There are numerous powered speakers on the market, but the vast majority of them make some compromises to provide integrated amplification. Not so with the Edifier S2000Pro series. These bookshelf-sized powered monitors are about as good as it gets when it comes to sound quality, volume, build quality, and versatility.
Right out of the box, the S2000Pros look impressive, with a substantial build with thick, real wood side panels, vibration isolating feet, and excellent fit and finish. They measure in at 13.5″ (h) x 8″ (w) x 10.5″ (d), making them just the right side for a bookshelf, tabletop, flanking a home entertainment center, or a really tricked out computer desk. Each speaker has a 5.5″ aluminum cone mid/bass driver and a planar diaphragm tweeter. Powering the speakers are digital amplifier chips from Texas Instruments, for a total of 50 watts per channel to the mid/bass, and 12 watts per channel to the tweeters.
Sound quality is excellent across the board, with crisp, bright highs, smooth mids, and a rich low end. Clarity and imaging is excellent, and you can take advantage of their wide soundstage using the included pro-grade 16-foot cable, which separates treble and bass signal paths. They push out a tremendous amount of volume for their size, easily filling a 20 foot x 25 foot room, and there’s not an iota of audible distortion, even at full blast. The low end is quite good for their size, but I’d love to see the option to add an external subwoofer.
They offer excellent musicality regardless of genre, they’re exceptionally deft at reproducing studio quality vocals. You can choose from four different equalization settings beyond their bass and treble knobs, including modes to optimize for vocals, a classic hi-fi sound, enhanced dynamic range, or a pure, unmodified studio monitor. I found the vocal mode to be quite satisfying, enhancing the front and center impression of vocals, though I spent most of my time enjoying the pure, uncolored sound of monitor mode.
It’s rare that speakers with this kind of audio quality offer so many input options too. You can connect devices via analog RCA jacks, digital optical, coax, or balanced analog via XLR jacks. In addition, they provide support for Bluetooth 4.0 with lossless aptX support. Even when driven with a wireless sound source like an iPhone, they sound spectacular. When connected to a digital source, they can replicate signals up to 24-bit @ 192KHz.
The S2000Pro comes with a full-size remote control, which provides access to volume, equalization mode, input selection, and Bluetooth play/pause and previous/next controls.
Priced at $399.99(USD), the Edifier S2000Pro speakers are an excellent option for an office, den, living room, or a home recording studio. If you’re looking for a self-contained pro quality speaker system that requires no external amplification, you’ll be extremely happy if you purchase these. They’re available for purchase now over on Amazon.