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Logitech upgraded their older Z623 speaker to feature an optical port and branded it the Z625. The optical port opens up a wider array of connectivity options such as the ability to hook them up to a TV or Console directly. While these speakers are perfect for movie watching and casual gaming, their ability to belt out good music was surprising to say the least. The official (MRP) price tag on the Logitech Z625 is high, but their street price is considerably lower – anywhere between Rs. 7500 to Rs. 8999. At that price range you’d be hard pressed to find a better sounding 2.1 system.
1. Biostar Hi-Fi Z87X 3D Ver. 5.x motherboard: Onboard analog out capable of decoding 24 bit/192KHz
2. ASUS Xonar Essence STX: Discrete PCIe Sound Card featuring the Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC
3. S/PDIF pass-through on discrete sound card
4. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to test the speaker’s aux input
5. Smartphone analog signal amped via the FiiO A1 Portable Headphone Amplifier
6. Optical TOSLINK signal via the Tewtross Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver
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There are two types of people when it comes to individual preferences for desktop listening – those that like 2.0 bookshelf configurations for their precision and those like don’t mind the accuracy tradeoff for power, low-end bass performance, and value for money. The Logitech Z625 does those three parameters quite well. In addition, you get optical connectivity which is quite useful when you want to connect directly to a TV or gaming console. Even if you are not buying the Logitech Z625 as desktop speakers for your PC, with the optical input, they make for good companion speakers for your TV as well. In that respect, the Z625 far outperforms several soundbars in that price range (except the lack of a remote might be a problem with some fixed output TVs). As PC speakers your gaming and movie watching experience will be more than satisfactory – filled with thunderous explosions and roaring rumbles. While audiophiles may turn their noses up at the 625’s music performance, most people who know what this price bracket can offer will be more than pleased with the Logitech Z625’s music performance.
Plus, with an output of 200 Watt RMS, the Logitech Z625 has more than enough power when you need to pump up the volume occasionally for that one-off house party. Simple, but useful features like the 3.5 mm input will ensure your friends can quickly connect their phones if they want to. The only thing lacking with the Z625 is Bluetooth connectivity. The addition of Bluetooth would’ve surely completed the package.
The Aux out on the right speaker couldn't properly drive these low impedance Sennheisers for some reason.
Since we are now nitpicking, the audio performance while fairly good, could’ve been better in the upper mids. The sparkly signature coupled with the sometimes overpowering bass might not be for everyone. In that case, a less powerful but more accurate system in the same price range such as the Swans M10 might be a better choice. We had the black variant with us a few months ago and those speakers did not disappoint.
Now for the buying decision, let us consider the price tag on these speakers. The Logitech Z625 carries a hefty MRP of Rs. 15,995. However, its market price varies anywhere between Rs. 7,500 to Rs. 8,999 depending on which forever-ongoing offer you find and the coupons you are able to apply. At this price point, you won’t go wrong. If you care about bass and need to upgrade from crappy 2.1 speakers to reasonably good ones, these are the speakers for you.
Update (14/08/18): While connecting my newly acquired 4K Ultra HD Fire TV, I realised that the speaker is unable to decode Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus. That's a shame. It keeps beeping when the input cannot be played. Several forum posts report this issue. PCM digital audio is still fine of course.