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Logitech Z305 Repair – Hardware Level

At the start of the new year, I had wanted to produce loud sounds coming from the PC using a long sound mix from DJ Shapeshifter. And so I plugged in my Logitech Z305 speakers and raised all the levels… big mistake. That ended up ripping the membrane because of the displacement of the cone and the speakers became unusable because of a constant cracking sound at all practical levels when bass frequencies come into play.

Last night, I used it again and got sick of the sound and so I began to search for possible fixes short of throwing it away. Naturally there should be a need to open it up so that everything is visible and, having tinkered with a few mice from the same company, I began with taking all the screws out – 10 of them.

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I also removed the rubber because sometimes they like to hide screws there, no screws, next I attempted to pry it apart from the seam while holding up the clip but it doesnt seem to budge and I figured that the sides miGht be keeping the assembly in place and I finally focused my attention to it.

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Turns out, this was the only thing that I needed to take out and I already have access to the speaker units. Finally I was able to really see the problem which was – the ripped membrane. pushing down the cone revealed the damage extent and I marked that with green ink to denote the beginning and end of the rip. It was almost the entire perimeter, horrific ><

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Research reveals that patching this up is fairly common practice for repair and one of the possible repair materials was – tissue paper! Its basically creating a patch using tissue and glue, like creating a paper mache. I used an old nail polish brush for an even application and good old Elmer’s white glue, undiluted.

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I cut up several strips of tissue (around 3x10mm each) and ran that around in between the cone and the membrane, making sure they cover and overlap with all the areas that had ripped apart. I let it sit overnight so that the glue gets a chance to harden and I tested it this morning. A resounding success, pun intended.

So if you’re up for a bit of tinkering, know that it’s quite easy to do so, granted my solution is less than aesthetic, but this gets covered by the grill anyway. Very happy with my speaker’s revival, and if you’re attempting it, hope the results are as positive as mine went.

On to the next project then ^^

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Mark O.

Mark is an architect and artist who endeavors to design most anything that requires a little bit of thought into it.

Although writing is not considered a primary focus, a little too much time can yield many thoughts that are just begging to be written down.

Armed with a trusty array of content creation devices and surrounded with a continuous flux of technology and life, herein lies those that are fortunate enough to have been given presence through a little bit of movement and a whole lot of iterations.

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  • THANK YOU SO MUCH! My Logitech Z305 soundbar speakers, which are absolutley superb, finally started buzzing. I wasn’t TOO upset at the time, since I’d had them for years; I was just annoyed. So I went looking to replace them. NUH UH! Not only are they no longer available or manufactured, Logitech has NO tech info for them at their support site. Soooo … next stop … online shopping. To my horror, these are now selling on amazon for upwards of (sometimes) $700.00. this was astounding to me, since I’d only paid $50 formineat Target yeaers ago. Next stop eBay. 3 available. And,man, they were being hounded on by snipers like they are gold, which I guess … in a way, they are.

    Next attempt … look for online repair instructions. VOILA! How lucky was I to find you!? I followed your instructions, but used the kind of tissue paper you’d find in a gift box. Worked like a gem.

    THANKS AGAIN, BUD!!!

    • That’s fantastic that you were able to get them sounding nice again Willy! Thank you for dropping by ^^ Great choice on paper BTW

  • Hi Mark

    Your repair tips are comprehensive and effective, thank you so much. I use my Logitech Z305 for work and it travels all over the world with me. I became frustrated with an increasingly worsening crackle over the last few years and thought I would have to either replace it (very hard to find a replacement, as Logitech don’t make them anymore they now go for a fortune online) or dump it.

    Following your advice I discovered that both membranes were ripped and repaired them with tissue paper and glue. Crystal clear sound has been restored, and with black electrical tape around where the rubber grill seals used to be it looks brand new. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to help out those of us who also love the Z305 and find it so hard to replace in the world of bluetooth rechargeable speakers.

    Cheers

    Leigh

    • Thanks for dropping by Leigh. That’s true what you said about the world of bluetooth speakers we live in today, glad to learn that your Z305 is up and ready to play music for you once more ^^ Cheers!

  • You can also cannibalize the Logitech iPad/Tablet speaker bar (US$18) model 984-000193. It uses the exact same mini-speakers & they can easily be swapped in about 15 minutes. Accessing the speakers in the Tablet speaker bar is essentially the same: you have to pry off the end screen, but there is a plastic collar around it instead of a rubber one. You have to lightly hammer a small flathead screwdriver against the edge of the screen to pry it off. Once that’s done, remove the four screws holding in the speaker, take a soldering iron to heat up the two connecting wires to release them Do the same on the broken speaker to remove it. The wires are already tinned & there’s enough solder on the speaker’s contacts to reheat them & insert the old connecting wires from the LAPTOP speaker bar. Replace the 4 screws, put the screen back on and re-glue the rubber–you’re done.

    • If the speakers are the same, how does the Z305 sound any better? If I hook up this one to the headphone and USB ports of my laptop (for charging), would the sound be as good as the Z305? Thanks.

    • isn’t that speaker essentially the same but with chargeable battery. much more convenient for use with iPad etc. that cannot power the Z305. why cannibalize it? ;- )

  • Hey Mark! Just wanted to say thank you! You are saving lives out there. One side of my speaker has been blown for more than a year, so I had to turn that side off completely, but it was extremely bothersome since I had to set the balance every time Windows reset it itself. I was finally fed up, and I was so close to buying a new speaker. Seeing that there aren’t any good alternatives out there, I was beginning to be curious if I could possibly fix it. I saw your blog, followed your instructions, and here I am, listening to music on both speakers 🙂

    Thank you so much for taking your time to write this blog, otherwise I would have settled.

  • Oh my god, this worked brilliantly! I was so bummed when my speaker started making crackling noises; it’s the best laptop speaker! I tried taking it apart but to no avail. I was about to trash it when I found your post. Thank you, it’s working perfectly now!

    • It’s a fantastic fix, just don’t overstress the speakers so that you won’t need to do it again in the future ^^ Enjoy!

      • Was hoping your fix would fix the extreme fuzziness that just developed in my Logitech Z305 left speaker but no joy, The membrane is perfectly intact. Just emailed you a pic. Any other ideas? Thanks.

  • Thanks, this worked flawlessly. We used tissue paper used for a perm/permanent wave (my wive is a heardresser).

  • I was also annoyed with the crackle of my speakers i took out of the closet to use for the meetings etc when we started working from home due to COVID . i opened up all screws and was still stuck when i saw your tip.

    i carefully took out the rubber “mask” around the speaker grill in one piece and without ripping it off, popped out the grill as you wrote and repaired the speaker surround with UHU glue (just spread it around on it and let it dry) first try iafter half an hour of drying s good but letting it dry more. hope it holds.

  • Works like a charm, I almost trashed this speaker before discovering your tutorial. My Z305 started buzzing after a day of use which had me really bummed considering how much I overpaid for it.

    Thank you.

    Dwayne

  • Hi there Mark,

    I also own a Logitech Z305 which I’ve had close to 10 years and it really served me well over the years. I bought it for R350.00 at the time which was ±$50.00 back then. These days you have to sell your house to afford another one.

    Since the beginning of our lockdown (27 March) I started noticing sound distortion in the output especially when I listened to a person speaking like on many Youtube videos. With music it was less noticeable. It bothered me that I couldn’t get the unit open by removing the large number of screws and I started searching the web for instructions on how to open it only.

    I’m so glad I found your blog with these instructions which was more than what I was initially looking for and exactly what I needed. It literally took me 15 minutes to perform the repair. I left it overnight and the next morning — Success!!!!!

    Thank you very much!!!

    -Adriaan