68 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2009
Although these speakers are selling at a bargain, I feel that this product is a big let down from Logitech.
I wanted an affordable speaker to improve the terribly weak sound of my Acer Laptop. These speakers were barely any louder. It is still a pain to watch You tube from my laptop.
On top of that, there was a random humming sound coming out, even when it was not connected to my computer. Humming is quite normal at this price range, but the randomness was driving me crazy.
Worse still the power cable is so short (like 2 or 3 ft) that I had to buy an additional extension cable.
My previous Logitech S10 was much better louder at 2.5w each per channel. These speakers are rated 1.1w each.
Even the official Logitech website doesn't show this product anymore.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2008
These speakers are a handy little pair -- they put out decent quality of sound for their size and price, and the volume capacity is excellent for a one bedroom apartment. (You probably couldn't DJ any sweet rave parties with them, but I've yet to need to crank them up all the way, even for a few of my weirdly quiet DVDs, so I'd say they're plenty loud. They definitely beat out my in-laptop speakers, several times over.)
The bass isn't the most clearly articulated sound in the world; I haven't had any problems with fuzziness or crackling, or really anything that would distract from tv/video/movie viewing, but there's definitely a certain level of crispness that they don't achieve. If you're a really picky audiophile, though, you're probably not going to be buying $15 speakers, and for your basic "I want to be able to listen to things with a decent sound quality at a reasonably high volume" needs, they're great.
Also: if you knock them off of a table two days after you get them and they hit a wood floor and the front metal grill pops off, you can just snap the grill back in place, and they still work perfectly well. At least, in my experience.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2010
I purchased these speakers to use at work because I didn't need anything fancy. They worked fine for about 3 weeks until one day I turned them on and they made a constant loud buzzing noise. I tried other outlets and nothing worked. I noticed that some people were having the same issue. I guess you pay for what you get.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2009
After reading the reviews on Amazon, I chose these speakers. They were cheap, and people said they got pretty good sound. They were very easy to install, but beyond that, somewhat mediocre.
They're a marked improvement over my computer's (pitiful) installed speakers. However, their output in the bass range is next-to-nonexistent. When compared to my girlfriend's $35 X-230 Logitech speakers (which had impressed me and included a subwoofer), their range and clarity was lacking.
* Small price
* Small desk footprint (2.5x2.5'' base, ~6'' tall)
* Nice midrange response
* Audio distortion at higher volume
* Almost no bass range sounds
* Speakers easily tipped over
* Wires a bit short for my set-up
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2010
In hindsight it seems extremely unfair to expect a $10 pair of desktop PC speakers to have reasonably good sound, but based my excellent experience with the Creative T-20 desktop multimedia speakers, and the very high numbers of positive comments on the S-120s, that's exactly what I expected. The Logitech S-120s are essentially a self amplified low quality 2" tweeter in a lightweight plastic enclosure. The claimed 2.3 watts is highly suspect, and the stated 50hz to 20khz is simply a severe exaggeration.
For $10 the Logitech S-120s are a good buy on a fairly mediocre speaker. In fairness, they're a decent value and are clearly better than most of the PC/multimedia speakers that are often included in a PC package, but most of those are simply awful speakers that won't come close to satisfying a remotely serious listener. The S-120s are a step up to mediocre. This review may seem a little harsh considering the low price tag on the Logitechs, but had I read more realistic objective comments about the sound of these speakers, I would have passed on them, so I hope that someone gets a truer view of what they can and cannot do from these critical comments. There are undoubtedly legions of happy campers who own this little system, but you'll have to count me as a dissenter. On the positive side, they're small, easy to place, well constructed, and have an easy to reach on/off volume knob. If you have realistic performance expectations based on what these speakers really are, they'll be fine for many non-critical applications but there's no chance of these replacing a decent set of real audio speakers hooked to a real amplifier or receiver. Alas, the laws of physics remain unwavering! The S-120s reproduce sound with some minor semblance of realism, combined with a fair amount of not so surprising box noise and amplifier hiss. The end result leaves them sounding pretty much like any cheap boom box type radio/music player with poor clarity, weak bottom end, and no dynamic realism. Logitech does offer a version of these speakers with a subwoofer called the S-220 2.1 for ~ $25, which would add some weight to the bottom end, but won't cure the many other ills of the sound.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2009
For the price they are giving me what I wanted...basic sound out of my home office PC.
A word of advice to some that seem to have buzzing and humming problems. Lots of times you need to adjust the settings on your sound card (built in or otherwise) when switching speakers. Make sure you haven't got a simple setting that is making them sound bad. Mine sounded really lousy at first, gave a horrible echo and barely had any volume. I was about ready to trash them when I started looking at my integrated sound device's adjustments. I made a simple adjustment (went from some equalizer type setting to "none") and lo and behold, good sound!
So before you trash them, look at your sound card/device settings and experiment a little bit with them. It might just fix your problem.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2009
These speakers have a very shallow sound. I would rate the sound quality barely better than my laptop speakers which would make me question why I would pay for something that gives me almost the same sound? I guess I thought I would be getting more quality since these are Logitech speakers.
Not only was I disappointed with the sound, the construction of these speakers are extremely cheap. The cover of one of the speakers has fallen off within 3 months of purchase and the volume knob pulls off very easy. I was turning the speakers off and it just popped off! The vertical construction and light-weight also is a design flaw because the speakers fall over very easily. Turning the volume up or down can be a challenge unless done very precisely. I usually had to grab the speaker with my left hand as I adjusted the dial with my right.
Conclusion - If you're on a budget but want better quality sound than your laptop speakers, look to invest into models a little bit higher than this one because these speakers aren't worth the money.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2008
Very good value for your money. They are basic speakers, 6.5" high and about 2.5" wide and have a good weight to them. Good sound, no crackeling. Good cover and housing...I droped them off my desk onto my wood floor and nothing happened to them. In summary, great speakers for the money.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2010
Okay, I know it's true that one gets what they pay for...but Logitech's S120 2.0 Multimedia Speakers give that saying a truly unfortunate level of reality.
I bought these speakers for my Gateway P-7805u FX gaming computer...a computer that is wonderful in every way,.as long as you don't mind its exceptionally bad external speakers. I've frequently purchased Logitech products in the past, and I've always been very impressed with their value for the price, so I didn't hesitate to purchase these.
Imagine my dismay and disappointment when I plugged them in and...well, the Tin Man would be proud of the sound quality, but I'm not sure anyone else would. They are, in every possible way, an inferior buy. The lows sound tinny in the extreme, when you can hear them at all, and the speakers actually crackle and vibrate when any high notes flow through them, even at about half-volume. And speaking of volume: though there is a volume control on the speakers, which I appreciate, the maximum volume can hardly be said to fill the room...and I work in a small one.
I even plugged the speakers into my Siig USB Sound Card (a very good deal here on Amazon, by the way, at around $20.00), but it only made things worse; instead of being thin, crackly and tinny, the speaker sound was full-bodied, crackly and tinny. The only good thing to be said about these speakers is that they do well with the spoken word--IF you use a sound card with them. Also, though they've taken tumbles to the floor a number of times, they sound just the same. Of course, in this case, durability isn't really a plus.
I've owned cheap PC speakers before and not been this disappointed; in fact, I had a set of GE PC speakers that cost around the same as these, but delivered excellent sound quality. Unfortunately, as can be the case with GE's products, they became unusable after about six months of very moderate use, because the cord came loose inside the speakers.
I can only strongly recommend that you avoid these Logitech S120 2.0 Multimedia Speakers. Sure, they're only ten bucks...but why waste your money?
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2009
I bought these speakers for my computer at work and they worked great for a little more than a month. I came to work one monday and all I got when i turned em on was a really load buzzing noise coming from them. I tried unplugging them and changing power outlets with no success. I never turned them any louder than half volume and had them off the whole weekend prior to their breaking. Cheap speakers are cheap speakers I guess. Buyer beware.