Tuesday, October 18, 2011

7.1 Surround

It should come as little surprise that I have my apartment wired with speakers (almost) everywhere, especially since I think I've mentioned it before. It's not really surround, because left and right speakers aren't always on the left or right, but for the amount of money I've spent and am willing to spend.

The system is completely jury-rigged, mostly because I can't open up the walls to put in decent wires, nor do I have an amp as the hub. Really what I have is a couple of headphone splitters and a lot of headphone extension cords. It's not important to me to have true surround, what it important is the have music (nearly) omnidirectional and to be able to heard my music clearly regardless where I am in my apartment.

Whether I'm sitting at my desk, lying on my bed, working in my kitchen, in the sitting room, or in the bathroom, I want to be able to hear my music without "overhearing" it from a different room.

I've long known that my existing system as it was when I moved into my apartment was insufficient, seeing as I had a stereo system with two satelites (one of which is fried), a portable speaker system with stereo speakers set close enough together it might as well be mono and a miniscule subwoofer in the back (so small it's hardly worth metioning except for the fact it was the only subwoofer in my system), and a pair of old computer speakers that are probably half as old as I am. Each of these pieces has its own volume control that I've had to carefully adjust to get the omindirectional feeling I'm seeking.

I've been looking at getting another set for a while, cheap but decent quality, and saving my monthly allowance of petty cash to pay for it.

I finally found what I was looking for, with the right mix of quality reviews and low cost.

The Logitech Z313 is a 2.1 speaker system. That means two satelites and a subwoofer. When I opened the box, the subwoofer was larger than I expected, and the satelites smaller, but they sound good together.

When I was reading the reviews, I saw several complaints about the subwoofer being too strong and the system not having independent volume control for it. I do agree that the subwoofer is a little strong, especially if this system is being used on its own. As I will rarely turn it on without the rest of my system however, the difference isn't noticeable, because I'll turn the entire set of speakers down and my other scattered speakers will pick up the lost volume from the satelites.

The mid- and higher-pitches sound good, tough I will be the first to admit I don't have the best ear, nor the highest expectations.

For the price, the system is perfect ($50 at Target), adding the depth of sound that my jury-rigged system has been missing since its inception five years ago.