LOGITECH X-530 5.1 Speaker System £39.49 back on at Currys - HotUKDeals
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This deal (prev 733 degrees!) has been resurrected, albeit briefly - ends midnight Monday I think.

1.5% quidco (50p!)...I hope it's good as I've ordered one...enjoy!

I should say I am a fan of logitech stuff, seems solid and good sound. I looked at the successor (Z506) and while both were getting good ratings, the satellites on the Z506 are 2-way speakers (rather than 2 x the same driver) but they don't have mounting brackets built in (although the central speaker has a really clever bracket to clip to the top of your TV). Otherwise it appears they are more or less the same (70W v 75W).

I think the cables on this set-up are a little short but the spec is not on the Logitech site and I CBA looking through the older threads!

Delivery only it seems....
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#1
By sheer luck I bought the same item about 4 yrs ago for same price in a curry's clearout deal. have enjoyed it since then. can confirm it is very good. there might be some issues with connecting wires as you may not be able to use all the 5 outputs on the pc as it has only 3 input wires
#2
Yeah I think it's not proper 5.1 but I'm plugging it into my telly so IDGAS!

EDIT - apparently it will do 5.1, see below.

Edited By: cynic-al on Nov 27, 2011 13:15: I got this wrong
#3
comet £39.
#4
Hot!
#5
LINK more specs

GrumpyOldMan666
comet £39.


Comet have it at £69.99 on THIS PAGE, so don't know where you are getting your Comet price.
#6
It is proper 5.1, you have three cables going into the pc - one is front left and right, one is rear left and right, and the last is centre and sub, same as any PC based 5.1 system.

Obviously you need a proper 5.1 sound card or 7.1 soundcard.
#7
fair enough, I don't understand all that, I'm still on stereo! :D
banned#8
Are these for a PC or can they be used with a tv/blu-ray set up?
1 Like #9
Im looking for some cheap but decent surround sound speakers for my TV in conservatory. Would anyone recommend these for the job and would they do what im looking for? Thanks.

Edited By: mark_1976 on Nov 27, 2011 15:20
#10
Hey guys I was wondering if I could connect this up to my tv as my speakers are terrible :(
#11
They do output full 5.1. Only if you have a sound card/other device with orange, black, and green 3.5mm jack outputs. For TV/Console etc you will need to use the phono to jack adapter (that is included) - of course this isnt true 5.1. These are designed for PC so as far as i know the only way to output true 5.1 is this way.

I bought myself a pair of these from Comet for £39 on Friday when they had them at that price for a limited time.

5 stars from me, ace pair of speakers! Especially considering the price. You wont get better @ this price range.
#12
They were £39 in store today (Silverlink).

LongPockets
LINK more specs

GrumpyOldMan666
comet £39.


Comet have it at £69.99 on [url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.comet.co.uk%252Fp%252FPC-Speakers%252Fbuy-LOGITECH-X-530-5.1-PC-Speakers-PC-Speaker%252F338664]THIS PAGE[/url], so don't know where you are getting your Comet price.
#13
bigwelsh
Are these for a PC or can they be used with a tv/blu-ray set up?


They're for a PC. Using them with a TV won't get you proper surround sound, you need an AV receiver for that.
#14
Had my pair arrive recently via the last offer direct from Logitech. Found that when volume turned low and no sound being output by device. They were picking up Russia AM broadcasts. They are now in the process of being returned for a refund.
#15
Starman
Had my pair arrive recently via the last offer direct from Logitech. Found that when volume turned low and no sound being output by device. They were picking up Russia AM broadcasts. They are now in the process of being returned for a refund.


I had that on the 2.1 version I had a few years ago. Rather scary !!! I'm happy using my turtle beach x41's for now. Still these are good value for money !
#16
These are great for the price, logitech do the best budget speakers by a long way.
#17
Would these work with a Panasonic blu ray player by chance ? I bought my dad the one from amazon when we got all the blu rays free and ended up with the player for free , thanks
#18
bigwelsh
Are these for a PC or can they be used with a tv/blu-ray set up?

As TheVoice said, they are designed for PC use (which has 6 individual channel outputs), HOWEVER (as with the setup I have in a bedroom) you can connect them to a dvd or bluray player with a built in decoder (such as the old Samsung BD-P1400 or Panasonic DMP-BD55) and get 5.1 channel surround. Not that many units have them, but the outputs you'd be looking for are individual phono jacks for front l/r, rear l/r, center and subwoofer. If connected to a two channel input, it will also still mix the signal so that you get a pseudo surround effect (but obviously not true 5.1 channel).
#19
can anyone confirm if this comes with the ps3 adapter? thanks
3 Likes #20
agree radio interference is very bad I thought I had a chinese refugee living in my place when these were installed, went straight back, the speakers that is, the refugee makes great chow mein lol.

Not good
#21
chubuking
can anyone confirm if this comes with the ps3 adapter? thanks

Mine did (bought a year ago, so not from this deal), also the Logitech/Amazon websites don't list it in the contents list.



Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 27, 2011 17:22: ..
#22
Aliwoo18
...the outputs you'd be looking for are individual phono jacks for front l/r, rear l/r, center and subwoofer.

Unfortunately not. The front right speaker has no phono connection. It acts as audio input for the whole set and volume control. It is linked to the sub via proprietary connector (looks like a vga/serial port).

Only buy this set for a PC with 3 x 3.5mm outputs or if you are not bothered about true surround sound)

Front Right:
http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/9366/x530.jpg

Subwoofer:
http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2004/12/17/5/x530_3.jpg




Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 27, 2011 17:11: ..
#23
so if i was to buy these what would be the best setup... use the adapter and connect it straight to the red and white cables from the ps3

or

connect the hdmi to the tv and use a splitter instead to connect it into the headphone jack into the tv

any thoughts...? and when does this interference problem occur..?
1 Like #24
Starman
Had my pair arrive recently via the last offer direct from Logitech. Found that when volume turned low and no sound being output by device. They were picking up Russia AM broadcasts. They are now in the process of being returned for a refund.
I assume that's some sort of joke, having owned and given away multiple sets of X-230's I've never heard of that problem.
#25
chubuking
so if i was to buy these what would be the best setup... use the adapter and connect it straight to the red and white cables from the ps3

or

connect the hdmi to the tv and use a splitter instead to connect it into the headphone jack into the tv

any thoughts...? and when does this interference problem occur..?

Idealy you should spend £300 on a proper set. ;)

Does your TV not have a separate analogue audio out in the back? That way you would have audio from the X-530 set and the TV's own speakers.

Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 27, 2011 17:19: ..
#26
chubuking
so if i was to buy these what would be the best setup... use the adapter and connect it straight to the red and white cables from the ps3

or

connect the hdmi to the tv and use a splitter instead to connect it into the headphone jack into the tv

any thoughts...? and when does this interference problem occur..?


It really doesn't matter either way, you aren't going to get any sort of surround sound from it.

As for interference, it tends to happen late at night. My X-530s did it when I had them, as did a friend's set.
#27
chubuking
can anyone confirm if this comes with the ps3 adapter? thanks


It does :) I use with my PS3 & PC.
#28
http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k602/chubuking/photo-1.jpg

(this is a pic of my tv at the back with all the connections)

only has red/white connections in along with headphone jack and digital audio out :S

Edited By: chubuking on Nov 27, 2011 19:01
#29
bigwelsh
Are these for a PC or can they be used with a tv/blu-ray set up?


Yes they can but you need some sort of processor in between that can take an optical output, decode it and send it via analgoue outs. I remember Creative made such a device a while back but not sure if any on the market currently - probably something out there somewhere but probably cost more than these speakers.

Edit:

Like this:

http://www.dealeurstore.com/hot-hdv51r-optical-fiber-coaxial-dts-digitaltoanalog-audio-decoder-p-46283.html?zenid=fuvdsk3b40v1mi2v85qi42eh93

Would also need to change the RCA sockets to 3.5mm female jack.

Of course by the time you've spent that sort of money...



Edited By: dan1979 on Nov 27, 2011 19:19: add link
#30
chubuking
(this is a pic of my tv at the back with all the connections)

only has red/white connections in along with headphone jack and digital audio out :S

In that case it has to be the headphone out (speakers built into the TV will remain silent). In order to use the headphone connection you need to also buy a 3.5mm to RCA/phono cable.



Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 27, 2011 19:36: .
#31
SUMMONER
chubuking
(this is a pic of my tv at the back with all the connections)

only has red/white connections in along with headphone jack and digital audio out :S

In that case it has to be the headphone out (speakers built into the TV will remain silent). In order to use the headphone connection you need to also buy a 3.5mm to RCA/phono cable.




what about a splitter ?
http://www.niharsworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/audio-splitter.jpg
#32
how do they plug in?
#33
chocolatenomlike
how do they plug in?

See post 22. It's the 3 plugs on the far right.
#34
chubuking
[what about a splitter ?
http://www.niharsworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/audio-splitter.jpg

That splitter only has 2 outputs, while the Logitech speakers require 3.

The adapter Logitech supplied with my set looks like this:
http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/4319/rcaadapter.jpg

2 RCA inputs and 3 x 3.5mm outputs, just what the X-530 need to play Stereo sound via all the speakers in the set.





Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 27, 2011 20:32
1 Like #35
Summoner, sorry I didn't explain myself properly (partly because I forgot how I'd hooked mine up), I was talking about having phono outputs on the dvd or bluray player (hence why I specified two models of bluray player with 5.1 outputs-having them on the speakers would be no help), you can then connect three number 3.5mm to 2 phono cables to these outputs on the player and use 3 male to female 3.5mm adaptors to connect to the 3 input cables of the speaker set. It's not as much of a fuss as it sounds, I had the cables and adaptors lying around but you could probably pick them up on Ebay for under a fiver
1 Like #36
Aliwoo18
Summoner, sorry I didn't explain myself properly (partly because I forgot how I'd hooked mine up), I was talking about having phono outputs on the dvd or bluray player (hence why I specified two models of bluray player with 5.1 outputs-having them on the speakers would be no help), you can then connect three number 3.5mm to 2 phono cables to these outputs on the player and use 3 male to female 3.5mm adaptors to connect to the 3 input cables of the speaker set. It's not as much of a fuss as it sounds, I had the cables and adaptors lying around but you could probably pick them up on Ebay for under a fiver
Sorry, you are right of course.

3 of thesewill make it possible to get proper 5.1 Surround Sound from an AMP/DVDplayer/TV Receiver that has both an inbuilt audio decoder and phono outputs for the speakers...

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/4139/41wj91f47wlsl500aa300.jpg

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/7271/ampc.jpg


Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 28, 2011 11:16: ..
#37
I bought these over the weekend for use on my TV, and while I can't give my verdict yet until I spend enough time with it I can say that upon connecting them the room was awash with wonderful sound - I tested with a Blu-Ray of 24 season 7 on my PS3 (episode 3 which was an action-packed hour with music, dialogue, and effects from gunshots to car crashes, each aspect coming from a different speaker so that you can appreciate all that is made to provide this audio experience while resolving the issue where dialog is drowned out by other effects, and making the experience more visceral as gunshots and other sounds come whizzing in from the right places). I'll have to test the center speaker on its own to see its contribution and will provide my verdict later. I connected it to the TV via my headphone socket (3.55mm to rca) and while the description says it doesn't come with a videogame adapter mine did, as did others evidently from reading the threads, so you likely won't need to source one elsewhere.

Please note the bass level can be adjusted from a dial on the back of the subwoofer while the power is turned on from the front right speaker (it also has the volume dial and a headphone socket to listen to your music without disturbing others).

I do have one issue though and if anyone can help me resolve it I would be very grateful - I can't get the rear speakers to the back of the room (so that I can have them on my wall). What extension cables would be required for them (and would I need anything else as well)?



Edited By: Reignited on Nov 28, 2011 13:08: Added info
#38
By the way for those looking to know where the optimal place to position the speakers are, this guide will help you:

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/setup/connection-guide/home-theater-speaker-guide/index.html

Most other sites give the same info (for example here: http://www.thx.com/consumer/home-entertainment/home-theater/surround-sound-speaker-set-up/) and the only main change would likely be the position of the subwoofer due to the layout of your room).
1 Like #39
Reignited
...I can't get the rear speakers to the back of the room (so that I can have them on my wall). What extension cables would be required for them (and would I need anything else as well)?

you will need 2 x single channel RCA/Phono extension cables...

3m - £1.79 delivered
5m - £1.79 delivered
10m - £1.99 delivered

If you have some old Stereo RCA/Phono extension cables (2 plugs at each end), those will obviously work too. Quite often you can pull the two parts of the cable apart, turning 1 stereo cable into 2 single channel cables.


Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 28, 2011 13:44
1 Like #40
Reignited
I bought these over the weekend for use on my TV, and while I can't give my verdict yet until I spend enough time with it I can say that upon connecting them the room was awash with wonderful sound - I tested with a Blu-Ray of 24 season 7 on my PS3 (episode 3 which was an action-packed hour with music, dialogue, and effects from gunshots to car crashes, each aspect coming from a different speaker so that you can appreciate all that is made to provide this audio experience while resolving the issue where dialog is drowned out by other effects, and making the experience more visceral as gunshots and other sounds come whizzing in from the right places).


They won't come 'whizzing in from the right places' though, because you don't have them connected to a 5.1 source. All you're getting is 2-channel stereo pushed across 5 speakers instead. Actual 5.1 tends to rely on quite subtle use of the rear speakers.

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