Massive, sweet-sounding 2.1 speaker system
- Lively sound, great treble and lower bass
- Massive subwoofer, slightly lacking mid-range
As a PC speaker system for games and movies, the S730 is excellent. Audiophiles will be flustered by the slight lack of mid-range, but unless you're listening intently the speakers will be all but perfect for day-to-day tasks.
Price$ 599.00 (AUD)
There are plenty of poor PC speakers on the market, but Edifier's S730 2.1 system provides good quality speakers that deliver good sound, particularly for games.
PC speakers are generally relatively small, but Edifier breaks the mould. This is one of the largest 2.1 PC speaker systems we've ever come across. The satellites are sizeable — rivalled only the most expensive systems from Logitech and Creative — and are built to mimic traditional mini-monitor bookshelf speakers.
The real show-stealer is the system's subwoofer. It's massive. When we received the S730 we thought we'd accidentally been sent a 5.1 system, but closer inspection revealed the enormous box was mostly taken up by the subwoofer. Measuring a whopping 50cm(H)x37(W)x38(L), the subwoofer will struggle to fit under all but the largest desks, especially if you've got a PC tower taking up room as well.
The system includes both a wired remote and a wireless credit card–style one. The wireless one is able to control volume levels and simple settings, but you'll want to use the wired one for changing subwoofer power and inputs.
Plenty of connections are available, with coaxial and optical digital being the main inputs for PCs, while two analog RCA inputs suit users who wish to connect an MP3 player or external source like a DVD player.
Sound from the Edifier S730 is not what you'd expect. With larger-than-average satellite speakers and an equally oversized subwoofer, you'd imagine the sound would be incredibly bass-heavy. Instead, sounds are relatively balanced at default settings, with the satellites easily able to reproduce mid-range and treble notes without being overpowered by the imposing subwoofer.
Treble is definitely one element we didn't expect the S730 to handle well — PC speakers are usually cheaply constructed using budget components. Thankfully, the satellites' bookshelf design allows for dedicated 1.5in tweeters that can produce a sweet, crisp sound without sounding overly harsh or ragged.
Mid-level sounds are the weakest frequency range, due to the comparatively small size of the woofers when compared to an 'ideal' bookshelf speaker like the Tannoy Mecury F1 Custom. This doesn't mean they're not present, though. While dialogue during games and mid-range guitar notes during music do seem a little recessed, these elements are still audible enough to not detract from the listening experience.
For all the imposing size and weight of the subwoofer, it's noticeably composed. Instead of the booming, muddy bass we expected, the S730's subwoofer is focused on deep, punchy notes. This does make it sound less powerful than it is — especially when only action games, movies and dance music make significant use of these frequencies. However, when you're in the middle of a game you can certainly notice the subwoofer in action, adding a powerful kick to the sound.
With all these musical elements combined, the Edifier S730 has an overall crisp sound that's not lacking in deep bass. Those that listen to acoustic or classical music obsessively will notice the recessed mid-range, but for casual gaming and movies the S730 will be more than acceptable.
Join the newsletter!
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Apple iPhone X
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Toys for Boys
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Xbox One X
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 TCL X2 review: QLED escapes the premium market
- 2 Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- 3 Acer Spin 5 review: Value for money but conditions apply
- 4 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 5 Sony LF-S50G review: Google Assistant and then some
Latest News Articles
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By MadCatz
- CES 2018: Crucial launches next generation MX500 SSD
- CES 2018: Intel announces new 8th-Gen Vega M-integrated processors
- CES 2018: Intel Reveals VR-Ready ‘Hades Canyon’ NUC
- BenQ unveils a pair of new ergonomic eSports mice
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- JBL Link 10 review
- Amazon Alexa and Echo set for Febuary launch
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTAgile Scrum Master/Project ManagerOther
- CCAgile Project ManagerVIC
- FTPHP DeveloperOther
- FTEmbedded Software EngineerWA
- FTJava DeveloperOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - HR RosteringOther
- FTCyber Security Threat Management SpecialistOther
- TPSenior Business Analyst - TechnicalNSW
- TPTraining ManagerVIC
- FTSecurity Consultant / Snr Security Consultant - Permanent - Nth SydNSW
- FTEL1 Scrum MasterACT
- FTCommunications SpecialistSA
- FTNetwork ArchitectACT
- TPSenior Applications Project ManagerACT
- CCIBM FileNet ConsultantsSA
- FTSenior Analyst Programmer C++ - Financial Services - Permanent - SydneyNSW
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperOther
- CCBusiness AnalystWA
- TPLead Engineer - .Net / XamarinQLD
- CCSQL DBAWA
- TPSenior Java Developer / IntegratorQLD
- FTData AnalystVIC
- FTPower BI DeveloperOther
- FTHFC Project Manager (Delivery) - ContractVIC
- CCNetwork Engineer (Juniper)QLD