Logitech Z313 Review
The speaker system Z313 wants to bring powerful sound into the office or share the room with a subwoofer and two satellites for the stereo sound with 25 watts of music power. We will find out in a test whether the 2.1 sound system succeeds.
The Logitech Z313 sound system can be connected via a 3.5 mm jack plug can be operated on any player with a headphone output or passive line-out, so it is compatible with a PC, Mac, notebook, smartphone, tablet, or television, for example. The player and the sound system are connected via a 3.2 m cable with a remote control integrated into the middle. If you operate the sound system on a PC, you can place the remote control on the desk. You can use it to turn the Z313 on and off and adjust the volume using a rotary wheel. The remote control also has a headphone jack that disables the speakers when in use.
This is practical if you operate the sound system on a PC whose housing is set up under the table. This is how to connect headphones without crawling under the table or changing the sound output in the operating system. The stereo speakers receive power and amplified audio signals from the subwoofer via a 1.7 m Y-cable. A driver installation is unnecessary; once all the cables are connected, and the sound system is supplied with power, you can immediately output the sound.
The dimensions of the 2.1 sound system are very compact. The subwoofer, measuring 22 x 15 x 23 cm, fits under the desk, for example, and the two satellites take up an area of 8 x 9 cm. The stereo speakers harmonize with their matt black surface, clear black lacquer, and silver-colored accents with a modern, simple furnishing style. The palm-sized remote control, which is also matt black, can be placed next to the monitor’s base, which is usually also black. Unfortunately, the remote control is not very stable. The remote control is too light for the heavy and stubborn cables that lead to the player and subwoofer. In the test, it didn’t always lie flat on the table but rather at a slight angle, and it slipped very easily when touched.
- Headphone jack wired controller
- Fast assembly within a few minutes
- Space-saving design
- Balanced sound in lows, mids, and highs
- Bass cannot be adjusted on the device
- Volume too low depending on the size of the room
How is the interface on the back of the subwoofer? The subwoofer works according to the down fire mode, in which the loudspeaker is directed downwards. In conjunction with the forward-facing bass reflex tube, it can be positioned close to a wall without generating large room modes. According to the manufacturer, the sound converter can output frequencies from 48 Hz. This is nothing special for bass reproduction; even bookshelf loudspeakers in the middle price range reach this bass without any problems.
Nevertheless, the subwoofer thumps properly, and from a volume level of over two-thirds, it exaggerates and rumbles loudly, for example, in action scenes in films and games. You can’t fine-tune the volume or frequency transition on the subwoofer.
The two satellites work independently of the subwoofer and do not form a tonal unit. As a result, less noticeable in films and games can be heard when listening to music. It seems as if a few frequencies are missing between the working areas of the subwoofer and the stereo speakers.
Male vocals are cut off towards the low frequencies, and guitar bass runs are partially swallowed up. In general, the Z313 seems to be less optimized for music. The stereo effect is minimal, and the sound lacks brilliance. What the Z313 lacks in music output, it makes up for movie sound output if you leave the volume level at room volume.
Conclusion on the Logitech Z313
The 2.1 sound system Z313 convinces its compact dimensions and pleasing design based on conventional monitors and PC cases. With the practical remote control, you can change the volume and connect headphones with a flick of the wrist, which silences the speakers. However, the Logitech Z313 sound system is less recommendable for music playback due to its muffled sound characteristics. On the other hand, the 2.1 system offers a decent performance with its subwoofer in films and games and can show its strengths in action scenes.