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TechnologyTell Review: Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse speaker

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The market for Bluetooth speakers is pretty packed, so it can clever engineering, marketing, or both to stand out and attract attention. While speakers still come in a variety of shapes and sizes, “rectangular” or “cylindrical” still appear to dominate. Yawn. Boring.

Don’t get me wrong; many of those speakers sound absolutely fantastic and anyone would be lucky to own one. But, sometimes, you want to have something visually loud and sassy. That’s how Edifier has turned heads. One of its latest models, the e25 Luna Eclipse, was showcased at CES 2014. It drew people in with its looks and kept them around longer with the sound.

Design

The Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse speakers sports a fresh design that looks darn cool. Most speakers out there are boxy or angular in some sort of way. The e25 Luna Eclipse are shaped like giant-sized M&M’s, but with a few appropriate cuts for the front, base, and subwoofer openings. The outside shines like a hard candy shell too, so these definitely impress with looks so long as hands and fingers are kept off. It’s an absolute magnet for prints, which is why Edifier included a soft cloth.

Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse speaker laptop

Like giant, glossy M&Ms, right?

Each speaker has a good heft to it, as these are certainly meant for static positioning. Once you find that sweet set up, you probably won’t to move them. But since they’re light enough, it’s no big deal to change things around.

The power cables are long enough where you can have the e25 Luna Eclipse span the length of a wide-screen television. For most situations, there will be more cable than necessary, but having extra is better than not enough. The power cable connecting to the left speaker is proprietary, so don’t lose it.

Although the pair have a nice shape and height, the footing isn’t the most stable. It won’t take more than a light bump or nudge to tip one over. I constantly have to tell people to back off, since they want to pick it up and touch. Kudos to the Edifier design team for creating something so interesting that people will brave taking a sucker-punch just to take a look. It’s the cutout for the subwoofer membranes that draws the most.

The right speaker features touch-controls for power and volume. They’re ok; the remote is much more accurate. Even though the e25 Luna Eclipse has Bluetooth wireless, users can plug in the included audio cable to connect to non-wireless devices. Thankfully, the speaker provides both audio and visual indication of wireless and successful pairing.

Audio Quality

As soon as you turn these on and start listening, you’ll appreciate the holographic imaging of the music. It’s pretty awesome. Not only can you hear the individual details from the left and/or right speaker, but the main body of sound projects from the empty space in between.

Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse speaker front

Good shape and clean looks

It’s so clear, that I’ve found myself staring at some object in the middle, between both speakers, as if the sound were coming from that. I’m sure with the proper setup and desk clutter (for disguise), I could prank people into thinking that my latest speaker is in the shape of a stapler or roll of duct tape. At least for a brief moment.

The projection of audio is pretty impressive too. With increasing volume, the e25 Luna Eclipse carries across rooms without losing too much detail in the process. It definitely works well enough for a downstairs house party in a pinch. Unfortunately, the depth of the music is average at best, and it doesn’t really match the projection or lateral imaging. Higher volumes tend to crowd the soundstage, too.

It’s rare to hear distortion from these speakers. While it does depend on track recording and genre, the distortion is kept at a minimum. However, excessive volume levels can produce a bleaching effect, piercing edges, crispy highs, and/or a coarseness to music detail. With the volume on a connected device maxed, so long as the e25 Luna Eclipse stays below the 80 percent mark, the music should be free of these undesirable elements. Although, sometimes, there are songs that can be fully maxed without problem.

Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse speaker cable

Don’t lose this proprietary cable connecting left and right together

The e25 Luna Eclipse bring highs that are nimble and energetic. Piano notes get that hint of a percussive quality as they flow out. The level of detail is good, especially considering the price bracket of these speakers. String and wind instruments carry well even at higher volumes, although I’m left wanting a bit more accuracy sometimes.

The highs definitely come out as bright, but not quite tinny. It’s more like a slight harshness than actual tinniness, exacerbated by increased volume levels. Although cymbals sound a little one-note, they don’t sizzle, which is better than what many other speakers can do. Overall the highs are good, maybe slightly better than average, but not that bad.

When it comes to the mids, the e25 Luna Eclipse features pretty good tone and detail. Guitars sound clean, and I really like how brass instruments are represented in this area. The speakers are able to keep up with tracks showcasing quick changes in pitch and volume, which is also remarkable. But (and I’m sure you felt it coming), the mids are thin in comparison to the highs and lows, and they lack that wow factor I like.

Don’t get me wrong. The level of detail is good, but the balance is off. Much of the attention goes to the highs and lows, which makes the mids sound distant. Vocals that should be front and center, coming right at you, leave listeners leaning forward instead. Not just that, but parts of the lows and highs encroach the vocal area of the mids too. The mids in Mike Patton’s song, “Ore D’Amore”, from his Mondo Cane album, come across as a bit thin. The lows are too prominent, making the vocals sound as if they’re coming through a cardboard tube by comparison.

Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse speaker remote

The remote works better than the touch controls. Don’t lose this either.

More importantly, mids are the backbone of energy for so many songs out there. On a balanced set of speakers, the hair on the back of my neck will prickle around the 50-second mark (right as it’s about to break into higher energy) of Matisyahu’s song, “King Without a Crown.” This happens over and over (what can I say, except that I dig this tune). But with the e25 Luna Eclipse? Not so much. It’s just how these speakers are set.

Despite what they do to the mids, I happen to really like the lows. They’re punchy, appropriately deep, and, most importantly, they don’t attempt to deliver beyond what they’re capable of. Many will feel that the bass from the e25 Luna Eclipse is weak. I can agree to the extent that I would certainly love more, especially given the volume this speaker can deliver. However, there is that bit of physical limitation due to having built-in subwoofers. You can see them at work as they thump out beats. They’re not that big, but they fit within the speaker body itself.

Compared to other speakers, the lows from the e25 Luna Eclipse are strike more than just the top end of it. Although it doesn’t get super deep, you won’t hear it turn boomy or wild either. Personally, I prefer my drums and bass to be clean and controlled every day, which is what these speakers accomplish. The drums sound great, even at the higher (sometimes highest!) volume levels. They’re tight on both the attack and decay. The bass guitar also has a punchy attacks, but it can linger on notes a bit as volume increases. This subtle lingering adds a warm hum at the end, although it disappears with a few nudges down on volume.

But just like with the highs, the lows sound good so long as the volume isn’t outrageous. Again, this can also come down to track recording and how the music plays out.  If there is any one serious complaint I have about the lows, it’s that there’s no option to include a compatible, Edifier-made subwoofer. I love great-sounding desktop/media speakers, but I love them even more with an added subwoofer.

Wireless

For the first day of use, the e25 Luna Eclipse had some seriously weak Bluetooth. I was completely baffled, since I couldn’t go further than about 12 feet before the connection started to stutter. Beyond that, the music would just drop until I got back into range. So I settled myself into our giant Lovesac nearby to listen. Considering the size and hardware, I was expecting more.

Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse speaker rear

These are the only connections you need

Day one was probably a fluke. The next day, continuing on, the Bluetooth performance has been solid. I can go past 28 feet, easily, and maintain uninterrupted music. Even with passing bodies, or if I’m in another room or upstairs, the signal plays without skips or stutters. Problem solved. I had nothing to do with it, but still solved!

What’s interesting about the e25 Luna Eclipse is that the Bluetooth takes precedence over the audio cable. Most speakers automatically disconnect from Bluetooth as soon as you plug in audio. I don’t know why more speakers don’t do this, at least the non-portable kind. With these, I can leave the cable plugged in to a PC, home entertainment system, or console for audio from those sources. As soon if I’m in the mood for some music from my smartphone, I just connect, and voila. To do the same with most other speakers, I’d have to physically disconnect the audio cable and then reconnect it when I’m done. Good job, Edifier.

Verdict

The Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse speakers have a bold styling that’s matched by the power of its lows and highs. These make a great addition to a desk area for PC or laptop enjoyment, yet can certainly hold its own for a cozy home entertainment system. Not only can they get loud and  project well, these speakers deliver sound that most will enjoy.

Depending on how your ears are tuned, the music you listen to, and how much you really care, the under-powered mids may or may not be a deal-breaker. If you’re an audiophile, the e25 Luna Eclipse isn’t going to be your main listening machine. Otherwise, these speakers can deliver some serious beats and atmosphere to a room. I also find it very convenient that Bluetooth connections take priority over the audio cable. I can always stream from my smartphone at-will without having to unplug a thing.

For overall listening experiences, the e25 Luna Eclipse are fun. Despite the nuances with the mids, the sound quality is good for the size. I’ve loved every movie I’ve watched using these speakers as the audio source. It does big and loud quite well – not too bad for the price bracket. Although it won’t be impossible to spend a little more to get a boost in audio quality, you’ll likely have to settle for square, rectangle, or some angular, obelisk-type speaker. While those may sound better, they’re not going to turn heads (and gather fingerprints, keep the cloth handy when company is over) like the Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse.

 

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