Edifier S360DB Speaker Review

Hi guys! Today I’ll be reviewing the Edifier S360DB 2.1 speaker system which is released in 2018. It is the successor of the Edifier S350DB. So what are the differences between the S350DB and S360DB? The Edifier S360DB aka S301 implements a planar tweeter, slightly larger midrange woofer and a wireless subwoofer similarly to Edifier Eclipse e235 which I have reviewed previously. The audio connectivities are now located at the active satellite speaker rather than on the subwoofer. The price of this product is approximately 406 USD, 26000 RUB, 1699 MYR, 1859 RMB depending on the location it is sold.

Note: The Edifier S360DB setup with HiMedia Q10 Pro and Dell U2515H monitor. The box is placed below the subwoofer to get it into the picture better! It does not distort the sound quality.

Features

  1. 2.0 speakers plus wireless subwoofer
  2. Hi-Fi class planar diaphragm tweeters
  3. 4 inch (105 mm) aluminum mid-range drivers
  4. Wireless subwoofer with 8 inch long-throw speaker driver
  5. Bluetooth 4.1 with Qualcomm® aptX™ decoder
  6. Class-D high efficient amplifier with DSP technology
  7. MDF wooden enclosure to reduce sound resonance
  8. Variety of Audio Inputs: Auxiliary/Coaxial/Toslink/Bluetooth
  9. 100-240V power supply

Technical Specifications

  1. Input Type: PC/AUX/Optical/Coaxial/Bluetooth
  2. Tweeter Power Output: R/L (Treble): 10W + 10W
  3. Woofer Power Output: R/L (Midrange and Bass): 30W + 30W
  4. Subwoofer Power Output: 75W
  5. Driver Unit: Planar Tweeter (1.37 inch , 35mm)
  6. Driver Unit: Woofer for Mids and Bass (4 inch, 105mm)
  7. Driver Unit: Subwoofer (8 inch, 220mm)
  8. Satellites Dimensions: 140 x 253 x 177 mm (W x H x D)
  9. Subwoofer Dimensions: 275 x 299 x 322 mm (W x H x D)
  10. Satellites and Subwoofer Signal to Noise Ratio: 85dB
  11. Satellites Frequency Response R/L: 60~20K Hz
  12. Subwoofer Frequency Response R/L: 40~150 Hz
  13. Net Weight: 19.3kg
  14. Electronics-1: TLV3220A1C3254 Texas Instrument Processor
  15. Electronics-2: TAS5754M Amplifier, PCM9211 Digital Bridge

Package Contents

  1. 1 x Active Satellite Speaker
  2. 1 x Passive Satellite Speaker
  3. 1 x Subwooofer
  4. 1 x Remote Control with Lithium Cell CR2025 3V battery
  5. 1 x Power Cable for Subwoofer (5.87 ft / 1.79 m)
  6. 1 x 3.5mm to RCA audio cable (5.7 ft / 1.74 m)
  7. 1 x RCA to RCA audio cable (5.7 ft / 1.74 m)
  8. 1 x Fiber optic audio cable (5.05 ft / 1.54 m)
  9. 1 x Speaker connecting cable (16.67 ft / 5.08 m)
  10. 1 x User Manual

Packaging

Packaging-1: The top packaging displays the speaker model “Edifier S360DB”, a list of package contents and the serial number of the speaker.

Packaging-2: The front packaging displays a picture of the Edifier S360DB 2.1 active speaker system along with the round remote control. It also presents 8 square icons and they are 155 watts R.M.S Total Power Output, 8 inch sub woofer, infrared wireless remote control, DSP (Digital Signal Processing Tone Control), Bluetooth, Optical input, Coaxial input and AUX input.

Packaging-3: The rear packaging displays the features and technical specifications of the Edifier S360DB speaker in 6 languages (English, French, Spanish, Denmark, Italian and Portugese). Edifier could include Chinese and Russian words as they are in the top 10 spoken languages in the world.

Packaging-4: The side packaging displays the same picture as the front packaging. In addition, it has a small logo of Qualcomm® aptX™ which means this speaker implements this technology to connect to audio sources wirelessly.

Unboxing

Unboxing-1: Upon opening the box, it reveals the Edifier S360DB accessories. Starting from top to bottom clockwise: RCA to RCA audio cable, 3.5mm to RCA audio cable, subwoofer power cable, remote control, Optic audio cable, user manual, and lastly the 5-pin speaker connecting cable to connect both the active and passive satellite speakers.

Unboxing-2: Removing the top foam cover where the accessory is placed reveals the satellite speakers and subwoofer and wrapped with white cloth and plastic bag.

Unboxing-3: Here are all the contents extracted from the box! The 2.1 speaker system with Edifier branding placed in front, a user manual along with a warranty card, a remote control with pre-installed Lithium Cell CR2025 3V battery, Optic audio cable, straight 5-pin XLR speaker connecting cable, power cable for subwoofer, RCA to RCA audio cable and 3.5mm to RCA audio cable. The speaker connecting cable is made with special care to separate the bass and treble signal tranmission and reduce interference. The wirings of the speaker connecting cable is wrapped with transparent black metallic yarn.

Design

Design-1: Here is an overview of both satellite speakers. The physical differences between the S350DB and S360DB is that the latter utilizes a Hi-Fi class planar diaphragm tweeters while the aluminum midrange drivers slightly increases size by 0.5 inch. Hi-Res sticker is found on the active satellite speaker. The Edifier brand is now only located on the passive speaker compared to having it both satellite speakers in gray font. This speaker is also known as the mini S2000 Pro since it shares the same configuration of tweeter and midrange speaker driver but smaller in size.

Design-2: The flat panel tweeter design is similar to Edifier S2000 Pro and AAD Airpulse Silver Reference 1. AAD is a professional brand in audio products founded by Phil Jones and acquired by Edifier. One of the highlight shed by the manufacturer is that this speaker is specially designed in collaboration of Fostex (a well-renowned Japanese audio company) for the planar tweeter instead of the classic dome tweeter. The tweeter voice coils is positioned in a looping pattern on a piece of flexible printed circuit board. The S360DB tweeter power level (10W) is lower than the S350DB (15W).

Design-3: The 4 inch midrange driver cone has a rose gold or copper color theme instead of silver to differentiate itself from the S350DB speaker. The satellite speaker woofer adopts the same aluminum alloy diaphgram basket. The next highlight shed by the manufacturer is that this speaker is developed with the engagement of German enginneers from KLIPPEL to test this audio system and achieve the result of a clear loud speaker without distortions and metallic notes.

Design-4: Both the satellite speaker and subwoofer maintains the conservative colors of dark rosewood skin. The speaker cabinet is well constructed using MDF wooden enclosure to lower sound resonance. Both the tweeters and midrange speaker drivers component are magnetically shielded with the usage of massive metal alloy frame. As a result, the speaker feels relatively firm and heavy.

Design-5: The S360DB satellite speaker borrows the same anti-slip rubberized feet as S350DB which is glued on the bottom of the speaker cabinet. The serial number can be found on the bottom of the active satellite speaker too.

Design-6: The port holes are located behind the satellite speakers. The passive satellite speaker has only input for the speaker connecting cable while the active satellite speaker now host all the audio connectivity inputs.

Design-7: Here is a close up of the active satellite speaker rear. From top to bottom: 2 pairs of inputs for RCA connectors (tulips) labelled as PC and AUX inputs, OPT Optic Input (S/PDIF – Sony or Philip Digital Interface), COX Coaxial Input and Left Speaker Out. There is also a power button to turn the speaker on/off. The Edifier S360DB uses a 100~240V (50/60Hz, 400mA) power supply.

Design-8: The 2-pin power cable is hardwired to the active satellite speaker.

Design-9: Looking at right side of the satellite speaker, the active speaker has the treble, bass and volume knobs for user to adjust the effects according to their preferences. Both satellite speaker on the left side is similar to the passive speaker.

Design-10: Here is a closeup on the knob controls. The volume control is an infinity knob that can keep turning without any limit. Press once or multiple times on the volume knob to switch to the preferred audio input mode in case the remote control is out of battery. Both treble and bass can go as low as -6 and as high as +6. The volume settings has 50 increments, where each increment increases the sound volume by 2%.

Design-11: The subwoofer has its port hole located on the right side, while the branding is located in front. Still, there isn’t any shield to protect it from sharp objects.

Design-12: The rear of the subwoofer is now simplified with only a power switch and an input for the power supply.

Design-13: The front of the 8 inch long-throw subwoofer does not have much difference than its predecessor apart from the copper color theme. Based on the specs sheet, the subwoofer is now 5W more powerful (S360DB = 75W, S350DB = 70W).

Design-14: The bottom of the subwoofer have 4 large golden ring silicone anti-vibration feet to absorb the vibrations. The feet height is quite short which makes it difficult for fingers to comfortably grip the subwoofer and liftting it up easily.

Design-15: The Edifier S360DB wireless subwoofer depends on 5.8G Wireless Audio Transceiver Model EV015 module to receive audio signal from the active satellite speaker so its can play the lower frequency bass effects. Having this module onboard, the audio cable wiring is eliminated and allows more flexibility of subwoofer placement. There is a red L.E.D. light indicator to inform user whether it has successfully paired to the active satellite speaker by constantly lighting up or blinks which means it is waiting to be paired to the satellite speaker.

Design-16: The Edifier RC600A remote control has a power standby button, audio inputs mode button are arranged in a cicular pattern while the volume control and media track controls (play/pause/next/previous) are located in the center. The battery cover is located at the rear and it can be removed by using a rounded-shape object such as a coin to be inserted and twisted anti-clockwise to open.

Video

Edifier S360DB Speaker Close-up & Hands-on (Includes Treble & Bass Adjustment Test)

Edifier S360DB Speaker Sound Test (Instrumental, Vocal, Techno, Trance, Bass)

Edifier S360DB Speaker Sound Test (Orchestra – Violin Flute Drums)

Edifier S360DB Speaker High & Low Frequency Test (2.1 vs 2.0 mode) – WARNING: VERY LOUD

Verdict

Pros

  1. Better cable management. The cable is all connected to the active satellite speaker rather than to the subwoofer.
  2. Wireless subwoofer allows flexibility in placement away from the satellite speakers.
  3. Amazing mellow highs but doesn’t rush towards you as energetically as Edifier S350DB.
  4. Ground-shaking deep bass which does not overpower the treble and mids frequencies.
  5. No sound distortion nor crackling when playing at extremely loud volumes.
  6. No white noise produced when left speaker on idle or turning it on/off.
  7. Minimalistic luxurious design that fits along with various furniture in home/office.
  8. Compatible with different audio input ports (Auxiliary/Coaxial/Toslink/Bluetooth) so you can connect multiple devices simultaneously and switch between them at a click of the remote control.
  9. Hi-Res Audio certified speaker which allows playing audio content at 96kHz 24bit audio quality beautifully. User can enjoy their lossless music library (FLAC, WAV, AIFF, DSD, ALAC) much better!
  10. Switch between 2.0 and 2.1 speaker system by toggling the subwoofer manually based on your listening preferences!

Cons

  1. Hefty price tag. 50% increase in price in comparison to Edifier S350DB for planar tweeters, wireless subwoofer and slightly larger midrange speaker features.
  2. Does not have a protective shield to protect against poking from sharp objects for subwoofer and midrange speaker driver.
  3. Lacks NFC feature for easier pairing with devices such as smartphones.
  4. Edifier S360DB satellite speakers midrange woofer will clip in sound when playing heavy bass music while the subwoofer is turned off and volume is above 70% and bass +6.

Mediocre

  1. Unlike the subwoofer, the power cable is hardwired to the active satellite speaker which means you can’t replace it with a lengthier 2-pin power cable.
  2. The speaker volume always resets to 40% upon restarting from standby mode or power off state. Does not recall last volume settings.

Observations

  1. Edifier S360DB (aka S301) implements the same flat planar tweeter as Edifier S2000 Pro (aka S2000MKII)
  2. Both Edifier S350DB and S360DB sound signature is quite different similarly to comparing S1000DB and S2000 Pro.
  3. Edifier S360DB planar tweeters lacks the sparkling warmth effect and has slightly narrower dispersion of high frequency compared to Edifier S350DB (aka S201) titanium tweeters.
  4. However, the planar tweeters still produces mellow crystal clear highs and does not distort when volume is increased.
  5. The planar tweeters has the same feeling as Edifier Studio Monitor speaker where increasing treble to the max increases sharpness of the audio slightly.
  6. Edifier S360DB satellite speakers unable to handle heavy bass when the subwoofer is turned off and volume is above 70% with bass +6 (MAX) as it outputs clipping noise. This issue is not present in Edifier e235 satellite speakers as it utilizes the midrange driver and passive radiators to output the bass effects.

Areas for Improvement

  1. Active satellite speaker L.E.D. screen to display the percent of the current speaker volume.
  2. Include NFC feature for user convenience to pair the speaker with smartphone easily and quickly.
  3. Include an elegant removable protective mesh to protect the midrange driver and subwoofer from sharp objects.
  4. Double the height of the subwoofer four rounded silicone anti-vibration feet to provide sufficient clearance to lift it up easily.
  5. Replace with satellite speaker rubber feet with a mini version of subwoofer silicone anti-vibration feet as rubber pads are easily detached when moving it around.
  6. The remote control and active satellite speaker to have a button to switch between 2.0 and 2.1 speaker system if the user decides to have less/more pronounce bass effect.
  7. Relocate the status indicator of the wireless subwoofer’s from the rear to the front as its easier to see whether the subwoofer is turned on and connected to the satellite speaker.

Additional Information

Edifier Product Reviews

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  3. Edifier e235 Luna Eclipse Apollo Speaker Review
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  5. Edifier Hi-Fi H690 On-Ear Headphone Review
  6. Edifier Hi-Fi H850 Over-Ear Headphone Review
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  8. Edifier MP700 Rave Portable Speaker Review
  9. Edifier R1280DB Speaker Review
  10. Edifier R1900TV Speaker Review
  11. Edifier R19U Speaker Review
  12. Edifier R2000DB Speaker Review
  13. Edifier R2730DB Studio Speaker Review
  14. Edifier S1000DB Speaker Review
  15. Edifier S350DB Speaker Review
  16. Edifier S360DB Speaker Review

References

  1. Edifier Official Website
  2. Edifier Facebook

Terms

  1. MP3 (not hi-res) – Popular lossy compressed format ensures small file size but not the best sound quality. Convenient for storing music on smartphones.
  2. AAC (not hi-res) – An alternative to MP3, it’s still lossy and compressed but sounds better. Used for iTunes downloadable at 256kbps and Youtube streaming.
  3. WAV (hi-res) – The standard 16-bit/44.1kHz format all CDs are encoded in Good quality, but huge file size. Poor metadata support.
  4. FLAC (hi-res) – Lossless compression format supports high-resolution sample rates, takes up much less space than WAV and stores metadata.
  5. ALAC (hi-res) – Apple’s own lossless compression format does hi-res, stores metadata and takes up half the space of WAV. iTunes-friendly alternative to FLAC.
  6. DSD (hi-res) – The format used for Super Audio CDs. It comes in 2.8 mHz, 5.6mHz an 11.2mHz varieties, but isn’t widely supported elsewhere.
  7. AIFF (hi-res) – Apple’s alternatie to WAV, lossless with better metadata support but not widely supported.

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