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Review of the Edifier MF200 portable speaker system

27.12.2023 09:18

Among the variety of wireless portable speaker systems, one can highlight the classic “barrel” shape, presented by many manufacturers, from JBL and Huawei to Sven. However, Edifier has always followed its own style. A little over a year ago, we got acquainted with the compact acoustics Edifier MP120, made in an aluminum case, and it surprised us with good sound for its compact size.

Today's star of the review, the Edifier MF200, has a shape reminiscent of a soundbar, but remains lightweight and portable. The body is also made of metal, supports three types of connections, and two full-range speakers and passive radiators promise immersive sound. We plan to test how well they cope with this task, and also compare the Edifier MF200 with other portable speakers that we have tested.

Specifications

Declared power4 W + 4 W (RMS)
frequency range100 Hz — 20 kHz
Signal to noise ratio≥85dB(A)
Noise level≤25dB(A)
Emitters2 broadband ∅26 mm
2 passive
Wireless signal transmissionBluetooth 5.0
Supported CodecsSBC
Water protectionNo
Battery2200 mAh
Working hoursuntil 10 o'clock
Dimensions293×45×53 mm
Weight500 g

Packaging and accessories

The Edifier MF200 is supplied in an oblong box made of medium-density cardboard, on which an image of the device and its brief characteristics are printed. Inside, the column is securely held using cardboard inserts.

The Edifier MF200 is supplied in an oblong box made of medium-density cardboard, on which an image of the device and its brief characteristics are printed. Inside, the column is securely held using cardboard inserts.

The delivery set includes the speaker itself, a fabric case for it, a meter cable with two USB-C connectors for connecting to a PC and charging, as well as documentation.

The delivery set includes the speaker itself, a fabric case for it, a meter cable with two USB-C connectors for connecting to a PC and charging, as well as documentation.

The delivery set includes the speaker itself, a fabric case for it, a meter cable with two USB-C connectors for connecting to a PC and charging, as well as documentation.

The delivery set includes the speaker itself, a fabric case for it, a meter cable with two USB-C connectors for connecting to a PC and charging, as well as documentation.

Appearance and design

Edifier MF200 is available in two color options: silver and grey. We tested the model in silver color. The shape of the case suggests that the speaker system can fit harmoniously next to a compact monitor. However, it is also versatile and can be used as a standard Bluetooth speaker.

Moreover, it can even be placed vertically. Although, of course, in this position the column is not very stable. As mentioned above, the dimensions of the Edifier MF200 are extremely small. Due to its oblong shape, it will be easy to place it even somewhere in a fully filled backpack, for example.

The outer part of the case is made of aluminum — it looks great, feels pleasantly cool on the hand, and in terms of reliability there is no doubt. Plus, it is extremely resistant to stains from touching.

The manufacturer's logo is placed in the center of the top panel, and on the sides there are icons of controls, which we will talk about separately.

At the bottom there are service information and a pair of small silicone feet that ensure a stable position of the Edifier MF200 on a horizontal surface.

The front panel is almost completely covered with a metal mesh, behind which the emitters are hidden. On the right side there are three control keys.

The device is equipped with two full-range speakers with neodymium magnets, the diaphragm diameter of which is 36 mm. Plus a passive radiator with two diaphragms, providing additional “bass support”.

There are glossy plastic linings at the ends. On the left there are ports for connection, on the right there is a power button and selection of the active input.

Connection

The speaker connects via Bluetooth in the standard way. After activating the corresponding input with the button on the end, it tries to communicate with already paired devices for some time. If the connection is not established, pairing mode starts. Then you need to find it in the Bluetooth menu on the sound source. To obtain a complete list of supported codecs and modes, we used the Bluetooth Tweaker utility.

Only one codec is supported — SBC. The maximum value of the Bitpool parameter is 53, which is higher than the recommended High Quality profile of 51. This provides the speaker with the opportunity to operate at the maximum of its potential, which is more than sufficient for compact acoustics. We didn't notice any problems with audio and video synchronization while watching videos when connected via Bluetooth. The connection remained stable even at a distance of several meters from the source.

The manufacturer warns that the USB connection does not work with smartphones or tablets, so we connect the speaker to a PC. No additional drivers are required: the system instantly detects the device and starts using it. Only 16 bit / 48 kHz mode is supported, which is quite sufficient and has a margin.

As for the analog connection via a 3.5 mm minijack connector, everything is quite simple: cable to the speaker — cable to the source. It’s a bit of a pity that the cable itself is not included, but purchasing one is not a problem, and the main connection methods will obviously be Bluetooth and USB.

Management and Operation

The speaker is controlled via the touch panel and buttons on the right side. The touch elements respond correctly, but have a slight delay that will take some getting used to. The “+” and “−” buttons control the volume and, when held, allow you to switch between tracks when connecting a device via USB or Bluetooth. The playback control button also works only with a USB or Bluetooth connection. When activating Aux, the sound is completely muted.

The large metal button performs power on/off functions when held, and when pressed briefly switches between active inputs. After double-clicking on it, the speaker transmits information about the battery charge via a voice message in English. The color of the backlight under the button serves as an indicator of the active input: blue — Bluetooth, red — USB, green — Aux.

The built-in battery with a capacity of 2200 mAh, according to the manufacturer, is capable of operating the speaker autonomously for up to 10 hours, but at a lower volume. For everyday use, it is recommended to focus on a period of about 6-7 hours. Given the ability to recharge the device via USB while in use, this charge is sufficient for most use cases.

Sound

The Edifier MF200 sounds modest, but pleasant considering its size. It is expected that the low frequencies will be slightly truncated — it is difficult to achieve deep bass in such a compact case. However, there is a certain level of bass present, and the passive radiators start to come into their own from around 100 Hz. Mids and highs are transmitted evenly, there is some increase at 10 kHz, but it is practically not noticeable in real listening.

We cannot talk about high detail and comprehensive sound, but the acoustics do not irritate the listener with obvious defects and are balanced. Because of its shape, the MF200 is great for watching videos, but can also serve as good background music if your expectations aren't too high. The only note: if you need louder and bassier sound for dancing, it is better to choose another device. This conclusion can be illustrated using a frequency response graph.

Changing the connection type does not lead to serious changes in sound — when choosing it, you should focus solely on convenience and appropriateness for a specific scenario of using the speaker.

Thanks to the operation of passive radiators, the Edifier MF200 exhibits a slight “hum” in the low-frequency range, which is clearly visible on the graph of the cumulative spectrum attenuation (or “waterfall”). However, this phenomenon is weakly expressed and has virtually no effect on the perception of sound.

In the end, let’s compare the frequency response of the speaker under test and several others that we’ve had in our hands before. It can be seen that in terms of bass reproduction, the Edifier MF200 is noticeably inferior to most of them, but offers a much more “even” midrange.

Results

Excellent appearance, durable metal case, three options for connecting to a source, original shape, good autonomy, convenient control — these are just some of the advantages of the Edifier MF200. If your priority is a pronounced boom-boom and dancing, then it may be worth considering more bass-heavy devices. In other cases, this speaker copes perfectly with the tasks usually assigned to portable acoustics.