Logitech X-530 Afterthoughts

Logitech X-530

My new toy! Logitech 5.1 X-530.Woohoo~~~

No,I know that my laptop cannot support a 5.1 system.In fact,I don’t think there is any laptop out there that is able to support a 5.1 system.And then why the hell I get a 5.1 for?Ah well,it was a long story.

I did a fair bit of research and finally thought I should get myself a 2.1 system,the first on my list was a Logitech X-230 which would cost me AUD59(RRP:AUD 89),which I thought was quite a good deal.When I first looked for a new speakers system,I chanced upon the Logitech 5.1 X-530 going for AUD89(RRP:a whopping AUD149!) actually,a 5.1 system for a decent price.I wanted to buy it then but the shop ran out of stocks.Thus,I went back and thought hard on which to buy.I was rather torn between the 2 actually,didn’t know which to choose.An AUD30 increase would get me a 5.1 system is rather tempting.However,after knowing that my laptop couldn’t support a 5.1 system(I didn’t know that at first),I decided to get the 2.1 X-230.You see,a 5.1 system has three audio input cables so as to give a feeling of surround system.2 for the front,and 1 for the back,all independent of each other.No,not even those powerful desktop of yours can support it if you don’t have a good soundcard that supports a 5.1 system.And thus,I went back to the shop the next day,with X-230 in my mind.I went there the day before and they have stocks of X-230 but not of X-530.

Guess what?When I got there,a new batch of X-530s just came in and they ran out of X-230.Life is really full of surprises.After much thought,i.e. a minute or two,I decided to get the 5.1 X-530.I thought it was really a good deal anyway.Maybe next time,I would have a PC setup that are able to support a 5.1,I thought then.That’s all the story.

Since my laptop could only support stereo at best i.e. a 2.1 system,I hooked up the X-530 like a 2.1 system. I kept the 2 rear speakers in the box after I found out that they didn’t produce any sound unless I connect the rear cable of the 3 cables.Since my laptop comes with 2 audio output,I connect the 2 cables that power the front speakers.Thus,my setup is like a 3.1 system.Weird……but it works.
So far so good,I am not exactly an audiophile myself.But the sound is definitely A LOT nicer compared to my laptop speakers.I did have a Sony headphone with me but a stereo with a woofer definitely sounds nicer.The design of the speakers are pretty sleek as well,shiny black body.The subwoofer is pretty powerful too that I have to turn it on only slightly up as not to wake my housemates up at night.Can’t wait to organise a booze party with all the girls lay my hand on a PC setup that supports 5.1.That would have to wait a while I guess…..
Till next update,adios.

Speakers? Logitech X-530?

Logitech X-530

Technical Specifications

  • Total RMS power: 70 watts RMS
    • Satellites: 45 watts RMS (2 x 7.4 watts front, 15.5 watts center, 2 x 7.4 watts rear)
    • Subwoofer: 25 watts RMS
  • Total peak power: 140 watts
  • Frequency response: 40Hz – 20kHz
  • Drivers:
    • Satellites: (2) 2″ drivers per satellite
    • Subwoofer: 5.25″ ported driver
  • Speaker dimensions (H x W x D):
    • Satellites: 8″ x 2.5″ x 3″
    • Subwoofer: 9″ x 6″ x 9.25″
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: >96dB

Hmm….I am contemplating to get this to put in my room to plug into my laptop, Logitech 5.1 X-530 priced currently at 90AUD. However, the woofer seems to be a bit underpowered.Have to go and have a look myself first.Before that,I have to submit a proposal to the Menteri Kewangan first to see how things go. Any audiophiles here care to recommend me something either a 2.1 or 5.1 under AUD100?I am not much of an audiophiles myself.I am not exactly muscically inclined I must admit.

My requirements?Under AUD100, a powerful woofer and good value for money of course.

Thanks.

*29/9/2006 update: plan dropped,5.1 needs a 3 channel sound card output while my laptop has only 1 channel output.Aiks…..*