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Logitech Z3 Speakers Review


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  • Review Price: £80.00

It seems that speakers, like most things in the PC arena, have fallen foul of the numbers game. Unless you have multi-channel surround sound speakers hooked up to your PC, you should feel inadequate in some way. I find this situation very strange, especially since I’m not convinced of the overall benefit of 6.1 and especially 7.1-channel speaker set ups anyway.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against surround sound. I have a home cinema setup for watching movies, and I spent a great deal of time and effort getting it just right. This included searching for the perfect speakers, which turned out to be B&W models. Of course I couldn’t afford the B&W Nautilus speakers, but then who can?

Having a complete surround sound setup in your living room makes sense. You’ve got all the wires tucked away, and the speakers are positioned unobtrusively. And because you’re using proper speakers you can make the speaker cable as long or short as you require.

However, I don’t want speakers surrounding my chair when I’m at my PC. I don’t want cables draped across the floor for me to trip over when I get up to answer the front door. And I don’t want loads of speakers in the way every time I try to get to the PC in the first place.

What I’ve been looking for is a good set of two channel stereo speakers for my PC, but I’ve had a very hard time finding anything that sounded even remotely pleasing. The big problem I’ve found with PC speakers is that they lack any mid-range presence. You can get the high frequencies ok, and you can fill in the bass (usually very obtrusively) with the supplied subwoofer, but the sound envelope created is rarely impressive.

It was therefore with a degree of resignation that I unboxed the Logitech Z3 2.1-channel speakers. I was expecting the Z3s to exhibit the same ‘style over content’ design I’d seen in so many recent speaker sets, where how good they look far outweighs how good they sound. How wrong I was.

That’s not to say that the Z3s don’t look good, because they do, very good in fact. The subwoofer is a very solid affair, and is a lot heavier than it looks. The sub is finished in a light wood veneer, with an aluminium front and speaker grille. Because the sub is so solid, you don’t get any of the annoying vibrations that plague many of the plastic encased subwoofers I’ve listened to.

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