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


Test Setup

I've owned several systems over the years that ranged from computer setups such as the Klipsch Promedia 5.1s to full on home theatre setups so my experiences will be a little different from most. For these tests, I switched back and forth between the Logitechs and my main system. Please do not read this as a direct comparison of the systems as just my subwoofer would be twice the price of the entire Logitech systems. Rather, I actually wanted to use this opportunity to show you that while a full home on theatre system would be great, the Logitechs can accomplish a lot of what an HT system can do for a fraction of the cost.

All testing was done using an M-audio Revolution 7.1 using the Optical Out whenever possible. The HT system had its crossover set at 80hz and the volume settings for the Logitechs were set at their default settings. No special modes were turned on. For games, in order to get surround sound, the analog outputs were used.

For interest's sake, the home theatre system that the Logitechs were compared had the following components:

  • Onkyo HTR-510
  • Dahlquist QX9 towers for the front, QX8 towers for the rear and a QX50C for the center
  • Subwoofer was an SVS 20-39 PC+ with the subsonic filter tuned to 16hz
Music Listening Tests

Music listening tests were done with a variety of songs that cover all different types of music genres ranging from Jazz to R&B to Alternative. Hopefully, you'll be able to find something in this review that you can relate too! All sources were either from CDs or FLAC files so you do not need to worry about quality loss in that aspect. The optical outs were used as well.

To kick things off with a little Jazz, I used Diana's Krall's This Can't be Love. This song is a pretty good test of speakers are it has a decent piano line which has a good dynamic range along with a very musical bass line. The imaging for this song was absolutely superb at computer listening distances, though as you moved back, the image disappeared. The piano reproduction was very good for computer speakers though the bass line was a little lacking. The band-pass design of the box simply couldn't reproduce the musical notes with enough accuracy to convey the different notes. This song was perhaps the one where the two systems were the most different as the mid-range and low end on the HT system was simply unmatched.

Moving on to something a little heavier, I put on Nirvana's Smells like Teen Spirit. Now with this song, the Logitechs sounded very good, much better than with Diana Krall. The guitar rift at the start of the song had a good bite to it and kick drum has a satisfying punch to it. The imaging again with Kurt Cobain's voice was amazing and I often found myself putting my ears to the center channel to make sure that there was nothing coming out of it.

Finally, I put on Ginuwine's Pony. Different speakers are better for different things and Logitech speakers in general will excel with R&B songs due to their heavy bass track. Again, the subwoofer has a satisfying punch that could be felt. Yes, it did not go as low as the SVS nor did it hit it as cleanly, but the Logitech hit the notes that it could cleanly. It was only when the speakers were cranked to ear pounding levels that I could detect port noise from the subwoofer.

Overall, for music, the speakers themselves did the best when the volume was kept on the lower side of things. At high volumes, imaging tended to lose coherence as the drivers became overdriven. Depending on what you listen to, the subwoofer may need to be turned down a little, but for computer speakers, these are close to as good as it gets.

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