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I came across a very low priced set of speakers a few weeks ago which had a name on them that I had heard of before, in fact I have used some of there products in the past and found them to be quite good quality. The company I am talking about is in fact called Logitech, with the speakers themselves being given the name 'Z320', (I know, great name of what..? I'd have gone for something like the 'Logitech duo curve' to give them a more 'sexier' name)
Anyway, as I said, these speakers were a bargain, too much of a bargain for me to walk past, even if I didn't really need them to be honest, although my old speakers have had their day and, even though they still work, they have collected so much dust that they can give out more crackles than snap and pop.
Before I go any further I have to tell you that these are speakers that are designed for connecting to a PC, so you have to remember that these aren't night club style speakers, in fact if you tried using these in a night club you'd probably be frowned up on, or maybe even committed to a padded room with no view. These speakers are just for things like listening to your favourite music tracks as you tap away on that best seller your working on.
Anyway, the speaker units themselves aren't massive, being approximately 90mm wide by 90mm deep by 200mm high and weigh in at less than 700grams each, with each one having what is called an integrated audio amplifier, giving out 5 watts per channel, (10 watts in total).
They are not wireless speakers so they have to be a certain length from the PC they will be attached to, but the wires are about 2 metres in total so it does give you a bit of scope.
Each unit has two speakers installed into each of them, one aiming forwards with the second emerging from the rear, which gives out more of an all round sound whether you are in front or behind the speakers.
They do need an external power supply, which will take about 3watts an hour when in use,
Setting it up is as easy as connecting the 3.5mm jack from the speaker into the headphones port of you PC and the plug the power adapter of the speakers into the mains supply, then your done, you just have to position your speakers where ever you want, with-in reason anyway as the wire will restrict your distance, and away you go.
They look pretty good, almost stylish, making them quite suitable for many tables, shelves or office desks, with there shiny black cover and grey sides, curving away at the top. The speakers themselves are situated more to the top of the speaker houses with the volume knob near the base of the right one, or left one depending which side you put them. Then, this same speaker, also has a 3.5mm stereo jack for headphones on the side of it and a little orange/yellow light just above the volume knob to let you know the speakers are on.
The sound quality, which does depend a lot on the quality of the music recording itself, is pretty good, although in certain circumstances it can sometimes come across a little weak, especially when trying to listen to those more 'bassey' sounds. This is mainly due to the fact that there's no sub woofer, so this does spoil certain types of music.
As for other types of sounds, well, again it's a bit of a hit and mix scenario, with some music sounding a bit sluggish whilst others sound muffled, but at a reasonable level they did give a pleasurable listening experience without any of that really annoying distortion. Although when some tracks were put on at full pelt it did feel like the speakers were on the verge of splitting wide open considering the sound they were making, and we're not talking the sound from the music being played either.
The volume can be turned up or down by a simple turn of the volume knob, with the entire thing being turned off by turning the volume knob all the way anti-clockwise.
There is no bass control on these speakers so if it's that 'thumping' sound that you're after then these aren't the ones for you, but they are loud nether the less.
To be honest, the sound quality of any speakers is down to the track being played and the level they are being played at, but with these simple to use speakers once you find that right level the sound pretty good indeed. It is certainly good enough for back ground music but once you try to out do your neighbours in a 'who can play the loudest tunes' competition, you'll sadly fall flat on your face if you use these ones.
And, which is a useful addition, the little headphone socket is ideal if you want to listen to S-Club 7's greatest hits without your teenage kids laughing at you and telling their mates about it.
As for the price, well these speakers normally sell for around the £35.00 region, which for the style and the sound quality is quite good value for money. They're not too big, yet not too small and will sit happily on any shelf without seeming out of place.
As I said I managed to bag mine at a bargain price, which was just under £15.00, which is why I couldn't let these ones sit on the shelf as I walked past. But would I have paid the full £35.00 for them... yes I guess I would as I like the look of them and find the sound good enough for what I need.
I was originally given these speakers as a Christmas present to replace my own, hand-me-down speakers and i must say, i absolutely love them!
If you're looking for something that is easy to set up and simple to use then these will be absolutely perfect for your needs. The setting up of these speakers is as simple as plugging them into a power socket, into your computer and then you're on your way to some awesome sound.
You have an option to turn the speakers On and Off whenever you like which is integrated into the volume switch. You simply turn the switch clockwise to adjust the volume higher and turn counter-clockwise, right to the end, to turn them off. With some speakers you have an extra switch to adjust the bass which you DO NOT get with these speakers, however, the sound itself is very impressive; i hardly ever go past the halfway point on the volume, it's that loud!
The speakers itself have a very sleek, elegant and simplistic look to them which will fit in with any modern household. They are very compact and fairly light to handle too, so they can fit nicely on the desk without the hassle of finding extra space for them. There is also a headphone port available on the side of the speaker in case you don't want to disturb others in the room and listen to music in your own comfort.
Overall these speakers are an all round beauty. They're cheap, simple to use, easy to set up, stylish and produce some fantastic quality sound. I would definitely recommend buying these speakers, they're brilliant! :)