Logitech X-620

Review

posted 1/5/2004 by John Yan
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With the awesome Z-680 set from Logitech, where do they go. Well, with the new speaker sets being released by Logitech, the Z-680 still remains the high end model. But Logitech’s new lineup includes some nice sets for the more budget minded consumer. Today, we look at a 6.1 set from Logitech that’s labeled the X-620. It features six speakers and a sub woofer for a price of, $99?!? That’s right. For $99 you can have 6.1 surround sound. Let’s see how well the set is and if the $99 price tag makes this one of the more attractive sets out there.

The X-620 is the top of the X line that compliments the popular Z line of speakers. The X-620 is rated at 70.1 watts total RMS power. The satellites add up to 45.8 watts with the two fronts at 7.4 watts, the two rears at 7.5 watts, and the front and rear center at 8.0 watts. For the satellites, they feature a 2-inch high excursion driver. The other 24.3 watts is from the subwoofer. The subwoofer features an 8” pressure driver. 70.1 watts spread among 7 units doesn’t seem like a lot but as you will read later, it’s more than ample and a great fit for small sized rooms.

Controls are located in the right front speaker where there’s a power button, volume knob, surround sound switch, and headphone jacks. The bass knob is on the subwoofer, on the back where the connectors for the speakers are. That’s been common for a lot of sets but I would’ve preferred the bass knob to be with the other controls so that it was in a more convenient location. The right front speaker attaches to the subwoofer with a very secure serial plug and thumb screws. To connect to the sound card, a very long tri-cable from the right front speaker extends from the unit into three 1/8” plugs that are color coded similar to most sound card connections.

Like other sets from Logitech, you can hang the speakers on the wall. What’s nice about the X-620 sets are that you don’t have to unscrew the stand like the other Logitech sets. Rotation of the speaker is all that you need to put the base in position to be hung on the wall. There’s also a notch for a nail or screw in the bottom of the base so that you can hang it easily. It’s a nice touch by Logitech to make it very easy to convert the speaker from a standing mode to wall mounted mode.

Also, like most of the lower priced sets from Logitech, all the connectors for the speakers are regular composite like plugs. This does limit the distance you can place the speakers since the length of the cables are limited but with some parts from Radio Shack you can lengthen the connections. Each connector plug is color coded so you know what speakers connect to where thus making it less confusing.

The subwoofer not only provides the bass but also houses the connections for each speaker and the serial connector for the controls on the right front speaker. As stated before, the plugs and connections are color coded so you can easily see what goes where. The power cord also runs from the back of the subwoofer.
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