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Edifier R1280T multimedia speaker review and testing

At the present time the market of speaker system is full of various options with diverse format and design. Most often the users prefer classic execution in shape of two multifarious satellites. 

Edifier R1280T

In this article we will introduce you to the speaker system Edifier R1280T which stands with high execution quality and relatively small dimensions. This 2.0 system refers to the lineup of Edifier Studio, the main features of which are wooden decoration and fully digital chain. On the pages of our site we have already submitted to your attention speaker system of this family - Edifier R1600TIII which differed with high execution quality, classic design and balanced sound. Let's examine the features of speaker system Edifier R1280T.

The specs:

Producer and model

Edifier R1280T



Speaker system


Case material

Wood (medium density fibreboard)

Total output capacity (RMS), W

21 х 2


Two inputs with RCA sockets

Frequency range, Hz

75 – 18 000

Signal/noise ratio (SnR), dB

< 85

Level of input signal, mV


750 ± 50


550 ± 50

Speaker diameter, inch (mm)

Bass speaker

4 (116)


0,5 (13)

Speaker impedance, O

Bass speaker





Completely digital chain on D booster

remote control


Remote control:


sound on/off

controllers on active speaker:


low frequency level

high frequency level

power on/off


2 х audio cables
1 х cable to connect the speakers

1 х remote control
user’s manual

Dimensions, mm

146 х 234 х 196

Warranty, month


Weight, kg





Producer website

Producer website
Product page


For testing we have “full” retail specimen of the system but not an engineering sample as it was with Edifier R1600T. So we have an opportunity to get acquainted with its packaging.

Edifier R1280T

Box is made of ecological material cardboard. Its density is above medium and that is enough for the protection of the speakers during transport. The design is a very calm and mellow, unlike some other manufacturers’ products.

Edifier R1280T

The front side has ordinary design. A key element is a large image of the device. In addition the model is pointed out.

Edifier R1280T Edifier R1280T

On the side walls there are additional satellites pictures with protective grating and without it.

Edifier R1280T

The back side contains traditional information, namely: a brief specification, key advantages and additional photos of individual elements. Among the features the manufacturer focused on the following points:

  • active speaker system with a total output capacity of 42 W;
  • two pairs of RCA input connectors for connecting multiple audio sources;
  • volume controls, as well as low and high frequency controls are located on the side panel;
  • wireless remote control with volume control and the ability to mute;
  • calibrated frontal port of phase inverter;
  • use of 100% wooden case of high quality medium density fibreboard to minimize parasitic acoustic resonances;
  • universal Power Supply 110-240V.

Edifier R1280T

To provide higher reliability during the transportation the satellites are packaged from the top and bottom by the packaging material. So even if high shakings the speakers won’t have the contact with each other.

Edifier R1280T

Edifier R1280T packaging content is more than enough. It includes:

  • 2.5 m audio cable connecting the speakers to each other;
  • cable RCA - mini-jack with lengh 1.63 m to connect to sources with the corresponding connector (PC, laptop, etc.);
  • RCA-RCA cable to connect the speakers to a variety of techniques (eg, TV, DVD-player, etc.);
  • remote control with the ability to mute and volume control.

So this system immediately after purchase can be connected to any home technology.

Edifier R1280T

Remote control is compact. On the one hand, it does not take up much space, but at certain points its search will take much time. It allows you to turn the power on and adjust the volume. Each of its press is followed by LED flashing. A similar control was complete with loudspeaker Edifier R1600T.


Edifier R1280T

Design of sound system Edifier R1280T can be described as classic. Satellites of rectangular shape have relatively small dimensions. The angles are rounded which makes look more variety.

Edifier R1280T

The front side is completely protected by the grid ("grill") of transparent fabric. General view is very stylish and elegant. Metal strip in the middle and the company name at the bottom also carry a certain component of the decor.

Edifier R1280T

If necessary, the speakers can be used without the safety grid, which does not affect the quality of sound. However, in this case a more accurate treatment of the system is required.


Edifier R1280T

Edifier R1280T

After removing the protective grille tweeter, woofer and phase inverter hole are available. Dome tweeter has a diameter of 0.5’’ and impedance 4 Ohms.

Edifier R1280T

Edifier R1280T

Bass speaker with diameter of 4’’ has an impedance of 6 Ohms. At the same its diffuser is made of pressed paper with wool inclusions. The use of such material is effected with a desire to obtain a reliable sound.

Edifier R1280T

Edifier R1280T

A key role in this speaker system performs so-called active column in which has the whole sound control unit. On the side face there are volume, low and high frequency controls. To control the volume walkover is used and rotary controls with locking center position are used to control the audio frequency.

Edifier R1280T

To facilitate the system status there is a green LED.

Edifier R1280T

Edifier R1280T

On the back side there are all the connectors and the power button. Here are two pairs of RCA-connectors for PC (PC) and other external sources (AUX). Please note that the sensitivity of each of them is different. In the first case (PC) the input signal level is 750 ± 50 mV, the second (AUX) - 550 ± 50 mV. Therefore less powerful than the PC signal source is preferably to connect to the AUX-jack.
Also here are pinch clips to connect the audio cable connecting the speakers.

Edifier R1280T

It is important to note that the company Edifier uses branded audio cables with a continuous screen, which is designed to minimize the possibility of interference.

Edifier R1280T

The case made of high quality medium density fibreboard plates. The manufacturer claims that this material doesn’t harmful impurities that can spread to the surrounding area due to vibration. The side surfaces are covered with covers which has a “woody” texture.

Edifier R1280T

Edifier R1280T

At the bottom of each column there are four legs made of the soft material. They will protect the table surface from scratches.

Edifier R1280T

A universal switching power supply unit is responsible to power feeding. It is suitable for networks with a voltage of 110-240 V. This solution is characterized by high efficiency, low heat and high power. PSU is located at the bottom of the active speaker and covered with a casing.

Fully digital chain is made on the basis of Class-D, namely Texas Instruments TAS5713. All supply voltages are stabilized. Chip PCM1808 is used as analog-digital converter.

 It is important to note that elements such as case, power supply unit, central board and speakers are the products of Edifier Company. Additionally, it is possible to consider a number of parameters such as internal layout and thermal mode of components, as well as to minimize potential interferences and noise.

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