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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price range, not spectacular though, October 21, 2009
This review is from: Logitech Speaker System Z323 with Subwoofer (Personal Computers)
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Having owned several speaker systems through the years and generally finding the Logitech series a bit on the bassy side overall, I was excited to be able to test out the new Z323 set to see how their systems have come along.

Comparison speakers:
Creative Labs SBS260 (~$30), Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 THX (~$400)

Sound Tests:
Music: Janice Ian - Breaking Silence, Eagles - Hotel California (Live - Hell Freezes Over) both FLAC
Games: World of Warcraft, Plants vs. Zombies (because I can!)
Movies: Fifth Element (Opera scene), Top Gun (first dogfight)

Sound Card:
Creative Labs X-Fi, default Windows sound control panel applet

Music Test:
I like using both the Janice Ian and Eagles song because both songs have a very high fidelity requirement. The bass should be punchy but not overwhelming and the treble in the instruments should be clear and sharp. Having a good sound system will also make a world of difference when hearing the vocals.

The Logitechs performed much better than the Sound Blasters (as expected), the sub providing much more "oomph" than the built in woofer in the smaller SBS260's. When compared to the Klipschs' though, the sound quality was noticeably lacking in the clarity department. The treble and higher notes were reproduced relatively faithfully, although the depth of the vocal range felt very flat and limited. What was particularly noticeable however, was the bass bleed. First, the subwoofer had to be turned down to at least half-power in order to stop bass-distortion, but even at that point the bass was very "thuddy". Within the song "Hotel California," the bass drum should strike and feel like a quick blow to the chest, however the Logitech's produced a sound akin to being hit by a hollow funnel bat - a reverberation of bass. So as an example, a bass drum note which ideally should have been about 0.3s long was more like 0.5s long because of the bleed.

Game Test:
Neither World of Warcraft nor Plants vs. Zombies really uses surround sound in their gaming products like some other games (Doom 3 springs to mind), however for the immersion effect, the Z323's worked well enough. While I won't go so far as to say that it felt like I was in Azeroth fighting the Scourge horde, the sound was clear enough to serve its purpose. You could set the Z323s up in a room, turn them up and forget about anything outside that little world.

Movie Test:
Again the fuzziness of the speakers and the bass bleed came into the forefront with the movie test. If you're planning on watching movies at around half volume, these speakers aren't bad, but they're definitely not the first choice for building a media center type PC (unless you're just streaming from the PC, of course). The "surround" aspect of the speakers was firmly planted in the "not bad" area, but not really excelling. These speakers sound immersive for being a 2.1 system, but don't buy the hype that these will replace a true surround system.

In the sub-$100 range, these speakers aren't bad at all. There aren't too many speakers on the market right now in the $50-80 price range that can truly be called awesome speakers - including these. While these may not be an amazing speaker, they are above adequate. That being said, if you're just looking for a cheap pair of speakers to get sound that's better than the ones built into your monitor, there are cheaper alternatives available which produce sound not too far off from these. On the flip side of the coin, these speakers are not the ones to get if you're looking to build PC to watch movies on or play environmentally immersive games (nor if you're just an audiophile, but I suppose that's implied).

These speakers are a good choice for users who have limited space available and don't plan on playing their sound on very high volume (like apartment dwellers or kids computers).
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Initial post: Jun 19, 2013 11:19:44 AM PDT
Ragnar says:
So what speakers would you recommend for 2.1 PC speakers? You mentioned that there are cheaper alternatives that are almost as good, or that there are better options within the price range, so could you say what those alternatives and options are?

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2015 11:48:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 2, 2015 11:50:03 PM PDT
W. Rose says:
For PC Speakers they will be okay, but the 4 inch down firing sub is a sissy compared to other 2.1 setups. If Logitech were still making the X-220 I would recommend it hands down over these. Personally i would splurge and get the Logitech Z623 speakers. A lot of it depends on what you are looking for though.
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