Edifier Stax Spirit S3

As you’re studying this in an audiophile context, some clarification is known as for. The Stax Spirit S3 Bluetooth headphone is Edifier’s flagship moveable audio headphone. Edifier took over Stax in 2012 and the Spirit carries that title, however this isn’t a Stax product.

The Edifier Stax Spirit S3 comes equipped in slick stiff-card packaging, with a helpful clamshell case for travelling. It has a no-nonsense but fashionable look and that, plus the array of strictly helpful case sweet that comes within the field means the S3 scores extremely on the ‘yum’ chart. Any firm that provides two units of earpads to accommodate totally different consolation necessities ticks all the suitable bins, plus wired cables, USB-C charging cable, and an assortment of adaptors for six.35mm and two-jack in-flight leisure as commonplace is making all the suitable noises.

Planar Magnetic

Edifier’s Stax Spirit S3 options its personal EqualMass planar magnetic drive models with Fluxor magnetic buildings in a closed-back design. This final has simply sufficient venting on the prime of the earpieces to make them directly straightforward to put on and onerous to leak. And if the Fluxor half rings a bell, sure… the driving force tech is constructed below license from Audeze.

Edifier Stax Spirit S3

The earcups (each the pre-fitted lambskin ones and the cooler mesh ones) are smaller than common however except your face can be utilized as a satellite tv for pc dish, this shouldn’t be a difficulty.

As the S3 are comparatively mild and the headscarf doesn’t maintain you in a vice-like grip, you possibly can put on them comfortably for lengthy durations. The battery life helps right here too. You can get 80 hours between fees. The absence of noise cancellation most likely helps battery life and – whereas there’s little leakage – it’s presumably the one factor I missed from these in any other case glorious headphones.

Pairing as much as two Bluetooth units is simple, dependable and fast. It helps aptX HD, however not aptX adaptive. There can be an App that controls the S3s settings, comes with a wealth of meditative and enjoyable musical vibes and chill-out sounds of the forest, and hyperlinks to the web guide for these unwilling to learn the tiny, printed guide offered.

The app additionally contains three gentle tone-shaping modes; the default ‘Classic’ setting offers good bass and scoops the mids barely. Meanwhile ‘hi-fi’ offers a flatter total response making the S3 extra even-handed and ‘Stax’ offers a definite top-end tilt to attempt to replicate the power of Stax electrostatic ‘Earspeakers’. I’d like a little bit of person adjustability right here.

Fine total steadiness

Regardless of mode although, the efficiency is superb. Planar magnetics are comparatively uncommon within the wi-fi, moveable audio house, and the readability they create is a welcome change. And on this case, the S3 are dynamic, thrilling sounding, with tight however targeted imaging. They are additionally extraordinarily detailed and with a effective total steadiness. Vocal readability is superb. Bass is sweet too, though missing a contact of the power and drive of the most effective dynamic driver headphones. Best of all, there may be nearly no distinction in efficiency between wired and wi-fi, which is exceptionally uncommon. You do have to preserve the headphone powered up even when wired, nevertheless, however with a lot battery life at hand, that’s not a giant deal.

Edifier Stax Spirit S3

I’m at all times cautious of recommending wi-fi Bluetooth headphones for audio lovers as a result of they hardly ever come as much as code. The Edifier Stax Spirit S3 is totally different. It’s doubtless the most effective I’ve heard thus far. Use it with the app and it’s a musical pleasure, particularly for travelling, regardless of the shortage of noise cancellation and person adjustable EQ. Put merely, the Edifier Stax Spirit S3 raises the bar for moveable audio.

Technical specs

  • Bluetooth model V5.2
  • Audio codecs Qualcomm® aptX Adaptive, Qualcomm® aptX HD, Qualcomm® aptX™, SBC
  • Driver unit 89x70mm Planar Magnetic Driver
  • Playtime 80hrs
  • Charging time 1.5 hours
  • Charging port USB-TypeC
  • Battery capability 1500mAh
  • Input 5V/1.5A
  • Microphone Type / Size MEMS/ 3.50×2.6 ×0.98mm
  • Microphone Sensitivity -37dBFS±1dBFS
  • Frequency response 20Hz~40KHz
  • Sound strain stage 94±3dB SPL (A)
  • Impedance 24Ω
  • Weight 329g
  • Dimension (L×W×H) 208 × 110 × 255mm
  • Price £399.99




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