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Ed­i­fier M3250

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Bryan Chan

Ver­sa­tile, rea­son­ably pow­er­ful, and sim­ple just about de­scribes the Ed­i­fier M3250. As a new 2.1 speaker sys­tem from this Shen­zhen­based com­pany, the Ed­i­fier M3250 prom­ises to de­liver great au­dio from PCs, gam­ing con­soles, and even as a home the­ater sys­tem. A unit ar­rived at our of­fice last month, and we wasted no time to find out just how well it per­forms.

The M3250 is part of Ed­i­fier's Clas­sic se­ries speak­ers. This means that it's tar­geted at users who want a speaker sys­tem that's easy to set up, con­sid­er­ably loud, and most im­por­tantly, com­pat­i­ble with a va­ri­ety of au­dio sources around the house. To meet the de­mand of this tar­get mar­ket, the M3250 of­fers two RCA in­puts, so you can con­nect two de­vices to these speak­ers at any given time.

In terms of spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the M3250 of­fers a to­tal RMS of 36W, which is a very de­cent amount for a 2.1 sys­tem. The sub­woofer out­puts 20W, while the two satel­lites put out 8W each. This trans­lates into sound that can eas­ily fill up an en­tire room.

When it comes to the aes­thet­ics, the M3250 looks very sim­i­lar to the Ed­i­fier C2X, sans the con­trol ter­mi­nal. The sub­woofer is rather com­pact, and so are the two satel­lites. This al­lows the user to place the M3250 prac­ti­cally any­where.

Set­ting up and us­ing the M3250 is highly sim­ple. All you need to do is con­nect the color-coded wires to the sub­woofer, and plug in the bun­dled 3.5mm-to-RCA ca­ble to a source. Once this is done, you're all set to en­joy au­dio from a va­ri­ety of sources.

Test­ing the M3250 in­volved us play­ing some mu­sic from a va­ri­ety of gen­res. We found that there's a re­spectable amount of highs, but the mids are mud­dled, so there's a sig­nif­i­cant amount of body that's be­ing lost here. Bass, on the other hand, is very gen­er­ous, where it makes more sense to use the M3250 for movie play­back. For those who want a bet­ter mu­sic lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, it's best to turn up the tre­ble all the way, and add just a lit­tle bit of bass.

In sum­mary, Ed­i­fier's M3250 is a de­cent speaker sys­tem that's great for mul­ti­me­dia use, es­pe­cially if you're us­ing it as a home the­ater sys­tem. The mids are a bit muf­fled, but the highs and the bass are great.

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