• Hello and Welcome to HiFiVision.com - an online community for the home entertainment and tech enthusiasts!

    If you would like to ask a question, participate in a discussion and view attachments please Register yourself.

Cirle Arko /Microlabs Solo 6C 100Rms Active Speakers

Audiolab M-DAC Mini

freshseasons

Active Member
Joined
Nov 29, 2009
Messages
117
Points
28
Location
Pune
SHORT REVIEW CIRCLE ARKO/MICROLABS SOLO 6C

These are the rebadged Microlabs Solo 6C also sold as circle Arko rated at 100 Watts.

Having owned Computer speakers like Creative T20/T40,Altec Lansing MX5021,Audioengine 2 and Bower & Wilkins MM-1 and auditioned in detailed from friends Audioengine A5,M-Audio AV40 ,writing review of another pc speakers makes for a fun as well as wastage of time especially when the said speakers end at about 7.5K.Well what do you expect at this budget ? Surprised I was and how!

Until these speakers came in the scene ,Rupees 10K side of computer world was, I felt dominated in audio quality by audioengine 2.The best in any computer speakers being Bower and Wilkins MM-1 which I owned but were sadly priced at 25K.

The problem with Audioengine 2 is no sooner you have them you want to upgrade to its bigger brother Audioengine A5.And therein lies the rub, because they cost north of 20K almost intruding dedicated amp/speaker setup.Its a very ambiguous decision which could go any other way, without you ever finding out if the decision you ended up with was right.



@ 7.5K Cricle Arko could just be the day saver.

These speakers were by designed by Danish audio expert Peter Larsen and the quality just shows.

Peter Larsen is the famous world known acoustics engineer, specialized in creation. He is the chief consultant of Microlab Technology. Peter Larsen , a Danish audio specialist, was chief engineer of such a famous audio companies as Vifa, Scan-Speak & Dynaudio for many years.

Since 1993 Peter Larsen employed as a free consultant in different audio corporations all over the world and he is involved in creation many new progressive audio systems. Also he is a founder of Loudsoft LTD a company which develops software for audio systems producers companies.
Microlab Technology began to collaborate with Peter Larsen since 2003. One of his most important project in Microlab was creation of broadband loudspeaker for Microlab acoustic systems. In result of The blind test (Participants didnt know what speaker was playing) this speaker was admitted one of the best one.

Since year 2006 company mastered new market of Hi-Fi speakers and amplifiers. Peter Larsen supervise this business direction by his own. He worked out loudspeaker, crossover and wooden frame for Pure1 model, loudspeaker V12 and design for FC series. In the list of Peter Larsens creations are X series (Models X23, X25, X27), V series (models V3600, V3630 and V3650), Pure series (Pure1, Pure10), H series (H300, H600).
All acoustics that have been performed with Peter Larsen partition are marked with his autograph as a guaranty of the highest quality
.

Lets review them.



Got the speakers from Ebay with the discount and it cost me about 7K.What could I expect from speaker which are cheaper than my sound card.
No sooner than they arrived I was jaw dropped looking at the size of the box.It looked like someone had by mistake send me an CRT 21 TV.And packing was a lot lot heavy to move.


Opening the box revealed marvelous beautiful crafted MDF made and mahogany finished proper solid looking bookshelf speakers heavily weighing 13.7Kg.They are roughly heaving then audioengine 5 by about a kilo.





The Circle Arko are active Speakers rated at about 100 Watts RMS ,came with proper AWG very thick Speaker wire to connect left speaker to its banana plugs at the back,Sleek but very flimsy remote ,RCA to stereo and RCA to RCA cables,besides warranty card booklet with microlabs name making the connection obvious.



The speakers uses 6.5 polypropylene woofer big enough to fill out the large room and then some more and 1 silk dome tweeter.



Listening impressions:-

I used Asus Xonar Essence ST to feed the speakers.The speakers have been a month with me and have been properly burned in.

I fired Donald Fagen-The nightfly and no sooner I turned up the speakers, with its default settings they immediately sounded so neutral.Hell these would make even the laidback netural M-Audio AV40 sound bright. Not good for my taste, I instinctively reached for the remote and upped the treble to 5 from max of 8 available.The bass too was raised to 5 to maintain the harmony.

The speakers sprung to life.The mids and lows were well bodied and the 6.5woofer made its presence felt.The bass was very tight and well rounded,though the distinct air was absent but it didnt boom.Raising the volume didnt distort the speakers at all.Never ever in this review.The speakers can get loud enough when needed.Setting the equalisation I loved the superbly evenhanded neutrality.

Playing Adele -Set Fire To The Rain the guitars had a bit of warmth and sound a bit laid back again but a very minor drawback at the given price point. May be the listening to the more precise, AADs and Bowers and Wilkinss nautilus tweeter my ears felt spoilt.But this takes nothing away from Circle arko.

On Guns 'n Roses - Welcome to the Jungle & Eminem- 18 - 'Till I Collapse, the bass was thumping tight and punchy and there was a sparkle in the treble.Also good thing was, these did not add any colorization to the song.The speakers on any music even if fast paced Rock or classic, didnt add colour to the sound, a very commendable task.The speakers at all times felt in total control of the sound almost replicated handling it with excess safety. There was no fatigue listening to them.

Playing Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back which was the studio master recording on 24bit/48kHz the highs were detailed and mids compact with no hint of bass overpowering and a pleasant soundstage. It was a pleasure listening on them with a soundstage which only very good speakers are able to replicate.Treble could have been sharp though.

When tasted with Classic hindi/English,the speakers almost find the meaning to their existence.This is where they breadth and excel. Most important even with bad recordings these dont distort or crack. The bassy voice of Bade Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan felt real listening to Raga Jaijaivanti - Binati Ka Kaiye.The same phenomenon was replete with voice of Gulzhar ,Jagit Singh.

I think classic and soft music are this speakers forte.Nothing comes close to they way they render these.So goes well with jazz and Pop.

Difference could be felt on Mp3 coded at 320Kbps and 128Kbps.Music from hindi movie Rockstar ,AR Rehman ,etc were used to test the mp3.On 128 the best part I felt was the speakers still retained their signature never cracking or giving away, always in control.If you have pile of low quality mp3 threat your ears with this.

With any music these are the most non-fatigue listening speakers I have come across.There is no woody boxy coloration to add.

Tasting them for movies using,The Avatar ,Rise of the Planet Apes ,the speakers I felt couldnt justify the hi flying action scenes and skipped on few of the very small low frequency sound. The dialogues were clear but the separation was bit lacking but enjoyable nevertheless.The subwoofer absence was felt.

Gaming with Call of Duty,Crysis 2 the absence of subwoofer was felt again.The sound positioning of the bullet that one gets from headphone was nowhere there.Better off with Logitech Z623,Mx6021 in this department.
One thing is clear by now.Use them for music and be light footed with gaming and movies.

Cons:-

The treble could have been a tad bright but shouldnt complain at 7K.
The speakers for some reason I dont understand fail to save the setting of source input,bass treble.
There is no power off/standby switch.As soon as they power off the setting need to be manually reset.This could be very annoying for someone without Online Power backup.I however took almost a month to notice this.Also the remote looks like one could lose it.Its tiny.Sadly the volume buttons are located back of the right speaker .There is no option to set the treble or bass without remote.So better save the piece of plastic or you may end up with the most neutral sounding speakers.
Cannot use them without Setting Bass Treble equalisation or you will lose the tonal balance.
Would love to add the frequency of about 3 to 5Khz to its top treble range.
These speakers take a lot of space on desktop.
Then of course there is no headphone using option. To add these are suited more for Music rather than Gaming/Movies.

Summation: Peter Larsen has done a commendable job with these speakers and music quality shows in all genre of music.People seeking party thumping hard rock ,Boom bass fanatic may want to give these speakers a miss.Mind you though these can get loud and the bass can get quite thumpy when we ante the volume but only because I fell this is a bid laid and neutral would I detest suggesting for bass head. Still all in all, a wonderful trump of Ace at 7K.The sound Quality is superb.If you can make a room for them,buy it without hesitation !Worth the upgraditis.
 
SPONSORED ADS

SPONSORED ADS

denom

Banned
Joined
Mar 11, 2010
Messages
3,424
Points
0
Nice Review freshseasons :)

Pls give the link to the ebay shop selling these.

Thanks
 

freshseasons

Active Member
Joined
Nov 29, 2009
Messages
117
Points
28
Location
Pune
Last edited:

freshseasons

Active Member
Joined
Nov 29, 2009
Messages
117
Points
28
Location
Pune

jaudere

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2009
Messages
1,277
Points
83
Location
Panjim,Goa
I heard these speakers at Landscape. I found the sound to be quite good. However the background in the shop was too noisy to form a firm opinion.

Connectivity options are less but as long as the sound is good, even 1 connectivity option is ok.

Edit: I could not believe that they are 100w(50+50w) RMS. I dont have objective data but to me they looked to have much less than 100w. Marantz or NAD At 45-50w/ch appear to be much more powerful.
 
Last edited:

greenhorn

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 9, 2009
Messages
1,763
Points
113
Location
06851
got a couple of their smaller versions - the solo 5c's for 3.5k :D
They sound amazing for that price!
 

nn_in

Active Member
Joined
Mar 30, 2009
Messages
261
Points
28
Location
bangalore
Thank you for the post on value for money active speakers.After telecalls to Landmark these are not available .However similar or equivalent or maybe the OEM supplier to Landmark. This is available at ARKO 80W CircleCT route=information/information&information_id=9

Got the Arko 80w.
 
SPONSORED ADS

htfan17

Active Member
Joined
Apr 7, 2013
Messages
366
Points
43
Location
Bangalore
Thank you for the post on value for money active speakers.After telecalls to Landmark these are not available .However similar or equivalent or maybe the OEM supplier to Landmark. This is available at ARKO 80W CircleCT route=information/information&information_id=9

Got the Arko 80w.
Could you please tell how did u order (online or phone their mumbai office) and How much did u get it for ? I already have a pair I bought long back at landmark for 50% discount at 4K. Wanna know the latest price to buy a second pair. thanks
 

nn_in

Active Member
Joined
Mar 30, 2009
Messages
261
Points
28
Location
bangalore
After doing local calls to the website numbet I was directed to Mr Hemant 9870711939 at Circle. The prices are as stated on the Circle website.
 

greenhorn

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 9, 2009
Messages
1,763
Points
113
Location
06851
here's a teardown of their smaller model, the 4c
Review Microlab Solo 4C
Power seems to be a bit fishy. The RMS Spec seems to be half of the rated one, but otherwise some good stuff inside!
 
Last edited:
SPONSORED ADS

Top