by Jen McPherson on October 24, 2005 in Audio & Media
Listening to music and watching movies on our PC’s has become something we do on a daily basis, and how that sound is output is very important. The audio should be crisp, clear and undisturbed by distortions caused by speakers. The Logitech Z-4, an award winning product, promises crystal clear sound deliverance in a sleek retro design with advanced driver technology.
From just looking at the box I am excited to hook these up and give them a go. The packaging is great, and everything was snug in the box. Now lets begin our review!
Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal peripherals that enable people to effectively work, play, and communicate in the digital world. The company’s products combine essential core technologies, continuing innovation, award-winning industrial design and excellent price performance.
About Logitech Z-4 Audio System
Enhance your listening experience. Sleek satellite design combines one active and two pressure drivers for a rich, full audio experience. Optimize your sound. Award-winning and patented Logitech pressure-driver subwoofer technology delivers unparalleled distortion-free bass. Maximize your MP3 music. The Logitech Z-4 speakers contain a convenient input for MP3 players, CD players or other portable audio devices on the wired remote. Show your style. The high-gloss finish and cast-metal stands complement any desktop.
- Total RMS power: 40 watts RMS
- Satellites: 17 watts RMS (8.5W x 2)
- Subwoofer: 23 watts RMS
- Total peak power: 80 watts
- Frequency response: 35Hz â€“ 20kHz
- Satellites: 2″ dome driver & 2″ pressure driver
- Subwoofer: 8″ pressure driver
- 2 satellites
- 1 subwoofer
- Power cord
- Color coded audio cables
- Wired remote control
- User’s manual
- 2 year limited warranty
Design, Installation and Performance
Upon taking the Z-4 out of the box I was completely impressed. It looked even better in person, and the speakers were larger than I had first thought. This set is very modern and sleek and would make a great addition to any PC setup.
Looking over the speakers the front is smooth and glossy, the stands cast metal, that are buffed to a matte finish. They are stylish, and not very heavy, but you know they are made well just by lifting one, and stand securely-without wobbling- on my desktop. They are quite tall, nine inches in fact, and are about three inches wide. The actual speaker openings are covered in a soft, rubber-like smooth material, and not very porous, so I wondered how sound would carry through them. I was skeptical.
The subwoofer is a perfect cube, again with the same glossy front as the speakers, and a metal trim around the front edge. A black metal mesh covers the opening, and everything plugs into the back easily, with all the slots color coded. Set up on this took less than two minutes. I think it took me longer just to decide where to put the subwoofer amongst my limited desk space.
Opposed to my old speakers, which had the volume dial on the speaker itself and the bass control on the subwoofer, this set comes with a wired remote, that again carries the same glossy black finish and metal trim. The bass, volume and on/off switch are located on this, and you can position it just about anywhere on your desk. The on/off switch is depressible- which makes it great for when you have to shut the sound off quickly, like when the phone rings. The control also has a plug-in on the bottom side for headphones and auxiliary plug-in for other portable audio devices.
They are also compatible with game consoles, Xbox, Playstation 2 and GameCube. In order for that setup to work, however, you will need a console adapter that you can purchase at www.logitech.com. We will be using the speakers with a PC setup.