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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [10.18.05]
Manufactured by: Logitech


The Satellites

The satellites are driven by a single 2.5" driver that supplies both mid-range and high-end response. It is very rare to find a computer system that seperates the two well, so the compromise that Logitech used appears to be the best one for now. The speakers are front ported which are ideal when you have the speakers placed close to the wall as a rear ported system would boom more. In any case, these ports do help with sound levels a little.

To the rear of the speakers are plastic clips that hold speaker wires in place. The system comes with a set of 18 gauge cables that will do the trick nicely. The speaker stands are unfortunately not adjustable. You can remove them to mount on your own stands, but that's about as much as adjusting as you will do.


The a typical home theatre setup, the center channel would have two woofers with one tweeter in order to be able to play at the levels of the other surrounds. The fact that it most commonly carries the voice channel makes it one of the most important speakers during movies. Because cramming two woofers on a center was not the most practical of things to do, Logitech decided to add an additional port to help with response during movies.

Of all the speakers, the center channel is the only one that can be tilted up and down.

Finally, we have the piece de resistence. For some, routing cables to the rear speakers can be incredibly annoying and so Logitech decided that they would make some wireless ones. Each of the rear speakers has a small amp built into it along with a wireless reciever to provide the wireless capabilities. Each of these speakers requires its own power plug, but apart from that, no additional setup is needed.

The transmitter operates on the 2.4ghz frequency which is the same as many wireless devices along with certain microwaves. In order to ensure that there is no interference, the Logitech transmitter sends redundant streams on the two clearest channels thus ensuring that the audio streams remain uninterrupted. Logitech even claims that up to four systems can be in use without interference.

To see just how good the system was, I used the analog outputs on an M-audio soundcard to feed the front speakers and then switched the inputs to compare to the rears. As far as I could tell, there was no perceivable difference in quality. Though it is true that the rear speakers downsample 96khz streams to 48khz, for all intents and purposes, that is not a large issue. Normal audio CDs are recorded at 44khz and DVDs can only get as high as 48khz in a Dolby Digital AC3 stream. It is also interesting to note that a Linksys WRT54GS along with a cordless phone operating on the 2.4ghz frequency were in the room at testing time. True to Logitech's claims, there were absolutely no issues with the devices interferring with each other.

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