Enjoy bold sound when you listen to music, watch movies or play games with this speaker system that features 2 satellite speakers with 2.5" front-firing, sealed drivers and a 7" bass-reflex subwoofer. Integrated controls let you customize your audio.
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Great Speakers, Great Price
Posted by: Kurt9000 from: Albuquerque on
I was all ready to spend up to five hundred dollars to buy Bose or Cambridge Works. I studied all the online reviews. A lot of people who seemed serious recommended the Logitech Z-2300 as being just as good. So I decided to buy that one since it is so much cheaper, but it seemed to be discontinued, and Amazon said that the Logitech Z623 is its “successor”. One of my requirements is the low end frequencies. I like pipe organ music, and the pipe organ plays down to the bottom of human hearing. An eight foot C is about 69 Hz, so the sixteen foot is 34 Hz and the 32 foot is 17 Hz. Logitech advertises that the Z263 goes down to 31 Hz, the Cambridge is similar, and Bose does not release the information. So I bought the Z623 on sale from Best Buy and hooked it up.
There is a lot of talk in reviews about different ranges of hearing, and others talk about personal taste, but I use the “closed eyes” test. I listen to classical music, not artificial music, and I close my eyes and ask myself if it sounds as though an instrument is in the room with me. Does it sound as though there is a piano there, or a string quartet, or a pipe organ in the room with me?
I started with Bach’s Passacaglia in C minor. It sounded to me as if I were in a recital hall with a pipe organ. I tried Sibelius Fifth Symphony, Rachmaninoff piano music, Brahms piano music, and various Mozart chamber music. I tried Mars by Holst, and piano concerti by Brahms and Rachmaninoff. I also tried vocal music by Palestrina and Josquin. When I close my eyes, I am unable to tell that I am listening to an IMac computer and speakers instead of live musicians. Some orchestral music sounds thin, but other recordings sound perfect, so I believe it is the recording that is at fault (or the compressed version on my computer) instead of the speakers. I haven’t done a blind test, but from what I perceive, I don’t think I could tell the difference between piano music on these speakers and the seven foot grand piano in my living room. Each time I listened to a piece, when I opened my eyes, I was surprised to see a desk, a computer, and some speakers.
46 out of 49 found this review helpful.
Great Simple Sound
Posted by: ac692000 from: Dallas, TX on
I use my Z623 system mostly for cable television viewing. Its secondary purpose for me is movies from my laptop and lastly music from my laptop. The most important pro about this system is its simplicity. I do not own a full sound system because I do not like all of the satellite speakers and especially the accompanying wires. My system is in a 450sq/ft living/dining/kitchen open area in an apartment. I have very little sound absorbing material in this space. The entire area is bamboo floors with no window treatments; so, it is usually very difficult to find good sounding acoustics from movies. This system sounds amazing throughout the aforementioned area. The 7" sub has amazing range and is not over-bearing. I have my bass amplifier knob set at 50% and it is perfect for my application. The volume capability is well above "domestic-disturbance" levels. I have yet to find a volume high enough to distort the sound. Granted, I only tested the maximum volume for a few minutes with country music, but was very satisfied with the clarity. The appearance of over-engineered mid-range speakers is very stylish and gives the system a high-quality look. The sub is exceptionally heavy for its size; this is a plus for me because it at least gives me the impression it is made of high-quality materials. I say, "impression" because I have not had this system long enough to fully attest to its true durability.
24 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Excellent Audio System
Posted by: EL305 from: Hialeah, FL on
The Logitech z623 sound is amazing, I listen to mostly Trance and Electronica in general, but I can tell you everything sounds fantastic on it, I also own the z2300 which I have hooked up to my Samsung 3D TV and I can tell you that it falls slightly behind it in terms of bass, but just a little, and I would say the satellite speakers sound better than those in the z2300, I certainly do not regret buying it at all.
And to the people saying the cables are short, people it's SOOOO easy to go buy one audio extension cable, they are less than $5 in any electronics store, you just need to buy the cable and an extender plug and that's it, cable length is an issue for me with my z2300 because of the way I have it set up with my TV and I just got one extension cables from Bestbuy.
Get this today!
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Very good set 2.1 setup for gaming and music
Posted by: topreview22 from: Atlanta, GA on
The Logitech Z623 2.1 speaker setup offers a very good experience overall. The headset and audio input right on the speaker is very convenient and the sound quality is very good excellent.
If you are considering a Bose setup, save your money and consider this or the Klipsch product at half price and all of the performance.
The one drawback is it is always nice to have plug style connectors going into the speakers instead of fixed wire, but Logitech has done a good job with this particular fixed wire. It is very sturdy and gives the impression that it will last over time. If you are putting this is a fixed spot on your desk, there should be no/very little wear and tear.
The subwoofer handles music, movies, and gaming very well and can easily be controlled from the right speaker module. It's very easy to tone it down for music and throtlle it up for thunderous bass in gaming and movies.
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Logitech z623 review + Bose Companion 20's
Posted by: GoodBoy from: Oklahoma City on
Bought a set of (Bose Companion 20's) at Best Buy when my old Altec Lansing ACS48s' right channel died (after nearly 20 years of total awesomeness). The Bose Companion 20 I had high hopes for, especially since they are $249, and have some positive reviews. They sounded decent in the store. The audio quality rivals the old Altec Lansing set, but is severely bass deficient (The Altecs had great bass and sound quality all around). I suppose one giveaway is the AC adapter, which outputs 18v, 2A. I looked at multiple reviews and Boses' website for the wattage spec, I never found it, but that's a maximum total of 36 watts. So these are about 16W per channel max. Bose makes amazing sound with only 16W per channel, but don't expect any bass. To be truly great, the sound needs to be complete, not missing any spectrums.
I ended up returning them.
I just installed some Logitech z623's. (I'm sure all the Bose diehards are groaning..). To achieve a balanced sound, don't turn the bass up too high. I put it just past the center of the dial, but I think centered is plenty. Sitting at the computer the bass sounds slightly lower volume than when I get up and walk away from the computer. These definitely fill the whole room with great sound! On sale for $129 also (so half the price).
The win for me was these Logitechs.
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
I Tried Them All & Kept These
Posted by: FLSpeakerGeek from: on
tl;dr: I tested harman Soundsticks Wireless, Corsair SP-2500, and Logitech z623 in my search for new speakers: I kept the Logitechs; they provided the most satisfying balance and bass response with easy to use adjustments and a bargain price tag.
I've been listening to digital music on my computer using JBL's Encounter 2.1 system for the last 8 years - they provided outstanding clarity coupled with strong bass and a warmth that I have not found in anything available today. Unfortunately, one of the drivers has failed and I am unable to source a replacement part. Thus, I needed new speakers. For reference, I am using a high-end gaming PC and I tested these speakers using both on-board Realtek ALC889A sound as well as with an older Sound Blaster Audigy SE PCI card.
I am not afraid to spend money on sound equipment because I know it is something I will own for many years, but given that this would exclusively be for my computer as opposed to my home theatre system, and the JBL Encounters were $150 in 2006, my search began for a similar or superior sound system for less than $250.
First contender was the SoundSticks Wireless by harman/kardon - $229.99 shipped from Amazon. OK bass, gorgeous highs, no mid-range. I expected more from harman, the company that owns JBL and made the Encounters. These were nice but not what I was looking for - too sharp, cold, and imbalanced.
Next, the Corsair SP-2500 system - $229.99 shipped from Best Buy. Marketed as the underdog, from a company with no reputation in sound reproduction, I was impressed by the AMAZING clarity from the independently amplified 1" tweeters and 3" drivers in each satellite. I thought for sure this would solve the problem of my lacking midrange. Unfortunately, no - there is a huge disparity between the capabilities of the satellites and the capability of the sub. I expected more from a sub of this size and the care taken in assembling its thoughtful enclosure. Bass response was lacking and inconsistent - almost invisible unless the speakers were CRANKED in terms of volume and bass control. Some of the sound staging problems could be helped by the on-board EQ setting "Dynamic Pop", but this, too, was not perfect. I really appreciated the detailed sound they were capable of producing but I am not interested in resetting my EQ for nearly every song to achieve only an acceptable experience. So back to Best Buy they went.
Enter the Logitech z623 system, $139.99 at my local TigerDirect.com store. I've never owned Logitech speakers and haven't recommended them since the Z-2300s we carried when I worked at Best Buy years ago. This set relies only on a 3" aluminum cone driver in each satellite, backed up by a compact 7" sub in a small ported enclosure. However, with the proper EQ settings to help the sub from being burdened by low-mid sound, these gave me the balance and some of the warmth I was seeking. I LOVE the simple analog volume and bass controls right at hand on the satellite as opposed to a separate control module or controls on the sub itself, allowing me to customize bass response easily. They provide 90% of what my JBLs did in terms of quality, while surpassing them in potential volume and bass response. Sure the bass is a little muddy and the highs and mids get a little mixed, but simple EQ settings make a huge difference on this system and overall it was the best one for me.
27 out of 31 found this review helpful.
fantastic 2.1 setup
Posted by: ewnoell from: aurora co on
This is easily the best sounding 2.1 setup ive ever had. sturdy well shielded cables that wont receive stray signal like my old x-240s. i was quite blown away with clarity of the speakers even with bass at a high really thumping and rattling stuff in my room. simply cant beat this for a 2.1 setup. if this series continues i will follow. THX Certified as well and you can tell when you turn it up.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Strong and Clear with a Small Footprint
Posted by: SinnerG from: Gaithersburg, MD on
I checked out all the available desktop speakers on the Best Buy site, and the THX rating stuck out for this one. I wasn't in to getting a full surround-type speaker system since this was for my home office. But I did want high quality speakers with a subwoofer that provided a clear range. THIS IS IT!!! After the simple connection, I listened to a variety of music immediately and was impressed with how much more I was hearing compared to my previous set. If you are into a simple system but are looking for a complex sound, this is the perfect combination. Highly recommended.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Posted by: 3ptsKing from: on
I purchased these speakers after comparing to the Creative T4 Wireless and the Bose QC5. These are basic but pouch out a great sound. Bass is loud and sound is very clear. You can plug a headset in the front unit.
The only CON I could say is that the speakers are a little bit large but not really a problem when on a desk.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Solid 2.1 + Great Sound
Posted by: DangerousGuitarist from: NorCal on
After moving my Logitech Z3's to my office, I was without a pair of speakers for my Mac at home. I was using the speakers for monitoring music production (in the rare event I didn't use headphones), playing my Line6 guitar through, and casual music listening.
I finally decided to get a second set of speakers for home and after listening to other speakers in store (Kilps), I was less than impressed. Speakers in the same price bracket were lacking clarity and dynamics. Seeing these on shelf (but not displayed for testing), I looked them up on my phone to read a few reviews and knowing my satisfaction with the Z3's for about the same price, I was willing to jump before hearing them; glad I did.
Though I'm not so pleased with the speaker shapes (kinda ugly), I was blown away with the sound. Dynamic range, high clarity, and the adjustability of the sub level really make this package an amazing bang for the buck. Though not audiophile level (IMHO) these speakers can do varying genres of music a lot of justice. As a musician with eclectic taste I definitely ran the gamut on this set: metal (djent/metalcore/Gothenburg/etc), electronic (4 to the floor, trance, dubstep, chill), jazz (standard and smooth), and pop rock/r&b/country.
The sub can be pretty overpowering depending on the genre, but the bass level control really lets you dial in a good mix. These things are also super loud - I haven't worked them to over 40% volume at 30% bass. One day I'll rattle my upstairs neighbors >:-)
In short: if this is what you consider to be a reasonable price range then definitely give them a listen (or pull the trigger like I did). You'll get good quality speakers that can give you some massive knock and some great projection through a room.