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Pretty Good, especially for near field.
on May 26, 2014
I have been one of the more outspoken fans of the Micca MB42X speakers here, so I was chomping at the bit to check out the Club 3's. I have had them about a week now, and have probably 20 hours of break-in time on them. Please...always give speakers 20-40 hours of break-in time prior to reviewing them. Many speakers go through a dramatic transformation as they loosen up. I will give a preliminary review now, and follow up once they have been in service for awhile.
Out of the box...I hooked them up at my office where I had my beloved MB42X's playing. I immediately noticed that they appear to use the same tweeter as the MB42 series, which is a very good thing. The tweeters on these are as good as any silk dome tweeters I have encountered. Silk tweeters are typically known to be warm and easy on the ears, but not always as bright as some other types. These are very bright with lots of sparkle and sizzle; but not to the point of being fatiguing. The excellent drivers are what make the Micca speakers so good, even if they are in a cabinet that could be improved upon. The woofer is of similar carbon fiber construction as the MB42's. Like the standard MB42 (not X), these do not have a real crossover, just a capacitor in series with the tweeter.
My initial impressions were that they were not nearly as loud as the MB42X's. I had to drive the amp much harder, and I had to turn my sub down because it was now so much louder than the mains. The next thing I noticed was the bass response. As mentioned in earlier reviews; the bass from these is pretty phenomenal for a 3.5" driver. I turned the sub off and listed to these little guys all by themselves, and I didn't want for thump. They kick on the low end. I see 3 reasons for this;
1-The woofer is EXTREMELY high excursion. I have them at home now hooked up to some power (more on that later) and watching these things pump is intoxicating. They look more like a piston out of a small black Chevy than a speaker!
2-As with the MB42 series; they have a very effective port design that enhances bass.
3-Lastly, and I have mixed emotions about this; I suspect they have the highs and mids attenuated somewhat to make the bass response more pronounced. It's not that it sounds bad, it doesn't; but it hurts the efficiency. These are very power hungry and the handy dandy Lapai amp which many will buy to drive these is not going to produce any great volume from them.
As mentioned in my 3rd remark, the Lapai amp at my office just couldn't get a lot of volume out of these due to the low efficiency. It was enough for normal office volumes, but I couldn't crank them without the amp distorting. So I took them home and put them on the test bench where I could put some power on them. I got out an old Kenwood receiver that produces about 80 wpc. Big difference now; I still have to crank the volume knob, but now the speakers would produce some volume without distorting. And the overall tonal quality improved with the additional headroom from the amp.
I've been playing them at considerable volumes over the holiday weekend. The speakers went somewhat flat and hollow after an hour or so of playing, but now they are loosening up and the quality is coming back. Now that I have about 20 hours on them, they sound quite pleasant.
As of now, I will recommend these for near field uses or in small rooms. The up side is that they produce plenty of bass and music played on them is very pleasant without a subwoofer. The downside is that they will need to be driven with some horsepower to get any real volume from them. And these will never play as loud as their big brothers, so these are not good choices for bigger rooms or home theater.
Amazon has these for $39.95 right now, which is a steal. For the applications I approved of above; these will serve as fine speakers for a price that is within most anyone's budget. One of the things I love about Micca is that they produce fine speakers for prices almost anyone can afford.
I'll follow up in a month or so. Good listening!
There has been mention of the magnets in the grills being weak. I found that they are barely adequate, but they did stay on once properly placed. But who cares? These things look great with the covers off, so leave them off and watch that little woofer pump.
I'm still enjoying these speakers and I will stick with my four star rating. In my opinion; they are probably one of the best really cheap / small speakers you will find. Most speakers of this price range have a very cheap or tinny sound, some even painful; these are really quite warm and pleasant sounding.
I am wrapping up my testing of these and I think I will either use them with a TV in a guest room, or possibly give them to a family member to use as surround speakers. I do like them, I just have gobs of speakers that are bigger and better. I have 3 pairs of the MB42X, which I consider to be superior. Of course, they are twice the price.
I recommend these for computer speakers (you must use an amp with them), small rooms/areas, or surround speakers. For $39,they sound very nice. They are priced more in line with the Daytons B652's and the Mono price speakers, but I think these have a better sound and the bass response is better for what most will probably use these for...near field or small rooms.
I see the price has jumped to $59. This is too high, buy the MB42's instead. Even better, put $20 with it and buy the MB42X's. The Club 3's are nice, but the MB's are far better. For $39 they were a deal. For $59. not so much.
It was raining today, so I played in the workshop. Out of curiosity, I did an A-B comparison on the Clob 3's and the MB42-x's.
While both sound nice, the MB-42X's produce far more volume and they are much brighter in the mids and highs. They also play louder at a given wattage.
I see the price of the Clubs has gone up to $59.99. Frankly, I would get the regular MB-42's (no X) instead of the Clubs for that price. Even better...put $20 with it and get the X's. While the Clubs are nice, they are limited in their application. The MB's are a better all-around speaker.