11 PC-speakersets review: cacophonous or melodious?

Cheap and good do not go together anymore



In the segment of 67 pounds / 80 euros to 85 pounds / 100 euros we have three sets again, the Logitech Z533, the Trust Byron and the Edifier Studio R1280T. The first two are 2.1 speakers, the last one is a 2.0 set and the most expensive of the three.

Logitech Z533 2.1 Black
Logitech Z533

When compared with the Z333, Logitech seems to offer a better design and more connectivity for the extra price. The subwoofer is clearly bigger, while the satellites are smaller. The set has an aux-input on the wired control, which also has a headphone jack. Furthermore the built-in amplifier is a bit more powerful.

Trust Byron
Trust Byron

The Trust Byron stands out because of the silver colour. The subwoofer and satellites are fairly large. These also seem heavy, but in this case this does not mean quality. If we open them up, it turns out there is no tweeter (which should be there, based on the design), but also a piece of metal that is screwed into the case. This has no other function other than to increase the weight. In our opinion this is simply trying to deceive your customers. In terms of connectivity the Trust offers an aux-input and headphone jack, both on the wired control.

Edifier Studio R1280T Brown/Black
Edifier R1280T

The Edifier set is about the opposite of the one from Trust. Two solid speakers of over two kilograms a piece, with a separate tweeter in each speaker and a solid mid-range driver, as well as a bass port. Edifier also supplies an extra cord to connect the two as well as a little infrared remote control to change the volume. The right speaker has physical buttons for this too.  

We can keep it short when it comes to test results. The Logitech Z533 disappoints the most, with almost painfully shrill vocals and a bass that is clearly truncated. The subwoofer starts to bang at low frequencies and midtones are pretty much absent. In our opinion the Z533 is outperformed by the cheaper Z333.

The Trust Byron is barely any better. Vocals sound dull, almost as if you are submerged. There is barely any definition meaning individual instruments cannot be placed and the bass is uncontrolled. At higher volumes in the low the subwoofer starts to bang. For half the price we would not be enthusiastic, but at this price all we can do is discommend the Byron.

When compared to the other two the Edifier Studio R1280T is great. While it might be a bit more expensive, it performs well. You can make out individual instruments and they are well-placed. With complex songs the speakers have more difficulty and the bass is a bit under dimensioned when compared with the 2.1 sets, but there are clearly lows. During the rap selection it loses control, but classical pieces, pop and rock sound excellent.


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