Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth Speaker Review: Rich, Beautiful Audio
By Yvonne

The Edifier Bluetooth Speaker R1700BT Review: Beautiful Sound and Solid BuildThe Edifier Bluetooth speakers R1700BT are rich in sound quality. We thought that they were a great price for their bulkiness.

Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers

We like this
  • Excellent sound quality

  • Beautiful design

  • Bluetooth is included

The Things We Hate
  • Heavy, bulky footprint

  • Sound-shaping Options:

  • Brand name Bargain

You get great value with the R1700BT, including beautiful sound and a stylish design as well as Bluetooth connectivity.

This article explains
  • Design
  • Durability and build quality
  • Installation and connectivity
  • Sound Quality
  • Prices
  • Concurrence
  • Final Verdict
  • Specifications

Our expert reviewer purchased the Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth speaker to thoroughly evaluate it. Continue reading to see our complete product review.

For those people who can't choose, the Edifier R1700BT Bluetooth speaker is the perfect choice. Are you looking for bookshelf speakers that can be used casually? Are you looking for a Bluetooth speaker that is loud enough to play at small events? Are you looking for something that will work well with your TV's sound system? It does everything, and it usually does so well. These sound better than the lower-priced options in Edifier's low- to mid-level speaker range. These speakers are elegant and classic with gorgeous accents. These versatile speakers are great for anyone who needs to cover a wide range of topics.

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Design: Classic meets classy, but with some modern touches

It's not easy to design a speaker that is both stylish and doesn't stand out too much. This is a tricky balance because the speaker should be slim and not overpowering enough to draw attention. However, if it goes too far you can end up looking boring. You'll notice the R1700BT immediately when they are opened.

It is made from a composite material of textured black plastic that looks similar to passive bookshelf speakers. Edifier added a classic touch to these speakers with two walnut/cherry planks along the sides. This hints at the 70s-style speaker cabinets.

The speaker's dimensions are 6 by 10 by almost 10 inches in width and height, which gives it an elegant footprint. They have also chosen to angle each speaker (specifically at a 10-degree angle) so that there are some lines of geometric design towards the bottom. The speakers have a modern appearance than your regular rectangular ones. These speakers are beautiful and strike a wonderful balance between being eye-catching yet unassuming.

Edifier added a classic touch to these speakers with two walnut/cherry planks along the speaker's sides

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Build Quality and Durability: The is substantial, but a little bulky.

It is possible to have a high-quality, durable build that can sometimes be somewhat of a double-edged sword. These speakers are substantial with their wood-finished exterior and rigidity of the composite chassis. The knobs are premium, with the small metal rings indicating a higher-end component. The speakers were almost 15 pounds each, which is quite heavy. Although it may not sound like much, it was quite difficult to transport them as a pair from one room to another. We also considered putting them on smaller bookshelves.

Additionally, the speaker's geometric design was designed to allow for a 10 degree projection angle. This helped to improve the sound quality. However, it also made it a little awkward which made our footprint larger than necessary. These speakers are likely to last for many years. Although Edifier doesn't say what the driver and 'Eagle Eye' tweeters are made from, it feels premium and solid.

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Connectivity and Setup: Very well-equipped but not very modern

The connectivity capabilities of the R1700BT may seem modest at first. The side has only three buttons: the Master volume (up/down) and bass/treble control. Edifier included RCA cables and two RCA-based inputs on the back. This is standard in speaker sets and the inputs all worked well. We found the 5-pin connector to be easier and more reliable than two-wire speaker cables.

Bluetooth is an additional feature. However, it's not as basic as this. You can start the speaker box and find the Bluetooth menu on your phone.

Bluetooth connectivity is as simple and straightforward as this.

It's difficult to get the speaker into Bluetooth mode. The included Bluetooth button allows you to return to pairing mode. However, we needed to consult the manual in order to find out how. To re-enter pairing mode you need to hold down the volume knob. It seems that this can also be used to disconnect other devices. The sound quality over Bluetooth was good and suitable for all our needs. There is a steep learning curve if there are multiple devices to connect at the same time.

Sound Quality - Full, rich and with more distance than one would expect

Edifier continues to impress us with its sound quality. If you are looking for speaker options, your first instinct would be to look at Polk or Klipsch on the price side. Or Sonos/Bose on the marketing and research side. Edifier is a little under-the-radar in terms of brand awareness and price, but it uses this to its advantage by dazzling the listener straight out of the box.

Although the RMS output of each speaker is approximately 15W, it sounds closer to 20W and 30W with ample headroom. Even though they fit the small amp unit within one of the speakers, it puts out about 85 decibels of handling—comparable to much larger bookshelf speakers that have separate amp receivers. It all results in less than 0.5% harmonic distortion. This is impressive and comparable to most speakers in the middle-range.

When you put these numbers into action, they add up to a lot more. These speakers were set up in our home for about one week. We used them for various listening purposes, including casual podcasts and top 40 weekends shows.

We were most struck by the loudness of these speakers, even though they are just 4 inch drivers. The low-midrange range had a richness and depth that gave the speakers a lot of character, but didn't overwhelm the details. At this price, you won't get a sparkling performance at the top end of the range. Our expectations are therefore somewhat lower. The bass response was excellent and carried the music throughout our listening area. We also found the two-band EQ controls to be sufficient for mixing genres or styles.

We were most struck by the loudness of these speakers, even though they have drivers measuring only 4 inches.

Cost: Averagely affordable, but not budget

We got our hands on this pair of speakers for just about $150—a reasonable price point considering just how good these sound. These aren't budget-friendly speakers. Similar sound quality can be had for as low as $100. However, you will lose some features such Bluetooth. We think that the cost is fair for solid speakers with a premium look and sound quality.

Competiton: is difficult to match, hard to beat

R1280T These powered speakers cost about $50 less and do not offer Bluetooth. However, song-for-song they sound pretty similar to the R1700.

Sonos One Sonos is the most popular name in speaker technology, but their entry-level model is three times more expensive than the premium models. You'll still get incredible sound quality and tons of smart features.

Klipsch R-14M The Klipsch 4-inch-powered take offers a richer sound quality and better design. However, you will have to spend about $100 more.

The Edifier R1700BT speaker was a great choice. For a speaker costing less than $200, the sound quality was amazing. The design is beautiful with wood accents and premium components. These speakers will not fit in every setting due to their bulky build and awkward footprint. These powered speakers are worth the price.


  • Product name R1700BT Bluetooth Bookshelf speakers
  • Product brand edifier
  • UPC 875674001352
  • Prices from $149.99
  • Oct 2015 Release Date
  • Weighing 14.5 pounds
  • Product dimensions 6.1x9.84x8.35in
  • Walnut and color black
  • 2-year warranty
  • Bluetooth 2.0

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