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Logitec Z-2300 vs Altec Lansing VS4121

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  • 4% (1)
    Altec Lansing VS4121 2.1 Sound
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    Logitec Z-2300 2.1 Sound
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post #1 of 29
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Logitech (970118) Z-2300 2.1 Speaker System - 200W RMS - THX-certified - w/ Wired Remote - (Retail Box)

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...685&cid=SP.997

vs.

Altec Lansing VS4121 3PC 2.1 Speakers 31W RMS Black

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ltec%20Lansing

I want to keep the budget under maybe 140.00 incl. tax.

I use for Gaming, Music, and just the regular ol' stuff...

I also have a Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer Sound Card...

Any thoughts??

Thanks,

Shawnj0
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post #2 of 29
Well, with as much that's better about the Logitech's over the Altec Lansing's, there's one thing I really don't like about the Logitech's: their subwoofer's cabinet does not appear to be made from wood. Wood is probably the best material to use for subwoofer cabinets, and the Altec Lansing's subwoofer is housed in wooden cabinet. There's just nothing like the sound of a subwoofer housed in a wooden cabinet. It's so sweet.

I own the VS4121's, and I've been extremely happy with them. I bought them at around the same time I bought the Audigy 2 ZS, and I thought they made a great combination. Sure, the subwoofer would distort every now and then, but hey, I figured I got what I paid for out of the speakers.

But then I got the X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1. Let me tell ya, I have fallen in love with my speakers all over again. I haven't heard my subwoofer distort yet. In fact, it sounds like I just bought better speakers - much better speakers. I didn't know they sounded this good! The lows I'm getting out of this subwoofer are incredible. They're so deep, and so clean and thunderous. The crisp, clear and detailed highs are amazing. Sure, this speaker system may not have a hundred watts or more, but it sure sounds like it on this sound card!

My favorite thing about these speakers is the frequency response: 25Hz-15kHz (the Logitech's in question are 35Hz-20kHz). Now 25Hz is really low and deep. The X-Fi XtremeGamer can go as low as 10Hz, and since my speakers can go as low as 25Hz, I boosted the 26Hz frequency in the THX Bass Boost up by 2dB. That helps a little bit. I would've boosted 25Hz, but I'm a careful person.

All in all, I can see that the Logitech speakers you chose are better because they have a bigger subwoofer, much more power, but like I said, it doesn't look like they put the subwoofer in a wooden cabinet. I will never buy a speaker system where they use a plastic cabinet for the subwoofer. That has never been a good material for subwoofer cabinets, and it probably never WILL be.

All I can say is, unless this Logitech's subwoofer cabinet is wood, I'd go with the Altec Lansing's. Plus, they cost less!
post #3 of 29
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So pretty much, the Z-2300's are better, because they're stronger, but don't get it unless the sub is made from wood?

(This is why I should get the Altec's?)
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post #4 of 29
Well, I want to be sure to point out that I haven't heard the Logitech speakers yet. In fact, I haven't had the opportunity to listen to any of today's speakers. For all I know, these Logitech speakers probably blow my Altec Lansing vs4121's to smithereens. But even so, I love the sound quality from a wooden subwoofer cabinet vs. plastic. There is nothing like it.

But since these cost so much, and since they're THX certified, I half wonder if the subwoofer cabinet IS made out of wood. I wish I could find out.
post #5 of 29
The z-series it seems is the upper end of the logitech speaker line. I have the x-540's, and the woofer definitely feels like it is made of wood. I have some x-240's in the corner over here that have kind of a plastic-y feel, but it still seems like wood. The high end logi's most definitely use wood, and sound amazing to boot. I know a lot of people love the z-55 series, so the 23's are probably made with the same quality. just my 2 cents.
post #6 of 29
Altec Lansing sucks. I haven't seen anything from them that was worth the money.

The Z-2300's are pretty good. Klipsch stopped making their 2.1 systems I think, which would be a bit better than the Z-2300's.

Remember that by wood you mean MDF.
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Ya, Altec Lansing isn't that good. I would go for the Logitech Z-2300.
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alright, so you guys vouch for the z-2300s? I was almost sold by 5cheeselasagnas's peice about the altec speakers. :S Now i'm in a rut
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The Logitec Z-2300 are real good speakers i have them and they rock
 
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Hmm, if you guys heard these Altec Lansing speakers on this sound card, you might not say they suck, and that they're not worth the money.

But check out the video on TigerDirect's product page for the Z-2300. Just scroll down a little bit.

What I was trying to say that, the Logitech speakers are obviously superior. But, if that sub is made out of plastic, then what's the point? But they're THX Certified, so that cabinet probably is made out of wood.

I don't mean to make this cabinet material that big of an issue, but when I have compared wood vs. plastic, wood is hands down the winner, no question about it.

And like I say, my Altec Lansings only cost $79.59 CAD vs. $119.99 CAD, and they sound great, especially on this sound card. That's a $40 difference there, and I really don't know what you can afford. But if it were me, being budget minded, I'd definitely pick up the Altec Lansings. I'm amazed by these speakers every time I hear them now because of the X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1. And thanks to these speakers, I'm in search of some new speakers with a similar frequency response or wider (they're 25Hz-15kHz, and I'm looking for something more like 20Hz-20kHz!) I always want something better than what I have. lol
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