Logitech has just refreshed its line of PC speakers recently and here we have the slightly older Logitech Z313, an entry level 2.1 speaker system for your PC. As always, Logitech has promised to bring a room filling sound and deeper bass for entertainment.
We didn't expect truckload of features from this budget speaker, but the Logitech Z313 has just got it right for a basic entry level speaker. The total system output is rated at 25watts (RMS) and the system frequency response ranges from 48Hz to 20KHz, which is good enough for a small sized room or office. Just don’t expect earth shattering sound out of this system.
The Z313’s satellites are compact in size, and won’t occupy much space on your desktop. They are slightly angled upwards to direct the music towards listeners when placed on a table. This time unlike the more expensive Z323, the satellites have a matte plastic finish which doesn't attract fingerprints. The plastic matte body with rounded edges looks good, the chrome ring around the speaker grille contrasting nicely with the black body.
Below the driver is the bass port for smooth sound extension. The satellites have good build quality, but they're connected to the subwoofer by a fixed cable which is annoying and inconvenient. Replacing the cable or routing during placement can become a pain. There are no control buttons on the satellites and they are not wall-mountable. Fortunately, there is a wired remote control with volume and power switches. There are no bass or treble controls, but the pod has a headphones-out port.
The wooden subwoofer is slightly larger than a toaster, and can easily be tucked away under a table. It has a 4-inch down-firing driver and a front bass extension-port which makes placement less critical. The back of the sub has line-in port for the satellite cables, while the line-in cable is attached to the remote pod. Setting up the speaker is very easy, all we had to do was connect the cable from the satellites to the sub, hook up the AC power cable and turn it on. No hassles.
It’s been a long time since we last heard a good sounding entry level speaker and we expected the Logitech Z313 to bring the magic back to budget audio systems. So, let's unpack this compact, hook it up and crank up the volume.
We tried and tested with various sources: desktop PC with M-Audio USB Audio Interface, Acer Aspire One netbook and Apple iPod Touch. In terms of volume, the Logitech Z313 is ideal for small size room or office use. Distortion levels are not too high, as we could crank up the volume to 90 percent of its maximum.
The Z313 has a warm sound signature with the mid range being more prominent than the rest of the frequencies. Unlike most Altec Lansing and Creative Speakers in this price range, the Z313 lacks bright highs, instead, the overall sound from bass to highs sounded muffled and lack transparency. Even the mids sounded a bit blurred and muffled but it is the weak highs with lack of definition and extension that made the overall sound a bit laid back.
The subwoofer reproduced our 40Hz audio test sample with ease. At moderate volume, the bass sounds quite punchy and warm, but not that articulate. However, for a budget system, the bass is above average and better than say the Altec Lansing BXR 1221, but is much warmer and punchier than what we heard from the Creative Inspire T3130.
There are many places for improvement but judging from its price, the warm, laid-back and mid-oriented sound signature is what the Logitech Z313 is all about. Its closest competitor would be the Creative Inspire T3130 which has more open and brighter soundm, but weaker bass than the Logitech Z313. The Logitech has more balanced sound than the Creative Inspire 3130.
The Logitech Z313 priced at Rs. 2,150 is average set of 2.1 speaker that will serve you well for casual listening but if you're looking for quality sound, you need to look elsewhere.