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Hey guys,

I have a Logitech Z-2300 setup and the sound is not quite what I want anymore. I was wondering if it was just as simple as buying a new pair of bookshelf spks to replace the existing flat sounding ones? I would keep the sub and volume controller, basically just replacing the speakers. If so, any suggestions that can be found in Canada? Thanks!!!
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Doesn't work like that. If you want real speakers you need to get either an A/V receiver or an amp.

I would recommend the Energy RC-10 speakers but you can not find them anywhere now. They were the best speakers to get when they were on clearance everywhere for $300. Were better than some speakers costing $1000 a pair.

There are some good deals on Monitor Audio BX2 speakers on ebay. Those got some of the top ratings in terms of price vs performance. But you NEED a receiver or AMP to power them.
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You can technically do that, but not recommended.

The amp isn't that great to start off with and you are bypassing a signal using an RCA cable. Now these are typically used for low level stuff so they aren't made to deliver a lot of watts. You would need to make your own cables.

The amp can matter quite a bit for sound quality.
    
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So I'm guessing that even if I put the effort in, there would be no real gains to sound quality. Bummer

Thanks for the advise guys!!!
    
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So I'm guessing that even if I put the effort in, there would be no real gains to sound quality. Bummer

Thanks for the advise guys!!!
There would be, but not as much as you may have imagined.
    
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You can technically do that, but not recommended.

The amp isn't that great to start off with and you are bypassing a signal using an RCA cable. Now these are typically used for low level stuff so they aren't made to deliver a lot of watts. You would need to make your own cables.

The amp can matter quite a bit for sound quality.
Hooking up REAL speakers to the Subwoofer's terminals will offer NO sound. The outputs of power from the sub are like 10watts. To drive REAL speakers you must have an amp that can put out good amounts of power (50w-100w) per channel.

Of course you will not be using all of it if you do not blast them. I actually came from the Z-5500 and upgraded to a real audio system. I tried what the OP asked and it does not work.
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OK so I know this is YEARS later but it'll be beneficial to someone else I'm sure.

So first off: no, the Logitech Z-2300 speakers are NOT 10W per channel nor is the amp that powers them. I know it was 2011 but the internet was around then too as were the boxes that had all the details. The satellite speakers are powered with 40W RMS per channel, 120W for the sub. I totally understand wanting to swap out the speakers for something a little better and it is absolutely possible. Bookshelf speakers are what you are looking for. However, most of them are passive and you'll need to jerry-rig them to work with an RCA connection which isn't really the solution you're looking for. The amp in the sub is OK but not great. So perhaps you might be looking for powered speakers that have their own power source and just connect via RCA connection for control. I haven't personally tried this yet but I'm considering buying a pair of Mackie CR3 speakers since they handle 50W RMS of clean power and are around $70 new. They have RCA connections.

In all honesty, you're eventually going to be better off replacing the entire system. Go buy a Vizio soundbar for $150 on eBay or something and you'll get louder speakers and reasonable bass. The subwoofer on the Logitech Z2300 system is pretty capable for its size/power but it's not going to get you far enough to enjoy precision playback by any means.

Either fashion some bookshelf speakers to work with the RCA inputs or just replace the entire system. But know that you're working with roughly 40W RMS per channel (80W combined RMS) and so the ceiling is limited as to what you can realistically get out of the system.
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