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By Hanleigh Daniels 27 March 2012

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We’ve always been big fans of Logitech’s 2.1 speaker systems, since not only do they provide enhanced sound, but their build quality is also superb. Those looking for a capable 2.1 speaker set to deliver some added oomph to their movies, gaming or music, should strongly consider Logitech’s latest Z523 2.1 set-up.

Users obtain this additional bang for their bucks from two satellite speakers, each measuring 195 x 86 x 133 mm, as well as a subwoofer (256 x 230 x 240 mm). You are able to set the appropriate volume and bass levels via a volume control knob and a bass level control dial located on the face of the right speaker.

Two auxiliary inputs means you can employ the Z523 set as your primary PC speakers, while also connecting your music player, smartphone, games console, DVD player or iPod in order to utilise any of these as a secondary sound source.

There is a 3.5 mm audio port and headphone jack included on the side of the right speaker, enabling users to connect their headset for a more personal audio experience. Additionally, a 3.5 mm jack is connected to a cable leading from the right speaker, allowing you to directly connect the speaker set to your smartphone or MP3 player.

Sound power and quality

This 2.1 speaker system packs a total RMS output of 40 watt, which is enough to fill your living room or flat with sound. The two satellite speakers combine to deliver 19 (2 x 9.5) watt of sound power, whilst the downward-facing subwoofer adds another 21 watt (RMS) to the equation.

You have to think about where you are going to place the downward-firing subwoofer. This is because we found that if you place it on a tiled floor without any carpeting or on your desk, there is simply too much reverberation and it also rattles a fair bit at the highest volume settings. For us, placing it on the floor, which has a carpet thrown over it, worked best.

In terms of quality, the Z523 system offers a much improved bass performance due to its subwoofer. You don’t get nearly as much distortion at the highest volumes as you do with standard speakers.  

Adding to the sound quality is Logitech’s 360-degree sound experience. The company claims that the speakers project sound evenly in all directions, meaning you can get the same experience even if you happen to stand behind the speakers. We found that this is indeed the case and is mostly the result of good speaker placement, since the satellite speakers of the Z523 system have both forward- as well as rear-firing dome drivers.

Conclusion

Logitech’s Speaker System Z523 offers a number of features that will boost your music listening and movie watching experience, such as a capable bass subwoofer and an increase in sound power (volume).

You have to pay special attention to where you place the downward-firing subwoofer, but this small effort will reward you with the best possible sound experience.

The Logitech Speaker System Z523 goes for a somewhat pricey recommended retail price of R2582.

Pros:

Excellent volume and bass levels; volume and bass control dials; 3.5 mm audio jack.

Cons:

Expensive, and a bit of distortion occurs when you crank up the bass levels on the sub-woofer to near maximum.
PROS
Excellent volume and bass levels volume and bass control dials 3.5 mm audio jack.
CONS
Expensive, and a bit of distortion occurs when you crank up the bass levels on the sub-woofer to near maximum.
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