2000MKIII Close Up View

Edifier S2000MKIII Close Up View

The calculation in this regard can be done by yourself on the following principle: the cost of the speakers minus the value of the DAC that we would have to buy (including cabling) to get a result similar to what we have here straight out of the box. Let’s assume that we buy something like DragonFly Red here, except that it is not quite a device adapted to such speakers due to the jack output and the lack of a normal RCA, but a good Y-type cable takes care of this topic.

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Edifier S2000MKIII Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf 2.0 Speakers - S2000MK3 Near-Field Active Tri-Amped 130w Studio Monitor Speakers for Audiophiles with Wireless, Line-in and Optical Input
  • HIGH-END AUDIOPHILE COMPONENTS - Built using planar diaphragm tweeters and 5.5 inch woofers, the S2000MKII delivers...
  • BLUETOOTH 5.0 WITH aptX HD DECODING – Stream high quality audio wirelessly with reduced latency and increased...
  • LINE-IN/OPTICAL/COAXIAL INPUTS - Connect the S2000Pro easily using wireless, dual RCA, line-in and optical. Connect to...
  • WIRELESS REMOTE - A convenient remote control allows you to adjust playback or inputs on the fly.
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - S2000MKIII is proudly designed and manufactured by Edifier. The entire system is back with a 2-year...

I always do the above analysis and I did it also with the previous speakers, not only with Edifier. I always break it down into its parts. Then I also look for alternatives, asking the fundamental question: am I capable of something that will give me better sound quality or more possibilities for the same money? So with the S2000MKIII, the only alternative is to search:

  • really bargain devices, mainly the speakers themselves for a passive system, which will add up to more
  • another active system at a similar price
  • an active system based on near-field studio monitors, if such requirements guide us
  • cheaper active set

Especially the last option is attractive here for most people, or maybe just any logical. It all depends on what budget we have. Cheaper alternatives are the R1850DB as well as Solo26 and Solo29. All these kits have features and playing styles similar to the S2000MKIII, they have built-in D / A converters, Bluetooth, and remote control. They are not identical, they do not have DSP or such a good build quality, and the sound will not be of the same maturity as the S2k, but it will be similar and – as an advantage – much cheaper. What I mean is that if someone can’t afford a solution, they just can’t. It is not the end of the world and if you need the equipment for here and now, buying a cheaper set may turn out to be just as justified and with a positive overall result.

I also announce right away that it is impossible to answer the question “what will be better” or “will I feel the difference”. It is simply impossible, and my humble person, contrary to popular belief, does not have prophetic abilities and cannot predict the future or read minds. And that would be what would be needed to be able to answer such questions in most cases. On the other hand, playing guessing and plebiscites would be both a complete distortion of the idea that guides my website and simply in the world making someone unnecessary trouble with a possible return of something that I like and I think that this person may also like it. The more so that each of the sets I have mentioned has a great reason to buy and is profitable in terms of itself and its price range. So each option will generate (I think) satisfaction and you will be able to enjoy each of them equally. However, I do not think that any of them are in opposition to each other. Of course, cheaper equipment will sound worse, but – surprise – it will be cheaper.

Edifier S2000MKIII Video Review

Final Verdict

Edifier S2000MKIII are speakers that users are afraid to buy because of the high price and the computer pedigree behind them. It turns out, unnecessarily. Great workmanship, great look, built-in DAC S/PDIF, DSP, EQ, remote control, and finally high insensitivity to the spacing and great sound served in the form of a musical foundation with a very well-balanced bass with low descent and a great stage.

Edifier S2000MKIII - to buy or not

Edifier S2000MKIII – to buy or not

These speakers, within my taste and direction, which I have chosen privately as my speakers are practically perfect and it is very difficult for me to find any flaws here. And if I had something to do, there would be no USB DAC compared to the cheaper S880DB, no DSP application as in the 880s, and a permanently installed cable instead of anything replaceable, e.g. for IEC. This effectively limits us from hailing them as complete perfection. Maybe this is my room, where the speakers found their way very well, but I am very impressed with how they fit into them, and with the sound, they fit my needs. It’s really like taking the R1850DB, mixing it with Solo26, spicing up the quality and capabilities of the S880, further enhancing the sound quality and its format, and bringing it to the world as decent, purebred active monitors for people who put music at their heart. And this one was released in a pleasant, musical, natural, and balanced way in all directions, as if the speakers were made for us, or at least for me. R1850DB was very fine. The S880 wasn’t bad either. But the S2000 will scale and play in line with the price, both fortunately and unfortunately.

And although it is supposed to be “just an Edifier”, if you’d like to replace the manufacturer’s badge with, for example, KEF, Magico, or Adam Vox, everyone would probably feel better then. His wallet would feel worse. So maybe these speakers should be released “only by Edifier”, because although it is still $500, for some people it may be quite a lot, for this amount of money we get good speakers. You just need an excellent digital transmitter or analog DAC, decent RCA / OPT cables, and enough space to position them and you can enjoy it even as much as more expensive monitors from more award-winning brands.

Edifier S2000MKIII Pro & Cons

Pros

  • Premium and stylish aesthetics
  • Superb build quality
  • The sound quality is excellent
  • Everything included: remote with batteries, cables, and grills.
  • The company claims these will fill a room that is 50 meters squared, they’re extremely loud.
  • Best value for the money
  • Many sources can be connected at the same time for easy switching
  • Can be controlled through a selection knob to bypass the remote control

Cons

  • Non-removable power cable
Edifier S2000MKIII are great Hi-Fi stereo active speakers with high definition sound, with Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX HD decoding, analog and digital inputs and DSP correction. Play music samples up to 24/192 kHz. EQ modes: Monitor, Dynamic, Classical, and Vocal.

Are Edifier speakers worth it?

Edifier S2000MKIII Review

These speakers are practically perfect and it is very difficult for me to find any flaws here. Great workmanship, great look, built-in DAC S / PDIF, DSP, EQ, remote control, and finally high insensitivity to the spacing and great sound served in the form of a musical foundation with a very well-balanced bass with low descent and a great stage.

Which are the best Edifier speakers?

Edifier S2000MKIII Review 2

The Edifier S2000MKIII is the top-of-the-range powered model from Edifier that offers the professional-level sound quality, in a compact and beautiful wooden finish box. This set of speakers was designed from the bottom up with the best quality materials.

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