Logitech has been making PC speakers for many years, but none of them have had RGB lights in them. In this age of LEDs in mousepads, headphones, and keyboards, how are speakers so far behind? Logitech is looking to rectify this with the new G560 gaming speakers. They’ve got a lot of power, but also a lot of RGB. Isn’t that what you want in new speakers?
The G560 is the first speaker setup from Logitech under its gaming-focused G brand. That’s usually reserved for keyboards, mice, and other gaming peripherals. This is a 2.1 audio setup with a pair of powered satellite speakers and a large standing subwoofer. The specs make the G560 look like a capable setup with peak power of 240 watts and RMS of 120 watts. They have DTS:X Ultra technology to simulate surround sound as well. There’s a full 10-band equalizer in the software settings so you can adjust the sound however you like.
The LEDs are integrated with the satellites in four different “zones” on the front and back of each speaker. The LEDs are capable of displaying the standard 16.8 million RGB colors. The speakers support Bluetooth streaming, but most of the fancy lighting features require a connection to your computer over USB. There is support for a 3.5mm audio connection, but that limits what you can do. There’s a button on the speakers for quickly switching inputs, so you can have up to four devices connected at once (two BT, one 3.5mm, and one USB).
The G560 runs on Logitech’s Lightsync platform, just like its G-series keyboards and mice. That means you control them via the Logitech Gaming Software on your computer. This isn’t just a way to customize the colors, but you can do that. The appeal of Lightsync is game developers can connect to your speakers to “set the mood” with lighting effects. For example, when playing GTA V, your speakers will start displaying flashing red and blue lights when your Wanted level goes up, and the police give chase. It also supports games like Counter-Strike, DOTA 2, and Battlefield 1.
For games that are not supported by Lightsync, you can still use the Logitech Gaming Software to customize the lights intelligently. It can sample what’s on your screen and illuminate each of the four light zones on your speakers with the same colors. With just a standard 3.5mm jack connection, you can still store basic RGB settings on the speakers, and have them oscillate in response to the bass.
Logitech’s G560 speakers will launch in April for $ 200. They’ll be available online and at brick and mortar retailers, so there may be an opportunity to see the nifty lighting in action before you drop the cash.