Logitech Z523 Review, Midrange Computer Speakers
If you are searching for a midrange computer speaker / subwoofer set then it is time to check out my Logitech Z523 Review. It isn’t often that I do an article about PC speakers because I typically game with a headset. To this point I have taken a look at an inexpensive PC speaker set in the Creative A250 and a bit more pricey version referring to the Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500. Now I felt it was time for a midrange speaker review. Read the article in its entirety to find out whether or not this will be a good fit for you.
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My Personal Ranking: 89/100
- 40 watts (RMS)
- Frequency response: 35 Hz – 20 kHz
- 2 x 9.5 watts (RMS) (into 4 ohms, @1kHz, @10% THD)
- Integrated volume & bass control
- 21 watts (RMS) (into 6 ohms, @100Hz, @10% THD)
- Inputs: Stereo RCA, 3.5 mm primary input, 3.5 mm auxiliary input
- Outputs: 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Satellites: 2-inch dome drivers
- Subwoofer: 5.25-inch down-firing subwoofer with 5.5-inch pressure driver
- Speaker dimensions (H x W x D):
- Satellites: 11.6 inches x 3.4 inches x 5.2 inches (19.5 cm x 8.6 cm x 13.3 cm)
- Subwoofer: 10 inches x 9 inches x 9.5 inches (25.6 cm x 23. cm x 24 cm)
Logitech Z523 Speaker Design
The Logitech Z523 is a 2.1 stereo PC speaker set. It includes 2 satellites speakers and one subwoofer. First off lets start with the 2 satellites.
The satellite speakers come equipped with 2 inch drivers on the front as well as power, volume and bass control strait from the satellite itself. The coolest thing about these babies is that each satellite has speakers on the back as well. I can’t stress how awesome this is as it creates a rich full flavored 360 degree sound. Not having to worry about speaker directional positioning is a great addition.
Not lets get on to the downward firing sub woofer. If you are a war gamer and like to hear the boom of bombs being dropped or hip hop enthusiast this is where you come in. Well… that is somewhat of a stereotype but you get what I mean.
While the sub woofer does give you the power to Marty McFly and blow your ears out the nice part is the easy bass control that resides on the right satellite speaker. Choose to hear a lot of it or completely turn it down. The power is in your hands.
While I put these speakers at an 89/100 the good ole boys over at Engadget only rank them at a 75/100.
Speakers vs Headsets
I have used the Logitech Z523’s before and if you are not using them in too large of a space they are WAY more then enough speaker. You will be able to lay down some powerful tunes or crank it up on your favorite games with the best of them. This is not always optimal however.
The problem is that a lot of us gamers tend to be night owls. Now unless you live alone, in a house, out in the country it won’t be best advised to have your sound cranked up to 11. Like I said this is especially true at night time.
If you don’t want to create a disturbance in the force I would suggest going with something like the Astro A40 or A50’s. To save a little money on a less expensive headset you could go with Sentey’s Gaming Headset which is a pretty good set for less then $40.
Another place where headsets are preferred is when playing competitive first person shooters. You will be looking for a leg up in anyway possible and being able to concentrate and hear everything going on around you clearly is needed.
At the end of the day the best option is to go ahead and have both. Sometimes it is nice to turn up the volume on your speakers, chill out to some tunes, watch a movie or even get some comfortable gaming in.
I used to own the Logitech Z523 personally and can recommend them highly in this review. They will give you a decent full bodied sound and are surprisingly powerful when need be. Remember while these aren’t feeding off the bottom of the ocean they are also not the whale either. So we can’t compare them to the sound systems in the upper $200+ price range. Which is obvious. If you are looking for an awesome midrange 2.1 speaker set with subwoofer then these will suit you just fine.
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