Hecate G5000

Edifier Hecate G5000 Review

The Edifier Hecate G5000 loudspeakers primarily want to win the favour of gamers with a striking look and RGB lighting. In the test, we clarified whether you have to sacrifice sound quality.

Packaging And Scope Of Delivery

The Edifier Hecate G5000 loudspeakers are delivered in a dark printed box, which already provides the buyer with all sorts of technical data and a summary of the operation.

In addition to the power plug and connection cable for the two speakers, the accessories include a 3.5 mm jack cable, an optical cable and a USB cable for using the integrated audio solution.

Technical specifications Of Edifier Hecate G5000

Overall Performance 88 watts RMS
Frequency Range 70Hz – 40kHz
Tweeter 19mm Titanium Dome
Mid/Woofer 116mm Kevlar Membrane + aluminium Dome Tweeter
Connectivity Jack

Coax

Optical

USB

Bluetooth

Dimensions 189*272*222mm
Total Weight 8 kg
Miscellaneous RGB lighting

3 Equaliser Modes

Subwoofer Output

Edifier Hecate G5000 In Detail

While Edifier is more known for a simple and attractive case design, the manufacturer is taking a completely different approach with its gaming division Hecate. The G5000 speakers are intentionally eye-catching.

In addition to the futuristic, angular look, the RGB lighting in particular attracts attention. The choice of materials is also convincing. The case is made of MDF and the side panels are made of solid aluminium. The build quality is flawless.

The choice of drivers is just as convincing. Here, Hecate installed a 19mm titanium dome tweeter and a 116mm bass-midrange speaker with a Kevlar membrane and an aluminium dome tweeter. In addition, a 3cm wide bass reflex tube is used on the back, which should be taken into account when setting up. To optimise the radiation behaviour on the desk, the fronts are slightly angled.

A very extensive variety of connections is revealed on the back. There are connection options via optical cable, coax, 3.5mm jack and USB-A. In addition, the boxes can also be operated wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0. An aptX HD codec is used. The integrated decoder provides a resolution of 24-bit 192kHz and Hi-Res certification.

The connection for the passive speaker also serves as a subwoofer output, so that the system can also be expanded if necessary.

The passive cooling is also noticeable, which seems slightly exaggerated for an RMS of 88 watts. However, the cooling fins get quite warm during operation.

On the front, in the upper area of ​​the right box, there is a control element for controlling the G5000 system. The speakers can not only be switched on and off here, but also the volume can be adjusted using a rocker switch, the lighting can be adjusted or different equaliser modes can be activated.

The latter is particularly interesting because there is no manual setting for bass and treble. A total of three equaliser modes are available: Music, Gaming, Movies. These can be switched through by briefly pressing the lighting button (right) and all differ audibly, more on this in the practical part.

The same button is also used to change the 11 different lighting modes. In addition to static colours (cyan, red, green, blue, yellow) and pulsating colours (cyan, red, green, purple), an all-round RGB rainbow wave and a pulsating colour change are also available. Unfortunately, there is no possibility of synchronisation with the now numerous lighting concepts from different manufacturers. In addition, the lighting beeps slightly, which is most noticeable in rainbow mode. The lighting can be switched off completely with a long press of the button, and the mode can be changed by pressing twice.

The various connections can be switched through by briefly pressing the power button. A blue LED shows the selected source, while the red LED shows the currently active equaliser mode.

Incidentally, settings are saved even if the speakers are completely disconnected from the power supply. When switching on and off, an extra sound is also played, which is a bit cheesy, but also fits the gaming charm of the speakers.

Practice Check

The boxes were tested on the PC on a Creative Soundblaster X G6 via jack connection.

The G5000 speakers deliver a rich and detailed sound. Especially many small details that are reproduced well differentiated. Thanks to the clear high-frequency reproduction, the loudspeakers create a great, wide stage.

The bass range is pleasantly warm and full, but only has a limited depth. The comparatively compact body and the size of the mid-bass driver are the limiting factors here. Accordingly, the dynamics are not quite as high as, for example, with a Wavemaster Two Pro set . But that’s really complaining on a high level. Normal gaming horns still easily put the Edifier Hecate G5000 in their pockets.

The three equaliser modes offer clear differences in bass strength and treble focus and all appear to be sensibly coordinated. While “Music” sounds quite linear, the “Movie” mode is a bit more bass-heavy, while the “Gaming” mode offers a bathtub tuning, i.e. raised highs and lows. The music mode works well as an all-rounder, although as with all audio things, this is just personal preference.

We found out that the maximum volume is very decent despite the 88 watts RMS at the latest when an angry neighbour complained with a bell storm. Unfortunately, the G5000 loudspeakers no longer play very cleanly here and tend to pump slightly, especially with a bass-heavy sound.

Conclusion

Like so many things in life, the design of the Hecate G5000 speakers is a matter of taste. But that doesn’t change the fact that the processing quality, choice of materials and driver assembly are at a very high level. The boxes also offer a very extensive selection of connections, including an integrated high-res audio solution and an optional subwoofer output.

The 2.0 system also impresses in terms of sound with a full, warm and detailed sound and can thus clearly distance itself from other “gaming” loudspeakers. Only the bass range is somewhat limited. With 3 integrated equalizer modes, the speakers can be adjusted a little to personal preferences. Hi-Fi enthusiasts might be bothered by the lack of setting options for bass and trebble, but to be honest, these don’t belong to the Hecate G5000’s target group either.

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