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Microlab SOLO6C Powered Stereo Speakers Review - Technical Overview

Today we have some very slick stereo speakers from Microlab in house. Claiming proper Hi-Fi performance, let's take a look and see for ourselves.

| Speakers in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: May 25, 2011 3:23 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%      Manufacturer: Microlab

Technical Overview

 

Amplifier:

 

Output power: 100 Watt RMS

 

Power distribution: 50 Watt x 2

 

Harmonic distortion: < 0.3% 1W 1kHz

 

Frequency response: 55Hz - 20kHz

 

Signal/Noise ratio: > 85dB

 

Separation: > 55dB

 

Input sensitivity: 440mV

 

Nominal impedance: 4 ohm

 

Speakers:

 

Tweeter driver type: 1"

 

Tweeter rated power: 10 Watt 6 ohm

 

Bass driver type: 6.5"

 

Bass rated power: 30 Watt

 

Frequency range: 55Hz - 20kHz

 

Interface:

 

Output: Terminals

 

Input: 2RCA

 

Aux input: 2RCA

 

Dimensions:

 

Product dimension: 210 x 270 x 361mm

 

Product net weight: 13.70kg

 

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Taking a quick glance over the numbers and things look pretty good to start out. There's a decent power delivery figure of 50 watts RMS to each of the speakers and the choice of a large 6.5" driver which is well complemented by a 1" silk dome tweeter.

 

The amplifier does not claim any special feats, with numbers being about where they should be for THD, S/N ratio and frequency response. However, we know well enough that these numbers will only represent a fraction of how it sounds to our ears and also the way it talks with the drivers chosen in the speakers.

 

On paper we like how the SOLO6C comes across, at least initially things do seem to be in order. However, there is something we have not mentioned yet, which we thought particularly impressive; that being the enlisting of a master of sorts. Now let's explain with a quote.

 

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Microlab is where it is today because of its special partnership with world-renowned audio specialist and Denmark-native Peter Larsen. One-time Chief Engineer for speaker powerhouse Vifa-Speak and consultant to both Dynaudio and JBL, Larsen's influence can be heard in the highest quality sound systems available in the world today.

Larsen's role at Microlab--Chief Consultant--allowed him the opportunity to design for us a speaker driver considered by many to be the very best in the industry. Peter's unique perspective and input have allowed Microlab to create and deliver state-of-the-art sound systems at everyday, affordable prices. Perfect sounds for everyone.

Now, we think this move was a pretty smart one and not just because it aided in producing a better product, but because it provides something that is so sorely lacking from these new manufacturer reputations. And that is simply, credibility. It's precisely this that gives the big speaker companies big sales every year and Microlab figured this out.

 

Now that we know that the engineering side of things has been seen to, it's really going to come down to the quality of materials selected by Microlab that either make or break how this system really sounds.

 

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Aside from huge reputations, the largest speaker manufacturers in the world use only the very highest quality materials to ensure the strictest of linear frequency response curves. And like it or not, these materials cost an absolute truck load to buy, which is why the best loudspeakers cost so much in the shops.

 

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