Say goodbye to small computer speakers that sound horrible, and say hello to the Logitech Z313, a super cool little system that offers an amazing listening experience.
Can a full-range speaker system really be any good at this price?
Yes, not only does the Logitech Z313 offer a substantial improvement in sound for any PC or laptop, phone, tablet, TV or MP3 player, it is also about as easy as it gets to set up and use.
Just connect the satellites to the subwoofer, plug the subwoofer into the headphone jack, and that’s it!
Not only that, but these Logitech speakers look really sharp, seem to be made of high quality materials and offer great features.
And, most importantly, they sound pretty amazing for the price.
Read on to find out more about one of the best values we’ve found in budget speaker systems – the Logitech Z313.
Logitech Z313 Review: Ideal for Performance, Budget, and Reliability
Sure, your computer’s built-in speakers can get you by.
They will play music, game, and movie soundtracks, but they will never offer a full and satisfying sound.
Even a modest set of external speakers – especially with a subwoofer – can change everything.
You can go from barely adequate sound to a complete listening experience, with bright, detailed highs, warm and realistic vocals and exciting, energetic bass.
And you don’t have to spend much money to get there.
The Logitech Z313 speaker system is one of the very best values we’ve found, and can really change how you listen to music and movies for very little money.
Let’s dive into the full Logitech Z313 speaker system review.
What Comes in the Logitech Z313 Package?
- 1 Subwoofer
- 2 Satellite Speakers
- Control Pod
- User Documentation
- All necessary Cables (including color-coded audio and power cables)
The Sound – The Most Crucial Aspect of a Speaker!
In reviewing the Z313 speaker system I listened to a variety of music genres, from Classical to Hard Rock and Metal and everything in between, and in every case, the sound was remarkable for their size and price.
The Logitechs have quite a wide frequency response, with nice, detailed highs and fairly deep bass too.
They are surprisingly good with vocals considering their price, and guitars, piano, and other instruments sound solid and realistic.
The bass is also surprisingly good for this price range – not the deepest or most powerful, but quite satisfying for movies and music – even rap, hip-hop and electronica.
Overall the sound quality of the Logitech Z313 speaker system is much better than I might have expected.
They gave me a solid stereo image, had plenty of power for my office, the highs, midrange, and bass notes were well balanced, and the sound was detailed, smooth, and rich.
Compatibility – With What Systems does it Work?
Pretty much everything!
The Logitech Z313 speaker system works with a wide variety of sources, including any computer or notebook, cell phones, tablets, MP3 music players, televisions, gaming systems, and virtually anything else which has a headphone output.
The Z313 does not use bluetooth, so it doesn’t matter what operating system your computer uses, or if it even has bluetooth drivers.
Virtually any computer system (and pretty much any other gear that plays music, movies, or games) will have a headphone jack, and so the Z313 is almost universally compatible.
This makes the set-up amazingly easy and fast.
No configuration, no messing with computer drivers or sound cards.
All you have to do is:
- plug the satellite speakers into the subwoofer
- plug the subwoofer into the computer or other device
- plug the system into the wall outlet (AC or Mains)
And that’s it!
Literally just a few seconds, and you are ready to enjoy their great sound!
Autopsy of the Speaker: What Makes the Logitech Z313 Speakers the Best Speakers Compared to an OK Speaker?
A Component Overview of the Logitech Z313
The Logitech Z313 speaker system is what is called a 2.1 system, meaning it has 2 small stereo speakers and 1 subwoofer.
The speakers and subwoofer each have their own built-in amplifiers, with 25 watts total power, which accounts for their exciting, dynamic sound quality.
Let’s look at each of the Z 313’s components separately.
The Satellite Speakers
The Logitech Z313 has two satellite speakers for full stereo sound.
They are quite small, less than 150 mm tall, and can fit anywhere, but when positioned properly they offer excellent stereo imaging and a big sound.
The Z313 subwoofer is used for deep bass.
It is larger than the satellites, but still quite compact, yet despite its small size offers quite good bass response – deep and rich, without being too boomy.
The Active Crossover
The active crossover is one of the secrets to the remarkable sound of these inexpensive speakers.
Active crossovers are often found in much more expensive speakers and stereo systems.
They use different amplifier sections for each of the stereo speakers, and another, larger amplifier for the subwoofer.
This allows better sound quality from the highest notes down to the deepest bass, and gives music, movies and games an excitingly energetic presentation and weight.
The Control Pod
The simple control pod included with the speaker system has a power switch and a volume control.
While some people worry that there is no separate control for bass level, this is not uncommon for a speaker in this price category – and anyway, the level of bass can easily be controlled by changing the position of the subwoofer in the room.
5 Features You’ll Love about the Logitech Z313 Speaker System Setup
The Logitech Z313 speaker setup comes with everything you need for great sound and offers a great balance of features and sound quality for the money.
Here are some features that are really hard to find in this range of price.
With 25 watts of power, this system will play louder, and with more clarity, than lots of other speaker systems in its price range.
You can really turn up the volume and still enjoy detailed, warm and balanced sound.
The satellite speakers and the subwoofer all have compact designs, which means they can fit into tight spaces and offer a lot of set-up options and flexibility.
Despite their small size, though, they offer much bigger sound than you might expect.
The subwoofer, especially, offers surprisingly good, deep, and powerful bass for its size, and offers quite an exciting listening experience with music, movies, games, and more.
Control at Hand
The wired remote control is super handy to have.
Whether you want to play music softly or really crank it up, the volume control is right in your hand.
If you are listening late at night, and the sound suddenly gets too loud, it is really convenient to be able to instantly turn it down.
Not only that, but the control pod also has a built in headphone jack.
This is rare for a speaker of this low price and makes private listening much easier – especially if you are not sitting right next to your computer.
One of the best things about the Logitech Z313 2.1 speaker system is how it looks.
Simple, minimalist design and apparently very high levels of fit and finish mean these speakers look as good as much more expensive systems, and should stay that way for years to come.
Anybody can set up the Logitech Z313 speakers – even if you have absolutely no technical understanding, and have never set up speakers before.
It takes only a matter of moments, and so you can enjoy the great sound right away.
And, their simple wired connections, including a 3.5-inch headphone jack, means they can be connected to virtually any equipment.
Pros & Cons of Logitech Z313 Speaker System
|✅ Pros||❌ Cons|
|Clarity and richness of sound – with their active crossovers and excellent drivers, the Logitech Z313s sound better than even many more expensive systems||No control for bass level – there is no control on the remote or the subwoofer for making the bass louder or softer, but this can also be handled by changing the position of the subwoofer box|
|Bass response – the small subwoofer offers surprisingly deep and exciting bass||No bluetooth – this means these speakers cannot be used wirelessly, but the 3.5 inch headphone jack does make them compatible to almost any equipment out there|
|25 watts of power – enough for lots of different rooms and set-ups, and great for the price|
|Beautiful design – great looks and superior build quality|
|Headphone jack – located on the control pod, this makes private, late-night listening super convenient|
|Affordable – all of this comes at an almost unbelievably low price!|
Logitech Z323 Vs Z313- What is the Difference?
You may also be looking at the Logitech Z323 speaker system, a slightly more expensive model from the same company.
So, which is a better choice for you? Let’s briefly compare the two.
The Z323 speakers offer a little more power – 30 watts total instead of 25 watts – but this might not make much real difference in most cases.
The Z323 speakers have two input connectors – a 3.5 mm headphone jack and RCA connectors – which makes them a little more flexible and that you could connect two different sources at once.
The Z313 speaker system only has one connector – the 3.5 headphone jack – but this will let you use pretty much any source you might have, including any computer, phone, MP3 player and more. In either case, there is no Bluetooth connectivity.
The Z313 speakers, though less expensive, are actually more convenient to use – they have a remote control pod, which has both a headphone jack and a volume control, where the Z323 system doesn’t have a control pod, and the volume control and headphone jack are built into one of the speakers.
Both speakers offer great sound and great value for the money, but it seems to me that the slight improvements you get from the more expensive system aren’t worth the added cost.
When you throw in the control pod included with the less expensive Z313s, the choice is pretty clear, and it is easy to understand why they are a much more popular model.
|Feature||Logitech Z323||Logitech Z313|
|Audio Wattage||30 Watts||25 Watts|
|Sound Channel Configuration||2.1||2.1|
|Satellites||2 x 6W||2 x 5W|
|Weight||3.56 Kg||2.8 Kg|
|Dimension||23.8 x 25.1 x 24.8 cm||33 x 24 x 16 cm|
My Experience with the Logitech Z313 Speaker System – Using, Listening, Loving!
Look and Feel of the Logitech Z313 Speaker System
I was impressed right away with the look and feel of these speakers.
For the money, they are quite stylish, and look great in my office.
The materials seem to be of reasonably high quality, and I suspect they will look (and sound) good for some time.
The speakers and subwoofer, while small, feel substantial, and the cabinets are solid, with very little resonant sound when I knock them with my knuckle – an important factor in reproducing the best sound quality!
Features of the Logitech Z313 Speaker System
I have set up lots of different speaker systems, and I know my way pretty well, but I still absolutely love it when speakers are this easy to hook up!
I set the two satellite speakers on my desk, one on the left and one on the right, and put the subwoofer under the desk.
I then ran the two speaker wires to the subwoofer, plugged the subwoofer into my computer’s headphone jack, plugged it into the wall, and I was done!
I loved using the control pod for adjusting the volume, and it is very important to me that it has a headphone jack, since the speakers are using my main headphone jack.
Also, connecting my MP3 player, my phone or anything else was incredibly easy – just turn the volume down, unplug the speakers from the computer’s headphone jack and plug them into whatever I want to listen to.
Performance of the Logitech Z313 Speaker System
The specifications that Logitech claims for the Z313 speaker system are in line with other systems in this price range – 25 total watts of power, a frequency response of 48 to 20,000 Hz.
Usually, though, when I am listening to budget speakers, I have the feeling that these are just made-up numbers.
That is, the high frequencies don’t go anywhere that high, the bass doesn’t go that deep, and the system doesn’t really have that much power.
But with the Logitech Z313, I think the numbers are pretty accurate.
They sound great from the highest to the lowest notes, and offer plenty of power and energy for all kinds of music and movie soundtracks.
The small, full-range drivers of the Z313 satellites may not seem like much, but they offer a satisfying sound, relatively low distortion and are smooth and open sounding – quite impressive, in fact, considering their low price.
Their frequency response does not extend too high, but probably higher than most systems in this price range, and better than I might have expected.
More importantly, they avoid the shrill, unpleasant high frequencies I have heard so often in other budget speaker systems.
Vocals sound nice and realistic, probably because of the port built into each satellite speaker, and the stereo image is solid and engaging – I can really hear different instruments and singers in different places, each with their own space and sound.
The bass put out by the Logitech Z313 subwoofer is satisfying.
To be sure, for this price you’re never going to get the kind of full-body bass experience you would have in a movie theater, a concert or a club – in fact, you don’t really get that with even some very expensive speakers – but there is definitely enough to feel, and the subwoofer makes both music and movies exciting to listen to.
Some people seem to think the bass is a little boomy – that is, it is louder with some notes, softer with others, and doesn’t go too deep.
I found, though, that this Logitech subwoofer sounds much, much better if you just adjust its position, moving it closer to or farther from walls and corners.
In the end, I found it quite smooth and deep considering its super-low price.
Watch Logitech Z313 – Unboxing & Review
Logitech Z313 Review – Frequently Asked Question
Why are my Logitech Z313 speakers not working?
Answer: Make sure all the cables are connected correctly.
Check that the speakers are turned on, and that the volume control is turned up.
Finally, make sure that the volume control on your computer (or whatever source you’re using, like MP3, phone or tablet) is also turned up, and that something is playing.
How to set up Logitech Z313 speakers?
Answer: The Logitech Z313 speaker system setup is most effortless, and hardly takes a minute or two.
Plug the speakers into the subwoofer, the subwoofer into the wall and the computer’s headphone jack, and you’re done!
How good is the Logitech Z313 driver?
Answer: The speakers have full-range 2 inch metal drivers with a rubber surround – quite fancy and quite substantial for this price category.
Does the Logitech Z313 system include a users manual?
Answer: Yes, you will get a user’s manual inside the box – although they are so easy to set up and to use you may never even look at it!
How to connect Logitech Z313 speakers to a TV or monitor?
Answer: Locate the television’s headphone jack, which may be on the front or back. Plug the cable coming from the subwoofer into that headphone jack, and that’s it!
If you are looking for an inexpensive stereo speaker system for your desktop computer, laptop, phone, tablet, MP3 player, television or any other source, the Logitech Z313 just may be a perfect choice.
For very little money, you can get an enormous improvement in sound quality compared to the built in speakers in any of those components.
Music will play louder, sound more clear and less distorted, and there will be a much deeper and more exciting bass response.
Compared to other speaker systems in this price range, the Logitech Z313 speaker system looks and sounds great, offers really nice features and is exceptionally easy to set up.
And the sound quality is much better than many other budget speaker systems I have listened to, and quite a pleasant surprise for the money!
I might close by saying that you should never expect too much from a budget speaker system, but in fact, when I was listening to the Logitech Z313s I kind of forgot all of that and just enjoyed the music!