A short time ago, my parents asked me to see if I could find a set of speakers for their desktop PC at home.
Their requirements were simple: Firstly, they had to be reasonably priced - that the various 5.1 surround systems were beyond the budget. So it looked like it would be a 2.1 setup. Secondly, they wanted controls for the speakers which were close-to-hand - so the system would need a controlling device of some kind. Thirdly, it needed an earphone dock so that earphones could be plugged in as and when they were needed.
After a short-search, I stumbled upon this little Logitech system. It ticked all the boxes and it was generally getting good reviews. Plus, the design was sleak and would look well with the other computer equipment that was currently being used by my parents.
I took the plunge and gambled on this little system. I've been a user of Logitech products for a considerable period of time and knew that I couldn't go far wrong with this brand.
So, the package arrived and they were unboxed and installed without much trouble. In this package, you'll find a sub-woofer, two speakers and a control pod. Thankfully, most audio leads nowadays are colour coded (as are the ports/jacks on most computers) - which means that even the most technologically inept could set up these speakers without much of a problem!
The sub-woofer is adequately sized and can be tucked underneath a desk or behind a monitor with ease and shouldn't be too much of an eyesore. The two speakers are nicely sized, and have a reasonably small footprint, which means that they won't take over what little desk space you might have. The control pod is quite small also but can be easily controlled by hand. The only small gripe I had when setting up the speakers was the shortness of the leads which link the speakers to the main sub-woofer. While I managed to position the speakers either side of the monitor, by the time I had finished, there wasn't much length left in the leads and someone with a large monitor might struggle a bit more.
Aesthetically, the system looks the part and although the speakers are lightweight, they do seem to be built very well. The piano black finish on the speakers and the control pod is a great little touch and gives the appearance of quality. (However, it can also be something of a fingerprint and dust magnet!)
So, onto their use. I have to so that I was suitably impressed when I tried them out for the first time. While they're not exactly a BOSE or Bang & Olufsen level of quality, they are very impressive when you consider that they only cost around £15! The sound is clear and there is an ample amount of sound - in fact, you'll probably never have to turn the volume up to max as these little speakers make a great deal of noise.
The little control pod is a great little feature. As well as allowing you to control the volume, the pod also features a little on/off switch which allows you to turn the entire speaker system off when not in use. It is also handy as it means you don't have to go hunting for the on/off switch at the back of the sub-woofer. An orange LED indicates whether the system is on or not. The volume is controlled by a wheel mechanism on the top of pod - this is a great little feature as it allows your hand to gently and smoothly find the correct volume. The pod also sports headphone and microphone jacks - which allow headphones to be easily connected to the system (again, without the hassle of having to plug them into the back of the sub-woofer).
Overall, these speakers are a bargain for the price you pay and certainly deliver a great sound. If you're musically-savvy and can hear every little hiss and crack, then yeah, maybe they aren't going to be perfect for you - but if you're like the majority of users who just want to hear sound, they are all that you'll need.
These speakers were purchased as an 'add-on' to my old desktop PC system, to help improve the sound quality and overall audio experience when using the PC. It has to be said, that not only did these speakers do exactly that, and improved the sound quality immeasurably, but they have also proved particularly durable, outlasting the PC and now working very well with either mine or my husband's laptops.
Now I'm not a technical expert, so I will just be commenting on our experience of these alongside the basic technical information that came with it, asterisked as follows, and of course the value for money that the set offers:
* Logitech 2.1 stereo speaker system which offers 17 W RMS
The system comes as four basic items: 2 speakers, each HWD: approx 15; 7; 6 cm (max); amplifier HWD 19;9;26 cm (max) and round control pod - 5cm across; 2.5 cm high (max). All items are black and are very discrete when set amongst your computer hardware. The amplifier is just the right size to tuck out of sight on the floor and the wires supplied are long enough that you can have everything else at desktop level if you wish. We don't have a study or anything so we use this set in the dining room. We have the box on the floor, speakers on top of my husband's grandma's bureau (not really an antique, but lovely dark old wood) and the control pod inside the flap of the bureau. One of the things we love about this set is that although it has several components, the technology doesn't 'take over' - either the bureau or the room, yet we haven't had to compromise on aesthetics by just making do with the laptop speakers, this set proves that it is possible to have both sound quality and minimal hardware!
Power lead feeds to the amp box, the speaker wires feed into the amp box and the control pod wire links amp box to control pod. From the control pod there's a dual wire fitted in, with two basic jacks which attached to your sound-providing hardware - laptop, PC, CD player etc. The whole thing takes only minutes to set up!
I'm not a techie as I said so I can't comment on what the 17 W RMS is or does, all I can say is that the performance of this set is absolutely fine and it is easy to use and does not intrude on a room. The dining room's a standard double room size and it's not a case of having to crowd around the speakers to hear anything!
* Sleek black satellite speakers with ported subwoofer, to provide full and rich audio performance
All of this is true - sleek speakers indeed, easy to wipe off when dusty. Possibly the 'sleek' look could be interpreted as being just shiny plastic on the front of the speakers which is actually a little less attractive than the matt black of the rest of the speaker casing and the main amp. However, because the speakers are so small, this shiny aspect of the speakers is easy to ignore if you don't like it: for us, against the polished surface of the dark wood there's no problem with the speakers' appearance.
There's a 'filter' material across the front of the speaker, behind which the subwoofer's busy working away to provide the sound (I guess)! Although obviously hard-wearing and the appropriate material to use in respect of audio equipment, this 'fabric' covering is harder to keep clean as, being black, lighter dust seems to show quite easily on it - especially given that electrical items / static seems to attract the dust. I wipe occasionally with a damp (no, not wet) cloth or give a gentle brush over if it needs sprucing up.
Sound quality is indeed superb across both speakers, across any of the whole range of music genres particularly that our family listens to.
* Convenient wired control pod designed to minimise desk clutter
This is indeed a small: it's not much to look at and it does feel pretty fragile, but it's a mighty useful part of the set. The box is wired directly to this control pod (only 5cm wide), so you don't end up with lots of wires across the desk (a major plus for me as this set is used in our 'living' area, not in a study or office). The control pod does sit discretely on or in our bureau.
The only slightly negative comment that I'd have to make on it is that because it is small and lightweight, this control hub is easily knocked, so you do have to be 'aware' of it. At times this seems to be because the wires that feed into it make it difficult for it to stay 'sitting' on the flat surface, although having said that, we are an amazingly clumsy family and as a result, this little pod has been frequently knocked down the back of the bureau and even caught up in the flap on occasions, yet it continues to work unfailingly, so it's proved itself to be extremely robust despite being so small and having such a fragile 'plastic' feel to it. I don't actually know how the design could be improved to improve stability, because of the need for wires (until they develop a wireless one, I suppose)!
* Control pod with headphone jack, microphone jack, volume and power controls
As above, only the wire from the box feeds into the control pod, with another dual fitted wire to link the control pod to your hardware (green and pink fixtures as standard). The control pod also offers ports for your headphones or microphone, marked with the relevant symbols.
The on / off sliding switch for the system is also on the control pod - great if you keep the box on the floor as it saves crawling around when you want to turn on / off. A small orange light comes on at the front of the pod so you know if the system's on or not. Be aware that the on / off is tiny though!
The volume control is also on the pod and this takes the form of a disc at the top of the pod. This has a small finger 'groove' as a marker and you spin the disc to change the volume. On the front of the pod, next to the headphones port, is the label 'MIN' and next to the microphone port is 'MAX'. Spinning the disc in either direction raises or decreases the volume as appropriate. Do be warned that if you do crank up the volume on this little baby, it's surprisingly powerful (and loud) but without compromising on sound quality (although degree of this actually depends on what you're listening to)!
As a set up, this volume control within the pod is incredibly easy to use, but sometimes it's just too easy and if you are just moving the control pod to one side it can be too easy to knock the volume control so that you then have to re-set it. This isn't really a niggle or a complaint, it's just something to be aware of. On the contrary to being a bad thing, if you are arthritic in your fingers or have problems with dexterity, this is an easier volume control to adjust yourself than many dials etc from radios and sound systems and I would recommend it from that aspect, particularly as the on / off also works by a sliding switch.
* Simple installation and easy connection to PCs, CD and MP3 players
Yes, no problems with this. The basic leads / jacks that you might need are supplied and any others that you may need seem to be readily available on Amazon.
* Available with EU (220V) or UK (240v) power supply
We have (and use) the UK adapter and generally we keep the system plugged in and ready to go, just turning it on and off from the control hub. However, I do suffer with ear problems and sometimes find that even with the control hub turned off, the amp box makes a gentle hum which, if my ears are playing up, really irritates me! At these times, unplugging the whole unit stops the humming! It has to be said that this isn't anything that anyone else in the family struggles with - it's just my ear sensitivity and of course it is easily remedied by unplugging the power, so don't let this put you off, just something to be aware of.
[If you do suffer with your ears in this way, you might be interested to know that my husband's 'Trust' speaker system that came with him into our marriage makes an even worse noise when just plugged in / on standby. The Trust one's in the living room and always has to be switched off unless it's actually playing music, so if your ears are an issue, this Logitech one is much more bearable out of the two].
* 3 year manufacturers guarantee
Well, I've had this set for just over that now and it's still going strong, despite our clumsy ways! When purchased back in 2008, this system was around £23 I think, so it's given me very good value for money just on a pay-per-use basis alone. When you also consider the sound quality that this system offers, and the fact that you can now by the whole thing for under £18 on Amazon, this system represents extremely good value.
In relation to cost per use and durability, extra info you might want to consider is that we do not have a TV or a 'stereo' system. All of our audio / visual entertainment comes from the computer, so these speakers do get used virtually daily in some form: listening to the news / music / watching a DVD etc, which I think says a lot about our use of these speakers and their reliability.
Finally, if you do like your music but your sound system is limited to listening to CDs, radio or Spotify on your laptop or PC (like us) then, as good as you think your PC / laptop speakers are, you'd be surprised about how much your listening experience would be greatly improved by the addition of these incredibly cheap, but fantastically cheerful (and tuneful) speakers and I'd thoroughly recommend them!
I bought these speakers last year to take to university with me and I have to say that I am very, very impressed with the sound quality, appearance and value I have got out of them. The sub-woofer can be very loud and is enough to rock out the entire floor on my house with a deep, thick, rich bass sound once I had adjusted settings. I have had no technical issues with them whatsoever, they were simply plug and play and easy to set up. My only gripe is the cable connecting the two smaller speakers together is a little short, which makes it hard to space them out, but it isn't a deal-breaker. If you're looking for the top end sound quality then I would suggest that the S220 isn't for you. It is fine for the casual music listener/gamer, but true audiophiles may feel there are better speakers on the market, which is very true. But as a set of every day use speakers with a nice bassy kick, the S220 is, in my opinion, unbeatable in terms of reliability and value for money. A great little set of speakers from a very reputable brand in Logitech.
Buy these, you won't regret it!
I have had this speaker system for over a few now after buying it when I read the reviews on this site. Basically please do not be fooled by the amount of watts, 9W is more than enough for a sub woofer, it will easily give out a clean bass which is heavy enough to shake the 1st floor when its on the ground floor (watch out for neighbours though). The speakers are fine but be warned that if they are used without the sub woofer they sound horrible. Even if you hate bass you will realise what you are missing if the table top speakers on their own are used. I bought this set for £16 and you shouldn't pay more than £20 for them otherwise you may as well go for the Logitech X-210's. Another good point is that although it emulates the bass of a home cinema system it is at a fraction of the size. It is around 16cm high which is tiny for a sub woofer while the table top speakers are even smaller but together they provide a rich harmony equal to a system worth at least five times more. You won't regret this purchase, a quality item from a brand name at a rock bottom price (please note that this is an OEM item therefore the packaging is plain and the instruction are limited but its simple to set up anyway).
I bought these as I needed a set of speakers for my computer.
I was looking for something quite cheap, but quite good and these fit that.
At around £15 (I bought mine from novotech) they are quite affordable. The small sub and 2 speakers are quite compact, and fit easily on and under (the sub) my desk. Plus points for they not being the nasty computer yellow grey - being black they wont show any marks, and are quite unobtrusive.
Ease of use:
Really easy to install drivers and set up, they have a volume control on a dial with the on off switch - the on off is a bit small and fiddly, and a dial on the back of the sub for bass.
For the price they are pretty good. No you wont get professional sound like sound engineers use, but they are decent, they give a nice full sound. I found that the louder volumes can sound a bit out - but this is only a basic system, look at the size of them - you aren't going to be djing with these things!
I'm happy using these with my PC, they are good for the money and have survived being knocked off my desk by my cats!
Because these speakers were cheap, I decided to get them. I wasn't exactly expecting anything amazing from them and they are alright at their job.
The sound from them was okay with normal audio from using the computer but lost that at the louder volumes they weren't so great, sounding a bit washy and lacked punch.
I suppose they're great as cheap speakers for a computer that is not intended for music or gaming. They are probably decent enough in general but when listening to music they didn't meet my needs.
It comes with a small control pod which you can use for on/off and changing the volume. Another thing is you could plug it into your TV for better sound if your TV has tinny small speakers like in some cheap lcd tvs. You get the obvious 3.5 for plugging into the jack of your computer television, iPod or other media player for example. The bass control is on the subwoofer.
For the price it's not bad but don't expect it to be amazing