Edifier CineSound B7
This 1m long sound-bar is part of a new range from Edifier.
We have in the past been very impressed with the quality Edifier manage to
produce in relatively low-cost speakers. Their Spinaker Stereo speakers would
have won one of our new ‘Truly Fascinating’ awards if we had been awarding them
then. We still rate that clever combination of good speaker technology with
electronic magic as one of our favourite sets.
Edifier have now turned their eyes to the growing TV sound
bar market. This B7 unit comes with Optical, Phono and 3.5mmbut no HDMI input.
A future bar will have HDMI. It also has really good Bluetooth connectivity
using A2DP and AVRCP. It doesn’t support the higher definition Bluetooth
formats coming onto the market but as its digital processing is limited to
16/48 that is less of an issue.
The package we had delivered contained both the Speaker Bar
and its accompanying Wireless Subwoofer. The packaging is fascinating in its
own right being a single L-Shaped box containing both the bar and subwoofer.
People assumed we were having a small chair delivered.
Setup is a breeze. Just plug in your source to the bar and
plug it in then plug the subwoofer in. Our subwoofer came pre-paired with the
bar but if not it is a simple matter of pressing a paring button on the
subwoofer and the supplied remote for the bar.
The remote is the size of a slightly extended credit card
and has controls for power, volume, source and three pre-sets for movie, music
These pre-sets vary both the surround field and the amount
of bass being fed to the subwoofer.
News is probably best for watching TV broadcasts as it
centres the dialogue and minimizes the surround effect.
The surround effect on music is surprisingly effective and
pleasant. In fact music sounded very polished for such low cost device. The
mid-range was particularly well formed. The only slight negative is a just
perceivable rattling in bass heavy music. Surprisingly this came from the bar
not the sub-woofer. This was hrdly audible though and may have been emphasised by the fact the bar was on a glass surface. Overall the speaker sounded better than the specs would
suggest – testimony once again to Edifier’s amazing work in the field of DSP
Switching to movie mode actually cured this vibration and
whilst this also narrowed the sound-field music also sounded really good in
this mode and some people may prefer to use it this way.
One slight oddity on the controller is that the volume keys
have two plus and two minus buttons. We couldn’t find any reason for this and
it wasn’t covered in the manual. All four buttons seem to control the bar
We liked that the bar was suplied with all the cables you needed to get started and very unusually a wall mount if you wanted to use it.
Overall for sub-£250 this is really good system. It is not
going to beat some of the £1000 plus devices but it comes close and certainly
is a huge improvement on most TV’s in-built speakers.
Specifications from Edifier Site:
- Total Power Output:RMS
16Wx2(Treble)+19Wx2(Mid-range and bass 75W)
- Signal to Noise Ratio:≧85dBA
- Input Sensitivity:Line
- Input Type:Auxiliary/Line
- Bass Driver:2
- Treble Driver:3/4"
(19mm) silk dome tweeter
- Subwoofer Driver:8"
- Packing Box