When it comes to creating audio products, few companies approach the daring design and style of Edifier. The China-based electronics company has some awesome-looking speakers and audio systems. Systems like the sailboat-inspired Spinnaker I checked out a while back. So it comes as no surprise to me when a set of speakers turn up on my doorstep looking like a pair of squashed Death Stars. With a name like Luna Eclipse, you don’t need to guess as to what it’s trying to mimic.
Sadly – although an awesome-looking bright red and black model is available – I was sent the glossy black model, and it doesn’t look anywhere near as striking as its scarlet sibling. That said, I love its round shape, and the exposed woofers and tweeters on the front surface. And there are no physical buttons anywhere to distract from the seamless, glossy surface. Interestingly there’s a slice cutout at the back where another speaker hides to provide a bit of width and bass to the music you’re listening to.
Bluetooth and a 3.5mm connection provide enough versatility to ensure you can connect to them from your iPhone, Mac or iPad without any trouble.
It comes shipped with its own bespoke, minimalist remote control that only has three buttons on it: Volume up, volume down and power. Sadly, my remote didn’t work and so I was forced to negotiate the touch sensitive buttons on the side of the right speaker. And there I came upon my first, and biggest frustration: They were horrible to use. They registered my touch only about 1/3rd of the time, and that’s a guess. Once I got the audio to a comfortable level, I didn’t touch them again, even to turn them off. I just left them alone. They were that inconsistent.
But once I got them set up, I was pleased with the performance. There was a good balance of low, mid and treble levels, so listening to any genre of music was decent enough. There was no distortion, vocals were clear, as were lead and rhythm guitar parts. Bass was also audible to a good level. It was even loud enough to fill a large room without distorting or ruining the audio quality. But I will say this: It just lacked a little life, or drama. It almost seemed too balanced, maybe a little limp.
In my time reviewing accessories on TiP I’ve reviewed a number of audio products, some blow me away, others leave me impressed at their value for money and others leave me without having made any connection on an emotional level. And for a product with a main purpose of delivering music and sound, to leave me feeling indifferent is missing its purpose entirely. Music should connect with the listener, and the product needs to emphasise that, not detract from it.
Now this may sound like I’m being too harsh on the Luna Eclipse. After all, there’s nothing really wrong with the sound. Some of you may even think it’s the perfect audio balance. It’s clean, distortion free and can be pumped up to a high level without falling off a cliff. But there’s nothing really awe-inspiring either. I like feeling the bass kick me in the stomach, I like feeling enveloped by the music I’m listening to, lose myself in it. I didn’t feel like I could with the Eclipse. Almost like it was too clinical. And for a product that looks as wicked as it does, that surprised me a lot. But who am I kidding? The speakers can be found for as little as $170 on Amazon.com (£99 in the UK) which isn’t a huge outlay for a speaker set as great sounding, and looking as these.
If you’re someone who just wants decent quality sound that’s clear, in a package that looks fantastic, the Eclipse could be your bag. But it’s not mine. If it had a little more “oomph” and a more reliable control system, I’d be all over these like an aggressive moss. If you do buy them, do yourselves a favour and get the red ones.