Log­itech MX Sound Blue­tooth speakers

Af­ford­able Blue­tooth speakers

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$99.99 From Log­itech, log­itech.com Fea­tures 12W (RMS) power out­put, 2x 3.5mm au­dio in­puts Needs Blue­tooth, 3.5mm au­dio out

We liked the new MX mice and key­boards re­leased by Log­itech re­cently, which pro­vided in­ge­nious fea­tures such as the abil­ity to quickly switch con­trol be­tween two sep­a­rate com­put­ers, and the com­pany’s new MX Sound speakers at­tempt to pro­vide sim­i­lar ver­sa­til­ity when you’re lis­ten­ing to mu­sic on your Mac, iPhone or iPad.

The two com­pact speakers stand just 160mm wide and 160mm high, so they’ll sit com­fort­ably on ei­ther side of your Mac without tak­ing up too much desk space. The speakers pro­vide Blue­tooth for iOS de­vices, and can pair with two de­vices at once. There are also two 3.5mm con­nec­tors for au­dio in­put from a Mac or other wired de­vice, and a head­phone con­nec­tor as well. And, just like the other Log­itech MX prod­ucts, the MX Sound en­ables you to switch be­tween de­vices — ei­ther Blue­tooth or wired — quickly and eas­ily. All you have to do is pause the au­dio on one de­vice and then start play­ing a track on the other one, and the MX Sound will au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect the new au­dio in­put and switch over for you.

You’re not go­ing to get hi-fi qual­ity from a set of speakers cost­ing $100, but the MX Sound does a good job for such a com­pact lit­tle set of speakers. They pro­duce a warm, full sound with the massed har­monies of Some­body To Love by Queen, and man­age to cre­ate an open, ex­pan­sive sound­stage for the widescreen at­mo­spher­ics of Enya’s Orinoco Flow. The only mi­nor dis­ap­point­ment is the bass out­put. To be fair, the lit­tle bass port (which does dou­ble duty as a stand) on each speaker adds some body to the mid-bass on pop tracks like Blondie’s Rap­ture, but the small speakers do strug­gle to get down to the deeper, elec­tronic bass of Prime Evil by The Orb. There are big­ger and bet­ter speakers around, but if you need just a com­pact set of desk­top speakers to en­hance mu­sic and video on your Mac and mo­bile de­vices then the MX Sound will do the trick very nicely, without cost­ing the earth.

The bot­tom line. The MX Sound man­ages to squeeze very re­spectable sound qual­ity into com­pact and af­ford­able stereo speakers that make a great com­pan­ion for a desk­top Mac, iPad or iPhone. Con­nec­tiv­ity is good, too, with quick and easy switch­ing be­tween Blue­tooth and wired con­nec­tions. Cliff Joseph

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