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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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!

--Follow Up--

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.

Good listening!

Final update...

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.

Update 7-19-14

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.

Good listening!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
I don’t know what manner of alchemy is involved in the making of these speakers but that’s the only thing I can think of when I listen to them. The sound coming from them is entirely incongruent with their size. They take a bit of power to drive but boy do they pound out the sound when the volume is turned up. I am using them in my electronics repair workshop with an older Yamaha receiver with a headphone jack to RCA cable to connect it up to my cell phone where I stream Pandora and Spotify. I am extremely happy with the results. The sound is very powerful and deep with tons of bass. The sound is clean and clear even as I move around the room. I figure I was going to have to make do with something “modest” sounding given my space limitations, but these little speakers rock out like they are much bigger.

The grills are held on with magnets, but I just leave them off. It’s fun to watch the little woofers bounce when the bass hits. It’s got a very clean look to it. Construction looks great. Of course it’s mass produced but everything is tight and clean. Looks like a well built product that should last. It’s my first time buying speakers on Amazon, took a chance and I am very happy I did.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
The above review from Camilla is on point. There's alchemy involved with these...or some voodoo hex, something. They sound MUCH LARGER than they are. Crystal clear sound, immersible & full. I bought mine as near field monitors for my computer set up to play music and the occasional movie. The mids are smooth & direct, the highs are defined, accurate & pure, as for the low end...that's where Merlin or some dark shaman cast a spell...Apparently it IS possible to have some solid low end come from a 3.5in speaker. Will it blow the doors off your house? No. Will it fill in the mids & highs with punchy bass line? Yes...But it's not going to be as deep as a larger speaker of similar quality, however for what it can do is far more than I ever would have expected!

I also own the MB42's from Micca...Those speakers have only gotten better the more I use them as a general use monitor set for music. Being that is the case I have high hopes for these Club 3's. It's because OF the MB42's I chose to give these a try. Not only am I 100% satisfied with these little jewels I am now kicking myself for not just getting them 3 months ago when I first saw them & the MB42's of which I procrastinated about for 2 months. When I finally broke down & bought the MB42's for my computer set up. They sounded great but being they were in a corner when my computer is, it was obvious they needed more space to fill out and sound good...hence why they are a solid part of my home theater. Being they ended up out in the living room I began searching for something for my computer again.

So, unlike last time; I dove in on these knowing how the MB42's sound. If you have any doubts, brush them off as unfounded. Give these little hot shots a try & they wont disappoint you. I think they sound somewhat better than the MB42's, but I might have huffed white out one too many times when I had that one job...Needless to say, keep in mind, they have ONLY a 3.5in woofer...they can kick some butt for their size & fill a large room with clear, distinct full range tones & accurate highs, I highly recommend them to ANYONE looking for a beautiful full range sound experience. If you are wanting a "bigger" bassy sound...pair these with a powered sub...

I have my source being an HP laptop with Beats Audio split to a 10in' Comp Kicker sub & also to a Bravo V2 tube headphone amp as a pre-amp, then to a Fiio A1 to drive the Club 3's & a set of Pinnacle S-FIT SAT 150's . I must say...for what it is...I found the sound & texture I have been looking for; for many months...now I can finally enjoy my music...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2014
These speakers are awesome for the price. I would say they're the best cheap speakers you can buy. Crisp highs and surprisingly good bass considering it only has a 3.5" woofer. They do lack a bit of midrange, but they make up on the low end. They are not very efficient though, so make sure you pair them up with a good amplifier. With enough power they will get loud and full. They will sound good with a Lepai amp but it ill not do them justice. I would recommend a SMSL SA-36 or SA-50 amplifier. Grab a pair, you won't be disappointed. I also own the Micca MB42x's which have a crossover and better midrange. If you're building an affordable 2.0 system look no more. If you're planning on building a 2.1 system then you should take a look at the Micca MB42x's instead. They are twice the price but are more refined.

I did have a QC issue with one of the speakers. The woofer gasket was not applied properly and the speaker was making "farting" sounds. Micca recommended I ship them back to Amazon. They're too cheap to send them back (not worth the hassle) so I went ahead and repaired it myself. It was an easy fix.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2014
Boy am I in over my head. I just wanted some speakers to connect to my computer. Can anyone tell me how I connect these things? The little paper that came with them was wildly unhelpful for a novice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2013
Speakers are great for small office/bedroom. They great bass and clarity in mid and upper range. The magnets for the cover could be a little stronger, but are acceptable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
No complaints here, these speakers are really well made. I read in one of the reviews that they are mass produced. If this is the case, then quality control is very, very good. I had to open these speakers up and remove the drivers and do some soldering (more on that later, but it was entirely my fault, not the manufacturer's), so I got a first hand look at how well made these speakers are. As far as the design is concerned, all you have to do is take a look at the pictures. The piano black finish looks more striking up close than in the pictures, and the drivers pair with the finish perfectly. The front grill, as one reviewer stated, could have used slightly stronger magnets, but I found that if you push the magnets back from the front of the grill (they are located in the front corners)the grill will cling to the front of the cabinet a little better. You can't see the magnets, so be careful. Use something pointy and soft, so as not to damage the grill's fabric. This is important if you wall mount them at a tilt with the grill on. With that said, these speakers are very well made. Construction, design, and finish are definitely high quality. Once you hear them-and look in your wallet-there are NO deal breakers.

Sound: It's hard to believe these speakers don't have a crossover in them. I, also, have the Micca MB42xes, which come with a crossover. I've, also, had KLHs and JVCs, which cost more than twice as much, and the Club 3s compare favorably to them-in regards to clarity and separation-and look better, too. The bass is solid and tight, though not as full as those just mentioned, but you can still hear the kick of the kick drum. Yes, the Clubs will fill a small to medium size room with deep, tight bass and clear mids and highs. If you want more floor and wall rattling bass, pair them with a sub.

Most of the reviewers here are using Lepais, Quinpos and Little Dots, as well as other headphone amps to power their Clubs, so you're talking about maybe 25w max being used to push them. They're selling their Clubs short. These speakers are rated at 75w per. I'm breaking them in as fronts using a Harmon Kardon 1510 receiver, which pushes 75w per., and has adjustable db ranges. Although, I don't listen to my music loud, I can tell you these things can handle a lot more power than many headphone amps can put out, and do so without while remaining amazingly clear.

Inside, the speaker uses a 3.3uf 100v capacitor connected to the pos. terminal and the tweeter to filter the bass. Also, the cabinet is stuffed with fiberglass, of course. I mention this, because if you want to wall mount these speakers and use them as surrounds (or fronts) you will have to drill a hole into the back of the cabinet. Be careful. Remove the drivers, then remove the fiberglass , or drill very, very slowly. If the drill bit catches the fiberglass, it will spin the fiberglass very fast and the fiberglass will rip the internal wiring from the speaker and terminal contacts, and maybe the capacitor, too. This happened to me with one of the Clubs. I was able to do the repair myself, so all's well. Buy these speakers. They are a steal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2013
Very pleased with the look, sound, and ability to reproduce low end from such a small package. In fact, low end was much better than many prior, and much larger, speakers that I have owned prior. It was a great buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2014
I got a pair of these to listen to while working at my reloading bench. I power them with an older (quad) receiver which I think puts out 10x the sound any modern source does. The speakers do a credible job… not great but good. I can listen to them for hours and not be driven away by ear burn or an excess of bass. FYI, most of this is based upon listening to classical and opera.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
Crazy good sound from such small speakers!! If you are thinking about these, don't! Just put them in the cart and check out! I am running these on my computer bench with a Muse M21EX2 25W/Ch amplifier (tda2021B). They sound FAR larger than they are. All I can say is I am stunned. Worth every penny!
Something with those carbon fibre woofers, I have never heard a 3.5" speaker sound like this before! I have listened to TONS of speakers.
Highly recommended...
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