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A very impressive and versatile speaker system,
This review is from: Logitech Z600 Bluetooth Speakers (Accessory)
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I currently use a pair of Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II Multimedia Speakers as compact desktop monitor speakers for my digital DJ setup. I need quite compact speakers that fit on the stands attached to my monitor riser, but they still need to produce an accurate, detailed sound. Volume isn't the top priority for me as I don't crank these things up too loud anyway, but I don't want any distortion at reasonable volume levels. So how do the Logitech Z600 speakers measure up?
- Compact design with a very small footprint. These should easily fit into a small desk space either side of your monitor, or on small speaker stands or a bookshelf.
- Modern minimalist design. These look distinctive without trying too hard, and their neutral white/grey colour scheme should fit in most rooms. They have a solid feel without being too heavy, and I expect them to last a good few years. Logitech have been making well-regarded speakers for many years now so they have a good track record in this regard.
- Versatility of input connections. You can connect any device to these speakers using a standard 3.5mm stereo cable (included). You can also wirelessly connect to a PC via an included USB dongle, which is convenient because you can easily switch inputs between your desktop PC and a laptop without fiddling with any cables. It also means you can have a permanent connection via the cable, and temporarily connect to something else using the USB dongle. In addition to all those options, you can also connect up to 3 devices using Bluetooth A2DP, and switch between them just by pressing play on the one you want to listen to. I tested this with my Google Nexus 7 tablet: setting up the connection was very quick and easy, and I found both the range and sound quality to be excellent.
- Very good sound quality. These speakers sound much better than I was expecting given their compact size. Normally with speakers this size the bass response is very disappointing. However, these have the unusual design feature of downward-facing bass cones on the bottom (rather than rear-vented bass cones as in most desktop speakers). This means that the bass response is a little dependent on what kind of surface these speakers are resting on at the time. I found that when these were placed on a wooden table or glass coffee table they generated a rich, warm and powerful bass that was really nice to listen to.
- Simple but effective touch-sensitive volume control on the right speaker, which is easy to use and not liable to wear out or fail over time as there is no traditional mechanical knob.
- Lay-flat cables that are easy to route and hide away. I also like the way the two speakers are interconnected in the middle, because this means they can easily be separated by around two metres for a nice stereo image, rather than barely having enough cable to separate them either side of a computer monitor as I've seen with some PC speakers.
- Lack of independent tone control on the speakers themselves. My Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II Multimedia Speakers have standard bass and treble rotary knobs built-in, which is a nice feature (although I must admit they usually stay in the neutral central position). The tone of these speakers can only be adjusted using the settings of the connected device.
- Not loud or powerful enough for filling very large rooms or party venues! I realise that is not what these are designed for, but I regularly read reviews where people are disappointed at the maximum volume or bass of desktop speakers, so I just want to make sure you don't get false expectations!
- Not the best sound quality available at the price range. If your top priority is volume and/or sound quality, a larger desktop speaker such as the Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II Multimedia Speakers, or a 2.1 speaker system with a subwoofer such as the Logitech 2.1 Speaker System Z623 or Logitech Z553 Speaker System is probably going to be more suitable.
I have had several Logitech PC speakers over the years and have always been impressed, and these are no exception. For the price point, these offer a great deal of features, quality and flexibility. I think they merit a 5 star rating, and would only hesitate to recommend them if you need very high volume/bass levels, or you are a real audiophile (in which case you would probably be spending much more money than this anyway!).