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Logitech Zone Wired Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jul 31, 2020 at 09:40 am
Logitech Zone Wired Picture
5.9
Mixed Usage
7.4
Neutral Sound
5.1
Commute/Travel
5.7
Sports/Fitness
5.6
Office
5.7
Wireless Gaming
7.4
Wired Gaming
7.0
Phone Calls
Type On-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Logitech Zone Wired are no-frills on-ear office headphones. They have a sleek, comfortable design that feels well-built along with a relatively well-balanced sound profile that makes them suitable for listening to a wide range of content. They also feature specialized controls for answering calls on a pretty broad range of virtual conferencing apps and a high-quality boom microphone that makes your voice sound clear and mostly free of background noise. Unfortunately, their non-detachable USB audio cable severely limits their overall versatility.

Our Verdict

5.9 Mixed Usage

The Logitech Zone Wired headset is sub-par for mixed usage. It's reasonably comfortable, well-built, and delivers a surprisingly well-balanced listening experience, but its non-portable design and USB-only audio cable severely restrict its overall usability outside of an office.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Relatively well-balanced sound profile.
Cons
  • Wired-only connection.
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
  • Design isn't very portable.
7.4 Neutral Sound

The Logitech Zone Wired are a decent choice for neutral sound. While their bass is a little on the boomy side, mids and treble are reproduced very accurately, so you’ll hear vocals and lead instruments quite clearly. You can further customize your listening experience with audio presets or a graphic EQ in the dedicated Logi Tune software.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Relatively well-balanced sound profile.
  • Graphic EQ and audio presets in companion software.
Cons
  • Small soundstage.
5.1 Commute/Travel

The Logitech Zone Wired are poor for commuting and traveling. They let in quite a bit of background noise, particularly in the bass range, which consists primarily of low, rumbling noises like bus and plane engines. They also aren’t very portable, while their soft carrying pouch does little to protect them while you’re on the move. Their USB-only audio cable restricts their use to laptops or phones with USB-C ports.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Relatively well-balanced sound profile.
Cons
  • Wired-only connection.
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
  • Design isn't very portable.
5.7 Sports/Fitness

The Logitech Zone Wired aren’t a good choice for sports and fitness. Their wired-connection impedes your freedom of movement while their weak clamping force does a poor job of keeping them on your head when you’re vigorously moving around. Also, their reliance on USB audio means you're out of luck if your phone doesn't have a USB-C port. However, if you do have USB-C-equipped phone, they have an in-line remote that’s relatively easy to use even when you're out on a run or at the gym.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Relatively well-balanced sound profile.
Cons
  • Wired-only connection.
  • Design isn't very portable.
5.6 Office

The Logitech Zone Wired are middling for working in an office. Their wired-only USB audio connection is a bit of a hassle to work around if you tend to switch between multiple devices. They also do next to nothing when it comes to blocking out the chatter of coworkers from a nearby cubicle. On the flip side, they’re quite comfortable and well-built and have a fairly comprehensive and intuitive control scheme that features built-in functionality for virtual conferencing apps like Microsoft Teams.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Relatively well-balanced sound profile.
  • Intuitive control scheme compatible with video conferencing apps.
Cons
  • Wired-only connection.
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
  • No analog audio cable compatibility.
5.7 Wireless Gaming

These headphones aren't suitable for wireless gaming, as they're wired-only.

7.4 Wired Gaming

The Logitech Zone Wired are a decent choice for wired gaming, so long as you game on PC. They don’t come with a 1/8” TRRS audio connector, they can’t be used with Xbox One or PS4 consoles. That said, they offer a customizable listening experience thanks to their dedicated app as well as a high-quality boom microphone that should ensure your teammates hear you clearly.

Pros
  • High quality boom microphone.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Relatively well-balanced sound profile.
  • Graphic EQ and audio presets in companion software.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
  • No analog audio cable compatibility.
7.0 Phone Calls

The Logitech Zone Wired are satisfactory for phone calls. Their boom microphone does a good job of making your voice sound clear and almost entirely distortion-free while also isolating it from background noise. Their intuitive control scheme also makes it a cinch to answer calls when you’re in a rush.

Pros
  • High quality boom microphone.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Relatively well-balanced sound profile.
  • Intuitive control scheme compatible with video conferencing apps.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
  • 5.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 5.1 Commute/Travel
  • 5.7 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.6 Office
  • 5.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.4 Wired Gaming
  • 7.0 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Logitech Zone Wired are conservatively designed headphones. They’re quite compact, with a sleek boom microphone and slim headband. They only seem to be available in a monochrome charcoal color scheme, so they should look right at home in an office setting.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.47 lbs
Clamping Force
0.6 lbs

These headphones are quite comfortable. They’re very lightweight and don’t clamp your head very tightly, so wearing them for hours on end shouldn’t be much of a problem.

7.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The Logitech Zone Wired have a decently intuitive control scheme with physical inputs. In keeping with their intended use as dedicated office headphones, the call control button on the in-line remote can be used to answer or reject calls on Microsoft Teams when the app is running. Logitech’s promotional material also lists similar compatibility with Zoom and Skype, but we don't test this. The in-line remote also has buttons for pausing and playing music and volume control, both of which offer good levels of clicky physical feedback. Muting the boom microphone can be accomplished via a dedicated button or by simply flipping the mic up.

5.9
Design
Portability
L 6.9 "
W 6.7 "
H 2.6 "
Volume 120 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The Logitech Zone Wired aren’t very portable. Their ear cups don’t swivel flat and the headband doesn’t fold, making them a bit annoying to carry around if you aren’t using the included pouch.

5.0
Design
Case
Type Pouch
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones come with a basic polyester cloth pouch. While they should be safe from scratches, this bag doesn’t feel like it’ll keep them from being damaged by drops or water infiltration.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Logitech Zone Wired headset is good. It feels reasonably sturdy, with a plastic, metal, and silicone headband. Unlike the Sennheiser SC 160 USB-C Headset that uses foam earpads, this headset's ear cups are lined with faux leather and feel dense. Its non-detachable audio cable is also braided and equipped with a clip to prevent it from swinging around, both of which are nice touches.

6.5
Design
Stability

Despite their on-ear fit, these headphones do an okay job of staying on your head. Low-intensity movements shouldn’t cause a problem, but a couple of vigorous head shakes might cause them to slip off your ears.

Design
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Design
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In The Box

  • Logitech Zone Wired
  • USB-C to USB-A adapter
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.36 db
Treble Amount
-2.2 db

The Logitech Zone Wired have a decently well-balanced sound profile overall. Their bass is a little on the boomy side, but mids and treble are reproduced very accurately, so speech, vocals, and instruments should sound clear, detailed, and present. The Logi Tune app provides a bit of adjustability here thanks to an included graphic EQ and audio presets.

7.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.54 dB

The Logitech Zone Wired have satisfactory frequency response consistency. Bass is heard very differently depending on the headphones’ positioning and fit, but mids sound almost identical on separate listening sessions. Treble consistency, meanwhile, is quite decent.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.59 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
18.08 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.7 dB
Mid-Bass
3.77 dB
High-Bass
5.15 dB

The Logitech Zone Wired’s bass accuracy is decent. Their average response indicates a bit of boominess in some tracks due to a bump across the mid and high-bass range. However, their bass delivery varies a lot depending on the headphones’ positioning and fit, so your experience may vary.

8.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.42 dB
Low-Mid
1.15 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.41 dB
High-Mid
0.01 dB

The mid accuracy of these headphones is excellent. It’s mostly flat and even across the range, so vocals, lead instruments, and speech should sound clear and present with a minimum of boxiness or harshness.

8.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.43 dB
Low-Treble
-0.02 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.98 dB
High-Treble
-6.37 dB

The Logitech Zone Wired have great treble accuracy. Instruments will sound present and detailed. A small dip in the mid-treble range slightly dulls some sibilants, but that shouldn’t be especially noticeable for most listeners.

7.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.39 db
Dips
1.12 db

The peaks and dips performance of these headphones is very good. A small bump midway through the bass range causes some boominess while the following dip in the mid-range pushes vocals slightly toward the back of the mix, but that shouldn’t be too noticeable overall. Another minor dip in the mid-treble range is present, but that shouldn’t dull instruments too much.

8.6
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.19
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.56
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.94
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.94

The Logitech Zone Wired’s stereo imaging performance is excellent. The weighted group delay falls entirely beneath our audibility threshold, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers are also very well-matched concerning amplitude, frequency, and phase response. That helps create an immersive listening experience with accurate object placement. That said, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform very differently.

4.3
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.86 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
0.23 dB
PRTF Distance
12.17 dB
Openness
4.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.3

Like most closed-back headphones, the Logitech Zone Wired have a poor passive soundstage. Their on-ear design only partially interacts with the outer ear, so the soundstage will be perceived as being very small, with audio coming from the center of your head rather than in front of you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

These headphones don’t have any virtual soundstage options.

8.2
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.206
WHD @ 100
0.068

The weighted harmonic distortion of the Logitech Zone Wired headset is great. Frequencies across the audible spectrum fall within good limits without any hugely noticeable spikes, ensuring clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.28.0
Power
USB
Connection
USB
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

The results obtained here are only valid when using these headphones in this configuration.

Isolation
5.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.7 dB
Bass
-1.01 dB
Mid
-9.27 dB
Treble
-31.4 dB

These headphones do an inadequate job of blocking out ambient noise. Sounds in the bass range are barely reduced, so you’ll hear quite a bit of rumbling from bus and plane engines. Background speech is also quite audible, so these might not be the best choice if you want to isolate yourself from the chatter of coworkers. However, they do block out quite a bit of noise in the treble range, meaning that you shouldn’t hear the high-pitched hum of a nearby AC unit.

7.1
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
38.84 dB

These headphones deliver satisfactory audio leakage performance. Escaping sound occurs mostly in the treble range and will probably be a little on the thin side, but it should be lost beneath the noise floor of an average office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

These headphones have a boom microphone.

7.9
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
157.71 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.83 dB
HFE
7561.35 Hz
Weighted THD
0.046
Gain
-5.72 dB

The Logitech Zone Wired’s boom microphone has good recording quality. Your voice should be heard clear, natural, and almost completely distortion free.

7.6
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
24.62 dB

The boom microphone on the Logitech Zone Wired headset does a good job of isolating speech from ambient noise. People on the other line shouldn’t have too much of an issue understanding you even if you’re in a loud or crowded environment.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port None

These headphones don’t have a battery and rely entirely on passive wired playback.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Logi Tune
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Logitech Zone Wired’s dedicated Logi Tune app is good, with a decent feature set and easy-to-navigate user interface. It features audio presets and a graphic EQ to customize your listening experience along with microphone level adjustment and sidetone microphone monitoring. It should be noted that only wireless versions of the Logitech Zone Wired are compatible with an app for Android and Apple mobile devices, though those have yet to be tested.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired-only and aren't Bluetooth compatible. If you're looking for a pair of professional headphones with a boom mic that are Bluetooth-compatible, take a look at the Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The Logitech Zone Wired headset is wired-only.

7.6
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
USB-C
Detachable No
Length 6.5 ft
Connection USB-C
Analog/USB Audio Latency
50 ms

The Logitech Zone Wired have a non-detachable USB-C audio cable equipped with an in-line remote, not to mention an included USB-C to USB-A adapter. The USB-A adapter bumps their audio latency up from 50 ms to 88 ms, so you may prefer using their standard connector if your computer is equipped with a USB-C port.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
Audio + Microphone (PC Only)
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

The Logitech Zone Wired only offers audio and microphone compatibility with PCs, as they aren't compatible with PS4s when plugging the USB audio cable into the console.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones aren't compatible with Xbox One systems when plugging their USB audio cable into the console.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don't have a dock.

Compared to other headphones

The Logitech Zone Wired are basic, well-built on-ear office headphones. They have a sleek, comfortable design and provide a relatively well-balanced sound profile that makes them suitable for listening to a wide range of content. Somewhat uniquely, they have a control scheme that's compatible with virtual conferencing apps like Microsoft Teams. However, their wired-only connection makes them less versatile than non-office oriented headphones like the Steelseries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless and Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless. If you're looking for a pair of headphones for working in an office and want a good quality microphone, check out our recommendations for the best office headphones, the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls, and the best gaming headsets.

Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless

The Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless are better office-oriented on-ear headphones than the Logitech Zone Wired. The Jabra are wireless headphones that can simultaneously connect to two devices and have a better boom microphone. That said, the Logitech have a marginally more neutral sound profile and block out slightly more ambient noise.

Sennheiser SC 160 USB-C Headset

The Logitech Zone Wired are better on-ear headphones for making phone calls than the Sennheiser SC 160 USB-C Headset. The Logitech have better build quality and are more comfortable. They have a balanced sound profile, leak less sound, and can do a better job of reducing ambient noise around you. Their companion app is more comprehensive as it offers a graphic EQ and presets in addition to an adjustable mic level. However, the Sennheiser have a better performing boom microphone.

Beats EP

The Logitech Zone Wired and Beats EP are both wired-only on-ear headphones, but with different priorities. The Logitech are fractionally stronger office headphones thanks to their plusher fit, more comprehensive and intuitive control scheme, and dedicated app support. That said, the Beats aren’t far behind, with an integrated microphone that delivers similar recording quality and a better-balanced sound profile. The Beats also use a non-detachable 1/8” TRRS audio cable that’s compatible with more devices, although it doesn’t provide microphone compatibility when plugged into an Xbox One controller.

Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless are better office headphones than the Logitech Zone Wired. The Anker are wireless over-ears that are Bluetooth 5.0-compatible, giving them a substantial advantage in regards to overall versatility. They’re also marginally more portable and have an integrated microphone that delivers only slightly inferior recording quality, though it does a much worse job of isolating speech from ambient noise than the Logitech’s boom microphone. The Logitech also feel better-built and have a dedicated companion app to adjust their sound profile.

Bose 700 Headphones Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better office headphones than the Logitech Zone Wired. The Bose are substantially comfier, block out more ambient noise, and can pair with two devices at once, which is helpful if you tend to listen to content on your phone and computer. That said, the Logitech are smaller and lighter and deliver a more consistent listening experience, not to mention a specialized control scheme that offers a little more native functionality with conferencing software like Microsoft Teams.

TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset

The Logitech Zone Wired are better for phone calls than the TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset. The Logitech’s boom microphone does a better job of filtering out background noise and makes speech sound fuller-bodied and less muffled. More broadly, it delivers a far better-balanced listening experience and it can block out more ambient noise, mostly by virtue of its full on-ear design. With all that said, the TaoTronics is more stable and is wireless.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless are better office headphones than the Logitech Zone Wired. The SteelSeries' wireless compatibility, 42-hour battery life, and detachable 1/8" TRRS audio cable for passive playback make them a lot more versatile for a wider range of uses. Meanwhile, their boom microphone does a better job than that of the Logitech at making speech sound full-bodied and clear of background noise. On the other hand, the Logitech have a dedicated companion app, slightly more portable form factor, and deliver a more consistent listening experience.

JBL Quantum 100

The Logitech Zone Wired are better office headphones than the JBL Quantum 100. The Logitech are more comfortable, much sturdier-feeling, and offer a better-balanced listening experience as well as a decently comprehensive companion app. Conversely, the over-ear JBL have an even better detachable boom microphone that makes your voice sound fuller-bodied. The JBL also have a 1/8” TRRS audio cable connection that’s compatible with a wider range of devices.

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