When Logitechâ€™s X-540 5.1 speaker system came out, it set new standards of performance for the $99 price category. With their new X-240 2.1-channel system, Logitech once again aims to surpass the status quo. With its integrated stand for portable music players and its intelligent electronics, can Logitech manage the same feat again with the X-240?
Since Logitech maintains a large retail presence, having an attractive product box is important. The X-240’s product box is consistent in its styling with the other X-series and Z-series loudspeaker products. Logitech’s graphic designers know how to design a clear and attractive carton â€“ photos are big and bright, and no spelling errors could be found.
The package contains the subwoofer, the wired remote, two satellite speakers, the instruction manual, a short cable that leads from the wired remote to whatever music player rests in its cradle, and a pair of inserts that fit into the player cradle for accommodating iPod variations whose headphone connections are on the bottom instead of at the top. These inserts can also accommodate the iPod’s USB cable, for charging while the iPod is playing.
My first impression of the X-240 speakers is of a simple, elegant design that’s also compact. The construction of the subwoofer is reassuringly hefty, but the satellite speakers are a bit lighter. Still, I prefer the taller, slimmer aesthetic design of these speakers over most other speakers in the $50 price range. The satellite speakers also have a small footprint â€“ you won’t likely have problems finding enough space to place them on your desk.
|Frequency Response||40Hz-20kHz (-10dB)||The X-240 speakers would appear to have most of the audible range well in hand, though that low-frequency limit seems a bit optimistic after our listening tests.|
|System Power||25W RMS @ 1%THD||These measurements are made in accordance with FTC guidelines for accuracy. RMS power levels are the only levels weâ€™re really interested in, because they provide the best picture the systemâ€™s performance.?|
|Subwoofer Power||15W RMS @ 1%THD||This sub doesnâ€™t have enough power to shake the walls, though it might anger the neighbors if you live in an apartment.|
|Satellite Power||5W RMS @ 1%THD||This is still enough power to achieve very loud listening levels, though the possibility of hearing damage is still relatively unlikely with these speakers.|
|One 2” high-excursion driver||These small drivers have an extended range of linear travel, in order to enable a richer mid-bass sound.p|
|Subwoofer Driver||One 4” Long-Throw Woofer||This is about par for the course when weâ€™re talking about systems that cost less than $50. The vented enclosure helps some, however, as well as intelligent electronics in the amplifier.|
|Controls||Wired Control Pod with Integrated Music Player Shelf||The X-240 speaker systemâ€™s wired control pod only contains a simple volume control and power switch, though it also integrates a shelf for a portable music player.|
|Input Connections||3.5mm stereo input cable from wired remote, additional 3.5mm jack on wired remote||With inexpensive systems, itâ€™s not uncommon for input options to be relatively few. The wired remote includes a short cable for connecting a music player. The longer input cable is hard-wired to the remote, which is in turn hard-wired into the back of the subwoofer.|
|Satellite Dimensions||6.9â€ (H) x 2.6â€ (W) x 3.8â€ (D)||These satellites have an elegant, slim design that nicely complements a wide variety of displays or other desktop hardware.|
|Subwoofer Dimensions||8.7â€ (H) x 5.9â€ (D) x 8.7â€ (D)||This subwoofer is squatty and short compared to the taller subwoofer included with the X-540 system. The smaller internal air volume may decrease deep bass output.|