Edifier has launched another funky earphone called P293 which, as expected, has grabbed the attention of many people.
So are these quirky looking pair of earphones all show and no go or does the distinctive design take these to the front of the pack?
Let’s delve in and find out
Edifier P293 TL:DR Review
- Strong treble and bass performance
- Comfortable angled buds
- Shock-resistant cable
- Struggles with complex pieces
- earphone tips don’t offer the best fit
- Design & Build - 7/107/10
- Comfort - 6/106/10
- Sound - 6/106/10
These Edifer earbuds look good, but there are better options for the money
Design & Build
At this price point, you can expect a cheap plastic feel over the smooth, finer materials used in more expensive headphones. You get that feel with the Edifier P293s, but they’re sturdier than you may expect. The earphones are strong, and withstood a few impacts without any negative effects.
The flat cable resists shocks, so there’s no sound muffling when you’re moving about. They’re also tangle-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about them bunching up in the travel pouch that comes with the package.
You’ll find the microphone on the cord, and it also has a button that allows you to start and stop your audio. It works well enough, without anything to make it stand out.
They also come with a straight jack, which I find increases the possibility of damage when your device is in your pocket. Some people prefer straight jacks to L-shaped ones though, so this is more of a personal preference. The jack does have gold-plating, which helps with the connection and it is more corrosion-resistant.
The cable stretches to 1.3 meters, so you won’t have to deal with any tugging when the buds are in your ears. In addition, 4 color options are available, from subdued black to very vivid green.
Weirdly, the Edifier P293 both excel and fall down in the comfort category.
On the plus side, the angled earphones fit beautifully into your ears. You get a flat, flush fit, so you don’t have to worry about knocking them around. Those who like to sleep with their earphones in will find they can lay their ear flat against the pillow and not feel any discomfort from the buds.
However, you need the right tips to get this flat fit, and those that come with the Edifier P293 don’t do the job as well as you’d like. You receive three sizes, which is great, but I could not get any of them to seal particularly well.
I tried them with some Comply tips, but a pack of these cost a similar amount to these , and that is an added expense you may not want to incur.
There’s a lot to like about the sound quality of the Edifier P293s, with the bass standing out. It has a nice, sharp punch to it, and you’ll feel the power coming through in bass-heavy songs, particularly heavy metal pieces.
Edifier has worked on the treble to the point where you’ll pick out pieces in songs that you may not hear with other headphones. This is great, but they have an occasional habit of accentuating a quieter instrument to the point where it distracts from the rest of the piece.
With a frequency range of 20Hz to 20KHz, these earphones offer great clarity for simple pieces. If there’s not a lot going on with the song, you’ll be able to pick out individual instruments with ease.
Unfortunately, I found that the earphones get muddier when you listen to more complex pieces. They struggle to focus on the right areas for large orchestral pieces, and live tracks offer a hit and miss experience with these earphones.
You may experience a hum with some devices too, with the manufacturer pointing out the Samsung Note 4 as having this issue. It may affect other devices, but I didn’t notice it during my tests.
Microphone and Remote Control
These earphones come with a button on the Mic that allows users to switch between music and calls. This means you do not have to fish your phone out of your pocket to chat and it allows you to skip the tracks by pressing the button twice.
There is no volume control though, but at this price, that is understandable.
One big plus is the microphone, which has a crystal-clear output. The placement of the microphone is good and the voice quality through the earphones is pretty good too. That makes these great earphones for making phone calls and issuing voice commands.
The Edifier P293s aren’t perfect, but they offer clear sound for those who prefer pop music and less complex pieces. They do get muddied with orchestral pieces and more complex tracks though, so your music preferences may play a part in your decision.
The long cable and angled buds offer excellent comfort levels, as long as you have the right tips. Some of you may find the tips that come with the earphones can do the job, but I found these earphones perform better with third-party tips.
The need for these tips puts them into a price range that I do not feel they are worth and, in reality, there are better options in the sub 30 dollar price range.
Having said that, these are strong earphones, with a sturdy cable that resists shocks and doesn’t tangle easily. The buds lie flat in your ear and can withstand drops and some pressure, plus they offer great sound quality with the right music.