Logitech S125i portable iPod speaker

This portable iPod speaker is good for picnics and trips to the beach

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  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5
  • User Rating

    2.50 / 5 (of 2 Reviews)

Pros

  • Decent sound quality with reasonable bass, well built

Cons

  • Distortion at higher volumes, bass enhancement feature affects clarity, only 10 hours of battery life using four AAs

Bottom Line

The Logitech S125i is a portable iPod speaker that is good to throw in your bag when heading out for a picnic. It doesn’t have perfect sound quality and it’s a little more expensive than we think it should be, but it’s built well and makes for a fun addition to your picnic basket.

Would you buy this?

The Logitech S125i is a well-built iPod speaker system that can use batteries or mains power to run. It’s a simple unit and provides reasonable audio quality at low to medium volumes, but distortion becomes evident when cranking the sound up. Despite its flaws, it could be a useful product if you're heading off on a holiday.

The Logitech S125i is not flimsily built and it doesn't rattle, which is unusual for a budget iPod accessory. With four AA batteries in the bottom-loading battery compartment it tips the scales at just under 400g, so you can easily throw it in a backpack and not notice the extra weight. Battery life is a disappointing 10 hours, however. The buttons are well constructed and offer good tactile feedback.

The Logitech S125i has a 3.5mm auxiliary input on its rear, so you can plug in almost any portable media player if you have the correct cable.

We found sound to be best at a medium volume level. There’s a bass enhancement button on the front but by and large we preferred it off. The speaker system's reasonable treble detail and slightly recessed mid-range made for good listening, especially with the ambient noise of an office in the background.

Maxing out the Logitech S125i’s speakers in a quiet park, we quickly noticed that the treble was not nearly as prominent as mid-range. Distortion was also obvious during complex musical passages. Switching on the bass enhancement did give a boost to lower frequencies, but also robbed treble of its clarity — this is a mode well suited to higher volume levels where treble is already over-shadowed.

Despite being slightly expensive for a humble portable iPod speaker, the Logitech S125i is a decent purchase. It has acceptable sound quality at most listening volumes and is built well; its flaws only become debilitating at maximum volume.

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David

1

I use 'Ready To Use' NiMH rechargable AA batteries 2100mah capacity.
I always use the Bass Boost (which uses more power).
I have my Sansa e260 MP3 player set to the Loud volume setting, and the main volume level set to maximum.
This is necessary to prevent the S125i auto shutoff power conserving feature.
The S125i volume has 40 levels, which I set to about 20.
With this set up I can listen to music for much longer than 10 hrs.

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Jayden Ellisdon

3.5

1

Pros
its strong and the bass is some what deep
Cons
at high level it has the tendency to destort
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im a big fan of bass with my music i have beats solo hds and going to get altec lansing fx4021 but the logitech s125i has alot or a substancle amount of bace but when play at high volumes it does have the tenances to destort or decrice the bass but thats because of the driver in the s125i but it was pritty good for $20( i got it cheep the rtp is $70-80)

Michael Beaudoin

1.0

2

Pros
small cheap
Cons
unreliable, flimsy
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I've now had two of these. Both died after a few months of use - kaput, dead. There is no way to open the box and fix whatever component has failed, so you just throw it away. Cheap and nasty. Don't bother.

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