The Edifier S1000 has opened the market for the Edifier 2.0 Bookshelf Speaker, and also allowed its accumulated digital crossover digital power amplifier technology platform to reach a new height under the brand-new speakers and design, becoming the benchmark model of the $300 speaker. After that, the Airpulse series updated A200, A300, and A100, and S series launched S2000MKII and S3000 Pro. They are more or less related to the core technology represented by S1000. Edifier’s newly launched S1000MKII, for the entire Edifier brand, is upgraded based on the classic S1000.
Compared with S1000, S1000MKII’s appearance has been adjusted in only a few details, and the overall size has hardly changed. S1000MKII becomes sharper on the lines instead of the rounded corners of the first generation. The color and pattern of the boards on both sides are the same as the first generation.
The most significant difference is the pure black part of the skin. The black surface of the S1000MKII has a leather-like texture, and there are some very slight textures on the hand. The first generation, S1000, has a smooth surface. On the four footpads on the bottom of the speaker, the S1000MKII has also replaced the gold foot pads that are better and more stable than the four black rubber nails on the S1000.
S1000MKII uses a brand new remote control, which has one key for each function. The main features of the remote control are divided into two parts.
One is to switch the input remote control function: two analog inputs, two digital inputs plus wireless Bluetooth input. Switching is still relatively convenient. Another feature is the playback control in the central area of the remote control, which can be used to control the selection of songs through the remote control after connecting a Bluetooth playback device such as a mobile phone.
The Bluetooth input specification can support aptX-HD. That is, it can support higher bit rate transmission, and can reach up to 24bit/48kHz. Bluetooth multi-device switching is also very sensible and quick. It can support multiple connected devices, and long-press the remote control’s Bluetooth button to enter the new device pairing mode.
Overall, the S1000MKII is a little different from the first-generation S1000 on the surface, and the function is not much expanded. The support of aptX HD and the realization of 24bit/192kHz digital input are technical improvements.
With the appearance so similar to the first generation S1000, did the S1000MKII upgrade?
Main Control Unit
In terms of coordinating the working functions of the entire system, S1000 is still using ST’s STM8 series microcontrollers, and S1000MKII is upgraded to the STM32 series. But this is a functional setting, not the key to the electroacoustic part.
Digital Power Amplifier
The digital power amplifier part has not changed much, TI’s TAS5754M Class D amplifier. The chip supports the I2S digital signal input of 192kHz, and the PWM frequency is 768kHz. The treble and bass use a separate chip, the official nominal power treble 25Wx2, bass 35Wx2.
The digital input part is TI BB’s PCM9211, which has both ADC and S/Pdif signal input and reception functions. The highest specification of ADC for analog signal input supports 24bit/96kHz, while the highest specification of digital signal reception is 24bit/216kHz. Before the first generation of S1000, the input of the 24bit/192kHz signal was not realized, and this time S1000MKII accomplishes this mission. However, the input of 44.1kHz frequency-doubled digital signals is still not supported.
The Bluetooth solution uses Qualcomm’s QCC3031 chip. This chip can support Bluetooth 5.0 and can support aptX HD encoding. In theory, aptX HD can achieve a code rate of about 350kbps and support 24bit sampling accuracy. For S1000MKII level speakers, aptX HD is an improvement.
Compared with the first generation of S1000, the treble and woofer have also been partially upgraded. The titanium dome tweeter is also 1 inch, and the improved version is used on S1000MKII. The new titanium alloy dome unit improves the sensitivity of the speaker, and the limit extends better. Therefore, the 40kHz indicator can be seen on the official data.
The subwoofer is also very similar to the S1000 in appearance. The 5.5-inch aluminum alloy mid-woofer unit has the characteristics of high strength and low distortion. By the precise analysis of the KLIPPEL system in Germany and the advantages of DSP full digital electronic frequency divider, the unit’s performance is more accurate, faster, cleaner, and more powerful.
Edifier S1000MKII’s sound style, generally speaking, still maintains the entire style of S1000. However, in terms of details, there has been considerable progress in quality. The improved titanium alloy dome and fine-tuned style have improved its overall treble quality, also fixed some details that are exaggerated on S1000 and affect balance. The style changes of the mid-bass speakers are also adjusted to be more balanced and natural, and the connection with the treble is better.
The appearance design of Edifier S1000MKII retains the classic shape of S1000.
Edifier S1000MKII acoustic structure retains the HiFi combination of titanium treble and bass in the aluminum alloy diaphragm. The upgrade and optimization of the circuit supporting is the core of the S1000MKII update. The most important one is the upgrade of the Bluetooth module. S1000MKII uses Qualcomm’s latest QCC3031 chipset, supports Bluetooth 5.0. The transmission rate can reach 2Mbps and supports APTX HD high-definition wireless transmission.
In terms of digital transmission, S1000 optimizes the digital transmission channel, and the digital sampling rate is increased to a maximum of 192kHz. With Hi-Res certification, Edifier S1000 MKII can reproduce more sound details.
Edifier S1000 MKII Specs
- OTAL POWER OUTPUT:RMS 25W×2(Treble) +35W×2(Mid-range bass)
- SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO:≥ 90dBA
- FREQUENCY RESPONSE:45Hz~40KHz
- INPUT SENSITIVITY:Line in 1：750±50mV / Line in 2 ：900±50mV OPT, COX: 350 mFFs ± 50 mFFs Bluetooth: 450±50mV
- MIDRANGE / BASS UNIT:5.5 inch
- TREBLE UNIT:1 inch