Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System with Subwoofer
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- Wired control centre
- 5.1 speaker system
- Matrix mode
- 40 Hz - 20 kHz Frequency Response
- Frequency Directed Dual Driver Technology
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Whether you're into games or movies, you have to have great sound to totally immerse yourself into the experience and that's what you get from Logitech's X-540 speaker system. The FDD2(Frequency Directed Dual Driver) technology produces a uniform sound field anywhere in the room. A ported, down-firing sub-woofer moves massive amounts of air for a powerful bass response.
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Logitech X-540 5.1 Speaker System
Take your game to the next level with surround sound so rich and detailed, you can hear your enemies before they hear you. With this 5.1 surround sound system on your side, you'll hear every footstep and where the bullets are flying from. Frequency Directed Dual Driver satellite speakers and a thundering subwoofer create a three-dimensional soundstage that envelops you and immerses you in the action. From crisp clean highs to deep thumping bass, this is everything you need to go from playing the game to feeling like you're actually in it.
5.1 surround sound for an intensified game and movie experience
Matrix mode transforms classic games from stereo to surround sound
Ported down-firing subwoofer gives you deeper, booming bass
Control pod with headphone jack puts sound control at your fingertips
Versatile mounts let you customize your setup
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Power input cord: 6ft 6in (to sub)
Wired remote: 5ft 6in (from sub)
Audio input: 6ft 2in (Three 3.5mm male stereo jack plugs on each end; green (front); black (rear); orange (center+sub)
Center speaker: 7ft 2in
Front speakers: 5ft 3in
Rear speakers: 14ft 2in
There is also an 8in adapter with a green stereo socket on one end, red and white female RCAs on the other (for use with a video game console).
If you only have a single stereo output to feed these speakers you will only get sound out of the two fronts and the sub, unless you select matrix. Personally I find the matrix mode artificial sounding and hard to listen to, but it seems a waste to only use two of the five speakers so I piggy-backed two one-to-two stereo adapters to make three outputs and plugged in the green, black and orange input plugs (somebody suggested a Radio Shack Boostaroo, but I think that requires batteries - I get plenty of output with the passive one-to-three split). The rear speakers can then be placed alongside the front speakers and the center speaker puts out the sum of the two stereo channels. This gives a very acceptable sound when plugged into the headphone output of the TV and volume can be set with the TV remote. This sound is very much better than the sound from the TV speakers. After going through the experimentation to arrive at this setup I am very happy with this purchase.
A google search found this, [...] and a post from a Logitech rep said to check the subwoofer near the cord and it would list the voltage. Mine said 110V 60Hz so I'm good.
Now on to the speakers themselves. I've only had them hooked up for a few hours but so far they sound good using onboard audio. I bought them to replace an 10+ year old set of Cambridge Soundworks 4.1 speakers. Those are still working fine but I wanted to go to 5.1 and these Logitech speakers were a good price. I also went with this model due to the center speaker being designed to be placed on top of an LCD monitor. That is where I placed mine and it seems more than steady enough to not have to worry about it falling or coming loose.
I too have to suggest getting RCA extension cables. I already had 2 for the rear from my previous speakers so I was fine there but the cable on the left front speaker wasn't long enough for me even though IMO the speaker isn't that far from the sub. I was short by around 2 feet. Luckily I found a cable and female adapter in one of my boxes of random cables so I don't have to make a trip to the store tomorrow.
I definitely recommend these, just realize you might need some extension cables.
Does that mean they're bad? Absolutely not.
I'm a solo recording artist, and love listening to music. I game on occasion, and watch movies all on my desktop machine. These speakers won't work as cheap monitors for recording (I've got a nice set of Audio-Technica cans for that), but they WILL work for casual media consumption (read: Your average guy who wants 5.1 surround). The sound isn't colored too much, unless you activate the Matrix feature. Overall, things sound pretty tight, and the subwoofer doesn't get muddy as long as you're seeking a well balanced sound.
The volume control is nice and smooth. Also, those who complain about shorter speaker cables must have a pretty stretched-out setup; I had no problems with cable length, and still have plenty of slack.
The mounting options are equally good, especially the center mounted speaker.
My biggest gripe is the waste called matrix mode; it really isn't that useful, and is more a gimmick than anything else. To my ears, it sounds more like a stereo widener than anything else, passing extreme left and right channels to the rear speakers instead. Still, I didn't buy it for the feature, so it's a minor gripe regardless.
Another minor gripe I have is that the volume control remote is hard-wired to the sub; my previous speakers (some old Creative 4.1 setup) had a removable connector, which made transportation a little easier.
The sound quality is pretty good. It's not audiophile-level quality, but is better than I expected in this price range. I also like the control pod, which is a must in a modern speaker set. The pod also has a headphone jack, but I end up using the one on the computer itself. If I'm playing a game and have it configured for 5.1, the center channel doesn't get mixed into the stereo that the headphones use. If I plug into the computer directly, it mixes the center channel into both L and R.
Cables are plenty long enough for my use, which is a desktop speaker system. I would not use this for a TV unless it were in a small space. Besides, you're better off with a real audio receiver and speakers in that case.
It does NOT have a digital audio input. It does, however, include three stereo cables (front L/R, read L/R, and center/sub). So you would be hard-pressed to find something other than a computer to plug this in to.
Even with the minor nits to pick I give this five stars, simply because I bought it for a specific purpose and it excels at that purpose.
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I have these. My bass speaker has a huge rip in it, but it still sounds fine.Read more