Microlab Solo 8C Speakers Review
Testing and Display
With a set of speakers that supports so many possible inputs we wanted to test the Microlab Solo 8C with everything we could think of. To this end we're going to take full advantage of the optical input with a variety of begged, borrowed and stolen hardware, namely XBOX 360, Sky HD and Playstation 4 in addition to our regular musical tests.
The display at the bottom right of the Solo 8C gives a visual representation of what you're adjusting either with the remote control or the dials on the main speaker. Above we have the volume level that goes between 0 and 59, which matches the 60W output of the 8C. As well as showing you the current volume level it also displays your current choice of input when you're cycling through them. Lastly when you alter the bass and treble controls it shows between -10 and +10 for each, allowing you to fine tune the sound to your preference.
For our testing we'll be running the usual gamut of a selection of games, films, television and music to test every element of the Solo 8C's audio capabilities. Rather than list of an array of things that'll just bore you to death, be safe in the knowledge that everything from Forza, through The Unbelievable Truth to Iron Man 3, Formula One and Metallica were pounded through the Microlab Solo 8C. We left it at the factory settings, a neutral EQ, for the majority of tests with only minor tweaks to balance the sound engineering used in certain broadcast offerings.