Bot­tom line

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vol­ume out­put is a lit­tle low. Even with the source vol­ume maxed, I had to push the speak­ers’ vol­ume knob past the half­way point to get to a lis­ten­able level when I was sit­ting in front of them. When I wanted to lis­ten to mu­sic while mov­ing about the room, I’d have to turn them up all the way. The good news is, they didn’t dis­tort even at the high­est vol­ume. Put the Edifier RU19 on the short­list of sub$50 speak­ers worth buy­ing. I found they gen­er­ally brought the best out of any given au­dio, whether it was an al­bum, a film, or a Youtube video. And the sub­tle de­sign nod to the wood floor-stand­ing speak­ers of home au­dio’s golden age was kind of en­dear­ing. If you can live with the bass and vol­ume lim­i­ta­tions in­her­ent in Usb-pow­ered speak­ers, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed. measly $25. Turns out, quite a bit, even com­pared to pricier bud­get PC speak­ers we’ve tested.

Avail­able in black or white (the price for white may dif­fer slightly on Ama­zon [ go. pc­world.com/cpwh]), each speaker mea­sures 4.5 by 4.4 by 4.6 inches (HWD)— about the size of an av­er­age grape­fruit. The space-sav­ing size makes it easy to find room for them on even the small­est or most clut­tered desk. The rub­ber ring on the flat­tened bot­tom of each en­clo­sure keeps it from slip­ping on your desk­top.

Peb­ble’s two-inch far-field driv­ers—which com­bine for an RMS of 4.4 watts— are an­gled at 45 de­grees. This de­sign is op­ti­mal for di­rect­ing the au­dio at your ears when you’re sit­ting in front of your com­puter. Built-in pas­sive ra­di­a­tors ex­tend the low-fre­quency re­sponse for beefier bass. A power/vol­ume knob on the front panel of the right speaker works in con­junc­tion with your PC’S au­dio con­trols to man­age the Peb­ble’s vol­ume.

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