Wire­less Style

Log­itech Z600

HWM (Singapore) - - Lab Test -

The Log­itech Z600 is a Blue­tooth-ca­pa­ble 2.0-chan­nel speaker sys­tem. Clad in fab­ric, the in­di­vid­ual speak­ers them­selves look like long necked, thin stemmed vases. Need­less to say, the Z600 cer­tainly can add a touch of grace to any desk­top thanks to their el­e­gant aes­thet­ics.

Blue­tooth-en­abled, the Z600 can be used wire­lessly in con­junc­tion with any A2DP­com­pat­i­ble de­vice. A to­tal of eight de­vices can be paired with the speak­ers, though only three de­vices can be con­nected at any time, with just one al­lowed to play­back au­dio. Tog­gling be­tween ac­tive de­vices for play­back is as easy as paus­ing the au­dio on one and play­ing au­dio on the sec­ond de­vice.

Flat ca­bles, the kind gen­er­ally ad­ver­tised as “tan­gle free” when used with ear­phones, con­nect the 2.0 speak­ers to a power source. While Blue­tooth is in­tended to be the pri­mary mode of play­back, a 3.5mm port and USB port can be found on the back of the right speak­ers for those who would pre­fer wired play­back. Ad­di­tion­ally, the top of the right speaker is touch sen­si­tive and can be used to con­trol the vol­ume of the speak­ers. The sur­face works sim­i­larly to the scroll wheels on Ap­ple’s iPod Clas­sic.

Each speaker unit of the Z600 is equipped with three driv­ers. While Log­itech has not fur­nished us with more de­tails, a sim­ple in­spec­tion of the speak­ers re­veals that at least one of the driv­ers is a down­fir­ing woofer unit. We as­sume that the other two com­prise of a tweeter and a full-range driver.

The three-driver com­bi­na­tion helps give the Z600 full and rich sound. We found the speaker’s adapt­able han­dling of the tre­bles and mids to be the most im­pres­sive as­pect of play­back. The prod­uct ren­dered the warmth and soul­ful na­ture of Melt My Heart To Stone by Adele, as well as the sharp, bit­ing at­tack of Buck­et­head’s gui­tars on Sail On Sooth­sayer with equal ease.

Also worth men­tion­ing is the wide sound­stage for the Z600. The 2.0-chan­nel speak­ers, as can be ex­pected, have dis­tinct left and right chan­nels. But the di­rec­tion­al­ity of the au­dio is clearly ev­i­dent and eas­ily dis­cernible. This makes the speak­ers good for play­ing au­dio from movies.

The as­pect of the Z600’s sound we had prob­lems with was its bass per­for­mance. With­out a ded­i­cated sub-woofer, the low fre­quen­cies, while present in the mix, lacked the depth and ex­ten­sion we ex­pected. The down-fir­ing na­ture of the woofer driver for the Z600 also meant that low fre­quen­cies failed to de­liver on im­pact.

Priced at $219, the Z600 are still worth look­ing into, if you’re keen on a set of desk­top speak­ers. El­e­gant aes­thet­ics make them easy on the eye, while the touch vol­ume con­trol and Blue­tooth ca­pa­bil­i­ties add a touch of user-friend­li­ness. Sound qual­ity should also please the ma­jor­ity of lis­ten­ers as long as they are will­ing to live with slightly ane­mic bass per­for­mance.

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