Edifier Prisma Review

Edifier Prisma Review


Straight away the first thing that grabs you is the looks. Any time we come across a sub-woofer that isn’t a black cube of plywood we’re intrigued, and this couldn’t be more different, being a white pyramid of plastic. Even more interesting is that the speaker isn’t mounted horizontally but rather, as you might be able to guess from the shape, downwards facing. This has the rather neat side-effect that you can fine tune your listening experience by placing the sub-woofer on different materials because the absorption/reflection of the bass waveforms can make a difference to how you perceive the sound. Indeed contrary to a lot of subwoofers which are designed so blandly that they tend to be stuck by our feet and ignored, the eye-catching looks of the Prisma almost demand that it’s placed out in the open where its design can shine.

It’s not only in the aesthetic that the Prisma shines though. Sound quality is very good indeed. Normally when design is placed to the forefront there is a price-premium involved that doesn’t always reflect upon the quality of the hardware. Not so with the Edifier Prisma. In fact the plastic casing that seemed an unnecessary cost-cutting measure initially is clearly a choice because the speakers are so good. The bass is tight and pounding, able to be adjusted from a mere whisper to something that will take the pictures off your walls. Yet no matter what the level you set the bass retains clarity throughout.

The same is true of the satellites as well. Given the dominance of the sub-woofer, both aurally and visually, it wouldn’t be surprising to find the satellites are a mere afterthought. However they are more than capable of holding up their end of the sonic spectrum, giving great sound reproduction from the quiet to the surprisingly loud. Volume is something that the Prisma do well, able to remain clear from whisper-quiet volumes to the opposite end of the scale. It might sound obvious but speakers require a certain amount of sound energy to be at their best. Sometimes it’s very little and they break up at higher volumes, and sometimes you need to be quite loud before you get the full benefit. The Prisma deftly straddles the line, capable of clarity throughout.

As with everything there are some niggles. On the top of the sub-woofer is a light which, if you have the Prisma set-up where it’s visible, can be distracting if you prefer playing your games or movies in a darkened environment. The cable for the volume is a slightly awkward length, not quite short enough for easy hiding but not so long that it functions as a something genuinely remote. The bass adjuster, whilst unlikely to need much adjustment once set to your liking, isn’t easily reachable if you are the kind of person who likes to adjust to their taste. It’s definitely easier to set and leave alone. Finally whilst the Prisma can certainly get plenty loud enough for playing games, films or music in an average sized room to a small group it hasn’t got quite the oomph to be the centerpiece for a party.

All in all at £89 the Edifier Prisma is a solid, nicely designed system with great sound reproduction, just falling short of gold in a few areas, but still worthy of our Silver Award, especially if you like your speakers to be colour-coded, and modern-looking.


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