As mentioned in the opening line of this review, I have a laptop here that I wanted to get a set of speakers for that sounded better then the built in speakers of the laptop. So after hunting around bit I come across the Logitech Z323 speakers and figured they would be a good fit for the job I had in mind.
When I unpacked the Z323 speakers I was surprised by how small the sub woofer was. As you can see in the picture below the sub woofer isn’t all that big, yet for the most part it can provide quite a bit of bass despite its small size.
When you look at the back of the sub woofer you will see various hookups and also a volume dial. The volume dial as one would expect controls how much volume the sub woofer kicks out. Under the volume dial you see red and white RCA jacks, as some people call them, and these are provided so that you can plug an external source of audio into the speakers such as a game console.
The Yellow RCA jack under the red and white jacks is for the left speaker and the serial connector type of plug you see under that is for the right speaker that contains the volume / on and off dial along with the a second line in jack and the headphone jack. There is also a second chord coming off the right speaker and that’s the chord you use to get audio out of your computer into the speakers. Below is a picture of the right speaker that has all the controls on it.
After moving these speakers around a few times the one thing I wished Logitech would have done was to put a fine mesh over the speakers so your fingers don’t poke the speaker membrane around the outside edge of the speaker. When I first opened the box and was getting one of the speakers out of the box they were in I accidently pushed the membrane on one of the drivers because the speakers are not protected in anyway. This isn’t a big deal once you get them setup, but if you’re moving them around a lot, or have kids who like to poke things, then this could be an issue. The speakers look sexy exposed like the way they are, but I would have rather of had some protection on them and have them be a little less sexy.
In terms of how the speakers look, I’m quite impressed with the black mirror like finish on the speakers and they certainly do look quite modern looking.
The only down side I can see to these speakers is there is no tone control, aka treble and bass. This isn’t that surprising when you consider this is one of Logitech’s entry level systems but it still would have been nice to have some tone control.
Below are the Technical Specifications for the Logitech Z323
-2-year limited warranty
-Logitech® Speaker System Z323
-All necessary audio and power cables
-Quick Start Guide
30 watts (RMS)
Frequency response: 40 Hz – 20 kHz
-2 x 6 watts (RMS) (into 4 ohms, @1kHz, @10% THD)
-Integrated volume control
-Dual drivers for omnidirectional acoustics
-18 watts (RMS) (into 6 ohms, @100Hz, @10% THD)
-Integrated bass control
-Inputs: Stereo RCA, 3.5 mm primary input, 3.5 mm auxiliary input
-Outputs: 3.5mm headphone jack
-5.1 cm concave dome driver
-10.2 cm down-firing dome driver
Speaker dimensions (H x W x D):
-Satellites: 20.3 cm x 8.7 cm x 13.5 cm
-Subwoofer: 22.1 cm x 15 cm x 18.2 cm
In conclusion these speakers are pretty good for entry level speakers. As I said above there is quite a bit of bass output despite the size of the sub woofer, the highs are also quite good that you get from the satellites. I would have liked to have seen some tone controls, but for a basic type of sound you can get by without them. At the time of this review you could purchase the Logitech Z323 for around $80.00 Canadian.