First Look: Logitech Speaker System Z520
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First Look: Logitech Speaker System Z520

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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.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:04 >> I'm Justin Yu, associate editor for cnet.com with a first look at the Logitech z520 speaker system. This two-piece set is a flagship product of Logitech's 2009 offering, and the first to include what they call 360-degree sound. Behind each removable front panel, you'll find a two-inch dome driver and a small subwoofer for base, but flip it around and there's an additional speaker on the back that projects sound in all directions. It's a simple measure but this feature combined with an upward angle of the speakers is supposed to simulate a budget version of surround sound. Now, the problem is that at the time of this review these things cost $130 which is a hard pill to swallow for a system that does not include a subwoofer, treble or base controls or RCA inputs. The sound quality is crisp and rich on the highs, but they're certainly not going to power a house party. If you can find the z520s online at a discount, you'll certainly be satisfied with their sound but head-to-head we actually prefer the $100 Logitech z523s that include a four-inch sub for extra base. You can read a detailed review on that set and this one at cnet.com but that's my time. I'm Justin Yu and that sounds pretty good to me.

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