So Microlab, not a name that makes you instantly think of a speaker manufacturer is it... Don't worry we didn't think so either, and we would have to admit that they were not even on our radar for asking for review samples either. That was until we heard them at Gadget Show Live... We had stopped by a stand to say hi to some 'industry friends' and they 7C's were on display but also at that moment hammering out some tunes too. It took us all of 60 seconds to decide we had to have a set to test and the rest as they say is history! So lets crack on and take a look at the specifications so you know the basics before we start the Video Review.
|Output power||100, Watt RMS|
|Power distribution||50х2, Watt|
|Harmonic distortion||0,3, % (1Watt, 1kHz)|
|Frequency response||55-20 000, Hz|
|Signal/Noise ratio||85, dB|
|Tweeter driver type||1,|
|Bass driver type||6,5,|
|Satellites||210 x 270 x 361, mm|
|Product Net weight||13,70, kg|
So much is the trend to add increasingly more speakers or crazy software to imitate having a room full of speakers that it has started to ruin what speakers should really be about. Music. Good clear, quality unmessed with music. Any music aficionado knows there is only one real way to enjoy it and that's in Stereo, start adding any effects and surround to it and you just ruin it. With an old set of Z5500's we used to have in the office they were set to stereo X2 and all the Gucci effects were just set to off.
Enough of the stories but that's why we like the 7C's, its back to basics, 2 simple units one with the amplifier built in, 110w RMS total and both units have 2 massive 6.5" drivers for the mid and bass tones and a 1" cone tweeter to take care of the highs. You may think without a dedicated sub they would seem underpowered but you couldn't be more wrong. The bass is immense, like so crazy we even dialed the bass DOWN when testing them watching films because they were shaking the whole room!
Having 2 speakers that take care of everything keeps everything simple, makes cabling easy and also making them look right in your room easy too. The one thing we can get used to is quite how much these things pummel you with audio, the size of the drivers really does make a HUGE difference. Compared to the SP2500's we are used to there just seems to be so much more sound be thrown at you even if the volume levels are the same. Its a difficult thing to try and explain but take our word for it size does make a huge difference!
Something we have noticed is that you really don't want to be too close to these speakers, you either need to be sat back from them or have the set up away from you. So if you have them set up beside your TV you wont be sat right on top of them so it should be fine, but for PC use having them at the edge of your monitor really wont work. You'd need to get them moved a good 8' to 10' away preferably at the edge of your room. Might sound like a PITA but once set up correctly oh boy will you hear the difference, the bass will become deeper and the highs so much more balanced. Try it out... You'll soon see!
So to recap, for anyone with a HTPC set up in their front room or someone that see's music and films as the main use for their PC these speakers are perfect for you. Couple them up with a decent sound card and you are on to a winner. Looking around the shops these are ONLY £110 too so almost half the price of other quality PC audio set ups which makes them an absolute bargain in our eyes and easily worth the OC3D Gold Award, but also a complimentary "you cant have them back they now live in our front room" Award!!! That last bit should tell you everything you really needed to know. Yes they are that good!
We would like to thank Microlab for the speakers on test here today, you can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D forums.