Logitech introduces new PC speaker lineup

Logitech has announced four new PC speaker systems ranging in price from $69.99 to $129.99. All will be available this July.

Logitech has four new PC speakers for 2009, ranging in price from $69.99 to $129.99. None of the new speakers are USB-powered and all feature what the company calls "360-degree sound," which "helps project audio evenly in all directions."

The company's gone away from the modern, squarish design of its USB-powered Z5 omnidirectional speakers and gone with a more traditional PC speaker design. Two of the new models ship with subwoofers and two don't. Logitech says all its new PC speaker systems will ship this month (we'll be getting review samples soon).

If you're looking for a sweet spot in the line, it's probably the subless Z320, which carries a list price of $69.99. Here's the quick rundown of all the models and check out the slideshow below.

  • Z323 ($69.99): 5.3 inches x 3.4 inches x 8 inches with 2-inch dome drivers in the satellites and a 4-inch down-firing subwoofer.
  • Z320 ($69.99): 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches x 7.8 inches with 2-inch concave dome drivers (no sub).
  • Z523 ($99): 5.2 x 3.4 x 7.7 inches with 2-inch dome drivers in the satellites and 4-inch down-firing subwoofer with 6.5-inch pressure driver.
  • Z520 ($129.99): 6.5 inches x 4.8 inches x 9.1 inches with 2-inch dome drivers and an "amplified two-way design for clear, natural acoustics."
Click on any of the images to start the slideshow:

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Logitech Speaker System Z320

The Bottom Line: Logitech's Speaker System Z320 offers decent but unspectacular sound at a reasonable price point. / Read full review

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Logitech Speaker System Z520

The Bottom Line: We'd have a much easier time recommending the Logitech Z520's average sound quality and lack of features if it didn't cost $130. We'd rather point you toward the Logitech Z523 system that offers best-in-class sound quality (and a subwoofer to boot) at an affordable price. / Read full review

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Logitech Z323 speaker system

The Bottom Line: Logitech's Z323 speakers project adequate sound at low levels, but if you turn up the volume, the audio has an unacceptable lack of clarity and severely distorted bass. We recommend that you stay away from these speakers and spend an extra $10 on the Logitech Z523, one of the best speaker-plus-subwoofer systems in its price class. / Read full review

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Logitech Speaker System Z523

The Bottom Line: While it won't blow you away with its sound quality, if you're looking for an affordable PC speaker-plus-subwoofer system, the Z523 is one of the best speaker systems in its price class. / Read full review

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