Product Type: Logitech in PC Speakers
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Make your PC go WOOF...
Logitech Z 323
Member Name: spiritwood
Logitech Z 323
Advantages: Great sound for pc speakers, decent bass, good value.
I wanted something with a bit of juice, so that I could enjoy music as I worked. It was also important that the speakers were not "tinny" and that they had a reasonable bass response.
There are so many speakers to choose from for computing, but I really wanted one that came with a subwoofer. As the speakers were going to live full time in my kitchen they needed to be small enough to fit in on my shelves, and going by the size spec of these on Amazon they would be perfect.
The speakers arrived very quickly in a big box which was cleverly packed. Using cardboard and none of those annoying packing peanuts that fly everywhere, these were slotted into the packaging like a jigsaw. It took a bit of wiggling to get everything out of the box but there was less packaging fuss to worry about afterwards which is always good.
I remember looking at all of the wires and feeling a bit of an "oh my God" sensation but the kit was actually easy to put together despite all of the bits that come with it.
The first thing that struck me about these was that they were smaller than I expected. Yes I had seen the measurements but they looked small, especially the subwoofer. I also noticed how attractive they looked. The front of the two smaller speakers are a shiny black plastic which contrasts with the matt of the casing and makes them look very smart. Each speaker came with a protective plastic film over the speakers themselves and the holes in the casing.
This set comprises 2 speakers plus subwoofer. The subwoofer is boxy and has 4 chunky rubber feet for stability which you will be grateful for later on...
One of the smaller speakers has the volume control and a little light showing whether it is on or off. The other matching speaker just bears the Logitech logo. Simple and uncluttered. The base of both of the smaller speakers have little rubber pads for feet to stop them flying about during a particularly loud and raunchy rendition from Daniel O'Donnell....
I jest. These were bought more or less specifically for my Reggae obsession which needs a decent bass response.
FLAPPING FLIES AND ANNOYING CHILDREN:
I found the cable between the two satellites to be long enough to place the speakers at a great angle for optimum sound so this was good. Some speakers come with very short wires which is frustrating. The boxy subwoofer has an omnidirectional bass sound and has a hole at the front to carry the bass. When loud, this thing puffs out air in time to the bassline which can be fairly amusing initially when you are busy typing, and you feel like a fly is flapping about your face....
The two smaller speakers also have these "portholes" which are surrounded in a shiny grey plastic. The perfect size for lego as I have found to my cost, so do site these away from annoying children...
WIRING AND CONNECTION:
All three speakers come together to connect via one very simple wire into the 3.5 jack on your PC. There is one thick power cable to connect the subwoofer up to the mains. The sub also has leads to connect up the two satellite speakers which are connected together but a longer and thicker cable.
The back of the subwoofer has a good selection of additional input sockets and a bass volume knob and an aux input (standard red and white).
An added bonus of these speakers is that on the right casing of the satellite speaker with the volume knob, you will find two extra jacks- one for headphones and one to connect up an mp3/iPod/phone etc.
These speakers offer a 360 degree sound which is excellent when you place the speakers well, and it really brings the music alive.
Logitech list their subwoofer as being "ported and down-firing" which they state gives a rich bass. I found that despite the low wattage compared to my various sound systems throughout the house, this did deliver on the blurb. The bass is very much a feature of these, so if you love a bit of Reggae like me, you will love these. I imagine they would also be great for dance music but I am far too old for all of that malarky.
The Logitech Z323 subwoofer dual RCA jack and a 3.5mm jack can be used alongside a Logitech squeezebox network, gaming console, DVD player or iPod. There is also a handy headphone jack.
The whole set is not overly heavy or cumbersome, weighing in at 1.2 kg all in.
As with any system it is important to position these well for optimum sound. The big subwoofer needs to have space around it and not be shoved too close to a wall. Incorrect positioning can cause distortion and will certainly dampen down the sound quality. Also ensure that the surface that you place the sub on is flat...
Positioning of the two satellites is also important because they are rear firing, and therefore require placement near or against a wall/ shelf back to project the sound. I only have one of mine against a flat wall and they sound great, but for "proper" set up, both should be this way.
The sound from this speaker set is nice and crisp without being tinny or too" trebley", the bass subwoofer balancing out and enhancing the sound very well. The bass knob comes in very useful because if you have it up too high then it will vibrate and make a big racket so you will need to adjust this to the style of music that you are listening to. I have also found it useful to adjust the EQ in Windows Media/ phone/ mp3 etc to get the best sound possible.
For the sound quality and the price, this is a very good set of decent speakers. They look good and have a good rich sound with adjustable bass. Although only 6w, these are louder than most PC speakers that can come in at a paltry 2w, and they do kick out a good noise.
Satellites: 20.3 cm x 8.7 cm x 13.5 cm
Subwoofer: 22.1 cm x 15 cm x 18.2 cm
Driver Type: 5.1 cm concave dome driver 10.2 cm down-firing dome driver
Driver Unit: Dual drivers for omnidirectional acoustics
Input Connection: Stereo RCA 3.5 mm primary input 3.5 mm auxiliary input
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
Wattage 6 watts
A super speaker set which is an excellent step up from the standard two low output standard PC speakers. Lots of features and connectivity inbuilt in a nice, smart casing. I am very happy with these and for the price consider them to be a bargain.
Logitech Z323 speakers are available for £34.99 from Amazon (with free postage).
Summary: Great sound for a great price.