My 2001 Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 setup finally died. I decided not to bother with 5.1 again for the office, but instead to get a really good 2.0 setup that would work well with my PC, office Xbox One, and Bluetooth. Ended up with the Edifier R2000DB after reading a ton of reviews. They’re the upgrade choice for computer speakers on Wirecutter, and I can see why.
Sound is really clean for speakers in this range, and the detail in more complex music like Pink Floyd tunes is significantly better than the 16-year-old speakers they replaced. They’re not on par with the Klipsch RPs I have in my media room, but they sound a lot more like $500 speakers than $250 speakers.
Optical in means I can just press the remote to flip them over to my office game console. The bass is surprisingly good considering I’m not using a subwoofer. Always had to keep the Klipsch sub turned down anyway due to the proximity of my office to the family bedrooms – a clear but not room-shaking bass from the speakers actually works better for my use case.
And I can easily flip them over to Bluetooth to catch the last few minutes of a podcast or play the audio from my iPad.
I’d never heard of Edifier before (they’re a chinese company), but these look good and sound great.