Microlab SOLO7C Review

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅24-05-12
A Closer Look, Continued

Located at the bottom-right of the main speaker is a combination IR Sensor and LED display. Given the likely placement of these speakers the LED is well out of the eye line, but even so Microlab have wisely chosen red LEDs rather than the currently fashionable blue.

The display panel serves as an indicator for volume, bass and treble levels and input source, typically defaulting to volume after a few seconds inactivity. On power-up the LED displays '--' until an input source is selected; 'PC' is displayed upon selection of the input labelled PC on the rear, 'AU' representing the Auxiliary input. When muted the display flashes '--', clearing indicating that the audio is muted rather than lacking a source.

Due to the design decisions made by Microlabs the display is clear and static when inactive, hence not at all distracting in operation.

The rubber feet serve to isolate the speakers from the floor, reducing vibration. On laminate flooring, especially in terraced housing where sound can easily travel through floors and into the neighbours, this is a god-send. We should note that our SOLO7C's don't sit exactly level; it's not a deal-breaker but is something Microlab's QA could do with picking up.

Though plastic in construction the style of the remote is very much in keeping with the speakers, imitating in part a dark wood-grain look. In regards to power, the battery it uses is a button-style CR2023 rather than a more ubiquitous AAA. The nine buttons control Treble and Bass pre-set levels, audio mute, source and volume; one button is set aside to reset the adjustable values to a normalised base. With the remote you have access to all you need to take advantage of the full range of the SOLO7C's features.

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