We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
 
Speakers Reviews
15,103 Reviews

Edifier Spinnaker e30 speaker system review

£329.99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Edifier

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Edifier Spinnaker e30 is a striking set of speakers that produce solid sound despite Bluetooth shortcomings, read our review to find out more.

The Spinnaker e30 speaker system is a novel pair of horn shaped speakers that we suspect will sharply divide opinion. Not so much for how they perform or fairly premium price but for their looks, which like Marmite, you'll either love or hate. It's something of a gamble for makers Edifier to choose such an unusual design, which extends to the remote control, which a colleague actually mistook for an egg-timer. See all Audio reviews.

Standing 15 inches/42cm tall and available in black and an even more eye-catching burgundy, the speakers are ideally suited for desktop use, sitting rather impressively on either side of your monitor screen. If you’re liable to park your laptop regularly in the same spot they also make decent, if not very portable, speakers, with a manageable footprint despite the size. We were also pleased to see the Spinnaker speakers are sturdy despite their unusual, sloping design and saw no signs of toppling over during some frequent attempts at annoying the neighbours, turning the volume up high. See also: Group test: what's the best speaker set?

Hooking up the Spinnaker is fairly painless, although out the box you’re greeted with an array of cables for various configurations, including a lengthy, but could be lengthier, speaker-to-speaker cable. Optical, auxiliary and perhaps most appealingly Bluetooth connections are all catered for with the option to play music wirelessly from any compatible device - A2DP and AVRCA Bluetooth profile support within a distance of 10m radius - including smartphones and tablets. Visit Krator Neso 4 speakers review too.

Edifier claims the unusual shape of the speakers helps project sound towards the listener with a 19mm silk domed, front facing tweeter, a 2¾ inch mid-range driver, reinforced with a downward firing 4 inch subwoofer in each satellite. If this all sounds impressive, it is, offering a very reasonable sound across a range of musical genres and styles. Turned up the Spinnaker copes well enough and was able to fill a modest living room with ease, an achievement not always possible with desktop style speakers. It's only let down a little during complex passages when the speakers appear to struggle to focus on detail and sound a touch unfocused and even at times muddy.

Edifier Spinnaker e30 speaker system review

That disappointment is further emphasised by the sonic limitations of current Bluetooth technology. Edifier were keen to point out that devices such as Nokia phones, with low SBC audio codec settings, don't perform as well as those with high SBC settings, such as Apple devices and BlackBerry phones. More generally you can read about the pros and cons of Bluetooth audio online but it's probably fair to say the better the audio source the better the playback quality. Audio quality here really is down to the individual and many may find the dip in quality when using Bluetooth negligible, except when broadcasting audio from a TV when we noticed a slight but annoying delay. 

The quirky remote comes with its own credit card sized instructions, which are probably worth keeping somewhere safe, as the supplied instruction booklet uses a type so small you'll need a magnifying glass just to read it. Despite some reservations about the lack of weight and same quality build as the speakers, the remote is intuitive and easy to use with one button tap and volume dial. Edifier notes a speaker-output port allows an external subwoofer/speaker to be added to the set-up.

Edifier Spinnaker e30 speaker system Expert Verdict »
Edifier Spinnaker e30 speaker system Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
Total RMS Output Power: 10W x2 + 10W x 2 + 25W x 2(THD+N testing level): 10%
Distortion: (%) 0.5
Signal to Noise ratio dB (A) 90dBA
Frequency range: 50Hz - 23kHz -10dB
Frequency response: 68Hz - 20kHz +/-3dB on reference axis
Crossover Frequencies: 135Hz, 3.2kHz
Channel Separation: (dB) 5dBA
Input sensitivity: 780mV +/-50mV
Power supply: Input 100V – 240V AC, Output:20V/60W DC
Dimension: Body (W×H×D) 140 mm (5.51”) ×413 mm (16.26”) ×189mm (7.44”)
Weight: 4.3Kg (net) 5.3Kg
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Spinnaker e30 speaker system from Edifier is certainly worth considering if you can get your head beyond the unusual design. The speakers performed perfectly well in our tests, adequately coping, with one or two exceptions, with a range of music and compatible devices, even handling the less than audiophile limitations set by Bluetooth well.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Edifier MP300 Plus review

    Edifier MP300 Plus

    The Edifier MP300 Plus is a small yet surprisingly powerful portable speaker system.

  • Edifier C2 2.1 stereo speaker system review

    Edifier C2 2.1 stereo speaker system

    The Edifier C2 2.1 speaker system provides a relatively clean and wholesome sound that is especially impressive at this price point.

  • Edifier Esiena iF360 review

    Edifier Esiena iF360

    The Edifier Esiena iF360 is a great all-in-one audio system that doesn't make any compromises when it comes to sound quality.

  • Edifier iF350 review

    Edifier iF350

    The Edifier iF350 is a portable iPod dock with an internal rechargeable battery. It has great sound quality for its small size and a long battery life, making it a great choice for taking on a picnic or weekend getaway.

  • Edifier Sound To Go review

    Edifier Sound To Go

    The Edifier Sound to Go is a portable laptop speaker designed to let users enjoy music stored on their laptop.


IDG UK Sites

Amazon 3D smartphone release date, price and spec: The hologram phone?

IDG UK Sites

iPhone 5s review: why the iPhone 5s is still the best phone you can buy in 2014

IDG UK Sites

Passwords don't work: here's four ways to fix them

IDG UK Sites

Developers get access to more Sony camera features