Date: October 14th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted By: Logitech
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
The two rather hefty 40watt satellite speakers come with removable cover grilles that protect the 3-inch phase plug driver which handles the high and mid range frequency load when in use. The speaker stands are isolated from the desktop through four rubber pads that are resistant to sliding and grip rather well.
What I also found interesting is that you can reverse the stands and be able to mount the speakers on the wall if you would like the speakers off of your desktop. All that needs to be removed is one screw and in ten seconds it is changed. This is very handy if you have a small desk where desktop real estate is at a premium.
From the satellites we move to this behemoth subwoofer which is the real heart and soul of the Z2200 speaker system. Just look at this huge monster with its (H) 11 inch x (W) 11 inch x (D) 15 inch dimensions. Without a doubt this thumping bad boy needs to have a home under your desk and not on top. Having it on top will only have it clear your desk of paper thanks to the woofer port on the side.
This 120watt RMS 8 inch long throw woofer should absolutely toy with anything a day to day or audiophile user can throw at it. It is crazy that there is 120watts RMS of dedicated power only for this woofer alone. That is a little staggering seeing that some awesome preceding higher end 2.1 systems I have previously reviewed would be lucky to hit 100 watts RMS for the whole system combined.
The side of the woofer has externally vented 3 inch port which can be used as a handy dandy leaf blower when you really push the woofer output on some of the subwoofer low frequency test audio files. But honestly, keep this subwoofer in a open area where this port can breathe and as mentioned earlier, don't mount this woofer on your desk. Put it on the floor where it belongs.
The rear of the subwoofer is comprised of the speaker connections which I will briefly cover in the next section along with the heatsink that passively cools the onboard amplifier pumping out the total 200watts RMS of wall shaking power for the whole system. Do your speaker system a favor and set it in an unconfined place so it can cool itself properly and don't stick in a small hole in your desk. All you will have is an overheating amplifier and possible sound system failure.