Inside Logitech’s super secret million dollar audio labs

Not only are headphones lovingly crafted here, they’re also mercilessly electrocuted to death

While Logitech only officially acquired Labtech in 2001, this Camas facility has been around since 1982 and many a great sound product has been created here. 

This is where Logitech makes its audio products from scratch here, from conceptualisation all through to the final stages of compliance testing. This is hallowed ground we're treading upon, so watch your step as we take you on a tour through its halls to understand what it takes to make great sound. 

Music first

Nothing says a music-first attitude more than a wall of quotes citing the greats like Bob Marley and to a certain crowd, Taylor Swift on the subject. 

Glory chest

No reception of any self-respecting company is void of a little showcase of their finest products and achievements to date. Which of these do you recognise?

Material world

It's not just about making good-looking headphones, it's also about making the most comfortable ones out of the materials that make the most sense. And the ME lab is where it's at. For the Artemis Spectrum line of gaming headphones, there was even a specific team working on the RGB lighting to make sure that there's even colour and no hotspots. 

Prototypes are built, adjustment sliders are inspected in detail, and parts are 3D printed. No detail on your Logitech headphones was put there without the greatest of care and inspection. 

Meet Mr Hats

His digs might look simple but they cost upwards of a million dollars. The anechoic chamber is a room completely void of sound, suspended off the ground, and covered in foam cones to soak up any trickle of sound. Mr Hats (head and torso simulator) measures the performance of the audio products, from how the drivers work, to how precise the microphone is through audio from his mouth. 

To make things even creepier, we were helpfully informed that "no one outside the chamber can hear you scream".

Here's an inside look at what goes on within his head. Although his expression doesn't say much, there's more than meets the eye. 

Everything from the best shape for all ears and material within the drivers is pored over. The less movement in the material, the higher the fidelity of your headphones thanks to the lack of distortion. 

The ultimate man cave

Stuffed with plush couches, a projector, and the best sound system is Logitech's signature studio. This is where the sound profile on your Logitech Gaming System is designed. Imagine playing games and watching movies here. All it needs is a popcorn machine to make it absolutely perfect. 

The last stop on the whirlwind tour was the global compliance lab where products are tested for standard obedience. For example, emissions must be below regulated levels so products can play nice with one another. 

This foam coned room is to listen for maximum high frequency measurements so engineers can make adjustments in order to pass compliance in every country. 

Last obstacle

There's also a electrostatic discharge room where different charges (up to 15 kilovolts) are applied to a product in a series of tests to ensure that it's resistant. A charge can be fatal to a product as it's just like being struck with a bolt of lightning.

But how is it possible for a product to be struck during day to day use? Well, it can happen if you're walking across a carpet and passing your headphones from hand to hand. Such immunity tests have to be carried out problems associated with this are the most difficult to debug. 

The engineer carrying this test out shared that he's accidentally zapped himself so many times, he's also grown immune to it. 

Final note

Logitech's pretty tuned in to making great products to listen to your music with. They're so all about the music, they've even named their meeting rooms Jimi Hendrix and Louis Armstrong. 

And that's the logic behind their tech.