Product Review (October 2010)
Logitech - Rechargeable Speaker S715i

By Kevin Nakano


Logitech S715i Rechargeable SpeakersThere is no shortage of iPod/iPhone products and many of them leave much to be desired. Let's face it, there are plenty of portable accessories currently on the market that sound mediocre at best, so finding products that are actually enjoyable to listen to is a wonderful change. Enter the Logitech S715i Rechargeable Speaker system for the iPod/iPhone and other media players. This fully portable speaker system provides a standard iPod dock in the middle of the unit and includes a small IR remote for easy control. The design features eight custom-designed speaker drivers and an eight-hour rechargeable battery. That's right. No batteries to have to worry about replacing. Logitech has really impressed me over the years with so many products that actually sound great. The company has shown that they are serious about providing high quality audio to consumers with the acquisition of Slim Devices (makers of Squeezebox) and Ultimate Ears (high-end earphones), both recognized in the industry for audiophile products.

Logitech S715i Rechargeable SpeakersSpeaker Design
The speaker drivers include two 3-inch laser-tuned neodymium drivers, two 1/2-inch neodymium tweeters and four 2-inch passive radiators for deep bass. The passive radiators (two in the front and two in the back) offer extended bass that would otherwise be difficult to achieve in a small cabinet with a sealed design. The passive radiators are sized to tune the bass response much like a vented loudspeaker enclosure. It should be clear that only four drivers (2 on each side) are active while the remaining four are passive. The Logitech S715i system works surprisingly well for such a compact design and provides rich, balanced audio with an iPod and/or iPhone.

Front Controls
The Logitech S715i Rechargeable Speaker system is easy to use with front controls which surround the dock. The power button and indicator light are on the left side and the volume controls (up/down) on the right. The power indicator not only provides power on status, but also indicates if the unit is charging when the AC adapter is attached. Rather than clutter the front of the unit with more buttons, Logitech provides an IR remote that gives users full access to commonly used playback controls.
Logitech S715i Remote

Remote
The IR remote included with theS715i Rechargeable Speaker is fairly small measuring only 2.75" x 1.75" x 0.5" and operates on a standard CR2025 3V lithium button battery. The wireless remote control gives users control over power, volume, play, pause, shuffle, skip and repeat from up to 30 feet (10 meters) away. Logitech also provides a cloth travel case with a velcro cover that has space for the power adapter and remote so you can conveniently take the dock with you wherever you go.

Logitech S715i Rechargeable SpeakersCompact, yet Functional
The Logitech S715i looks a lot bigger in the pictures than it is in reality and can be easily carried by most with one hand. On the rear side of the unit there is a cover that flips out and snaps into place. This acts as a kickstand and keeps the unit/speakers angled slightly upward for better sound dispersion. The hinged cover also keeps the dust out of the iPod/iPhone dock and connector when closed. It is a good design that works well. Also on the back is a rubber plug that covers the power jack and 3.5mm auxiliary audio input jack. The audio input jack allows other playback devices to connect to the unit. We tested interface using a 30GB Zune and it worked perfectly, but was certainly not as convenient as using the iPod dock.

Performance
We recently took the Logitech S715i Rechargeable Speaker system on a camping trip and finally turned it on as we were packing up to leave the site. Using an iPod as the music source, the S715i music reproduction was quite impressive even in a large outdoor environment. The sound quality reminded me of my Squeezebox Boom (which I love), but without the hassle of a power cord and wireless network. If you appreciate good sounding equipment, this is certainly a product you should audition.

Conclusion
The S715i Rechargeable Speaker is yet another fine audio product Logitech has launched with the convenience of true portability and great sound. The long lasting internal lithium battery ensures many hours of music and eliminates the need to buy "C" or "D" batteries for the player. If you are considering a portable speaker system for your iPod or iPhone you will not be disappointed with the performance of the Logitech S715i Rechargeable Speaker.

- Kevin Nakano




OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Player




Review System

Media Player: iPod (5th Generation) Video, 30 GB


Review at a glance


Logitech® Rechargeable Speaker S715i


Key Features

  • Eight custom-designed drivers separate sound frequencies, so you hear crisp, clear high notes, a rich, full mid-range and deep powerful bass.
  • Rechargeable battery lets you enjoy your tunes at home or on the go for up to eight hours.
  • Wireless remote control gives you access to important functions like power, volume, play, pause, shuffle, skip and repeat from up to 30 feet (10 meters) away.
  • Trayless dock works with any iPhone or iPod with a Universal Dock Connector.
  • Portable design and travel case ensures you can take your music wherever you go
  • Made for iPod and iPhone means you can play and charge your iPhone and any iPod model with a Universal Dock Connector.
  • Auxiliary input lets you connect other portable music players through a standard 3.5 mm jack.
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System Requirements

  • Supports earlier iPod models (1st generation – 3rd generation) with Universal Dock Connector, as well as other portable music players and smart phones through 3.5 mm auxiliary input

 

Technical Specifications

  • Drivers: 3-inch laser-tuned neodymium drivers, two ½-inch neodymium tweeters, four 2-inch passive radiators
  • Battery: Internal nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable battery
  • Battery life: 8 hours
  • Input Connection: 1/8” (3.5 mm)
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 387 mm x 133 mm x 60 mm
  • Weight:  677 g

 

Package Contents

  • Speaker
  • Universal power supply
  • Travel case
  • IR remote control
  • User documentation
  • hardware warranty

 

Warranty

  • 2-year limited hardware warranty

Company Information
Logitech Inc.
Corporate Headquarters
6505 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555 USA
Phone: 510-795-8500
Sales: 800-231-7717
Support: 866-826-5722

Source: Manufacture Supplied
MSRP: $149.99

URL: www.logitech.com


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