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Just like the wrist strap, this will be a short review…
Some time ago, I decided I needed – well, wanted if truth be told – a new neck strap for my Fujifilm X-T1 to replace the third partly one that I had been using, and while I was perfectly happy with it, I felt something discrete was needed rather than the bright blue model I was using. So I searched online to see what was out there as a possible replacement, and found quite a few small companies that hand make leather straps for all models of cameras. Some, were, to say the least out of this world in quality and price (where a lottery win was needed to fund one strap!) but with further searching, I found the 595 Leather Co, a UK based company that make to order, all kinds of straps and belts at prices that won’t break the bank – I ordered a simple Black leather neck strap.
Sure those PowerBeats headphones Apple showed off might look the business but the reality is not everyone can afford the $199. I mean how is it possible that a set of headphones with a fraction of the technology an iPhone contains costs 1/3 the price? Granted a lot goes into speaker technology but still.
So today I’m looking at completely the other end of the spectrum of headphones with a price range that most mere mortals can afford, the SoundPeats Q12. Who knows if due to some dodgy translation it was supposed to be SoundBeats.
Still with an asking price of just £19.95/ $24.99 expectations shouldn’t be too high but then again my last inexpensive wireless set won me over.
In this review we look at the San Francisco from Urbanista headphones and see if a set of £20 headphones can be any good and would they be ok as a potential replacement or alternative to the Apple Earbuds.
When your speakers go from oomph to pfft, sounding like the old biscuit tin sounding speakers of old there’s no two ways about it, it’s time to look for a replacement. A quick search later and the Edifier Luna Eclipse e25 Bluetooth Speakers have been given consistently good reviews, so we grabbed a set and started listening.
Mainly marketed as Bluetooth 2.0 >speakers there’s one thing about the Edifer Luna’s, these are a stunning, if yet Cylon looking from behind, a set of speakers which wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery.
Finished in matte black, red and white colors are also available, these Edifier speakers, definitely stay away from the boxy shape of traditional speaker fare. Elliptical in design the front is sliced off at an angle, exposing the main speaker and tweeter at an angle. An angle I’m guessing to help you gauge the height and distance for best placement of your Edifier’s.
Around the back of the right speaker there is a connection for a 3.5mm auxiliary cable, a power port and a proprietary 6-pin connector for the left speaker. The other satellite only has the 6-pin connector. All cables are of a decent length so you can have them suitably spaced apart to enjoy the sound.
Edifier Luna Eclipse Bluetooth Mode
When paired and connected via Bluetooth you can also control your music to a certain extent. When connected via Bluetooth pressing all three buttons at once pauses and plays what you’re listening to, and swiping your finger between the Power and Volume Down buttons moves switches to the next.
Bluetooth Speaker Controls.
When connected up in Bluetooth mode the Edifier’s allow basic track control when your tunes are playing, as long as they are playing via iTunes.
To skip to the next track swipe from power off to volume down. To revert back to the previous track slide from volume down to power off.
Disconnecting Bluetooth is a simple process of touching and holding all three buttons at the same time. When you disable this mode it’ll revet to using the Aux input. A remote control is supplied to take care of volume duties but unfortunately theres no track control via remote. A2DP and AVRCP is supported.
A tale of two speakers.
The convenience of having a wireless speaker system isn’t without its pitfalls. Sure, it’s great to be able to place your speakers away from your main PC or in entirely different room but this does come at the cost of sacrificing sound quality.
Bluetooth audio may have come some way but it still has a long way to go as Bluetooth has limited bandwidth capabilities that in turn means audio has to be compressed to fit within those constraints. With that compression a fair bit of fidelity is lost from the source just because of the transmission method. There are Bluetooth audio specifications like aptX, an audio codec designed for CD-quality audio transfer over Bluetooth but I couldn’t find if the Edifier Luna Eclipse supports these.
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All in all this means if you are going to use these speakers you really aren’t going to be hearing the best these speakers have to offer unless you go via the traditional cable route. On bluetooth bass was distinctly lacking in any depth and sounds are more muddled in general, lacking overall fidelity. This isn’t the fault of the speakers at all, which do a brilliant job of compensating for this.
If you an audiophile, listen to already compressed online streams, watch TV, music listener but aren’t obsessed, Bluetooth mode will do you fine.
It’s when you use the supplied auxiliary cable the speakers really come alive. Make the most of that 6ft cable when you set your speakers up as you’ll appreciate a good setup speaker system/
Use The Edifier Luna Speakers With The AUX Cable
If there is one bit of advice I could empart on you, other than sunscreen (Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) Baz Luhrmann), It’s to go old school, plug in the supplied AUX cable and then the Edifiers really start to shine, allaying any quality issues I had when using them over Bluetooth.
What we use for testing.
As with all my audio testing I go for the same music as I have a degree of familiarity and know what I’m listening out for. Being the “average user” all music I have is purchased from iTunes and downloaded and not streamed to get the most from.
Sweet Home Chicago – The Blues Brothers 192 kbps, 44.1 kHZ, Mp3 Why this track? Well it has everything. Horns, trombones, a bass guitar solo and being mainly instrumental covers all of the highs and lows of a speaker range.
The start of this song fades in with people clapping in the background, something that was completely missing when connected via Bluetooth yet when using the cable suddenly the song came alive. Both my colleagues and I agreed that the science on this particular occasion sounded very “live” as if they were playing just ahead of you in my front room. All of the instruments, the subtle nuances and may ring you find in this song came through cleanly but with a touch of warmth. Sometimes you can get a clean sounding set of speakers that sound incredibly sterile and bring nothing to do music. With the amount of action happening in this song at no point did any level get washed dates, sometimes the Saab and bass speaker can try and overcompensate a little too hard blowing out some of the mid range. None of that happened with these speakers happens with the speakers.
Wish You Were Here (Remastered) – Pink Floyd 256 kbps, 44.1 kHZ, AAC One of the finest tunes ever created. Again this is quite a busy and complex track and another good test for the speakers. Once again they passed with flying colours with the opening guitar riff coming through as if Dave Gilmour was there sat next to you playing just for you.
The Trooper (Live) Iron Maiden 256 kbps, 44.1 kHZ, AAC Never let it be said that my musical tastes to test with arent diverse. Being more bass heavy than the other 2 songs here’s where a seperate sub woofer can make the difference to a track. The bass guitar along with the drums could of done with just a smidgen more oomph. kicks and snares are pronouced enough and like the other tests so far nothing sounds bad or off just in some small areas just a little more would push the listening experience towards perfection.
So far the Edifier Luna Eclipse’s cope with everything nicely but to tend to lean slightly more towards acoustical, guitar instrumental styles.
Overall Thoughts On Edifier Luna Eclipse.
f these were just Bluetooth only speakers, the price point would be justified as they also have the all important AUX socket these defiantly justify the price along with the high reviews over on Amazon.
These are a decent set of rich sounding speakers, clear enough yet not coming across as sterile. Thumping bass monsters these are not, but that being said I’d have liked just a little more oomph in the bass area. When cranked up to 11 or annoy the neighbours, everything remains distortion free with nothing in the way of crackle.
The Edifier Luna Eclipse speakers look great, sound great and if you look as the Bluetooth as an additional feature, not a main one, you’ll be searching harder than you should for a better set of speakers.
Treat yourself to a set of Edifier Luna Eclipse speakers and you won’t be going away disappointed.
Given the lack of any separate sub woofer speakers are left to do all the low-end work on their lonesome and whilst they do an adequate job it did make me end up wishing for a little bit more in the lower end department. Thankfully it doesn’t muddle up other sounds and retains enough separation to be clear. It was only when I push the speakers to the absolute maximum with a bass heavy track that the speakers did show the faintest crackle of distortion.
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