Logitech Z-4 Review

“The Logitech Z-4 should be at the top of your list”

Avg

  • Great sound clarity; attractive aesthetics; decent volume

Against

  • Somewhat weak bass; smearing of surfaces

Abstract

The Logitech Z-4 is the all-around superior in the 2.1 speaker category. The attractive modern design, while susceptible to fingerprints, is modern but not gaudy, although some may be put off by the prominent Logitech logos. Controls are tight and accurate, with a sporty headset and auxiliary input control panel. While the bass could use a little more power at lower frequencies, the sound quality was superb. Read our full review.

Features and design

With the craze for 5.1, 6.1, and now 7.1 speaker packages, it’s easy to forget that there are many situations where a simple 2.1 setup is preferable. After all, who wants to run a bunch of wires around their office or install rear channel speaker stands in the aisle behind their cubicle? Many companies have opted for watered-down versions of their 5.1+ systems, dropping the subwoofer a notch and calling it a day. Others have decided to forego the subwoofer altogether, leaving listeners without the satisfaction of a respectable bass line. And then there’s the third category: companies that invest in 2.1 setups intended for 2.1 and designed around the best quality for the most common use of such a system. Logitech is one such company, and the Z-4 ​​speaker system is a great example of what happens when a company takes consumer feedback into account and designs a product for its intended use, rather than just borrowing spare parts from other lines.

The Logitech Z-4 is a follow-up to the Z-3, which we reviewed earlier, but with some major design changes. They ditched the wood finish, opting for a metallic silver finish. For those who need to match everything to their iPod, there’s a Z-4i version that’s identical to the regular Z-4, but wrapped in the iconic white plastic. The satellite cables are not separate for each speaker and connect directly to the subwoofer as well as the control unit. This eliminates the annoying slippage seen with the Z-3. Also, the sub volume has been moved from the always inaccessible depths of the space under the table to the control unit. Also, the protective cover that came with the Z-3 has been eliminated. Judging by our own review and other reviews on various websites, these changes address all the major complaints leveled at the Z-3. How often does this happen?

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In the box you get two satellites, a subwoofer, a control unit, a stereo cable, a quick start sheet and a power cable. Setup is, as expected, ridiculously easy. Satellites use heavier metal in the stands to prevent the speakers from tipping over and do not offer tilting. Each contains three actuators: two 2-inch pressure actuators and one 2-inch dome actuator. The launcher layout is designed to give the satellites better mid/low frequency response. The outer surface is matte silver, while the front surface around the silver drivers is glossy black. The Logitech logo adorns the center of the top driver, with “Z-4” on the bottom. We found it unattractive, but since the logos are a slightly darker gray than the background, they don’t draw much attention. The 8-inch subwoofer is a bit large for a 2.1 setup, but it’s also uncomfortably light, which makes us worry about being able to really capture those lower frequencies. The control unit plugs into the subwoofer, as do the satellites, and has the same color scheme as the satellites. Although the frequency response and power output are identical to the Z-3, you can bet with the driver changes that the Z-4 ​​will have a different sound signature. Frequency response is rated at 35Hz-20KHz, peak power at 80 watts, and RMS power sending 23 watts to the subwoofer and 8.5 watts to each satellite.

The control unit is significantly improved compared to the Z-3. The same blue LED indicates the speakers are on, there’s a headphone jack, and the button is large, but the similarities to the Z-3 end there. As mentioned earlier, the volume down button has been moved to the control panel in the form of a smaller, offset button. The headphone jack is placed next to the auxiliary line input, which is a new addition. Sound can be played through the auxiliary input and the main input at the same time. In fact, there is no way to choose which one is active. It may sound counterintuitive, but we’ve found that this setting is actually preferable. There’s never any need to change inputs because you only turn off one source. Also, plugging in headphones automatically mutes the speakers, with no manual mute control. Logitech clearly designed the system around simplicity, but more importantly, around the shared use of the 2.1 system. The Z-4 ​​is great for everyday use and requires no tinkering.

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Logitech Z-4Image courtesy of Logitech

Performance

But what do they sound like? We tested the Z-4s after a very short 10-hour run. If there is a significant change in sound quality during use, you can be sure it will be posted in the forum thread about this review. Even out of the box we were immediately impressed with the clarity of the sound. The sound is accurate at all levels. We thought the treble could be a bit attenuated at the very high frequencies, and the lows didn’t reach as far as we would have liked. This is still a critical review of the sound characteristics and we were generally very satisfied. The midrange was very clear, and the satellites performed exceptionally well at lower frequencies, thanks to design changes. What surprised us the most was how loud the Z-4s could get and still produce quality sound. Suffice it to say that for office applications there is enough volume to satisfy most users. After about half of maximum volume, the bass would start to drop off slightly, and the absence of lower frequencies was more noticeable. To give you an idea of ​​how loud the Z-4s can be, at the time of writing this review, they are playing at ¼ maximum volume while in a public office. If we turned the volume up half way, it would attract the attention of people down the hall.

Our audition selection consisted of techno, ethereal, rock and jazz. Everything sounded very good. Weaker deep bass mostly worked against jazz and ethereal. Techno tracks could get a little sharper at higher frequencies, but they didn’t suffer from a lack of bass. A certain part of the spectrum that is underrepresented is found in more analog or atmospheric background settings. In electronic music, the bass was very strong, even with the sub volume at half maximum. Rock music and Britpop sounded great, demonstrating the system’s ability to reproduce very precise vocal tones.

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Conclusion

The Logitech Z-4 should be at the top of your

Advantages:

– Excellent sound clarity

– Attractive aesthetics

– Decent volume level

Against:

– Somewhat weak bass

– Speaker surfaces are easily smeared

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