* Prices may differ from that shown
If you want to add 5.1-channel surround sound to your computer without breaking the bank, Logitech's X-530 multimedia speaker system will do the trick. Four satellite speakers, a center-channel speaker, and a subwoofer that houses the system's amp comprise the X-530 ($79 list), which delivers adequate sound despite lacking the power and the clarity of more formidable 5.1-channel multimedia speaker systems.
The X-530's physical design is a mixed bag. Each of the average-looking satellite speakers has a black-plastic casing, a see-through black-cloth grille, and a built-in plastic desktop stand that swivels and conveniently converts into a wall mount. The matching, horizontally oriented center speaker can be placed on your desk or perched atop the monitor; it tilts up or down. A power switch, a 1/8-inch headphone jack, and a system-volume control sit below the drivers on the front-right satellite speaker. Logitech put the bass control down on the subwoofer, which requires you to hit the ground to make adjustments. Another annoyance: with the lightweight satellites set up on our desktop, we easily and frequently nudged them out of position every time we accidentally tugged on their cords.
The X-530's satellites and center speaker have dual 2-inch drivers. One produces treble and midrange frequencies, while the other produces only midrange, helping close the gap between the satellites and the subwoofer. The ported subwoofer uses one side-firing 5.25-inch driver. The X-530's 70 watts (RMS) of total system power are normal for its price point: 7.4 watts to each satellite, 15.5 watts to the center speaker, and the remaining 25 watts to the subwoofer.
The X-530's only audio inputs are the three analog miniplugs required to connect the speakers to a 5.1-channel PC sound card. Unlike some models, the X-530 doesn't have digital inputs or a jack for connecting a music source such as an iPod .
When we fired up Unreal Tournament 2004, the X-530's performance fell short of really gripping us. Although the rear speakers enhanced our ability to detect approaching enemies, the small, loose sub failed to make explosions feel threatening. That said, the satellites and the subwoofer blended exceptionally well, especially in making music sound full. Dialogue in the Jurassic Park DVD was reasonably clear, and the soundstage had enough depth to seem convincing. For more detail and openness, we would have preferred a slightly brighter sound overall.
The X-530 represents a good value for non-power users. Hard-core gamers and others who require serious bass will be better off stepping up to a more robust model, such as Logitech's Z-5500 .
I bought these Logitech X 530 speakers few years ago for around £120 to boost my HP laptops volume - for a better experience by watching movies and listening to music.
The design of these speakers is nothing amazing, I would say it is rather conservative. But to be honest, I was searching for something not "too wild" so these speakers have been quite a good fit to me. Each of the satellite speakers has a black-plastic casing and a built-in black plastic desktop stand. A Logitech logo is on top of each of these speakers. I used to put the small speakers on top shelf above my laptop and the big center speaker in the middle of them that the sound fills my whole room.
I tested the speakers for 3 different type of use:
1) Music - the sound was very clear
2) Movies - the overall sound is very good, however the dialogues could be sometimes clearer
3) Gaming - I tested this speakers with old NHL game and for me it did a quite good job. However I am not a gaming expert so I called my brother and asked him for his opinion. He told me that these speakers are not suitable for serious gaming - and I trust him since he develops and tests games daily. In his opinion the sound was not clear in all moments and did not give any vibration.
So in the end, I am very happy with these speakers and I still have them at home. I use them for watching movies and listening to music nearly every day. However for people who like gaming, I recommend to look somewhere else.
For the look, it is very nice black in colour and great looking design.
They go with anything black, so if you have a black monitor or PC they will go great. I'd recommend it to those people who do not want to spend $200 on a speaker system but still get good overall sound quality. It is very cheap for the price of AUD$89(which I bought at) as a 5.1channel with 5 speakers and a subwoofer.
Overall sound system is good. I feel that this design is good for most occassions like movies, musics, games..etc, but most of all it perfect suitable for gaming experience for that kind of price you paying. In terms o f playing games, great sound experience especially for actions, shooting, warcraft kind of games.
For movies, it is good enough but it could be better as the audio for conversation is abit lack. I hardly hear the conversation in the movie and turn up the volume but when comes to action part, it would be too loud. Seems like the surround, background, musics of the movie are being presented perfectly but just lack in conversation.
Overall for that kind of price of 5.1channel, good for gaming experience.
I am a very minimalistic person and I also love music. I absolutely hate having CD's, as I feel they take up far too much room, especially if I had every single album that I actually own. I got rid of all my CD's and my Hi-Fi a few years ago and decided to stick all my music on external storage drives instead, all my music on one little box. Laptop speakers arn't very loud so I needed something that was going to pack a healthy punch, something that would replace my old Hi-Fi. I looked around and these speakers seemed to fit the bill.
I purchased this set from amazon.co.uk two years ago for the princely sum of £69.99 and I haven't looked back since. Now they are down in price to £54.99, so you are getting a real bargain here. They arrived within a few days and they were well packaged.
<--What's in the Box-->
1 Sub Woofer - 25 Watt
1 Centre Channel Speaker - 15.5 Watt
4 x Satellite Speakers - 7.4 Watt
Audio Cables(Colour Coded)
2 Year Limited Warranty
When they came, I proceeded to set them up, the user manual was pretty self explanatory and with the colour coded cables it made the job really easy. All the speakers are fed into colour coded slots at the back of the sub woofer; Front Centre Speaker - Red cable, Front Left Speaker - White Cable, Rear Left Speaker - Yellow Cable and Rear Right Speaker - Black cable. The Centre Channel Speakers cable screws into the back of the sub woofer. The speakers then link up to either an external sound card(I highly recommend Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1, you can also purchase this from amazon for £64.99 + £6.95 delivery), or you can link them directly to your laptop or computers internal sound card.
The Centre Channel Speaker has a volume control and also has a headphone port(handy for if you want to really immerse yourself in the music or whatever you are listening to). The sub woofer has a dial for regulating the amount of bass coming through it, sometimes you really don't need too much bass. All of the speakers apart from the sub woofer have nice adjustable plastic stands to enable wall mounting(personally I prefer to hide speakers out of the way, rather than have them on display for all to see).
The system uses a Frequency Directed Dual Driver in the 5 satellite speakers to ensure there are no hot spots or quiet spots in the sound field, producing a nice rich sound field making your listening experience much more pleasurable.
The speakers also come with an adapter to allow you to hook them up to a games console such as; XBox or PS2/PS3 immersing you into the game. I haven't linked mine to a console, but I have played games like COD on my PC with the speakers linked up and the quality is so good, it's like you are actually part of the game.
I really love this speaker system, my laptop replaces my old Hi-Fi system and by linking my laptop to my T.V I really have that 5.1 surround sound cinema experience, I can stream movies and have fantastic sound quality in my living room for a nice reasonable price. The only downside to this system is the amount of wires that come with it, and they are very difficult to conceal, hence the reason at the side of my couch I have a spaghetti junction full of wires. I have had this system for two years now and I haven't had a single problem with it and I would imagine it will last for at least another two years and believe me, it does get used every day, where else could you purchase something for £54.99 and have it last as long as these speakers have in my house?
I purchased these speakers for my room from amazon. I wasn't expecting brilliant quality because of the price. I read a view reviews and thought they were worth a try. Amazingly they are the best speakers I have ever owned. The sound it so full and loud! The sub/bass box produces a wonderful bass tone that reverberates through your body! You can adjust the base level, even on its lowest setting you can still feel a nice thud thud.
I have hooked up my iPod to it and play music though it everyday. I know it's built to be a surround sound, but I works better as a music player. I have hooked it up to my tele a few times to play Ames on the ps3 through it. It really enhances the gaming experience. Also it connected straight into my DVD player and sounds very good.
For the price you are not going to get any better. It looks stylish and more expensive than it actually is. A few of my friends who I showed it too went out and bought it as well! So it must be good.
Occasionally though you will pick up random radio stations when it is switched off and it sounds like a ghost is in the corner of your room ( often they are French stations which is very funny). I would be interested to know if anyone else has come accross this too?
I paid £45 for them, which I believe to be an absolute bargain. I don't know why they are so cheap? Maybe there are better quality ones out there. But if you want cheap, chearfull and a whole lot of bass. Then these are the speakers for you!
I have suffered no technical problems with them as yet. I think there superb and would recommend them too you. If you buy them and you dont like them, you haven't wasted too much money, compard to buying an expensive surround sound kit and no liking them! I guarantee you will be happy with them, so give them a try.
Thanks for reading!!
I just sold my sony 2.1 speakers to buy the LOGITECH X 530 PC 5.1 dolby surround system.
I have never been happier about speakers before, there was always the problem about price against quality! The Logitech X 530 offer a great dolby 5.1 surround sound for your room.
I placed them around the room and i must admit that the sound quality is amazing!
The bass quality blasting through from the subwoffer is outstanding even though at times the speaker system sounds too bass heavy.
The wiring is long and allows the speakers to be placed nearly everywhere around a room!!
The treble from the 5 surrounding speakers is just great and overall they are very loud and clear.
So if you are looking for a decent speaker system with a 5.1 dolby surround for a low price then I entirely recommend these speakers.
Unfortunately there are a few disadvantages with the product:
1.At times the speaker can be too bass heavy.
2. An extra cable must be bought if wanting to connect the speakers to your lap top.
I have had these speakers for about 2 months now. They give fantastic sound quality, great bass and a good look. But when you turn the volume down to the very bottom or the very top on the actual speaker there can be some distortion. Also the wire for the back 2 speakers could have been a meter or so long which would have been a great feature. The volume control and the 3.5mm earphone jack are both great features and a really nice and easy to reach. The speakers are a excellent price and are miles ahead of some of the more expensive speaker systems from just a couple of years ago! Also the addition of the swiveling wall mount is a fantastic feature! Overall 8.9/10.
The Logitech X530 speakers are brilliant. A 5.1 surround sound set-up that definitely does a very good job at a very good price.
Mine was purchased from Currys digital for £59.99 and I had them since October and what a fine job they have done since. You get a Bass Box that acts as the power supply and allows all the other speakers to get connected to it in a all-in-one fashion. You will get two front speakers, two rear speakers and a central speaker. The rear speakers have longer wires so position would not be a problem.
Each speaker has a colour coded wire which goes into the back of the bass box, and the front right speaker has a serial connection which is also colour coded on the other end to go into your device (front,rear and c/sub connections). Since my laptop only has a headphone socket, I had to purchase an additional external sound card so I could input all the serial connections. This allows all the sound to come from all speakers. The front right speaker also has a headphone socket, volume control and a secondary power button. The Bass box has the main on/off switch.
The sound quality is amazing for the price, it is loud, crisp and very clear (as long as you have a good source audio mp3 etc). The Bass box has a bass controller which can be adjusted to suit your needs. The lows, mids and highs are on point with this system and does not disappoint at all with no distortion. I would however recommend not to put it to maximum volume along with maximum bass with certain sound since this could damage them in the long run.
If you are looking for a good quality system without spending hundreds, then definitely go for these.
While searching for good speaker sets on the internet, i came across a lot of them. I was considering to buy the Logitech X540 or the Z550 but since i was on a very tight budget, I went for this one.
I have to say it, Im still impressed by the sound quality it produces.
Why Logitech, you may ask?
Well, Logitech is one of the best companies around. They are efficient and they produce different type of products. I have been using the Logitech Mouse for a long time and it's still working today. Same for the Keyboard.
Of course Pioneer is The Best, in sound systems but it's price may not be affordable to everyone.
I paid around 90 Dollars (AUD) for my 5.1 system and since I dont have a 5.1 sound card in my Laptop, I had to buy a converter. It converts the Audio Cable ( Red and White) into a single 3.5mm Plug, which can be plugged in everything. The result it still delivers a 5.1 sound. The converter was 5 Dollars, So really, it was definately worth it.
Hope this helped someone with their purchase,
When I saw this 5.1 sound system in Currys for under £50. I was not sure if it would be any good.
But boy, was I shocked.
Setup is pretty simple I have a 5.1 sound card in my PC and I hooked it up.
The cables for the speakers are a good length, and I have set the system up in my bedroom. You have the ability to mount them to the wall or fix them to stands (sold seprately).
I went on YouTube and found a video of a speaker test and I listened to it the sound that was pumping through the speaker in the video was actually pumping really good.
And so was the sub on the 5.1 system. But I still needed to test the full range on the speakers.
I googled 5.1 sound test and found an .ac3 file which you can freely download to test the 5.1 range of your speakers.
I downloaded a few different types, ones with bass, ones without, just intrumentals, etc.
The sound was AWESOME! I have never had a surround sound system before, but the sound from this was amazing.
I was pleasantly shocked. So I then tested it with a DVD, I put my favourite Movies (Die Hard, Ghostbusters) on through my PC, and the sound was awesome.
I saw the plane landing and whizzing right past me at the start of Die Hard. It felt like I was on the runway.
The eriee ghoulish music in Ghostbusters added to the experience of what I was seeing on screen. I was transported into the movie.
The one problem I have is that the volume control is on the front right speaker. Making it diffcult for me to change volume settings.
Its not bad when I am using it with my PC as I can use the system volume or the program volume. But its a hassle when I connect the speakers to my Xbox.
Plugging the speakers to the xbox 360 is easy you get a converter which works really well, all you need to do is put the red and white phono connections into the converter.
The sound is just as good. It is breath taking to say the least.
I have also used the speaker system with a stand alone DVD player and the results are great with that also.
I cannot fault this system apart from the location of the volume control. Other higher versions of the Logitech speaker family have the sound control on a seprate wire that you can have on your desk.
But those system are not as good looking as this one.
I love it, its useful and once you have set it up. all you do is use it. No messing around. Good design, great output from this cheap and cheerful system.
Definately one of the best sound systems around and very versatile.
For around £50 you can have yourself fantastic 5.1 surround sound with these Logitech x 530 speakers. What you get are 5 satellite speakers; 4 to go in the various corners of your room, one to sit in front of you. As well as this you get a small, but not insubstantial subwoofer unit. The speaker sitting to your right contains the on/off switch, a knob for adjusting the volume and also a port into which you can plug a set of headphones. The subwoofer has a knob allowing you to adjust the bass level.
I originally bought these speakers for my newly built desktop computer, and found setting them up a tad difficult. This is because the colour coordinated jacks on the speaker wires didn't match those on my motherboard, but after a bit of playing around I cracked it. Since then I've moved off to university and now use this speaker set with my laptop. The speakers connect easily and have the added benefit of being able to fit inside my suitcase; they are nice and portable.
With regards to performance, these speakers are powerful. Offering 70 watts of power, you dare not turn the volume up full. If you do however then the sound quality is perfect and without the crackle you might usually expect from lesser quality speakers. The subwoofer manages to displace a lot of air, creating powerful, powerful bass. The only issue I have with these speakers is that the wires are not shielded and so pick up electrical interference and sometimes foreign radio stations. This isn't a major problem however.
These are budget speakers with plenty of decibels for your money, there aren't any fancy things like multiple inputs, or a remote, but intended for use as surround sound for your computer these are features' not really necessary.
I have always been a fan of Logitech for PC components, as I am yet to purchase one of their products that doesn't feel like it is built to last. These speaker's are certainly no exception, having a good "weight" to them they feel like they cost significantly more.
For a 5.1 surround sound system setup is an easy (if messy) process, just a case of plugging all cables into the back of the subwoofer, and then the audio cable from the front-right speaker into the source device. This is another sign that it isn't intended for use on anything other than a computer, given that audio is routed through one of the "satellite" speakers, which ideally would not be placed very closely to the audio source. Another thing to note is that the cables for the rear speakers are not very long, approximately 2-3 metres, in order for me to get them where I wanted I had to purchase an extension cable, although this was only a few quid from eBay.
The part that matters most to me is sound quality, I'm certainly no audiophile, but I appreciate good quality audio. When plugged into any audio source the quality is crystal clear, you can hear even the smallest things, which low quality speakers often muffle out. Even at high volumes there is no distortion, which is a true sign of their quality in my opinion.
As I have mentioned these are primarily intended for use with a desktop computer, but supplied is an adaptor allowing for you to plug in virtually any device (with the red & white phono plugs) into them, and the speakers will allow for you to listen to this audio in stereo mode, with all speakers in use. This is a mode which I prefer as often unless applications are designed with surround sound in mind only the front 2 speakers are used, which I suppose technically is correct, although it is more desirable for all speakers to be used (even if it is just to get your moneys worth!).
I currently have these setup with a TV, it is when switching between built in speakers and these that you really notice a difference, the bass is much clearer (without being overpowering ... unless you turn it up), and the overall sound is much more pleasing to listen to.
I'd say these are worth a try to anyone who wants big sound on a budget, despite me usually using them in a non-surround mode, they also offer good sound with their intended 5.1 setting.
The Logitech X 530 are very decent 5.1 speakers for the price. They boast 6 units in all comprising of a right and left speaker, a right and left rear speaker, a centre speaker and a larger subwoofer which is supposed to be placed on the floor anyway for better quality bass sound output.
Connecting the right wires is a snap as they all fit into colour coded slots that are pushed into the back of the sub woofer.Connecting the cables directly to the pc is slightly more tricky as the colours from the back of your soundcard are not easily recognizable. (pink looks like orange to me). Talking of soundcards, to get the most from these speakers your soundcard must support 5.1 sound or above otherwise you will not get full functionality from all the speakers.
Volume adjustment and headphone jack are sited on the front right speaker, as is the "on/off" button.
The sound quality from the speakers is certainly powerful enough for any home pc with hardly any distortion noticed even at its highest volume setting. There is also a volume control at the back of the sub woofer but it is advisable not to turn this up too much as then the bass can sound severely distorted so keep it to a minimum and you will have no problems.
Some people complain of the rear speakers not sounding as loud as the front set of speakers. I do not think that they realise that they are not supposed to sound as loud, because they are rear speakers and are intended to pick up certain background noises only, leaving the front speakers to receive most of the sound and volume. That is the whole idea of 5.1 surround sound. If the front and rear picked up exactly the same level of sound and noise then it wouldn't be 5.1 sound would it!You might just as well get 2 pairs of normal speakers and wire them up into the four corners of your room!!!! It would hardly be surround sound in the truest sense of the meaning now would it.
The speakers themselves are housed in what seems a good quality, semi glossy plastic finish with a nylon mesh covering the front of the speakers. The only trouble with this is that they collect a lot of dust!
Apart from that I would say that these were pretty faultless in every other respect.
I bought these Logitech P.C theatre speakers a couple of months ago for my University room. You might think that is over the top but I totally love my music and couldn't help it.
I bought the speakers from P.C world for only £36.00. How did I get them that cheap? Well I reserved the speakers online for £39.99 then I went into store with my 10% off voucher and got them for £36.00. This was a total bargain as they are being sold for £74.99 in currys and £39.99 on Amazon.
The speakers are very heavy when packaged (9kg) and 8kg when unpackaged. In the box there are four satellite speakers, one centre channel speaker and one subwoofer. The speakers are made of thick plastic, soo thick that I don't think they would break easily if you dropped them, so they are good quality.
These speakers can be used on many media items and games consoles e.g. xbox, ps2, mp3 players, ipods, mobile phones, keyboard, Laptop etc. I mainly use the speakers on my laptop, keyboard, mobile phone and mp3 player.
Setting up the speakers is pretty easy as the speaker's cable are colour coded on the end to tell you were it goes on the subwoofer. Even if you are not a technical person you would still know what you are doing as you plug each speaker on the back of the subwoofer according to its colour. If you get really stuck in setting up the speakers, the manual is always there to help you out.
The only problem is that the Audio cable (the one which has white and red on the end and has a 3.5mm jack on the other end) is not provided which allows you to use the audio adapter which is provided in the box. The audio cable is pretty important with these speakers for the reason that all the speakers won't work at the same time without it, therefore will not be able to produce the maximum 140watt sound. Some audio devices with the 5.1 soundcard might enable all the speakers to work, if your device doesn't have this all you need to buy is an audio cable with a 3.5mm to plug into the headphone jack of your device.
The speakers can be wall mounted so I have actually put three of the speakers on the wall and the other three on my desk. However, before you can wall mount the speakers you will need to rotate the stand of the speaker first so that it goes on the mounting position. Rotating the speakers is rather easy, although they only rotate one way (to the right hand-side).
The cable on the speakers are pretty long, I would say the cable is about two metres long on each speaker except the subwoofer (which has a smaller cable). The sound that comes out of the speakers when connected is phenomenal.
The subwoofer totally rocks, and handles the bass very well, you can even turn up the subwoofer volume to increase the bass without any distortion. However, I must if the song you are listening to has too much bass the sound could get distorted, to avoid this you just have to turn down the subwoofer volume.
The speakers have a 3.5mm headphone jack for personal headphones. I have found this useful when I want to listen to my music around midnight or early mornings when my housemates are still sleeping.
I will definitely recommend these speakers to those who love music. As a University student I have found them helpful as my laptop doesn't produce enough sound. The speakers are loud enough to fill up a whole house and you could still hear them from outside. The two year guarantee totally gives me a peace of mind though I am not covered against accidental damages.
Of course these speakers would have been better if there were wireless and had a remote control but for the price I got them for, I wouldn't really complain. The speakers looks good and produces excellent sound even when you connect them to something as small as an I pod shuffle.
--- The speakers only come in black and cannot be bought in any other colour.
---The speakers come with a two year manufacture warranty (does not cover accidental damages).
---The speakers do not have a microphone jack.
---The nominal output of the speakers is 70watt but the maximum output is 140watt.
---They can be bought from many electrical shops but I recommend that you check amazon and PC World Online before purchasing anywhere else.
Nowadays market of computer speakers is very large as most of companies try to make them work either on other platforms. Creative x530 is only one of them and does it perfectly.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you are looking for a home theatre speaker system under £50 this is the one for you. That is the price I paid for them.
* Product Type: PC multimedia home theatre speaker system
* Media Type: 5 speakers, subwoofer
* Speaker Type: Active
* Nominal Output Power (Total): 70 Watt
* Audio System Max Output Power: 140 Watt
* Media Included Qty: 40 - 20000 Hz
* Audio Amplifier: Integrated
* Connectivity Technology: Wired
* 4 x satellite speaker - 7.4 Watt, 1 x centre channel speaker - 15.5 Watt and a massive 25 Watt subwoofer
Very easy. After unpacking all satellites, connected them to sub woofer, this one to pc and that's it. Installed easily software, reboot system and till then did not have to do anything else with them.
When playing music you can make them work as stereo or reselected up mix. Can change balance between front and rear speakers and adjust each one's volume. They've done seriously huge impression on me. Music is clear and thanks to double channel mode on satellites sound seems to be even fuller of bass.
I have them connected to Creative Audigy 7.1 sound card and have to give them the biggest note for everything, They are wall mountable (even when on the wall, base is still adjustable so you can direct them on you), design is nice, installation very simple.
They are so loud (even thought do not lose quality) that have never turned them to maximum.
Great stuff, so if you are looking for a proper speakers to play your games, watch DVD I can highly recommend them.
Please don't forget to rate this review.