Logitech Z323 speaker system review: Logitech Z323 speaker system

1.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Generous two-year warranty; RCA inputs lets you connect external audio sources.

The Bad Subwoofer is prone to distortion, even at half power; 3.5mm audio cable not included; unprotected drivers.

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.

3.7 Overall
  • Design 4.0
  • Features 4.0
  • Performance 3.0

The $70 Logitech's Z323 is one of four speaker sets the company has recently released that include a subwoofer. The three-piece 2.1 speaker system also has Logitech's "360-degree sound" feature that uses two tweeters mounted on the front and back panels to project sound in all directions. Unfortunately, the speakers sound flat and lack low-end audio, even with the adjustable bass turned up.

The subwoofer makes a significant rattle even at low levels. This indicates that the sub lacks power and has a hollow spectrum of sound. We recommend staying away from the Z323 and spending the extra $10 for the Logitech Speaker Z523, another three-piece speaker set that has richer sound.

At 7.9 inches tall by 3.4 inches wide by 5.3 inches deep, the two satellite speakers are small enough to fit on a desk and take up little space. Its long cord connects to a 4-inch subwoofer that you can tuck under a desk and out of the way. The satellites design doesn't blow us away. The glossy black exterior attracts fingerprints and dust, and Logitech didn't give it mesh faceplates to protect the two delicate drivers.

The satellites have a curved design that angle them up into the air, which adds to the pseudo surround-sound experience because of the forward- and rear-facing drivers.

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