Back in 2012 Edifier bought Stax a high end audiophile headphone company.  They continued with that brand, but promised that they would come out with their own Edifier brand.  We waited ten years, but they have finally come, the Edifier Stax Spirit S3. Were they worth the wait? Let’s find out!

Packaging

Packaging whenever I receive a product. I’m always interested in the type of packaging. When a product is of high quality packaging, I typically get the feeling that the company has really cared about that product. This was especially the case with the edifier stacks as three. These came not only in a hard outer case, but also came in a very comfortable foam case inside. And the headphones themselves were in a third case that is designed as a carrying case to protect the headphones when not in use.

Now even the foam and the case were designed in a way that made you feel like at a fire, really cared about them. The Edifier Spirit Stax logo was stitched on the top of the case with a unique design on the case. And when you opened it up, there was a divider where the headphones would touch each other. That was made of a felt so that they would not scratch. They even included a net where you can put all of your accessories that used velcro to secure it so you didn’t loose any of your accessories. Overall the packaging was vey well thought out and I appreciate they put so much thought into this.

Edifier Stax Spirit S3 Design

The physical design of the Edifier Stax S3 needs are relatively subdued. There. Almost all black with a black leather earmuffs and a black leather headrest. The foam in them is very comfortable and they are designed to be over the ear. The only other thing that you’ll notice about them is there is an R and an L to show you which is your right or left earphone. They also have the Edifier logo on the headband. As well as a really nice carbon fiber inlay on each one of the earmuffs with the EDIFIER logo. And although this is fairly subdued, I really like the design.

The spirits tax as three are a Bluetooth headphone and because of that there are no wires connected to it. However, when you do take a look on the right ear cup, there is a position where you could plug up a 3.5 millimeter cable to plug into a headphone Jack. Now that cable is included. With the headphones when you buy them. In front of that, you’ll see three small little holes. That’s actually the microphone. And behind that you’ll see three buttons. One is a power button, one is a volume up button, and the last is a volume down button. That power button does have multiple functions, such as turning on and off game mode and answering phone calls. The left side really doesn’t have much on it at all, except for a USB C charging port.

Battery Life

Once fully charged the Edifier Stax Spirit S3 can last for 80 hours (1500maH battery). However, if you’re in a hurry, you can do a quick 10 minute charge, which should last you about 13 hours, or at least that’s what Edifier claims. I used these for quite a while and never have had an issue with charging. Another excellent benefit is that if you download the app on the phone, they’ll actually tell you what the percentage of the headphones battery life that you have left. I’ve used these for multiple days, even doing. Work out in the yard and have not needed to charge the edifier spirit Stax S3.

Planar Technology Why it differs from your Other Headphones

One of the main advantages of the edifier stacks spear S3 is that they are planar headphones. This is a little bit different technology than your normal dynamic transducer, which you’re probably used to. A planar headphone is a much lighter moving mass, which means that the headphones can respond quicker to music, meaning that you don’t get as much coloration and you don’t get as much distortion. And because of this, they are typically much tighter and can even have a much lower extension without the need of DSP. This is very important when we’re talking about headphones that we want to believe our audiophile grade. The real question here is, did they implement the planar technology correctly to make these audiophile grade?

Sound Quality

This was my first experience with Edifier headphones and I must say I was very impressed with their implementation of their planar drivers. It’s not always simple to implement. Clean our drivers to create a great sounding set of headphones. And this is where I really appreciate what Edifier did. They collaborated with a well known planar headphone manufacturer, Audeze so that they could use some of their patented, award-winning technology (fazor, fluxor and their uniforce diaphram) and in these headphones.

They combined these technologies along with their own implementation of these to create a very convincing soundstage on these headphones. It was very surprising to me to be able to hear things that they hadn’t heard before on headphones. You were easily able to pick up the intricacies. That were hard, if not typically masked by dynamic drivers. Because of muddying the sound. But these were very quick and able to reproduce the sound accurately without fatigue.

One of the things that most surprised me was the base extension. Not only did the bass go down fairly low, but the base was very quick. Whenever I heard a drum or bass beat, it just started and stopped. There was no reverberation when it shouldn’t have been any, and I must say that was something I did not expect. But not only was the bass really good, but the highs were also very good. I was able to get crystal clear highs. On songs that I don’t typically get. In fact, I was even able to hear singers breathing in and out, which I typically would not hear with other pairs of headphones.

The App

since these are Bluetooth headphones, you can’t connect to the app. Now the app is pretty interesting because it does allow you to change the EQ to three different types of EQ. Now, after listening to all the different cues, I personally enjoyed classic and kept it on that. You could also change which type of ear pads you’re using, as well as turning game mode on and off. Now game mode is pretty interesting because what it does is it decreases latency so that you can get the quickest. Signal from your device to your headphones when playing games or even watching movies.

Conclusion

So the real question here is how did I like them overall? When we think about the price point of these, these are on the low end of planar headphones and the fact that they include your Bluetooth is quite amazing. We could do hands free calling, we can do Bluetooth, wireless music. And I must say with all that in mind, these are very undervalued and I think that these might be one of the better values out on the market. If you’re looking for a planar headphones, obviously these are going to be significantly more than a typical dynamic transducer headphone, and if you’re looking to save some money then these are probably. The headphones for you.

 

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