Edifier have impressed us with their large range of speakers in the past, and we’ve tested 5.1 sets, bluetooth speakers and many others, but how does the Edifier B3 Soundbar compare?
Smooth, pleasing styling
Edifier have always brought a keen sense of style to their speakers, bringing a fresh approach to the design of the typical “black box”. Styling a soundbar is a different challenge though as it has to fit in a specific place, so there isn’t too much scope to change the long and thin form.
What Edifier have tried to do with the B3 Soundbar is to make it as sleek as possible. This means that it has smooth lines, and a very simple yet welcome triangular design.
The very front of the speaker is completely covered with speaker cloth with the back and bottom of the soundbar in a high quality matte plastic. The sides of the speaker are finished in a black aluminium with a ground bevelled edge to give it an extra dimension of quality.
With a total length of 1000mm, the B3 is one of the longer soundbars on the market, so make sure you measure your television first. The depth and height is relatively compact at 80mm.
Behind the cloth we have a 19mm tweeter at either end of the soundbar, with two 70mm speaker units to each tweeter. Next to each pair of speakers there is a bass port. This model does not have a separate subwoofer so all the bass is produced by the soundbar itself.
One the rear there is the optical, RCA, aux and coax inputs, as well as a subwoofer out should you want to connect one. The soundbar comes with a small remote control, and optical and RCA cable. It also comes with a wall mounting bracket.
Solid, seamless performance
Connecting the Edifier B3 is straightforward – simply use the approriate cable and then the appropriate input method using the remote control. Depending on the television you may need to mute the volume.
Although you can connect a subwoofer to the soundbar, it doesn’t come with one as standard and despite my initial concerns about a lack of bass, you don’t really need one. The sound is wonderfully well balanced and nothing stands out as performing poorly. The bass, whilst not low, is evident and adds a welcome presence to back up the clear mids and sharp trebles.
Even a demanding film like “Mad Max: Fury Road” was made more enjoyable with the Edifier B3. It really didn’t struggle or distort at any point, and as any good speaker system will, it dramtically improved the viewing experience.
Turning the soundbar off every now and again to compare the difference between it and the television speakers brought it into context as just how well it does perform.