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Using Logitech G560 speakers on a Mac (spoiler, don’t do it)

We all love to try new things, and I’m no exception. Working from home I listen to music pretty much 24/7. I had been using some older Logitech speakers for a while but was excited to give the new Logitech G560 speakers a try. Long story short, it was a big mistake and I ended up returning them. I’ll dive into all the reasons why below and hopefully it will save you some time.

My previous setup

Let me first start off by describing my setup. I’m on a Mac mini and was previously using the Logitech Z533 speaker system. Nothing fancy (under $100), but they worked well.

Problems with Logitech G560 speakers on a Mac

Problems, where do I begin? After unboxing the G560 speakers I was pretty excited as they appeared to be really good build quality. But that’s when everything went downhill.

Logitech G560 speakers
Logitech G560 speakers

1. Massive subwoofer (It’s bigger than you expect)

The first negative thing. The subwoofer is gigantic! It’s 15.9 inches by 10 inches and weighs over 12 pounds. The bad part about this was I have two small end tables on each side of my desk. With the Logitech Z533 subwoofer, I actually had the subwoofer sitting in the end table out of the way.

With the G560 speaker system, there was no way this was happening. Now to be fair, I didn’t pay attention to the measurements before ordering. But I don’t see this as a deal-breaker.

2. Ironically, the bass is almost non-existent

With such a big subwoofer you would expect some decent bass. But no, the bass is very quiet. After a little Googling, I found some others with the same issue, on both Mac and PC. I tried multiple things, such as restarting, reinstalling the Logitech G Hub software, unplugging it, etc.

3. No equalizer for Mac

That brought me to my next rabbit hole which was that there are not physical bass or separate volume controls like there are with my older Logitech Z533 speakers.

This had me starting to look for an equalizer, as the Logitech G Hub software doesn’t have one for macOS, while it does for PC. And they actually dropped support recently in their Logitech Gaming Software (LGS).

I found a few third-party equalizers that worked well, eqMac and Boom 3D. After some tweaking, I was able to get more bass to finally come out, but it still wasn’t anywhere near what I was used to. And if you go down this route then you are almost having to tweak the audio for different things which is a waste of time.

4. No sync light effects or DTS for macOS

There is no support for sync light effects or DTS on the Mac. I knew this downfall when I ordered them as Logitech does have this on their website. But still important to note. Solid lighting and the other lighting effects work OK.

5. Logitech G Hub software a mess

From a lack of support to heavy CPU utilization on macOS, the Logitech G Hub software just seems like it’s not polished at all. I’m sure it’s better on PC, but I wasn’t impressed with the software at all on macOS.

But even the PC version has some threads that make you wonder.

Summary

I was really hoping for something better for the price tag of $199.00. I ended up returning my Logitech G560 speakers and am content with my older speakers for now. In comparison, the sound quality of my Z533 speakers are way better. You live and learn!

Have you purchased the Logitech G560 speakers and are having problems? If so, I’d love to hear about it below in the comments.

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11 thoughts on “Using Logitech G560 speakers on a Mac (spoiler, don’t do it)”

  1. Same thing just happened to me, then I found this article and now they’re back at bestbuy. Have a 502 mouse and a g915 keyboard they work fine but this was a clear miss!

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    • Hey Jay,
      Sorry, you didn’t find it sooner. But thanks for taking the time to confirm. Logitech really dropped the ball on these.

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  2. When I bought it i already knew the issues so I tested it myself. Quite frankly I love the bass coming from the speakers and the subwoofer.
    1. First the Lightsync option in the Ghub is not there. So you cannot physically turn it on or off. Luckily when I quit Ghub the Lightsync came up automatically so I dont have any problems now.
    2. The Cycle function glitches when you only lower the speed of 1 speaker light (ex. Back) but it will not if you sync it before lowering the speed.
    3. The Screensync is not working at first. After so many tinkering I was about to just turn the rgb off. Then I read this article about a third party eq. EQmac installed a driver in my mac and when I restarted my Mac Light screenSync now works Flawlessly
    4. Bass is good my Landlord downstairs was already complaining. Then I added EQmac which made it more pleasing to the ears . Eqmac solved my no Equalizer option in the GHub.

    Conclusion: The Speakers despite of all the Software issues delivers in the sound department. I dont know if they updated the drivers or not since the release. After alot of workaround I am happy with my purchase. :)

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  3. These speakers are a nightmare for me. Every time my Mac restarts, I have to unplug the speakers and plug them in again or there is no sound. What a joke.

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  4. I’ve had mine for a year or two and they’ve been fine. I agree they could have better bass and they also sometimes glitch on the sound controls on Mac (no volume controls, balance controls don’t balance) but that’s been very occasional. I’ve been pretty happy with them overall.

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