Using Logitecch's Z-10 Interactive Speakers with Your Mac

by Derrick Story

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I've been testing the stylish Logitech Z-10 Interactive Speaker System designed to replace the speakers built-in to our Macs and provide richer, deeper sound. These tabletop beauties drive 30 watts of power to 1-inch dome tweeters and 3-inch high-excursion woofers. They also have an unique "interactive" backlit display that provides information about the music playing, plus controls for volume, bass, treble, and a host of other goodies.



I really like the sound produced by the Z-10s, but was disappointed to see that the software accompanying the speakers was for Windows only. Does that mean that they aren't a good choice for my Mac audio set-up? Hardly. Thanks to the "universality" of USB, and the cleverness of Mac OS X, I can still take partial advantage of Logitech's interactive display by making a few adjustments in my Mac's Sound preference pane. And for newer Macs that include Front Row, you can actually control the Logitech speakers with the remote because it adjusts volume at the System level.



At $149, the Z-10s do qualify as an investment. But if you've been depriving yourself of rich tabletop audio, these speakers are indeed a treat for the ears.