Logitech Z407 Bluetooth Computer Speakers with Subwoofer
We’re seeing fewer and fewer new desktop speakers these days, but they’re still available, typically with the extra bonus of Bluetooth connectivity for connecting your mobile devices. The Logitech Z407 is one such 2.1 system that provides great audio for the price of £79.99. The inbuilt subwoofer does not provide real subwoofer thunder, but it does give some deep, anchoring bass depth to the mix. It also includes a helpful desktop remote for an economical enhancement to your computer’s audio that also works nicely with mobile devices.
Logitech Z407 Design and Features
The Logitech Z407 system, which is available in black, has twin 10-watt satellite speakers with 2.3-inch drivers and a 20-watt subwoofer with a down-firing, 5-inch driver. The satellite speakers are 7.9 by 3.7 by 3.3 inches (HWD), while the sub is 9.5 by 9.2 by 7.0 inches (HWD).
The satellites have removable stands that either fit into the base so the speakers stand upright and lean back at an angle to better align with your ears—or they can clip into the long end of the speaker so the satellites rest horizontally on a surface. The drivers are also situated at the top of the satellites (when in vertical placement) to reduce the upward angle required to line up with your ears. We’ve seen a lot of desktop speakers do this incorrectly, but it’s not just the vertical/horizontal possibilities.
Semi-hardwired RCA-style wiring connects the speakers to the subwoofer’s rear panel. A micro USB connector for computer audio (no cable provided) and a 3.5mm aux input for connecting computers or mobile devices with headphone jacks are also located on the rear panel (a cable is included for this input). However, the cables are on the short side, which may limit speaker and/or subwoofer placement to some extent.
The device includes a wireless desktop remote dial that is approximately 2.8 inches in diameter. The remote is powered by two AAA batteries (included). There are no labels on the dial, only a black push-button top for a surface. One tap initiates playback, two taps advance a track, and three taps reverse a track. The top also has a revolving dial—moving it to the right increases volume, while turning it to the left decreases volume.
In addition to effortlessly connecting to PCs and other devices via a 3.5mm connector, the system is Bluetooth 5.0 compatible.
For a rather small, low-cost speaker system, the Logitech Z407 produces some remarkably high volume levels. At high levels, the DSP (digital signal processing) can compress the dynamics slightly, however, this is usually done to prevent distortion.
At moderate to high volume levels, the system offers a perceptible thud on tracks with heavy sub-bass content, such as The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” but at maximum volume levels, the subwoofer teeters on the verge of distortion. This isn’t surprising—2.1 speaker systems are seldom this cheap, so we’d expect the sub to have some limits on a difficult track like this. The near-distortion shakes the enclosure somewhat, not enough to spoil the audio experience, but enough to indicate that the volume should be reduced significantly.
Setting up the speakers through Bluetooth was so simple that before I realized it, I’d spent a significant amount of time listening to music and wondered if they weren’t truly very good-sounding speakers at all. I should mention that as far as Bluetooth audio is concerned, they are totally good, and after your ears adjust to the sound, it probably won’t sound horrible to you at all. However, I found myself missing some of the headroom and stereo separations that hi-fi audio provides. My go-to test songs seemed boxed in and cut off at the knees via a Bluetooth connection. These appear to connect through Bluetooth 5.0, but I’m inclined to assume they’re not utilizing one of the better audio protocols, such as AptX HD or LC3.
- Awe-inspiring sound with a rumbling subwoofer
- Design that is elegant, adaptable, and small.
- It is really inexpensive for what it provides.
- The soundstage is adequate but not spectacular.
- Initially, wireless control seemed perplexing.