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I feel my use of the phrase "if you're a regular reader of TrustedReviews then…" is becoming a tad clichéd so consider this a formal apology. So then, if you're a regular reader of TrustedReviews you'll know two things: fist off, that one of the biggest recommendations with TVs is that you stump up for a dedicated sound system and that I happen to own a PS3. Those two details may sound unrelated but actually for the purposes of this review they are rather pertinent because the Logic3 SoundStation3 speaker system happens to be a dedicated speaker set intended for use with the PlayStation 3.
The only aspect that really harks to this intended symbiosis is the styling of the SoundStation3, which shares a similar slightly curved form and, of course, a glossy piano black finish. Obviously this design would actually fit in with just about every HDTV we've reviewed in the last three years, but if you think your friends will be impressed by you harking on about how the ergonomic characteristics of your speakers seamlessly blending with the modern styling of the console then you'll find plenty of material here.
However, while some may consider a shiny black finish all that is required to call something aesthetically pleasing I don't, and in other areas the SoundStation3 is rather lacking. A small niggle is the placement of the grilles on the sides of the speakers; having the holes central vertically as well as horizontally would have looked more elegant I feel. Further to this, while the side casing does look good in the aforementioned piano black the front-plate is a bit of a disappointment. The right speaker fares better than its counterpart as the later has some rather hideous looking controls and a power button that looks like Maplin bargain bin fodder. In addition to that both speakers have their three drivers placed in the top half of the casing giving an uneven look. The best comparison in terms of price we've seen in the office are the Creative Gigaworks T40s and in that sense it's rather like comparing apples and oranges; the design of the T40s is just in a different league - although they are admittedly £20 dearer.
Leaving the looks aside then, we can move on to features and performance and in that respect the SoundStation3 is an improvement on my expectations, which as I usually use a ‘proper' 5.1-channel speaker setup (admittedly circa 2001) are quite high. Opening the box you'll find a fairly large selection of cables connectors one of which includes a rather clever pass through connector, which plugs into the analogue video/sound output port on the console. If you're connecting the PS3 to your TV via HDMI then this simply allows you to pass sound out without having miles of cable lying around behind the console while also passing through the video signal to those using Component or (God forbid) composite.
Connecting the phono (separate left and right) audio channels into the SoundStation3 then uses a supplied phono to auxiliary adaptor. While at a first glance it may seem like it would be easier to just connect the left and right audio connectors separately but having an aux jack means that you can also use the speakers with a CD or MP3 player, for example. The cable spanning the left and right speakers is about as long as anyone could plausibly need without leaving half a mile of wire trailing on the floor, which is good. All told the package seems to have been thought through pretty well and most people should be satisfied with what they find when they crack open the box.
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