Microlab has been on the PC speakers market for years. Among the desirable stereo systems they offer, traditional 2.1s also hide. How do they stand today in the sound test?
The PC speaker market has never been so wide and varied. If the 5 years ago were between a standard 2.1 set and a full surround composition, today the spectrum of colors expands from black to white, and in the middle you will find not only relatively new vehicles such as 2.0 for the high market but also new features and new levels that change the whole theory The game.
Since the advent of the Microlab SOLO 7 and SOLO 6, which we have visited in the past, more and more 2.0 speakers have appeared for all market segments from the various manufacturers. These speakers display Sound Richer and cleaner than ever that sounds good for a large number of uses, making them the choice of many, and not just of audiophile sound lovers.
Today we will return to the sources, and we will take a model critique speakers Prominent 2.1 of the Microlab company, the FC530U. The above model belongs in its price to the mainstream share of the speaker market, where you can choose basic 5.1 systems or as mentioned, adopt a stereo system such as the SOLO 4. But there is also a third option: choose a better 2.1 system than the one priced in the NIS 200 range, for example. And this is where the FC530U comes into the picture.
The Microlab FC530U is a speaker system made up of 2 satellite speakers built and designed just like its SOLO series with a subwoofer unit. Apart from being an immersive 2.1 system, it also offers home users more options: playing music directly from devices USB Or SD cards, as well as radio frequency reception as part of a source in its own right.
Together with these features, the company promises Sound Clear and clean, and basically ensures the "perfect experience" of playing quality music at home from a variety of sources. But do they do the job?
God-FC530 At a glance
Inside the standard-looking package with relatively large dimensions, a couple hide speakers Satellites rather small than expected from those built like the SOLO series. For comparison: the speakers are smaller than SOLO 6 by about 50%, and will actually fit any computer table without any problem. The system offers a combined power of approximately 64 watts.
Like SOLO, this system is also coated with a grille from a removable cloth, as well as a dark wood-like MDF finish that gives a pleasant feel to the work environment. As with other systems, the command unit sits on the subwoofer itself, which often significantly harms ease of use, but not in this case thanks to the supplied signal.
The speaker unit is accompanied by a fairly large subwoofer, which explains the size of the package and raises quite a few questions about the bass capabilities of the system. The array is also joined by a sign with a pair סוללות AAA supplied, RCA cable to 3.5 millimeter and a short user guide.
The subwoofer, which is approximately 24x28x23 in centimeters, contains a woofer no less than 5.25 in inches. At the bottom of the subwoofer is the control panel with indication screen, volume buttons, source and navigation between the tracks played from USB devices or cards זיכרון And radio stations. In addition, in this area you will also find the entrances for these devices.
In reverse, an antenna can be detected for the reception of radio frequencies capable of stretching up to a meter. The choice of the ability to receive radio waves independently is welcome, but I have to say that the position of the antenna in this area is somewhat puzzling to me, since the subwoofer is under the table, where the antenna can not be stretched too much and the position may even interfere with reception.
Alongside the heatsink and vent, you can find standard RCA outputs to which the satellite speakers connect, and a pair of inputs for the user to choose from: one 3.5mm inlet and a pair of RCA inputs. Multiple inputs are always a welcome thing, and the included cable, which is remembered from both directions, even allows the user to customize the best way to connect the system to his sound card.
The remote control allows the user to completely control the system, although its reception is not very good. You are the subwoofer under the table, you have to aim the sign down, which personally affects the control experience slightly. The remote itself offers, except for the volume level, a switch between all sources: the pair of inputs, USB / CD and radio. You can also increase or decrease bass and treble. Other buttons are Mute button, navigation between radio channels and audio tracks, hibernate mode and complete system shutdown.
From the box to the table
As mentioned, the speakers themselves are relatively small, and it was quite easy for me to make room for them, even on a multi-screen and crowded table. The only potential problem I encountered was the length of the cables: in a situation where the subwoofer is sitting underneath, and the speakers at the ends of a 180 cm wide table, the jumper cables may be enough. The real one starts and ends with the sound, so I chose the right source, raised the volume of the speakers to about 25 out of 60 in total, and at the Play mark started a hurried listening right after opening the package.
At first I realized that the volume level of 25 is quite powerful for this system, and I slowly went down towards the 18 to 15. The first impression left by the speakers is a bit confusing: their sound is very troublesome, but they are accompanied by a relatively loud bass. Straight out of the box, one could say that the sound of the FC530U is not entirely clear and even a bit muffled, but something in it is definitely reminiscent of the character of the SOLO series. But it is worth noting that before we judge the sound of the FC530U, they are given at least 24 hours to develop, and so it is done.
The speakers operated for approximately 24 hours, connected by a two-way RCA cable to the two stereo sound card outputs ASUS Xonar Essence STX. The audio tracks used are FLAC or MP3 Bit bit of 320. also, Movies High sound quality and stereo mode.
Having given the speakers the time they need to develop, the sound is now as clear as day. The sound of the FC530U is definitely troublesome, yet, it does not sting the ear at all. In fact, this character with which the sound is endowed gives a more airy and less suffocated feeling to the overall sound. Due to being an amateur Sound "Bright" I enjoyed the sound as it is, but those who find it a little annoying to the ear will be able to lower the treble easily using the remote and enjoy a slightly more "dark" sound.
But the highlight is undoubtedly the lowest: the subwoofer does its own, and the bass that sounds relatively faint and weak previously becomes powerful, so powerful that it shakes the floor of the room. Of course, you can lower it through the sign to calm the spirits a bit, or increase it and open a hole in the floor and relations with neighbors. However, Bass at this level must come with some drawbacks, and indeed there are: In many of the audio tracks bass has made the intermediate frequencies too dull. In addition, the Bass has a thrilling effect, but some songs feel somewhat lacking in volume in the higher area of lower frequencies. However, it manages to go down very low and keep an impressive detail of the bass.
In most songs, the combination of the powerful bass and the bright sound sounds pretty good. Although the intermediate frequencies are the least noticeable here, the sound is still pleasant to the ear, and it is perfectly natural and clean. The instruments in the performances sound as they do in reality, and their locations can be identified. The stage is also relatively large, and contains an impressive detail for the system at this price level.
Games and media
After listening to quite a few songs with such bass capabilities, I could not resist going to the next stage of the test: the games and the media, and I chose to start the test with games. The first and relatively easy part of the test is modern two-dimensional games designed to play in stereo, such as Rayman Legends and Ori and the Blind Forest. In these games the speakers demonstrated bass capabilities, stage and details so impressive that they put me completely into these games. Suddenly, playing these characters did not feel from the side, and the feeling was that buildings were collapsing above me, forests were flooding around me and everything was happening in real time.
The more difficult test is playing as AAA on the net, such as Battlefield 4 and Crysis 3, which will enjoy the advantage of Sound Peripheral. And although the FC530U are not surround speakers, they have certainly produced a sense of a three-dimensional environment. You can tell where they are shooting at you, or where the battles are going on. However, it is not possible to identify the exact directions and obtain a real peripheral advantage, but no one expected it from stereo speakers. Here, too, the bass and the detail put me completely into the game and made the game experience more internal.
In the movies the result was quite similar, and felt like sitting in a movie theater. Shots, explosions, thunderstorms and other effects had such a powerful effect that the heart missed a beat. Even during scenes full of happenings, you could hear the smaller sounds, like dripping rain. However, despite the slight drawback in the intermediate frequencies, the diologists did not feel anemic and sounded very clear.
Leaving the computer: radio andUSB
Playing audio tracks from USB devices gave almost the same result when listening to songs from your PC, and Microlab did a good job of providing chip Not bad at all. Using the remote control you can move forward, forward and stop the playlist.
The weak link is actually the radio: although it is located under the table, I managed to stretch the antenna along a relatively satisfying, but in some cases the absorption of the frequencies was a bit disturbed, and even could not be received at any particular radio station quite prominent. However, a small game with the antenna in the right direction usually raises the static noises or makes them bearable, so I found the use of the FC530U's built-in radio to be usable. It should also be noted that reception capabilities may vary from region to region in the country and sub-woofer location.
All purpose speakers
So is the FC530U doing the job? Yes, absolutely. At this price level (about NIS 480 to 500 in Israel), the above speaker system is without a doubt the perfect home solution. These are great media speakers, and the beauty of them is that they are suitable for all worlds: quality sound lovers and traditional media speaker lovers.
The above system is a winning combination of room-heavy bass-shaking systems, such as the mythical Logitech Z5500, and quality speakers Sound Rich like the SOLO 6. With playing with the treble and bass, you can achieve impressive results at the above price level for sound lovers, while bass and impact enthusiasts will enjoy them without any need for any particular adjustment. Either way, this system does the job for everyone.
Does the above system match the sound quality of large 2.0 systems? Due to size and budget limitations, the answer is no, of course, but it is not far off. In fact, my expectations were even much lower than the actual result obtained from these speakers.
I think the most appropriate use for this system is media. Despite the short cables, the speakers can be placed in the living room of average size without any special problem, and thanks to the power of the bass and the speakers themselves, such a living room can be filled without any problem. Add to this the fast playing capabilities from cards זיכרון and-USB And the radio, and the remote control, and you received them speakers For a relatively low budget computer.
Recommended - Microlab FC530U
- Sound impressive price level
- Powerful bass performance
- Sound is adjustable
- Radio reception
- Play music from SD cards and USB devices
- Radio reception can be better
- An uncomfortable location of the control unit