I am not one of those people who insist on ultimate clarity and precision in their sound systems - indeed, I am slightly sceptical of those who claim to be as they rarely seem to be anything other than tone deaf! So this review is for those who, like me, simply want what comes out of their speakers to be 'good enough', pleasant sounding where you can hear both high and low frequencies, and without any extra hissin.
Firstly I should say that I got this set of speakers some years ago, and it is a testament to their construction that they have outlasted at least one computer and are still working perfectly well. The set consists of one large, squat rectangular speaker, which provides the base, and two smaller speakers which go either side of this. They are connected with wires which are of a reasonable length (I don't use anywhere near their full length as all three sit on top of a shelf above the computer - as I say, I'm not too bothered by niceties like a really good stereo effect).
The bass speaker is about 10 inches wide, 3 inches deep and 6 inches high; the satellite speakers are a little bit shorter and a couple of inches wide and deep. They are all in a black and silver colour scheme, and in terms of style fit in well with my computer (and thus, probably, most, as mine is fairly typical), without standing out as being especially remarkable.
One of the small speakers has an On/Off switch and a volume control. Whilst this is in easy reach for me, it might be annoying for someone who'd put the satellites a bit further apart. There are jack sockets for microphone and headphones in the same speaker; I've never used them (or in fact noticed them until just now) as I always plug mine into the computer itself, and I can't particularly think of how they could ever be useful, but they are there anyway. Finally, it has a small LED which tells you that it's on.
In terms of sound quality, they are pretty good too. The bass sound is reasonably earthy, and the higher notes clear, without any discernible hissing. At its highest level the volume is far louder than I would ever want, and certainly when used within a normal range, it sounds absolutely fine.
You can still buy these speakers for around £20, which seems extremely good value, especially for such a long lasting set.
I have had these speakers for around five years now, purchasing them when I upgraded my PC. You can certainly buy much better speakers for your money nowdays but I have not yet felt the need to upgrade them (though I am not much of a sound enthusiast as some people are).
The set is the usual two speakers and one large bass speaker. One of the smaller speakers has the volume, bass and power controls and is connected to the other by a single wire, this speaker then connects to the audio sockets on your computer with a wire and via another wire to the bass unit (which then has the main power wire going to it. The wires seem to ample for the usual desk-based set up, though the power cable could be longer to reach the bass unit if you have it on top of your desk. You can also plug your headphones into the main small speaker (via a standard socket) which automatically turns of the speakers and re-routes the signal to your headphones.
The sound quality is fine to my rather un-demanding ears but I suppose could be improved upon by modern sets. One downside is that I am forever knocking over the smaller speakers that sit on the desk as they are rather top heavy, with small bases and tend to get caught by the curtains and other objects. The unit has been transported numerous times as I have moved house during my student years and has not suffered from being packed up and jolted around. All in all I rate this unit as a good initial investment that has lasted well and whilst I will probably replace them at some point in the nearish future I can honestly say I am very satisfied with them.
==Logitech S200 Speakers==
I was lucky enough to get these speakers as a freebie because on of Himself's work friends was leaving the UK and heading back to Spain. Sad to see him go but nice to get these speakers! I didn't think at the time I would really need this set but the fact that it has this big bass type of unit with the two speakers made the item look pretty good and I am never one to turn down anything free.
Having just had a look on the internet you can pick this set of speakers up for around the £20 region but I have had these now for at least 4 years plus, I should think they cost a little bit more back then and were more widely available as there didn't seem to be a lot of places which stock them when I looked. Seeing as how these speakers are fairly old I would think that for your money you could either pick up a decent second hand set or even spend more and get a more compact and up to date model.
These logic speakers come in a three part set with there being two smaller speakers which make a pair and then another large box speaker which seems to let out the majority of bass noises when they are playing. There is a fair amount of wire that comes with the speakers which is good for setting them up with a desk top computer and keeping them in place which was what we used to have when we first got these but now we have the laptop using these speakers isn't very practice and they only come out when I want to play music that I haven't yet updated my ipod with.
The speakers are connected to the computer by 3.5 mm jacks for headset and microphone slots which work well and make it simple to set up as they are colour coded the green and pink colours of the slots. You need to have the speakers plugged into to a electric main plug and there is no option to have a back up battery supply to this set.
The smaller speakers have the power switch on the side and two dials that control the bass volume and the overall volume of the speakers. There is a small LED light which illuminates when the speakers have power to them and this is in a clear position so that you can tell if you have left them plugged in and turned on. The volume dials are made of sturdy stuff and you feel a good deal of resistance when you turn them and they feel as solid now as they did the day I was given them. The whole make up of the speakers seems to be well made although I didn't particularly think that Logitech were a brilliant company.
Along with being very well made and hard wearing, these speakers don't look too bad either. They may be rather large a set due to the big bass speaker that they have with them but when you have them set up with a desk top the black colouring don't really seem to notice. The only downside I can come up with when thinking about the design of them is that the smaller pair of speakers seem to be easily knocked over with the weight of the wires at the back of them and I used to be forever knocking them over and then standing them back up (when they were out all the time before the lap top).
The main thing though when it comes to buying a set of speakers has got to be the sound and with these I really can't fault them here. The total power output of the speakers is 17 W RMS with a sub woofer power output 11.3 W RMS which sounds pretty useless to me not really being very technical minded. However all I know is that the speakers can go up to a very loud volume before any distortion of music sets in. The bass control is brilliant and really gives a deep, full and rich sound to the tunes that I am really happy with. Being bale to control the bass easily from the dial on the speaker means that tunes that are already very bass ridden and need the settings changed can be fixed quickly and efficiently with one quick turn.
I have to say that they are probably not the best speakers that you can get especially nowadays but for me the sound quality is crisp and clear and the music still sounds really good even at a neighbourly hating level. They may be bulky and not overly practical when you have a laptop but because they are fairly robust and hard wearing they can take the years of shoving them in and out of a drawer that I have bestowed upon them. I think for the fact that I got these free I can't complain. I don't think I would have purchased myself a set like this but should I have wanted to I don't think £20 is too bad a price to pay for an item that works as well as this does.
All in all I feel a good score of 4 out of 5 stars is in order and really the only minus mark is because nowadays I am sure you could get better even for £20 so they feel slightly outdated but other than that I would highly recommend them!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
many thanks for taking the time to read.
My friend actually gave me these speakers (came with his latest PC)
And i must say, i know they aren't the most expensive or tasteful speakers around, put they do pack a punch!
I used to sit about listening to all that "crap" teenagers listen to through my 25ish year old desktop speakers, and since i've had this little "setup", it's mad such a change.
The amount of difference i heard just from this sub-woofer was amazingly noticeable, i had a big smile on my face the first time i heard it, ...finally ....something to really wake the neighbors with!
The bass is projected through the woofer since it has a bigger speaker to deal with the lower notes, whilst the mid and treble is controlled by the two smaller speaker's. Since you've added the bass speaker, the smaller speakers have less to work with making the quality much greater.
I'm unsure of the price this set fetches, but i'm certain you would be pleased with the quality of the sound it produces.
A good comparison of this would be like switching from your everyday TV set, to a nice sparkly HDTV version.
If you do not own a similar setup and you enjoy your music/films/video's, i urge you to buy this/a similar product, it's so worth it for such a small amount of money.