I have recently purchased the Microlab Solo5C speakers and thought I would do a review. First of all I am not an audiophile and I am certainly not an audio expert, but neither am I tone deaf. So please bear these in mind as you read the review. Apart from the speakers and computer the only instruments used during testing were my ears. Purchased from: Greenboxit Cost: $83 plus postage to Newcastle costing $19 When I ordered them they had no stock so they were put on backorder. On checking with other online retailers it appeared that very few retailers had them in stock, which made me think that possibly retailers only order them when they themselves receive an order. Not really a big problem but it did add a little over a week to the delivery time. For those who haven’t heard of Microlab before, and that includes me, they have been around since 1998. More info at About Microlab Speakers manufactured by Microlab in consultation with acoustic engineer Peter Larsen What’s included? Speakers Remote Speaker cable Signal cable for computer connection Manual Specifications Wooden box, actually I think its MDF covered in a dark timber design vinyl covering, but they are well constructed and look great. Power distribution: 40 Watt x 2 Tweeter driver: 1" 10 Watt 6 ohm Bass driver: 5.25", 25 Watt 4 ohm Input: Auxiliary and PC Speaker dimensions: 174 W x 257 D x 309mm H. Individual speaker weight: 5kg More details on the Microlab Solo5C web page How I tested. First I used Windows Media Player to rip a variety of CDs to WMA Lossless (best quality). (Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Mozart, Asian Lounge, Michael Crawford and Eric Clapton) I use motherboard audio (for speakers) and a PCI Sound card (for headphones). I plugged the Microlab Solo5C speakers into the Motherboard audio socket and the Logitech X-530 into the PCI Sound card. Although my soundcard is only a Creative Sound Blaster 5.1 VX it does produce better sound than the onboard audio. This would of course give the Logitech speakers an immediate advantage. Let’s find out if this advantage had a bearing on the results. My first test for each set of speakers was to see how well they played the sounds from the Multimedia Speaker Test web page. With the Logitech X-530 I was able to hear all but the 15,000 Hz test tone, although the 30 Hz test tone was only just audible. With the Microlab Solo5C I was able to hear all but the 15,000 Hz test Tone. To my untrained ear the sound from Microlab Solo5C sounded better and clearer. The rest of my testing consisted of playing a track and listening carefully for individual instruments, different voices, background sounds and also taking note of the treble and bass sounds. I would play the track on one set of speakers and then immediately switch over to the other set of speakers to replay the track. I did vary which set of speakers played the track first. Each set of speakers went first about 50% of the time. My Results Referring back to the notes I made during testing it was apparent that the Microlab Solo5C speakers produced a better sound all-round. Observations were as follows: The bass sounds from the Microlab Solo5C were much clearer. For example I could hear each individual bass guitar note and each beat of the bass drum. In comparison, the Logitech X530’s were not nearly as clear, I think the correct term is ‘muddy’. The treble sounds from the Microlab Solo5C again were very clear. I was able to pick out individual notes from instruments such as guitar, sitar, triangle, violin and many more. The sound was much clearer and brighter and I was able to pick out the sounds of individual instruments and voices. Although the Logitech X-530s sounded pretty good they paled in comparison to the Microlab Solo5C. To sum up the Microlab Solo5C produced a much better quality of sound. For me I found the best settings were treble at +3 and bass at +4 or +5. This still left plenty of adjustment if needed. The greatest compliment I can make is that I find myself turning up the volume and becoming totally immersed in the music. Usually until someone yells at me to turn it down. And boy, are these speakers loud and clear even when cranked up. So what are the cons. When the speakers are powered off and you turn them back on they reset to default settings i.e. bass and treble set to 0, volume set to 20 and input set to auxiliary. However with the remote handy it takes just a moment to adjust the settings. One other thing I have noticed, whenever you turn them on you need to adjust the volume either up or down before you can change the input. Well as far as I’m concerned at $83 these speakers are totally awesome. How they compare to other more expensive brands such as Audioengine I really can’t say as I have not had the pleasure of hearing those other brands. To finish off I’d just like to say I can’t believe how much good sound I’ve been missing out on. To listen to Michael Crawford singing ‘The music of the night’ with the volume cranked up, hairs standing up on the back of your neck, a tingle down your spine and your body covered in goosebumps is a total joy. As we are all individual and our perception can differ your experience with these speakers may differ to mine and in fact probably will. Thank you for reading.