- Brand Name: Logitech
- Model Number: 970223-0403
- Speaker Amplification Type: Active
- Speakers Maximum Output Power: 140 Watts
- Item Display Depth: 9.75 inches
Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System with Subwoofer
- Wired control centre
- 5.1 speaker system
- Matrix mode
- 40 Hz - 20 kHz Frequency Response
- Frequency Directed Dual Driver Technology
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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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I replaced a cheap 2.1 set of speakers, and this sub-woofer is much better sounding than what I had before. Of course you could get even better sound by spending a lot more money, but I believe these are a very good value.
Remember you might need to reconfigure Windows and/or your BIOS and/or your Sound Card for a 5.1 speaker setup. When you are properly setup, you do NOT need to turn on the "Matrix" feature. That is only needed when you connect it to a simple stereo source like a video game console. Your computer will "upgrade" your stereo music to a 5.1 signal when configured correctly, so like I said, you can leave the Matrix button turned off when connected to your computer.
The only negative, as others have shared, is the CABLES ARE SHORT. Add $15 to the price to include a trip to Radio Shack for some RCA extension cables.
I am stilling giving this a 5-start rating, since I knew about the cable length issue before I bought it.
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.
I've had these speakers for about three months now and they have the potential to be and sound amazing, however for one reason or another, they just aren't and don't.
The first annoying thing is the length of the satellite speaker cables. NONE of them are really long enough for their intended uses. The front left/right speakers only have about 6 feet of cable. If you put the sub woofer on the floor to the right or left of your desk, there isn't enough cable to run to the farthest left/right speaker. I had to purchase extension cables to make this work. The rear right and left speakers have much longer cables, but even these are only about 15 feet long. Again, if you place the sub woofer on the floor to one side of your desk, 15 feet isn't long enough to run back around a desk, then to some point behind the operator. These should be at least 25 feet long. Again, I had to use an extension cable to make the furthest rear speaker reach where I needed it.
When I first installed them, I felt like they didn't have as full a sound as my previous stereo speakers, but I chalked that up to the difference between a three speaker (two desktop, one sub woofer) system and this one. They sounded kind of "airy" and light, but some adjustments to my computer sound settings remedied most of that complaint. Now most of the time they're fairly clear, but very often any bass notes will cause distortion in the front right/left speakers. This is something I only noticed with extremely loud volumes in other speaker systems I've owned. At low volumes on music with no bass they sound great though....with one tiny exception...
I'm not sure why, maybe it's the extension cables, or just the fact that I've had to run the speaker cables in close proximity to my power cables, but I experience occasional popping in ALL the right/left speakers of this system. The center channel speaker doesn't seem to have this problem. The pops sound like I'm listening to music on an old LP that has become scratched. They are occasional and random, but frequent enough that they are a source of annoyance.
I wish I had another 5.1 speaker system to compare these to, but I'm not made of money and can't run out to buy another system to make a comparison. I purchased these on the generally good reviews I'd seen for them online and because they were reasonably priced with a good set of features. I use these speakers for listening to music, watching movies, and playing games. I'm willing to put up with the issues for now, but I'm probably going to replace them as soon as I can.
!!! Update - 12/24/2011 !!!
I know it's been a while since I reviewed these but there seems to have been a lot of discussion surrounding them so I wanted to give an update. I still haven't actually replaced these speakers at this time. While I stand by the comments I made at the time, I believe my overall opinion has changed some since then. I no longer notice the popping noise I intially described. I haven't heard it in quite some time but I suspect this is because I've since changed the mother board in my system and I'm not actually using the rear speakers at this time. My office space and living arrangements just don't support their use right now. Under these circumstances, the speaker system has been performing well for almost four years now. Long term durability and quality seem good, so these might be a good set of speakers to pick up if gently used. Looking back, knowing what I know now and with the perspective of 20/20 hindsight, I would probably purcahse these speakers again.
I'd like to thank everyone who commented on my review and added to the discussion. These sorts of discussions definately help me when I'm trying to decide on a purchase and I appreciate those of you who took the time to offer advice, ask questions, and generally respond in positive ways. Thank you!