Logitech X-540 5.1 Speaker System
Reviewed by: Makaveli
Reviewed on: May 9, 2007
Price: $99 USD
Going to the movies is one of America’s favorite pastimes. You can sit down and watch the big screen and feel immersed by the movie because of the surround sound. Can you get that same experience on your computer in the comfort of your own home? Let’s look into Logitech’s new X-540 5.1 surround speaker system to see if these speakers can put you into the movie, game, or studio.
Logitech is one of the most renowned computer peripheral manufacturers in the world. The company has an excellent track record for producing some of the highest quality peripherals available on the market. I know that almost all of my friends have Logitech speakers and their systems sound amazing. I’m anxious to see how well these sound.
The box that was shipped to my house was fairly small, but it wasn’t very light. Once I pulled it out of the shipping box, I got a glimpse of what I was about to shake my house with.
On top of the box, there is a giant “X”, product logo, and a small picture of the system. The front and back of the box display the system and some key features. Some of these features include the system having a peak power of 140 watts! That’s excellent for a computer speaker system in my book.
The other sides of the box display the specifications and contents of the system within. Something I’ve always admired about Logitech is that they always put multiple languages on their packaging.
Upon opening the box, I was amazed at how neatly nested everything was. I could instantly tell that the subwoofer was on the right and the speakers were stored in the box on the left.
The first thing I want to look at is the subwoofer. The subwoofer was wrapped in a plastic bag with its cables wrapped individually as well.
Once I unwrapped everything from the subwoofer, I was surprised at how nice it looked. The front vent of the subwoofer displays the Logitech logo. The sides of the subwoofer are finely crafted and have a nice finish to them. The back of the sub has eight ports for the speakers and connectors to the sound card. Also, notice the cables that come out of the subwoofer. One is for power and the other is the master control unit. This little unit has two knobs, two buttons, and a headphone jack. The big knob is for master volume; the second knob is for bass. The buttons are for system power and “Matrix” which toggles the system between 5.1 and 2.1 depending on the user’s needs. I’ll go more in depth on this control unit in the “Configuration” section. The last part of the subwoofer that I want to show you is the bottom. You can see the actual subwoofer here; it’s about four inches in diameter.
The most amazing part about the packaging was how Logitech fit five speakers into one little box.
Four of the speakers are pictured below; two for the right side and two for the left side. On each side, one of the speakers has a short cable and one has a long cable. The long cabled speakers are to be mounted behind you.
The base of these speakers is of most interest to me. They can be turned so that they are at an angle for you to mount them onto a wall around you. The pictures below display the speaker base being shifted. The rubber feet on the speakers help keep them held onto the surface they are seated on.
The other speaker in the box is the center speaker. This speaker is just a horizontal version of the other speakers. The base of this speaker moves towards you or away from you.
Now that we’ve examined the individual parts, let’s get a group photograph of all the included items in this system.
The last thing we’ll look at are the accessories. Besides the 5.1 system, you get an instruction manual, a set of cables that go from the subwoofer to your sound card, and a 3.5mm to RCA adapter that lets you connect the speakers to devices such as a TV, DVD player, or Xbox.
Installing the 5.1 system is very simple; the only hard part is if you want to have surround sound. Before we get into that, let’s start with the basics. First, find a place to seat your subwoofer; I chose to place mine under my desk. Once it’s in place, plug each speaker in by its respective color until all speakers are correctly plugged in.
After that, use the supplied cable to connect your sound card’s green, black, and yellow ports to the subwoofer’s green, black, and yellow ports; which are the top three ports on the back of the subwoofer.
After you’re done with the subwoofer connections, plug it in. I set the master control unit on my desk so that I could easily get to it to modify the sound. Below is a shot of my current setup.
To set up your surround sound, fold the feet of the speakers that will go behind you until they are completely locked in the position pictured below.
Place a nail in the desired spot and hit it in until there is just enough room to slide the speaker’s foot onto it. The part you’ll slide on is circled below in red; you just slide the nail up until it can’t go any further.
The last thing to configure is the master control unit. As mentioned before, this unit controls the master volume, bass, 5.1 or 2.1 settings, and power. If you press “Matrix” and the green LED light is off, that means only the front right and left speakers, as well as the subwoofer, are working. If it’s on, then all of the speakers and the subwoofer are on. The power button is pretty self explanatory. The headphone jack is very useful because as soon as your headphones are in, the power is cut to the speakers and only your headset is outputting the sound. The only down side is that the master control unit is completely disabled when you plug your headphones into it.
- Total RMS power: 70watts RMS Satellites: 45 watts RMS (2 x 7.4W front, 15.4W center, 2 x 7.4W rear
- Subwoofer: 25 watts RMS
- Total peak power: 140 watts
- Frequency response: 40Hz - 20kHz
- Satellites: (2) 2" drivers per satellite
- Subwoofer: 5.25" ported driver
- Speaker dimensions (H x W x D):
- Satellites: 8.4" x 3.2" x 5.0"
- Center channel: 7.8" x 4.75" x 3.75"
- Subwoofer: 11.25" x 6.5" x 9.75"
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
- ASUS P5N32-SLi SE Deluxe Motherboard
- OCZ Gold 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2 800 Memory
- eVGA 7950GT KO Video Card
- XG Vortec 600watt Power Supply
- Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive
- Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
- Seagate 80GB IDE Hard Drive
- LG DVD-R DL Burner
- Windows XP Media Center 2005
- Audigy 2 Sound Card
- Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Full Tower Case
The only way that I wanted to test this sound system is to attempt to blow a speaker or get it to crackle or sound bad. I played multiple songs at full blast that played a lot of high notes, bass, and many sounds at once. The subwoofer always sounded very clean when it hit no matter what I threw at it. Since I’m in the basement, I played a few songs with a lot of bass while I was upstairs to see if I could hear it. I could hear it clear as day and it was loud! It was seriously deafening to sit in front of this system while it was turned up to the maximum. On my old set of Dell speakers, you could really tell how crappy they were when you turned the music up to their maximum because it was crackly and just didn’t sound right. I’ve never heard such crisp sounding computer speakers in my life, and that’s quite a claim. Even my buddies were awed at how good these sounded and just how loud you could get them.
Don’t pass up this 5.1 speaker system from Logitech when you’re shopping for a new set of computer speakers or home entertainment speakers. The bass that is produced by the subwoofer is so clean hitting that all of the songs I played sounded a tad better than before. Having a master control unit to control the master volume, bass, and 5.1 or 2.1 setup is perfect. When my speakers are hooked up behind me and I’m not watching a movie or playing a game, I like to just use the 2.1 setup. At full blast, I honestly felt like I was sitting front row at a Carlos Santana concert listening to him play some of the meanest guitar solos ever known to man. My gaming got elevated to a whole new level because I actually jumped when I got shot from behind because I heard the sound behind me and it just made the game more realistic. I felt as if I was getting shot at when Tony Montana went on his rampage and shot up his house. These 5.1 surround sound speakers really do put you into the game, movie, and studio.
- Crisp Sound
- Clean hitting bass
- Master control unit
- While headphones are in use the master control unit is deactivated