The Edifier S2000 Pro are an active bookshelf speaker combo for a very affordable $399. They based on a Phil Jones inspired Italian style bookshelf system.

Disclaimer: The Edifier S2000 Pro-Active speakers sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Edifier and Essence for giving us this opportunity.

To read more about speakers we reviewed on Headfonics click here.

A while back, Edifier sent me a set of S2000PRO stand-mount / bookshelf speakers designed by the legendary Phil Jones (AE1).

Since then, I’ve struggled to find a competitor worth a proper comparison for what it offers. I’ve failed at that task, which to me at least is a great promo for Edifier.

These speakers have a lot to offer in this price tier, so let’s dive right into the review.

Build Quality

If anyone here reading is familiar with my past reviews, you’ll know how much I prize wood veneer products that have a sheen to them. Edifier has used a high-quality real Birch veneer on the side-panels on each unit, alongside a matte black appeal on the front and center area.

Thankfully, the speaker also has some elevation to it so that unwanted vibrations into whatever it is placed on do not appear to be a problem. I’ve also received the S2000PRO Speaker Stands, which sell for $149 a pair and have mounting plates that are attached via heavy screws to the mounting plate. I assume the wood used is exactly the same in the speaker cabinet as well, both look and feel incredibly well built and extremely solid…and heavy at 38lbs!

The bass and treble dials are also of a hefty feeling, although I’d have preferred more of a clink sound and feel to each incremental step, due to being unable to see the dials back there without turning the entire tower and speaker around. I’d prefer to be able to count each click so I can match the speakers dialed in EQ to an equal amount. Small gripe there, nothing wrong with it objectively as it is.

Edifier S2000 Pro Active


From a pure visual aesthetics perspective, the S20000PRO’s look damned sexy, if I do say so myself. The tilt-back appeal is highly satisfying, and each line feels well thought out.

By that, I mean that there are no odd design choices, nothing sharp or improperly glued and set, nothing weirdly sticking out somewhere. The lines flow nicely and that is something I crave in high-end looking speakers.

They could have gone the basic route and not opted to let the speaker appear to be leaning back slightly, as well as not highlighted certain areas in the center with something extra. But, they went for it and made it not only visually pleasing but functionally smart as well.

One small gripe I have is the brightness factor of the LED light on the left-primary speaker. It is very bright, too bright, perhaps. I needed to cover it with some layers of light-colored tape, due to needing to see the LED indicator as on, but also so that it dims the light enough when I am sleeping at night to not illuminate my listening area in my bedroom for my bookshelf speakers

Edifier S2000 Pro Active

Inputs and DAC

The S2000PRO’s primary method of receiving audio is standard RCA, so grab yourself a solid sounding music player with RCA or 3.5mm output and go enjoy it. If not, set up via Optical or Coax, or even 3-pin XLR.

Not enough? It does Bluetooth too. I’m able to connect in every way I can think of and the included remote control is a godsend for a set of speakers of this caliber. The DAC included for conversion to analog is the Burr-Brown PCM1802 and it handles 24-bit files. This is a lot of extras for a stand-mount / bookshelf speaker that only costs $399 a pair.

Edifier S2000 Pro Active

Sound Impressions


Without the bass dial active, I found the S2000PRO’s to portray a relatively flat bass experience. While neutral overall in presentation, I consider it to be one that fell somewhere on the softer edge of the spectrum, with regard to physical slam and impact (dynamics).

As far as tonality goes, neutral for the most part, I felt like there is just a smidgen of warmth and wooliness on the low end at all times. To me, that is a sound type I want. I like warmth, subjectively.

On the flip side, I am not able to remove that warm with EQ or dialing unless I drop below a +0 factor on software and also making sure no bass is dialed up on the back of the speaker itself. I am, however, able to gain much more warmth with bass dialed up and some EQ active via the source.

For me, as a bass enthusiast, I prefer this presentation heaps over my AudioEngine A5+ and HDP9, both of which were my primary home usage speakers for a while. I enjoy both hearing and feeling low end and not feeling emaciated bass, even with a +5dB or more EQ on the bass end active on my source.

The S2000PRO’s achieve good bass quantity and feel of a good enough quality and fidelity to make me happy with their price point. Yes, I do really enjoy them. They aren’t totally neutral and have the ability to become warmer with a little bit of play with their bass EQ dials.


Turns out the S2000PRO also has a very good vocal presentation. Although, I’d not call it optimally forward when the bass dial is heightened past 50%. Adding in extra bass EQ always results in a loss of a strong sense of solidity, as most equipment gets shadowed over when low end boosting is active.

In the $300 to $500 tier though, it is rare to find a good set of 2 channel speakers that has a bass dial, to begin with, even harder to find one that is vocal centered with a strong midrange presence. Yet, here the S2000PRO has both. Just make sure to not go overboard with the EQ, or the midrange appeal will get lost in the mix quickly.

Usually, speakers of this driver type have a solid signature to them and portray a very dense sense of vocalism. Thankfully, the S2000PRO shines very well here. Solidity and density factor are excellent, even besting my HDP6 from Audioengine, which is a midrange speaker that I found to house excellent midrange dynamism.

For the price, this is easily my favorite tonality, which shifts from a potentially flat experience overall with no dials active and no EQ present to something on the warm side with all of the above active. I really enjoy the lushness, the wooly sound with a +5dB boost on the low end active with this speaker.

Edifier S2000 Pro Active

Soundscapes – Lower Mids

I enjoy listening to binaural audio tracks when I sleep, mostly thunderstorms and rain sounds. When I boost up a little on the low end and play through my Alexa Echo Dot, I am able to enjoy endless looping of nature tracks that, when thunder and a deep sense of bass come into play in the track, the S2000PRO reacts spectacularly!

At low volume, that density factor on the bass and lower midrange are stellar, actually the best I’ve heard in a midrange speaker of this type. This is a problem area for many speakers. Specifically, the ones I currently own…naturally. And with that said, the Edifier here is going to replace them immediately, undoubtedly.

The reason being, for me, enjoying the lower midrange and rich deepness factor with boosting active that I can get when using sources that don’t have any EQ in-software. I can rely on the physical dials to boost the bass as needed. This is wonderful. I have slept so nicely with these speakers running thunderstorm sounds at night.

At low volume, they retain that sense of density factor and rumble that I highly prize and most of that frequency range that I need to be done well is found in the lower mids. The distant rumbles and rain playing through sounds lovely, so lovely, that I have been falling asleep much faster and more soundly than usual. Fantastic lower midrange and bass end on this model. Undoubtedly. The same thunderstorm track playing through my A5+ or the HDP6, vs this S2000PRO is a completely different experience. And one for the better, too.


The top end is handled by a “planar” tweeter, clearly designed to be safe. I hear no sense of sibilant tendency at all and often attempt to raise the treble factor a few dB just to get a coherent sound that I find to be linear.

It is hard for a relatively tamed treble experience to become engaging when the bass and midrange sound very dense and lush. You’ll need extra oomph up top and sadly I do not feel the S2000PRO to offer that when needed.

That doesn’t have anything to do with fidelity, it has entirely to do with quantity. Even boosted, I am not able to get the treble to sound varied and like a separate entity over the midrange and bottom end when they are boosted as well. I am actually glad about this. I don’t want peaky treble and what is there is fine on its own.

Adding in extra treble is tricky with speakers and luckily, I am able to dial some treble in on the tone controls and achieve good things. Reserved is the word I want to use when referencing these speakers top end and what it is capable of. It has a very slight sheen to it, which I subjectively enjoy a lot. But, others who like a neutral or accurate experience will be left feeling and wanting more.

Treble Fidelity

As far as fidelity goes, I prefer the clarity factor of my HDP6, however, I drastically prefer the tonality of the S2000PRO by heaps, due to it feeling much more solid, dense and tonally interesting. Fidelity factor is just good for the price, but the star of the show is the speakers’ dense flare and feel, which to me, at least, is something I’ve always wanted in a 2 channel stand-mount / bookshelf sized speaker.

Edifier S2000 Pro Active


As most bookshelf speakers are, the imaging factor is relatively moderate and lacking a sense of amazement. For what is there, it is very nice and more than comparable with the Audioengine HPD6, which again, I found to be relatively good at what it does and for its price tag.

For $399 a pair, the S2000PRO sounds equal in height and width factor, but has a strength in the stage-forward department. While I don’t find the imaging prowess to be engaging in the sense of air or separation of instruments, I do find its depth of field very enjoyable.

Again, when vocals are present, as well as anything of a booming low end, the dense of layering occurring in the stage forward field is something my ear always connects to first and foremost.

Beyond that, these speakers do a fine job of filling my bedroom with sound. They sound very nice at moderately sized venues, such as a family members birthday that I happened to tote this set to…for testing…of course. It was a solid hit and I had more than a few people ask me what speakers they were and more about them. The reason being the sense of solidity factor and excellent low end and lower midrange, which really helps electronica pop more in an open area.

Most of the speakers I test end up sounding thin and overly spaced out, whereas this S2000PRO tosses a center image very well, even when the speakers are set more than 15 feet apart.

Edifier S2000 Pro Active

Our Verdict

These are my new primary speaker. I’ve waited a long time for a sub $500 pair of speakers that sound like these. It has a very dense feeling and has excellent clarity at low volume. It lacks the annoyingly painful wince factor and doesn’t hit hard, which I also value a lot in my home speakers.

These are a can-do-anything speaker. From YouTube to PC gaming, to casual music listening. The lack of a need of a speaker amp makes this a great “portable” set of speakers that you can toss in your car and bring to a party and setup via an RCA to 3.5mm and run off a music player, CD player or phone.

The construction of the housings has that lacquer finished wood veneer appeal that I love most. The speaker stands are also immensely gorgeous. The pairing of both looks incredible and really sets up nicely in my listening area next to my TV.

I love using them for movies and Netflix, where I use my TV’s 3.5mm output to connect to the RCA input of the S2000PRO. That experience is lovely, dense, rich and plentiful on the low end. These qualities all in a package that runs $399? Goodness, I’d pay double that to achieve a density and tonality like this in an everyday 2 channel system. Lovely set of speakers, I enjoy them very, very much.

Edifier S2000 Pro Active Technical Specifications

  • NOISE LEVEL: ≤25dB(A)
  • TWEETER UNIT: Planar diaphragm tweeters
  • MIDRANGE / BASS UNIT: 5.5 inch (148mm)
  • DIMENSION: 8” x 13.5” x 10.5” (WxHxD)
  • TOTAL POWER OUTPUT: L/R (treble) = 12W+12W RMS: | L/R (mid-range and bass): 50W + 50W
  • RMS INPUT SENSITIVITY: Balanced input: 700±50mV | Auxiliary input: 600±50mV | Bluetooth input: 350±50mFFs | Optical input: 350±50mFFs | Coaxial input: 350±50 mFFs
Edifier S2000 Pro Active
I've waited a long time for a sub $500 pair of speakers that sound like these. It has a very dense feeling and has excellent clarity at low volume. It lacks the annoyingly painful wince factor and doesn’t hit hard, which I also value a lot in my home speakers.
Slide here to add your score on the gear!41 Votes
  • 341
  • 1

21 Responses

  1. Bao

    Hi, Thank for your review
    How can I add a subwoofer to S2000 pro?

    Do I need to buy an amplifier to connect them?


    • Michael

      Hi Bao.

      There is no real way to connect the S2000pro to any other product, as it has no output components. All of the ports are inputs. However, it may be possible to connect your TV/Source to a converter box as the first product in the chain, that then connects to a dedicated sub. Some active subs have a simple sub connection.

      It is very possible that something exists out there that goes from the TV into some other amp device, that then has a dual output: One directly to the subwoofer. The other, likely either 3.5mm or RCA that go to speakers that have those inputs.

      I think that would be the only way you could connect a sub to bookshelves and even then, its not really connected to the speaker at all, but some converter box.

      TV > Converter Box > (path output 1 goes to the Sub) and (path output 2 goes to RCA or 3.5mm)

      I have not ever used anything like this, so I could not recommend or comment on them. If they exist, that is likely how they function.

  2. daijoubu

    Loved the way the review is worded. Have been an owner for some time and I can concur. I believe reading somewhere before that Phil Jones (of Acoustic Energy fame) has a hand in the development and tuning of this model, hence why it’s result is of a standard as such.

    I’m enjoying my set, but now I have the itch to upgrade to the Airpulse models (A100, A200, A300) which is the natural upgrade for these sets. They are made and designed by Platinum Audio Systems, which Phil Jones and Edifier are a part of. It’s an offshoot brand that sits above the usual multimedia offerings of the standard Edifier brand.


  3. Eduardo

    Dear, consult, everything is very clear and I congratulate you, I want to buy these speakers, hopefully I can and my question is about the best connection, which is the clearest and best quality to connect RCA? OPTICAL? COAXIAL? BLUETOOTH? I would greatly appreciate your help, regards.

    • Michael


      An optical connection will result in better sound quality overall. However, I still use these speakers as my primary home setup and I only use the RCA and Bluetooth connections. Optical is a purely digital output. RCA is analog and there are many people who prefer one or the other. I do consider the Optical cable output side to sound a little cleaner, maybe a bit smoother too. But, I can assure you that many audiophiles prefer the analog sound as well. Depends on your preference in tonality. :)

  4. Phoenix Kiula

    How would I connect this from Mac Mini? Do I need a midtier DAC? The speakers have inbuilt DAC + amp, so I wonder if that will add any value. Anyway, when I used a 3.5mm cable from the “headphone” output of my Mac Mini and into the RCA on the right speaker, it produced no sound. What cable do I need to connect Mac Mini to these?

    • Michael

      Sadly, I have zero experience with anything desktop related from Apple, my experience with that company ends at the iphone. I’ve never used any of their other products so I couldn’t say really. A quick skim of the specs leads me to see a 3.5mm port. Easy peasy if that is a 3.5mm output. Just grab an RCA to 3.5mm cable (red and white RCA male to 3.5mm male) and you are good to go.

  5. Josh

    I recently bought these speakers to use with a turntable that has a built in preamp and everything (AudioTech LP120, if it matters). I can only hook up one speaker directly to the turntable though, so I need something that can split the sound, but I’m a complete noob when it comes to this stuff. What is the cheapest thing (amp, DAC, etc.) that I can buy to hook both speakers into my turntable without losing any sound quality?

  6. Steve

    Thanks for writing such a great review. Describing what a speaker sounds like is harder than being a good critic.
    I snagged these up on Black Friday for $259 but had very little time to read reviews. I was familiar with Edifier but not this model. Your reviews sealed the deal. I’m looking forward to hearing them. Thanks again.

    • Steve

      That would be a “food” critic. (I really dislike my phone telling me what I should say).

  7. Rodrigo M.

    Hi, I liked the review. Recently I just acquired them and it really is a good sound. I have no comparison with as many products as you, but I really enjoy this audio that I expected, totally satisfied. I use Tidal, Spotify and some FLAC and WAV files that I have. I would like to improve the audio even more but I don’t know how. I found the Nobsound passive preamp called “Nobsound Mini Fully Balanced”, with XLR inputs, I don’t know if I get better or need any tubes like “Fosi Audio P1” … you see, I want something not so expensive (less than 100 us) and improve the audio, if you can noticeably. I have no idea what happens if I connect a Receiver to the speakers because they are already active and almost everything that can color the sound already brings power that I don’t know how much I can damage these active speakers … I hope you can help me.

    • Michael

      Hi Rodrigo, thanks for the kind words. This speaker is probably one of the best overall midtier speakers (on the lower end of the price bracket anyway). So long as you aren’t using very budget DAC’s, you really shouldn’t worry. I don’t hear much of a difference in fidelity when I connect this to my Burson Playmate DAC (now using the more expensive DAC options and not the stock version)


      Using something like my Hiby R6 portable player, or even the newer Xduoo TA10 DAC/AMP as a source. The reason is because the S2000 falls in the Limbo gray area of playing well with midtier sources. You don’t need a speaker amp so don’t run it through one. Get a solid DAC in the Midtier and a $10 Monoprice cable set. You don’t need anything else and you won’t be able to squeeze that much of an audibly superior experience if you upgrade your DAC to a higher end priced model.

      This speaker stays warm for the most part and if you are like me and keep the Bass dials cranked up, then you really won’t hear much of a difference unless your Source DAC is very thin on the bass end to begin with, and that is a rare thing.

      I suggest you don’t worry much and enjoy as is. You do not need a Pre amp and you do not need any expensive cables. You can run this speaker out of a 3.5mm to RCA input cable without any problems off of a weak DAC source. The speakers have an amp inside of them, so don’t double amp with any preamp

      If you want to run out of a receiver, use the 3.5mm output on the receiver instead, or if it has XLR or RCA, then buy a simple cable to attach that lead to the back of which ever input on the S2000 you wish (be it RCA, 3.5mm, etc)

      Too Long Didn’t Read: You don’t need any amps, grab a solid mid tier DAC of your choice that isn’t regarded as super neutral and clinical, and a cheap but sturdy interconnect for it and don’t worry about much else.

      • Rodrigo M.

        Thank you very much for your time and for sharing your knowledge. Greetings from Mexico, here a faithful follower.

      • Phoenix Kiula

        What’s midtier? Would Cambridge audio dacmagic for 350 usd be mid tier? If the source is Mac mini Spotify premium or tidal, will that make a material difference over and above the amp that’s already inside the speakers? (I had the R2000DB which produce astonishingly good sound, then got dragonfly red and found very little improvement in sound)


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Build Quality
Final Score

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.