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  • +12 votes

    Z623 ftw 7 years and still going

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      I’ve had mine for less than two yrs and an awful crackling sound comes out of speakers every time I turn the volume knob, is there a fix for it ?

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        Dont think so, try leaving the speakers half volume and use windows to adjust it instead ?

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        Apparently electrical contact cleaner spray helps (don't remember where I read it).
        Have a bottle lying next to my z623 for a few years now but yet to try it.

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        Same here, but several up and down movements of the volume control usually clears it up. Have the same problem with an old guitar amplifier and as mentioned earlier electrical contact cleaner or can of compressed air will fix it.

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        Unlucky for you, Ive had mine about 5 years. Always full pump and still going strong.

        Sounds like loose wire somewhere, try opening it and having a look

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        I have the same issue, it’s suppsedly a dirty potentiometer. I really should fix it.

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        Turn the knob quickly all the way one way then all the way back the other. Repeat this a few times. I had the same crackling noise, but simply doing this fixed it for me.

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        Also have this issue. Shame as other than that they’re pretty decent

      • +5 votes

        The volume knob is connected to a potentiometer, and the "crackling" problem is because the lubricant from the potentiometer's shaft will sometimes slowly leak across the electrical part of the potentiometer, getting between the wiper and the carbon track. This is what causes the noise, because the lubricant is an insulator, and momentarily disconnects the electrical circuit.

        As others have mentioned, turning the knob left and right works. This clears the lubricant from the wiper's path, but the problem will come back. Some switch cleaning sprays will flush the lubricant away. Ideally, Logitech should use better-quality potentiometers that don't have this problem, or some other method of volume control like digital potentiometers.

        A possibility that might be a permanent fix: it you can get to the potentiometer, and it can be undone and re-fixed at a different angle, rotate it so the electrical terminals are at the bottom. That way the lubricant can still leak, but won't flow over the carbon track (the carbon track doesn't exist between the terminals).

        Edit: my permanent fix won't work, it looks like the potentiometer can't be rotated, and switch cleaning spray can't be used because the potentiometer is sealed. See this article, where someone decided to replace the potentiometer to solve the problem: https://mattbilsky.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Repairing_L...

    • +1 vote

      Yup had mine since 2013 still going strong, bang for your buck!

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    Any chance of a 5.1 unit

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    Also worth mentioning that it Free Delivery with Shipster Membership (Requires a minimum of $25 spend)

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    Any of the above with a optical input? I am looking for a sound system for my XBox one s. Connected to a monitor without sound.

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      None have the optical input. Go for the Z906 if you want optical connectivity. For a cheaper workaround you can buy an analog to optical adapter and go for the Z623.

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      This adaptor costs around AU$10, and will convert the optical output to analog:
      https://www.fasttech.com/product/9638466-digital-optical-tos...

      It's powered from a USB port, so you can just plug it into the USB on your Xbox. Comes with a short optical cable too. The only extra thing you will need is an audio cable with RCA plugs - you may already have one of these, left over from some other A/V equipment.

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      Thanks @aphexx and @Russ

  • +3 votes

    The Z623's are the best bang for buck 2.1 system bar none!

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    Stupid question. Is it a good idea to use the Z623 instead of a sound bar for my LG TV?

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      Depends on the Soundbar. You will likely need an optical converter (<$5) from eBay, but friggin great if you like punchy bass and don’t need to change the sound volume

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        Ideally, I want the Yamaha YAS 107 soundbar but it's too expensive comparing to this speaker.
        Which one is better in this case?

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          The YAS 107 is good quality, very clear speach but lacks the bass.
          Supports arc and cec controls, would be my pick for TV. Less cables and looks nice.

          If you like music videos and punchy bass the logitech is a good choice while still being good for tv

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      I used to use them on my TV.

      The hassle is turning them on, and the connector cable wasn't long enough to put the satellites on each side of my 55".

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    Get a z5500 second hand if you want bass and 5.1. Got my second set from Gumtree for $60 recently. The control pod will die eventually but you can buy a workaround from the US.

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      I have both and I actually think the bass is better on these.

      Sound much tighter and not as boomy.

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        Better bass on the z623?

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          Yep, I find the bass really sloppy on 5500.

          You can turn down the crossover via a sound card and it sounds much better.

          Also, it was only the early control pods that died, the newer ones are great.

          They have a manufacture code on them.

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          I'm no great audiophile, just a basshead. Would it be possible to turn down the crossover frequency via software or is that kind of thing hardware only?

          Not sure the burnout fault was limited to early control pods. If you look at the sales on this popular bypass unit (that I bought for my first system) the later PID one outsells the earlier PID one. Assuming they went up in PID as time went on, that is. Either way they've sold 1000 replacements, definitely the bottleneck of the system!

          https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Logitech-Z-5500-Speakers-Replace...

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    Thanks OP. Been looking for something like the Z150 set

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    Anyone here have been use MX sound, how good is it ?

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    My z5500 still rocks

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