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Good Price/Mediocre Speakers,
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This review is from: Logitech S120 2.0 Multimedia Speakers (Personal Computers)
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.
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Initial post: May 14, 2012 11:22:29 AM PDT
I have a similar pair of speakers made by a different company. The problem with them is that they actually pick up a radio station from somewhere and this background noise messes with the computer sound output!! I'd like to buy a new pair, but I fear having the same problem. Would you care to Comment?
In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 3:21:45 PM PDT
We haven't had a radio interference problem with the Logitechs (I just don't think they sound all that good). It's hard to predict how they'll respond on your setup in your radio broadcast area....both are variables. The interference could be related to the amplification circuitry.
Posted on Jun 1, 2012 6:09:07 AM PDT
David A. Derolph says:
Reviews that criticize speakers that cost $10 while at the same time acknowledging that the speakers are a good value, which they are, always seem ill-thought to me. There's no basis for a 3-star rating here.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 7:13:37 AM PDT
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Price aside, speakers that sound like this shouldn't be getting rave reviews about how wonderful the sound quality is, but dozens of glowing reviews claiming great sound are exactly what set my expectations so high. Its subjective to a large degree, but getting terrific sound from a low cost plastic computer speaker is admittedly a lofty and unrealistic expectation....I should have known. Even if you're happy with the purchase, let's at least try to keep descriptions of the sound objective....these little speakers are average at best, which is to be expected. The main purpose of my review was to try and give would-be buyers some realistic insights about what to expect from the sound of these inexpensive speakers. Mission accomplished. The purpose of your comment, I'm less certain about.
Posted on Feb 12, 2015 7:33:49 AM PST
I appreciate your candor, and think you're review is dead on. If you need generic "sound" on a $10 budget, these will do the trick. If you want great sound for entertainment purposes, you'll likely be disappointed. They are what they are, and they perform like what they are....
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