Logic3 SoundStation 3 PS3 Speakers Review


After Henning’s sceptical post about Logic3′s SoundStation 3 PS3 Speakers, Logic3 got in touch and asked us if we would be interested in testing them out for ourselves.

I volunteered as I have been looking to get new speakers to go with my PS3, since the speakers on my TV are so poor.

Firstly, I’d like to get the boring bit (for me anyway) out of the way; the specs:

# Powerful 20 Watts RMS total output
# 6 x Patented Wave9™ neodymium 1¼” (32mm) drivers
# 2 x Hi-X 4”(100mm) Sub-woofers in each speaker

That might mean something to you but it just goes straight over my head. The speakers are also pretty light and don’t weigh more than 1.5kg each.

Before I move on to the performance of the speakers, I have to say they look pretty damn cool next to my black HDTV.

They also match the PS3′s piano-black finish, mirror strip and curves, and as you can see from the pictures below, they fit in perfectly with my other AV equipment that take pride of place in my living room.

The left speaker has the equaliser switch where you can choose between Movie, Game and Music. Strangely, out of the 3 settings, I prefer Game for playing games, listening to music and watching movies. Everything sounds clearer. It also has a very cool looking blue light when you turn it on.

The remote is pretty small and you can control the bass, treble and volume, aswell as putting the speakers into standby mode. You can’t change the equaliser settings though, which is a bit of a disappointment.

Bass Kicks Ass

After taking all of 5 minutes to set up the speakers with my PS3 (remember to change the Audio settings on your PS3 to SCART/AV Multi, instead of HDMI) , I decided to start the test by listening to Robyn’s With Every Heart Beat:

Listening to music

Now, I’m no expert in the field of audio but I immediately noticed a big difference between the speakers built into my HDTV and the sound that came out of the SoundStation3 speakers.

Not really a surprise you may think but considering the £70 price tag, I wasn’t expecting much of a difference.

The bass was noticeably impressive, even more so when I listened to Amy Winehouse’s Tears Dry On Their Own

Next up I tried out a couple of Blu-ray discs starting with Planet Earth. David Attenborough’s voice was a lot clearer and more prominent without having to turn the volume up to excessive levels compared to my TV speakers. Casino Royale also benefited greatly from the speakers, especially in the Game setting.

The sound of explosions and gunfire was quite impressive, especially due to the impact that the bass made during the louder scenes.

The volume of the speakers is quite impressive. I didn’t need to turn them up past the half way mark during any of the tests. Compare this to my TV which is usually turned up to 10 out of a possible 100 for when I game and up to 30 when I watch DVD/Blu-rays. Any higher than 40 and the sound distorts.

For general watching the volume of the speakers didn’t need to be turned up to the halfway mark but anywhere past that was just too loud. As a point of reference, you really shouldn’t need to go past that level.

If you live in the middle of nowhere you may want to turn the volume up to it’s highest setting but it was more than loud enough at the halfway mark, even for DVDs and Blu-rays, which normally suffer a massive drop in volume compared to games and music.

Planet Earth

Finally, I got to the best part of the test. Games! I tried out the superb Super Stardust: HD, first without custom soundtracks then with them enabled. I love the music in SS: HD anyway but the speakers really emphasised the bass throughout and the general sound effects came through clearly despite the music.

I then tried the atmospheric All Ghillied Up mission on Call of Duty 4. Superb. The sound of your sniper shots, Capt. MacMillan whispering in your ear guiding you through the Chernobyl wastelands, guards chattering, dogs barking etc, all sounded superb and really added to the level of immersion.

Playing games definitely brings out the best in the speakers which should come as no surprise as they were designed specifically for the PS3.

The atmosphere during the All Ghillied Up mission from Call of Duty 4 was superb:
All Ghillied Up sounds great


VERDICT

If you can’t afford to pay for the full 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound experience or you simply don’t have the means to fit all 5 speakers in your room, then these Logic3 SoundStation3 PS3 Speakers will do an excellent job.

They don’t compare to the full surround system experience but they are a big step up from my HDTV speakers, which is made all the more impressive by their relatively cheap price.

They look great, they are easy to set up and their overall sound quality for listening to music, watching movies and playing games on your PS3 is great value for the price. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending or buying these for my PS3. They are definitely worth the asking price and gave great value for it.

This review is based on a retail copy of the PS3 version of Logic3 PS3 SoundStation 3 Speaker System provided by Logic3.


Written by: Gary - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Tosh Hatch on December 20th, 2007 [ 1102 Points ]

    Where can I import one to NA? Sounds very nice :) Because I won’t have the $ for a full 7.1 set up for a long time.

  2. #2 by liar on December 20th, 2007

    Cue the skeptical blog entries :)

  3. #3 by Darrin on December 20th, 2007 [ 17143 Points ]

    That’s a nice home setup, Gary.

    How do the speakers connect? Optical?

  4. #4 by Gary on December 21st, 2007 [ 1780 Points ]

    Amazon.co.uk sells the speakers Tosh, if that’s any good to you. The lin can be found just below the first pic in my post.

    Thanks Darrin! You simply plug the A/V adapter into the PS3′s Multi I/O Port at the back of the PS3.

  5. #5 by Gromit on December 25th, 2007

    Sorry, forgive my ignorance. Do these speakers connect via Optical connection or via the AV? I take it if its AV, they require you to be running video via HDMI?

  6. #6 by Gary on December 26th, 2007

    Yeah the video still runs through HDMI you just need to change the audio to SCART/AV Multi in the sound settings to get the audio to come out through the speakers.

  7. #7 by james on January 2nd, 2008

    can i run these speakers through the optics

  8. #8 by Andy Wells on March 3rd, 2008

    These speakers look well cool, can they be connected straight to an HDTV so they can be used when my PS3 is not on? I know its SCART/AV from PS3 but whats the connection into the actual speakers, just like a red/white (left/right)? Could they also be used with my 360 as well as my PS3?

  9. #9 by Gary on March 4th, 2008

    Yup, red/white connection so they should work fine plugged directly into any TV with the right connections. I don’t have a 360 so I can’t try it out but they should work if the 360 has the right connections aswell.

  10. #10 by Phil on April 2nd, 2008

    How big are they???
    in cm.

    H)??, (W)??,

  11. #11 by Gary on April 2nd, 2008

    Height: 33cm Width: 6cm Length: 19cm

  12. #12 by Phil on April 2nd, 2008

    thx :) will fit on my new TV Stand

  13. #13 by matt on October 6th, 2008

    ihave read above but what are all the possible connections to the back of the system??

    as in can fiber optics be used instead of av?? when i first saw the rumors about them u could but i havent been able to get my hands on one to have a look.

  14. #14 by DJH on November 17th, 2008

    Can your TV speakers have sound with the logic3 speakers while operating the PS3?

  15. #15 by Gary on November 18th, 2008

    They can yes. The sound of the speakers can also come through while you’re watching normal TV but not the other way round.

  16. #16 by Adam on March 25th, 2009

    Bought these yesterday, agree with you 100% Gary, excellent!

  17. #17 by Gary on March 25th, 2009

    Thanks Adam. They are still being used today, they make Resi 5 sound excellent!

  18. #18 by akers on March 29th, 2009

    read ur review…decided to go out now and get one now…cant wait , lol

  19. #20 by Frank on July 1st, 2009

    Hi guys, can one of you tell me exactly how you connected the speakersystem to your ps3 and tv, cause i cant seem to do it the right way right.
    I did follow the instructions, but did not succeed.
    Images would be more helpfull. thanks in advance :)

    greets.

  20. #21 by Pete on September 7th, 2009

    I have these speakers and they are great! but just wondering Gary. there is a further slot on the back of the cable so you can connent your normal av lead if you havnt got an HDMI cable, in this slot could you connent another set of these logic3 speakers??

  21. #22 by Gary on September 7th, 2009

    I honestly have no idea Pete. I don’t have a second set of speakers to test them. Sorry.

  22. #23 by Pete on September 8th, 2009

    ok well thanks anyway, do u know if theres a way i could find out?

  23. #24 by Gary on September 8th, 2009

    So you’d basically like to end up having 4 speakers instead of two hooked up?

    I really don’t know if that would be possible if that’s what you mean and other than physically being able to test it I don’t know how you could find out. I’ve had a quick look online but can’t find any info that could help. Sorry.

  24. #25 by Damian on September 21st, 2009

    Hey, do you know if you can connect an optical cable to this system?

  25. #26 by Jack on November 23rd, 2009

    Hey Gary, Ive Just orderd these from play.com and as soon as i orderd them i read a review saying a guy had to play in AV connection not HDMI. since i have a HDMI tv and i usually play in HD i can still play in HD right? and have the sound settings coming out of the red/white cables? PLEASE REPLY ASAP!!

  26. #27 by Pete on November 24th, 2009

    Alrite Jack, ive got these speakers, really good value for what they are, Gary is the expert but i can still view my games through HD with these speakers, all you have to do is go through the sound settings and change the output of speakers, instead of having it on HDMI you change it to AV, but you can still view it in HD. i have 2 sets of speakers Creative T40′s for my TV (Really good) and the Logic3 speakers for my Playstaion. Hope this helps

  27. #28 by Jack on November 24th, 2009

    So, you have to have the HDMI cable and the AV cable both in together or does the HDMI cable allow this?

    (THANKS PETE!)

  28. #29 by Pete on November 25th, 2009

    You end up with 3 cables in total in the back of your playstation, the power cable, HDMI and the AV cable you get with the speakers, the only difference is that you will be playing and watching through the HDMI cable and rather than listening through your TV speakers you will be listening through the Logic3 speakers.

  29. #30 by remie on December 26th, 2009

    got my own pair of speakers for xmas!
    was happy, installed it and it had a really cunchy sound on sertain tunes of music (like ‘s’es) but that went away after a while.

    but however! the sound of the main tower is working perfectly and sounds amazing, the left tower however isnt producing any sounds :S

    is there a way i can test it through other media’s or is there a chance that its just factory borken or something!?!?

    otherthen that, love your site ;)

  30. #31 by Jay on April 7th, 2010

    Hi, I know this is an old post but, I was wondering if someone could tell me if these speakers are able to lay on their side without causing any decrease in sound quality?

    I wish to purchase these speakers as they have excellent reviews, but my current set up will only allow me to lay them on their side either side of my ps3. Just want to know if it’s possible, every picture i see of peoples set ups show them up right.

  31. #32 by Gary on April 7th, 2010 [ 1780 Points ]

    I have no idea if laying them on their side will effect the sound quality (I no longer have them to test it out for you), it shouldn’t make a difference as the actual speaker part is at the front so as long as you don’t cover that up, the sound should come out nice and clear.

  32. #33 by Sufyan on August 25th, 2010

    Hi there Gary just wondering if these speakers work with a PS3 slim? and you just connect the scart into the PS3 and then the cables go into the tv?

    Thanks

  33. #34 by kieran on October 20th, 2010

    yes you can have another set have just put a second set on to mine

    Pete: ok well thanks anyway, do u know if theres a way i could find out?  

  34. #35 by Pete on October 20th, 2010

    Cheers Kieran, thanks for letting me know, one of mine has stopped working so going to get another set, 3 out of the 4 speaker would still be good, can you adjust the volume and bass with just one remote or do you need two remotes for both sets of speakers?

  35. #36 by Pete on October 20th, 2010

    Not too sure Remie ive had my speakers for just over a year and my left speaker isnt working, the right one is fine (by right i meen i have the on/off button speaker on the right)

    remie: the left tower however isnt producing any sounds :S is there a way i can test it through other media’s or is there a chance that its just factory borken or something!?!?


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