Edifier R1700BT vs R1280DB – Which is better?

The Edifier 1700BT vs 1280DB is one of the most common comparisons between bookshelf speakers as they are some of the best Edifier speakers on the market today.

In this post, we will be going into a detailed comparison between the two, discussing sound quality, design, build, and much more. Firstly, let’s talk about some features of both speakers.

Edifier R1700BT

Why Should You Choose Edifier R1700BT?

You will have the urge to play each device that works flexibly than the others. Plug it in with your computer, gaming console, or TV for extraordinary quality of sound. This model has a built-in DSP or Digital Signal Processing as well as DRC Dynamic Range Control that prevents distortion.

This particular model is supplied with a dome tweeter that measures 19mm and also a bass driver, which is 4 inches that creates clear highs and rich lows.

Because of its port bass reflex facing front, the low frequencies are significantly emphasized, which provides powerful bass.

Tone Control

Located at its side are convenient dials which permit complete control for audio, treble, and bass. Altering your music is also possible with this model. In addition, it is very convenient because of its wireless remote.

  • Bass adjustment: -6db – +6db
  • Treble adjustment: -6db – +6db
  • Digital volume mode resets to a comfortable level to power on
  • Push-in control for volume for you to select freely input source
  • Hold and push for volume control dial for Bluetooth pairing set up

Key Features

Bluetooth Connection – an easy pairing of a phone, computer, or tablet without using the hassle wires. It is suited for Android, iOS, Windows devices, or macOS.

Aux Input (2X) – offers convenient connectivity to whatever type of device for as long as it has an available headphone output measuring 3.5mm or dual output (RCA). You can easily attach it to two different devices at an equal time by using AUX, without the need to plug or switch it.

Remote control – you can switch the input sources, or control the volume, you can also mute or unmute with your fingertips.

Classic Wood – built with MDF wood, which is an excellent quality, finished with the use of walnut wood, vinyl works as a good compliment to whatever home décor you have.

It has a remote control, which is dense sized that will allow you to put it to low power mode consumption or standby mode with the power button on and off. You can adjust its volume then selecting input source across the room can be done conveniently.

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Edifier R1280DB

Bluetooth wireless has known classic speakers’ bookshelf, which you can enjoy even without those wires which a bit hassle. You can easily connect it to a tablet, Android, Pc, Mac, or iPhone.

Studio Quality of Sound – naturally excellent tuned reproduction of sound starting from 4inches bass up to silk dome measuring 13mm.

Coaxial and optical inputs – has digital inputs that enable lossless connectivity on most TV as well as on a computer.

Remote control toggle inputs and adjust the volume right on your fingertips. Treble and bass located on the main speakers’ side.


  • Outstanding sound quality
  • Function placement is very convenient
  • Attractive design
  • Bluetooth connectivity


  • Warp at high volumes
  • Sensitive Bluetooth
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I also wrote a comparison review of the Edifier R1700BT vs Edfier R1850DB which you can read here. Both are in a similar price range.

Edifier R1700BT vs R1280DB Comparison


In terms of the design and shape, both of them are almost similar to one another. As you take a look at both left and right sides, you would agree that they are almost equal to each other.

Each box is just about bookshelf speakers who have a very dense if you match it with something such as 27 inches sized or above.

If you flip the speaker, you can see audio inputs (two-line level analog) that utilize an unconnected phone socket.

At the bottom, there are optical and digital phono inputs that have a power switch at the upper left part of R1280DB. While on R1700BT, it has equal Connection yet dissimilar output cable, which you still to attach to a separate speaker since only one has power.


The two are almost the same when it comes to its features. Both of them come with a Bluetooth connectivity feature, which makes both a versatile alternative to avoid fussing with the cable, though there is still a need for you to power it.

There’s an available small in size lamp indicator just below its control panel that will provide a blue light opposing the green line connection. Moreover, activating the Bluetooth feature can also be done using the remote for easy access.

If you utilize a line-level connector, control knobs can be found on the right side. Both models have this knob, and with bass that starts at -6Db to +6db for the tremble starts from -6db until =6db, as well as the volume knob.

Though it shows a different finish for both wherein it is more classic as well as plastic-ky for R1280. On the other hand, Edifier R1700BT is quite more modern because of the highlighted chrome.

But in terms of the volume knob, stopping point is not available. That’s why you will have the chance to know where your volume is at currently.

Moreover, for being versatile, both come with a practical remote control. It is capable of controlling the speakers as gentle as though you are sitting next to it.

Sound Quality

Moving further, the rate response for both speakers are bit different, for R1280DB is 54Hz-20KHz on the other hand, it is 60Hz-20kHz for R1700BT.

Both have a 4-inch woofer with a treble driver though a bit smaller on the 1280DB, which has a silk dome measuring 13mm, unlike in R1700BT, which has a silk dome measuring 19mm. But, it’s not noticeable when it comes to its sound that’s coming out.

Try to listen to a certain song, you will notice that there are definite sound warmth and depth with the upper bass and mid-range kept tamed, but it’s still bit tail-off at its top-end.

It must be said though, there is a lack of crispness when compared to some higher end speakers, like some you find here.

Things to Consider


The very first thing that one must consider in picking a speaker system is the studio size. For a huge space, larger speakers are also perfect for it. You will need at least 8 inches sized of studio monitor that will fill the space along with its sound. Take note that if you have a smaller space, large monitors can be overkill. Thus, smaller space needs a smaller sized speaker as well.


Next to space is your preferred value for the bass output. Expect for a relatively flat for studio monitors. If you used to utilize colored sound, oftentimes you get it from Hi-Fi stereo systems, studio monitors might not meet your expectations.

The R2000DB has some great bass, here is a comparison between that and the R1700BT.


Another thing to consider the location of the speakers inside your setup. Preferably, you would be thinking to put it on head heights while you listen to it.

Also, consider allotting some space all over your speaker to permit proper airflow. This also stops music build-up as well as refracted sound.

There may be times that it will be impossible for you to mark all of it. Should the case may be, it will be then better if your speakers will have various tuning options, which can help you achieve a fine-tune based on the size of your space.


So which one should you choose, Edifier 1700BT or Edifier 1280DB?

Overall, the decision will come down to your personal taste, and budget. Between the two options, both are very similar, and you won’t go wrong with either choice.

The tweeter size in the R1700Bt is bigger, so there is a small benefit there. a bit expensive due to its tweeter size. Again, both are the perfect choice when it comes to sound quality, but if you are after some better highs, I recommend Edifier R1700BT.

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About Shawn Shepherd

Hi, I'm the owner of the Hifi Guide and have been an audio lover enthusiast for over 16 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Sound Engineering and I work on producing content for the Hifi Guide in my spare time. My love for audio stemmed from my Dad who was an audio technician, and now I share my knowledge here on this website!

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