The Logitech X230 Speakers vs. the Bose Companion II Series 2

I have never been an audiophile, but two recent purchases placed me in a good position to test out the differences between the Logitech X230 2.1 speaker system and the Bose Copmanion II Series 2 speakers. As you can guess, the purchases were those two speaker systems, and I got each at a very good deal. I picked up the Logitech X230 system off of craigslist for $7.50 and the Bose Companion II Series 2 (what a mouthful!) at a garage sale for $15.

Logitech X230 2.1 Speaker System

I’ll start with a description of the Logitech X230 2.1 speaker system. The specs according to the web are:

Dimensions: Satellite speaker : 2.5 in x 3 in x 8 in Subwoofer : 6 in x 9.3 in x 9 in

System Components: 2 speakers, subwoofer

Nominal Output Power (Total): 32 Watt

The speakers look great, and the satellites are wall-mountable. The base speaker looks much better and is a bit smaller than another one I have like it. Without a doubt, it’s a good looking system.

The quality of the speakers is fine too. I can turn up the sound quite ways, and my ears give up before the speakers do. The base is excellent as well, if that’s what you’re looking for, and I can’t hear any distortions in the overall sound.

The Bose Companion II Series 2 Speaker System

The Bose Companion II speakers are a little different breed. They are an odd quadrilateral shape, but very heavy and quality feeling, as you would expect from Bose. The metal grille on front looks fine, and isn’t too easy to dent, so that they still look great, even though I’m not the first owner. The specs, according to Google products, are:

Dimensions: Width 3.1 inches, Depth 5.9 inches, Height 7.5 inches.

System Components: 2 speakers

Nominal Output Power (Total): Not Specified

These speakers produce a lot more sound than you would think that they could. Their small size and lack of a base speaker are helped tremendously by what’s “under the hood.” I was surprised, and maybe a little disappointed, that at low volumes the tiny speakers gave out as much base as the larger Logitech X230 system.

Comparison

When it came right down to, I ended up using the Logitech X230s. But wait! You might choose differently. I chose the X230s because they gave me the huge bass boost at large volumes that us crazy teenagers typically enjoy. The Bose Companions were relegated to my secondary computer, but still provide satisfactory use, as they are small enough to fit in that tiny desk, and they produce great sound.

Now, my decision came from the base speaker, and the Bose’s lack of one surely gave them a distinct disadvantage, so I’d like to give you some reasons why they are good as well. First of all, the tiny package gives a lot, especially without that base speaker.

Second, there is an option for dual inputs in the rear. That means that, if you have two audio sources, like me, you can connect them both at the same time, and not worry about connecting to a separate pair of speakers, like I did. I used the speakers in my LCD monitor (http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Asus-VW193T-19-of-Excellent-Quality?done), so I ended up with one good set and one bad. If I’d used the Boses, I would have gotten them both connected to the same pair of speaker. Of course, I had to think of that AFTER I screwed the Logitechs into the wall!

The sound quality experts out there will definitely decide to go with the Boses, as my much more audio-aware friend will tell me, but I am quite happy with the big thump of a base speaker under my desk. Either way you choose, I give top ratings to both!

What do you like better?

  • Big bass - Sound quality doesn't matter to me!
  • Quality Sound - What's the point of music if it's off tune?
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The Shark 7 years ago from Hampton, NH

Hi Comp, I love music and built a music library in my home.

It's funny because growing up HI FI was the ultimate objective of every kid, to get the biggest and best sound you could. Now most kids have no idea what hi fi is, listening to music, (I use that term liberally), on ear buds from an i-pod, or little scratchy computer speakers.

My equipment is mostly yamaha and harmon/kardon. I had a great pair of floor speakers built in the 70's by KLH. They were big heavy floor speakers, 12" divers, 5'mids, and 2' teewts with individual balancing on the speaker board.

They finally went a couple of yrs ago, I considered re-building them, but time etc. I decided to replace them.

That decesion was more difficult then I had imagined.

After going to many high end audio stores I was repeatedly shown speakers that looked like they belonged on the Starship Enterprise.

I couldn't find a good old fashioned floor speaker. I bought a pair by Boston Acoustics, only a driver and mid, they were overpowerd by the system and died in about two months.

I finally found a pair by TMX, known for high end auto audio equip. The had recently gone into building home speakers. I've had them for two years now and I am very satisfied. They are 3 way, 12" driver, 5" mid and horn type tweets.

Looking forward to 09/09/09---the release date for the Beatles Cd's in 24 bit----the speakers will be rockin' that day.

The Shark


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comp3820 7 years ago from Michigan Author

It sounds like you've got a nice system, Shark! Like I said, I'm not a quality expert, but I can appreciate the size of the system you've got. Enjoy it!


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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I really enjoyed this comparison review of what seems to have become a household name (Logitech) and the supposedly wonderful Bose brand. I am gratified to see that Bose gives good sound quality - which is what I am looking for. I have a set of computer speakers that are attached to a base they won't operate without and I am sick of that thing because I don't want all that base and I don't have a lot of room. I bought them because they were cheap this way and they served me well, but now I want two speakers with no boombox.

It looks like you prefer the base, but you gave a fair review of both, and if a pair of Logitechs fall within my price range (cheapskate) and they have no boombox, I won't hesitate to buy them. So thank you!

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