If you’re looking for a good deal on bookshelf speakers, Micca MB42X is the one for you. In spite of its low price, you’ll never find it cheap with its design and it also has great sound quality. So, it isn’t hard to understand why this pair of speakers is one of the most favorite bookshelf speakers of Amazon with 4.7 out of 5 stars (reviewed by 335 customers).
Because MB42X, Monoprice MBS-650, and Dayton B652 are all in the same price range, I decided to put them together to compare. At first glance, Micca MB42X’s appearance is absolutely nicer than MBS-620’s and B652’s. However, when it came to sound quality, MB42X showed many disadvantages: thinner and less detailed sound, especially on hard rock songs.
However, if you’re not too picky, it’s still a good bookshelf speaker. The design is nice and sound quality is better than average. What do you want more in a under $100 bookshelf speaker?
Micca MB42X: Design
The design is the most impressive element of Micca MB42X. It has rounded edges on the cabinet, a faux wood grain finish and great build quality. Its dimensions are 9.5×5.8×6.5 inches which makes it fit with many places you want to put it on. Comparing to Monoprice and Dayton speakers, MB42X’s appearance is absolutely better.
On the front, it has a black cloth grill to protect the speaker. If you remove it, you’ll see a 0.75-inch silk dome tweeter and a 4-inch woven carbon fiber cone with rubber surround. You can use it without the grill, it doesn’t matter to speakers’ sound quality but make sure that you stored the grill in a safe dry place when not in use.
On the back, you can see the rough binding posts which accept banana plugs, spades, pins, or stripped bare wires. Although those binding posts are not nice they help the connection become more secure. Comparing to its predecessor, Micca MB42, it is upgraded by adding a crossover.
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Not Built in Wireless
Micca MB42X doesn’t have any built-in wireless technology which means to power it, you need an amplifier or AV receiver and an audio source. Although its impedance varies between 4 to 8 Ohms, you can connect it to most amplifiers when played at loud volume levels. If you don’t have any amplifier, I want to recommend the Lepai LP-2020A which costs only $25 (on Amazon). You’ll never regret spending money on two of them, they can rock your world.
If you hear audible distortion, turn down the volume until it goes away. Don’t allow the speaker and amplifier to play for more than a few seconds when there is audible distortion. And one more thing, because their rear port, you shouldn’t put them too close to wall to make sure that you can get the best sound quality of the speakers.
Micca MB42X: Performance
I know that they’re not $2000 speakers, so I didn’t expect them to be the best bookshelf speaker I ever tried or something like that. But I was wrong because it is not bad at all. When these two small speakers made the first sound, you will be amazed by their fair amount of bass. In small rooms, they are two good boys and you don’t need a subwoofer for them to rock but it will screw up if you put a pair of Micca MB42Xs in a large room.
Its low price and good sound reminded of Dayton B652 and Monoprice MBS-650. Compare to its competitors at this price point, the MB42X’s sound quality wasn’t good. Those two speakers’ midrange is more balanced and the Micca MB42X made a thinner and more recessed sound. And you can see its disadvantages clearly when playing jazz songs.
Micca MB42X Amazing BASS
When it comes to the bass, Micca MB42X is still amazing when being judged next to MBS-650. Although the MBS-650 has a 6.5-inch woofer (the MB42X has a 4-inch woofer), their bass’s quality is the same. However, the bigger size of MBS-650’s advantage was shown up when I played music loud. At high volume levels, MB42X sounded terrible but MBS-650 still can handle it smoothly.
Although the crossover is the only difference between it and MB42 the sound is absolutely much better. If drivers of its predecessor are kind of fighting each other, MB42Xs’ drivers work together to bring better quality. However, at high volume levels, you may figure there is distortion and break up coming from the drivers (something that the crossover still can’t handle) but it’s hidden behind the sound stage.
The Bottom-line: If style counts, the Micca MB42X is considered as the best budget speaker. And the truth is that MB42X is more popular than many speakers at this price point.
I’m not surprised because the MB42X doesn’t sound as good as the larger ones, Monoprice and Dayton speakers. Bigger doesn’t mean better but bigger speakers can get you a better sound, that’s a true story. And if you have large rooms or you want a bookshelf speaker which really can rock your house, I recommend MBS-650. MB42X is good when you use it for a small room or just a corner in your house.
But it doesn’t mean that you should skip the MB42X because size and appearance are also important for picking a speaker. If you’re not a picky listener and you’re just looking for a speaker that fits any place in your home and sounds good, this is a good deal for you.