Product Type: Logitech in PC Speakers
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More than you'd think for the money: surprising sound quality for the size of these speakers!
Member Name: PlaysNicely
Advantages: Amazing value for money and brilliant sound quality; highly recommended
Disadvantages: Control hub is small and easily knocked (but has shown great durability)!
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!
Summary: If you need a set of speakers but don't have much cash, these are seriously worth considering!