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Good sound for the money, great design/build, but transportable rather than portable,
This review is from: Edifier Aurora 2.1 Speaker with Slim Subwoofer and Compact Satellites - Liquid Silver (Electronics)
Although these Edifier Aurora 2.1 loudspeakers look suitable for an MP3 player, they aren't really designed for this, they are specifically made for a placing around a small laptop or notebook. If you don't mind the clutter though, you can attach an iPod to them, or they could supply a bit of a bass lift to a small LCD TV or desktop PC in a bedroom or bedsit if you move in closer to view. The Edifier Aurora's come in 10 bright colours to match anything or possibly nothing - having silver trims on our laptop and notebook we chose silver. The Aurora's sub woofer tube is designed to sit behind a laptop hidden out of sight by the screen and the little satellite mid-range tweeters poke round the side of the laptop into full view and fire the sound directly at you. There's a couple of different length stereo jack leads arrangements available with the speakers so you can arrange them how you like - there's a longer cable and a shorter one with a right angle plug to ensure the cables will fit snugly around the laptop no matter where the 3.5mm audio out socket is. The tweeter satellite cables are quite short, but that actually really helps to reduce cables cluttering up the edges of the laptop.
Build quality and design is very good, with an aluminium shielded 2" driver subwoofer tube and the tweeters sit behind little wire gauze protectors. The midrange/tweeter 1.5" drive units project slightly upwards towards your head. The subwoofer unit is 11"x3.4"x2.3"(280x87x59mm) and the Satellites are 2.3"x2.6"x2.3"(59x67x59mm). Our speaker set came with a neat little zipped rectangular case that holds the three 2.1 speakers and a 13amp mains transformer integrated into a UK plug - however be warned others say the travel case is no longer shipped with product, which I would find disappointing as we use it all the time [we got our speakers+case many months ago]. These Aurora 2.1 speakers are strictly mains powered [12V AC worldwide] only - there's no battery or USB power feeds, so you can only use the speakers about the house or say in a hotel. The laptop audio cable, long 12V mains cable, and satellite speakers all plug into the back of the subwoofer unit. You control volume via a couple of little buttons on one satellite, and these function as the off/mute as well.
We don't use this set with our daughters Dell 17" laptop as that has decent JBL speakers and a subwoofer integrated into the case, but they work well with our son's 15" laptop and a netbook for watching video, retro gaming or listening to MP3s. The sound doesn't fill the room by the way - they go loud, but it's pretty much directed towards the laptop user or a small group huddled around the screen. Sound wise the speakers sound very clear for the size with a decent bass that works well, thumping loudly or adding in a full bodied sound with quiet listening levels - the sub woofer/midrange switchover tends to affect mid range quality the most, but there's certainly no lightweight tinny sound from this setup [although the treble is a tad bright]. Sound quality improves after the speakers have been burned in [used] for a few weeks.
Apparently these speakers don't sound as good in the midrange as similarly priced but larger Creative Gigaworks T20s, but the twin T20s speakers lack the subwoofer bass punch of these Aurora 2.1 speakers [and the Aurora's are far more portable]. We use our notebook and 15" laptop with a similarly priced Futon Company Birch Lap Tray Table [which is superb], and there's enough room for the speakers, cables and stuff to fit around the laptop [and the speaker kit is pretty stable and doesn't fall off when you get up and put the Tray table onto the floor/sofa/side of the bed]. So a 4.5* speaker set for build and sound, but perhaps loosing a star for the lack of independent battery or USB power restricting you to indoor mains use only, plus the kids often can't be bothered to set up the speakers and so stick to the tinny internal sound of the laptop anyway, and the speaker set isn't totally ultra-portable as the speaker units are light, but aren't diminutive and there's the mains transformer. Although our [probably discontinued] travel case holds all the kit together making it easily slipped into the suitcase or car when off to the hotel or grandma's, the speakers are small enough to fit into the ouside compartment of our padded 15" Targus laptop case as well. For iPod/MP3 players on the move, try the far smaller Altec Lansing IMT227 Orbit Portable Speaker [3xAAA batteries], bijou X-Mi X Mini II 2nd Generation Capsule iPhone / iPad / iPod / MP3 / Laptop Speaker - Black [rechargeable USB] or the superb if more expensive MINIRIG Portable rechargeable speaker [50 hour USB rechargeable internal battery] mono single pod speakers.