In this day and age most gamers find themselves opting for headsets while they play. They can communicate, hear little life saving noises and not wake their parents by being too loud in the basement.
Edifier and their speaker system, the Predator, has offered just that, with a relatively inexpensive price that still carries some great sound.
The Predator comes with two 6.7″ satellite speakers that connect with a standard audio cord into a subwoofer.
This subwoofer is the “main base” for the audio. The speakers plug into the front, the main power cord plugs into the front, and a standard headphone cord goes from the subwoofer to the tower or laptop port. You will also find the main volume control on top and the bass control on the front.
So you have a pretty easy setup, simply plug in the three cords and plug it into the device. I say device because I also turned it into a high quality iPod dock. I feel like the speaker cords could be a little longer. They are roughly four and a half feet, maybe longer. I am not saying it is too short, but being clumsy like I am, I would prefer a little more slack so I don’t hook my foot and cause an impromptu game of Jenga.
The sound quality is very good in general. I was playing BioShock Infinite while using these and it was great hearing the little sounds in the world, the dialogue, and the incredible game soundtrack. All of it was crystal clear, and in a game that hides little songs and dialogue everywhere, I probably caught a little more than I usually would have. Combine that with the bass cranked up, and it feels even scarier being chased by a handy man. When the subwoofer speaker vibrates under your feet and the sound reflects off the wall, you will know what I mean.
Even listening to various mp3s and YouTube videos it blows away your system speakers and allows you enjoy great sound without having to put a headset on.
The best part of the Predator in my opinion is the sound as much as it is the directional impact. I had the speakers on the side of my computer, angled them at me, and put the subwoofer in front of my feet. The sound just over powered everything in my noisy house.
I couldn’t hear anything else around me except the game and the volume was maybe at 50%. To experience that all-encompassing feeling in the amazing BioShock universe really put me in the floating island of Columbia.
With a price of only $80, when high-end headsets are almost double that price, and a full surround sound system is even more, I think this is a great buy. Very quick setup, the physical quality of the hardware doesn’t feel cheap and obviously the sound is flawless. The price makes it a nice addition to any gaming set up without breaking the bank.