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Logitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer

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Rated #35 in Computer Speakers

Posted

Pros: Cheap? Lots of bass?

Cons: Sloppy & boomy bass, muddy midrange, absent highs (no tweeters!), poor channel balance, high THD

I had high expectations for these speakers, based on their glowing user reviews. The Z-2300 is an exceptionally popular set amongst PC enthusiasts, even today (6 years since their release!). Unfortunately, Logitech designed these speakers for maximum profit. They're a step or two above your average set of PC speakers, but certainly nothing special. In fact, the predecessor to the Z-2300's (Google "Logitech Z-2200") was a beefier system, with larger satellites and generally higher sound quality. Logitech wisely realized that the average consumer would still be impressed with a bit less, so they released the inferior Z-2300. I purchased the Z-2300's not long after Z-2200's were discontinued, hoping they wouldn't be too much of a disappointment.

 

I remember my initial opinion vividly back in 2004. As Windows XP fired up and played the start-up jingle, I thought, "That's it?!" It sounded like someone had turned the treble slider way down. Moving on to music further revealed the Z-2300's true qualities: Super boomy bass, indiscrete highs due to a lack of tweeters, and very weak mids due to the tiny 2.5" drivers. Logitech compensated for the small drivers by raising the subwoofer crossover frequency to an unpleasantly high point (150Hz or so), but all this did was muddy things up.

 

To top it off, the volume control has poor balance at the lower 10-20% threshold of its potentiometer rotation. This results in a very annoying Left/Right imbalance at low volumes. Plus, the potentiometer  creates a "scratchy" sound when turned beyond about 50%. I've since reverse-engineered the remote control and produced a higher quality version. Logitech's remote construction was surprisingly shoddy (very cheap single-layer PCB with junk foreign components and 5% resistor tolerances). No wonder it worked so poorly. Google "replacement Z-2300 remote" for images.

 

It's also a shame that all cords are hardwired to the components, including the speaker wires. This really limits proper speaker/subwoofer placement in large rooms, such as a finished basement. Staging is essential to proper sound reproduction. In general, placing brilliant speakers with poor staging yields worse sound than well-staged mediocre speakers. Bad speakers + bad staging = Utter failure. And thus, another failure of the Z-2300's.

 

SUMMARY: To any audiophile, don't waste your money on the Z-2300's. Buy a cheap stereo receiver and bookshelf speakers instead. I promise you they'll sound 10000x better.

 

If you already own Z-2300's, here's some good news: The internal amplifiers consist of decent A/B class chip amps. THD is unacceptably high at upper volumes, but acceptable (for PC speakers) at normal volumes. Anyway, you can replace the junk 2.5" satellites with a set of budget 5.25" or larger bookshelf speakers (8 ohms is perfectly fine). RadioShack sells an appropriate RCA-to-speaker wire cord. This also solves staging inadequacies. You'll be stuck with the Z-2300's high crossover, so choose speakers with somewhat weak mid-bass. My Z-2300 system is currently paired with a 32" TV and a set of Polk R15's. It could still sound better.

Posted

Pros: Relatively cheap

Cons: Poor sound performance for THX Certificate

Build

MDF and plastic can go a long way as these speakers demonstrate. 

The 'remote control' for volume, bass and power doesn't feel great although functions well.

 

Sound

Lack of tweeters make for very unimpressive music presentation and lack of detail.

Even the mids are at times undefined and thin.

The main speakers seem to be designed for something between mid and high, and fails at both.

The sub lacks control and definition. A smaller more detailed sub would have been better. Instead you get a lot of thick, tone-deaf bass.

 

Looks

Pretty ugly silver finish.

 

Conclusion

Probably good for teenagers or those who don't care an awful lot about music or hifi. 

Only movies and computer games sound pretty good on these as you're more focuses on the visuals, and the sub performs reasonably well for the price compared to many consumer 5.1 systems.

In the end it seems the THX logo is just that, a logo, because my ears aren't convinced.

Not for music.

Logitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer
Description:

If you love music, youll love the Logitech Z-2300, a 2.1 speaker system that combines everything you need in a sound system THX -certified performance and quality, beautiful looks, and more than enough power to fill your room with great sound.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandLogitech
EAN0097855021984
FeatureConnectivity Technology - Wired
Height15 inches
Length18.3 inches
Weight36.5 pounds
Width21.8 inches
LabelLogitech
List Price$169.99
ManufacturerLogitech
Model970118-0403
MPN970118-0403
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameCOMPUTER_SPEAKER
PublisherLogitech
StudioLogitech
TitleLogitech Z-2300 THX-Certified 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer
UPC097855021984
Batteries Included0
FormatCD
Hardware PlatformPC
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
Legal DisclaimerShipping is 3-5 days FedEx or UPS with tracking number. Brand New. Continental USA street address ONLY, we do not ship to P/O box, APO, AE, or international addresses
Operating SystemWindows
Warranty2 years warranty
LanguagesEnglish
Compatible DevicesiPhone
PlatformWindows XP
CPU ManufacturerIntel
CPU Speed1
CPU TypeAMD Athlon
Display Size669.2913385827
Graphics Memory Size256
Hard Disk Size1
Hard Disk InterfaceIDE
Native Resolution640x480
Processor Count1
System Memory Size128000
System Memory TypeDRAM
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