Edifier e10 Exclaim £70

14th Apr 2013 | 08:30

Edifier e10 Exclaim

Can you really buy decent desktop speakers on a budget? Find out...

TechRadar rating:

4 stars

These speakers sound much more expensive than they are, delivering weighty bass, superb vocals and crystal clear movie dialogue. They're not the loudest, though.

Like:

Great sound; Good value for money; Easy to set up, easier to use; Styled to match the Mac

Dislike:

Not for those who like things loud; Not an audiophile grade system

The Edifier e10 Exclaim is one of life's nice surprises: a 2.0 speaker system that not only looks a lot more expensive than it is, but sounds it too.

The key to the Exclaim's success appears to lie in its unusual design. The base at the bottom of each one contains a 76.2mm woofer and a matching bass radiator, while the silver column that rises from the front contains two 38mm high-frequency/mid-range tweeters and another 38mm radiator.

Because the silver columns are angled backwards, the sound is more or less aimed directly at your ears, enabling them to make the most of the two 8W and two 10W of power they have on tap, the amplifier for which is built into the left "active" speaker, with the right "passive" speaker connecting to it using the cable supplied.

Edifier e10 Exclaim

As should be obvious by now, sound quality is where the Exclaim excels. It won't be the loudest or most audiophile-friendly system you've heard, but it sounds better than you'd expect given its price. Movie dialogue, vocals and instruments are all rewarded with decent fidelity, while the bass is weighty without being thunderous or overbearing. Not bad for £70 / $99US / $120AU.

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