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Comparing Edifier R1280T and Sonos Play:1

Lowest price found: $84.99
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  • 2 x AUX INPUT - Convenient connection to any device that has a 3.5mm headphone output or dual RCA output. Connect to two devices via AUX at the same time, no plugging and switching needed. (None Bluetooth version)
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Lowest price found: $189.99 (used)
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  • Mini but Mighty; Fits in any space, fills any room with surprisingly rich and powerful sound
  • Connect your Play: 1 to any Amazon Echo or Alexa enabled device, then just ask for the music you love
  • Play different songs in different rooms at the same time; Or, pump one song in perfect sync, throughout your home
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Consumer Score
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Edifier R1280T ranks #38 out of 123. It is in the top 10%.
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9.4
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Popularity Score
Best-selling
Popularity rank: 1 / 143
100%
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Sonos Play:1 ranks #92 out of 123. It is in the top 20%.
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8.3
Great
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Best-selling
Popularity rank: 2 / 143
99%
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General Info
Number of Speakers How many bookshelf speakers are included?
2
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Speaker Design The primary components of a bookshelf speaker are “drivers,” which are the cones that actually create the sound. These cones come in three types: tweeters, midranges (sometimes called mids), and woofe ... Show more
Two-Way
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Physical Features
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Weight

11 lbs
 
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Wood
White
Black
Indoor or Outdoor Use Can the speaker be used outdoors?
Indoor
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Cabinet
Cabinet Material The cabinet refers to the portion that surrounds and holds all of the speaker elements together - the speaker box, if you will. The most common material is wood, but you’ll also find plastic, fiberboa ... Show more
Wooden
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Enclosure Type The type of enclosure, or cabinet, plays a key role in determining the focus of your sound. Do you prefer accurate bass or loud bass? There are two main types: acoustic suspension and bass reflex. Aco ... Show more
Bass Reflex
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Sound Quality and Power
Sensitivity Measured in decibels, or dB, sensitivity measures a speaker’s ability to convert power to volume. Lower sensitivity speakers require more power from the amplifier to achieve higher volumes. Higher sen ... Show more
85 dB
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Frequency Response Range Given as a range in Hertz (Hz), the frequency response is a measurement of the range of sound a speaker can produce. For reference, the human ear can hear a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (shor ... Show more
75 Hz ~ 18 KHz
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Magnetically Shielded When sound is played through a speaker, an electromagnet is activated using the power from the amplifier to bring the driver forward, and another magnet pulls the driver back. This causes the driver t ... Show more
No
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Peak Power Power handling, or peak power, is the highest wattage a speaker can accept from an amplifier before it burns out or becomes damaged. This number is given in watts. It’s recorded by measuring how loud ... Show more
42 Watts
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Powered Speaker What you may not know about bookshelf speakers is that they don’t always work straight out of the box. To power the speakers, you often need a receiver and an amplifier. Amplifiers power the signal th ... Show more
No
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Impedance Impedance is a key electrical measurement, provided in ohms. This number describes the electrical resistance provided by the speaker to the power signal sent by your amplifier. A common analogy used f ... Show more
6 Ohms
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High Resolution Audio More and more, musicians and streaming services are offering high-resolution audio playback for music files. Like a TV, your speaker has to be high-res capable to play these high-res files. True audio ... Show more
Yes
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Tweeters

Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes (detailed below) and sizes. Generally speaking, the size of the tweeter is not as important as the shape. But, for some guidance, consider that a larger tweeter (measured by diameter in inches or millimeters) will likely be louder and able to disperse sound over a larger area.

Number of Tweeters
1
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Tweeter Type Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes (detailed below) and sizes. Generally ... Show more
Dome
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Tweeter Size Diameter of the Tweeter
0.51 inches
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Tweeter Material In addition to the shape of the tweeter, the material has a big impact on the type of sound emitted. The two most popular materials are metals (aluminum, titanium, etc.) and soft textiles (silk, cloth ... Show more
Silk dome tweeter
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Midranges

Speakers with midrange drivers (i.e., at least three-way speakers) have a distinct advantage over two-way speakers. Adding a midrange driver to the mix allows tweeters and woofers to focus on the sound waves they’re best equipped to produce—high tones and low tones respectively. More specific and focused drivers means more accurate, robust sound. Compared to the other drivers, midranges cover sounds, not surprisingly, in the middle of high/treble and low/bass tones. The human voice and most instruments fall into this range. For more sophisticated listeners, or for those who truly want the best sound reproduction, a midrange driver is crucial.

Number of Midranges
0 mids
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Woofers

The woofer is the driver that is responsible for low frequency sounds and bass - crucial for well-rounded, booming sound. It is the biggest driver in size, and is usually shaped like a cone. When reviewing different bookshelf speakers, you will often see a measurement in the product name, starting as low as 4” and ranging to 6 ½” or more. This measurement refers to the diameter of the woofer. A general rule of thumb is a bigger woofer means louder, more powerful bass. But, as with any speaker metric, this number alone doesn’t describe the loudness of the speaker and should be taken into consideration with other measurements such as sensitivity, which describes the loudness of a speaker per watt.

Number of Woofers
0
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Controls
Remote Control Does the box include a remote?
Yes
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Button Controls Control the speaker with buttons on the device.
  • Treble Button
  • Bass Button
  • Volume Control
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App/Smartphone Control If the bookshelf speaker is Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled (or both), you’ll likely be able to control the output through your smartphone or other device. Sometimes, this capability comes with the caveat ... Show more
No
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Connections
Wi-Fi Enabled Speakers with Wi-Fi connectivity connect directly to your home Wi-Fi network to stream audio from your devices—smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. This may require an app from the brand, such as Yamaha’s ... Show more
No
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Bluetooth Enabled Speakers with built-in Bluetooth allow you to stream audio content directly from device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop) on the speakers. This feature behaves just like any other Bluetooth-enabled d ... Show more
No
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Wired Connections or Wireless Not to be confused with Wi-Fi-enabled speakers, wireless speaker set ups do not require a speaker wire or direct lines to other speakers and the AV receiver. Typically, these speakers require a wirele ... Show more
Yes
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Speaker Wire Included Speaker wire is the connection used between speakers, amplifiers and receivers. This is a special type of wire that makes an electrical connection and transmits sound signals. You will only use this t ... Show more
Yes
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Other Connections Bookshelf speakers commonly come with speaker wire inputs/outputs to connect your speaker to an AV receiver, which transmits the sound from your TV. In some cases, speakers may come with additional in ... Show more
  • Speaker connecting cable
  • Dual RCA to dual RCA audio cable
  • 3.5 mm to dual RCA audio connecting cable
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Additional Info
ENERGY STAR Certified For the environmentally conscious, choosing an “ENERGY STAR Certified” speaker may be important to you. Technology devices with this label are required to meet certain industry standards as it relates ... Show more
No
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Additional Features Any other features available.
  • Comes with remote control.
  • Fully featured inputs for HD audio.
  • Button controls for treble, bass and volume knobs.
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Key features
  • Dual RCA output
  • 3.5mm headphone output
  • 13mm silk dome tweeter
  • 4" full range unit
  • Bass and treble control
  • MDF wood build
  • Wood effect vinyl finish
  • 2 yr warranty
  • Remote control

Edifier R1280T are a top selling option at the bottom of the price range. They're a #1 bestseller in speakers category and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Extron SM 3 or Micca MB42X .

Edifier R1280T were released in 2017. There are dozens of newer speakers on the market. Show newer Speakers

Edifier R1280T are $145 cheaper than the average speakers ($229.99).

Sonos Play:1 are a very popular option in the middle of the speakers price range. They have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Definitive ProMonitor 1000 or Q Acoustics 3010i .

Sonos Play:1 are $10 less expensive than average speakers ($229.99).

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