|Logitech Z-5500 THX 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Speaker System (NEW RETAIL BOX)|
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|The Logitech Z-5500 speaker system is for gamers and audio/visual connoisseurs who require top of the line audio performance. 505-watts of 5.1 digital surround sound pour out of 5 aluminum phase plug satellite speakers and a monstrous 10 inch subwoofer. Digital and analog inputs allow you to connect up to 6 sources, including your PC and video game consoles. THX certified sound guarantees top-shelf performance and a wireless remote gives you complete control without having to leave the comfort of your living room couch.|
|UPC||097855021755, 5053106044688, 5099206962354, 5099206962361, 840356604817|
|Number Of Speakers||5 + Subwoofer|
|Max. Power Output||69 watt (RMS)|
|Speaker Frequency Response||33 - 20000 Hz|
|Exterior Color||Black, Silver|
|Release Date||October, 2004|
Average review score based on 80 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
If you care about your sound quality, the richness of the deeps and the pureness of the highs and the fullness of the mids then this is the system you want! Retail it is about $420.00 US. For the money it may sound a bit much, but the sound quality is very near to BOSE quality and the functionality is very logical and simple! Once the cables are connected from the subwoofer to the satellites you can easily connect your audio source to the included digital control modual complete with IR remote and batteries included! There is a jack for an optical digital in and a coaxial RCA digital in. There are three phone jacks with included cables to connect to your 6 channel sound card. You can also connect 1-3 channel audio sources. There is a headphone jack and an auxilary jack for an iPod or other portable device. The control modual is used for volume both overall and individual speaker balancing as well as switching inputs.
This thing has serious power. 505 watts! No wonder considering the size of the subwoofer! The subwoofer will shake your house guaranteed! It is very large for a computer system.The subwoofer is about 15"x16"x20". It is large! If you want a smaller system and can sacrifice a bit of power I would go with a Creative product or on of Logitech's "lesser" models. This thing may be too much for some people. If you can afford it I would ultimately recomend a BOSE system because they tend to be slightly smaller and they have great computer speakers. But if you are slightly less into spending the money but what serious power with awesome quality go for this system.
My complaint: the base is huge for a computer system, and there are no stands for the rear speakers. You have to either mount them on a wall with the attached small desktop stand or place them on a shelf that is behind you.
-Satellites: 3” polished aluminum phase plug drivers
-Subwoofer: 10” high-excursion ported driver with 6th order bass reflex enclosure
-Surround sound effects
-Dolby® Digital, DTS®, and DTS®, 96/24 soundtracks
-Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie and Music modes)
-6 Channel Direct
Supported digital formats:
-DTS and DTS 96/24
-PCM (uncompressed stereo): 44.1 kHz / 16 bit through 96 kHz / 24 bit
-Digital optical for DVD or CD players, PlayStation®2, Xbox®**
-Digital coaxial for DVD or CD players or PC sound cards (requires coaxial cable, sold separately)
-6 channel direct (3 stereo-mini connectors) for 2, 4, or 6 channel PC sound cards OR
-6 channel direct (3 stereo-mini connectors) for 3 stereo analog mini audio sources, like CD and DVD players, Playstation 2, Xbox, or 2 channel PC sound cards (somedevices may require stereo mini to dual RCA adapter, sold separately)
-Analog stereo-mini (on side panel of control center) for portable CD, MP3,or ---MiniDisc® players
Total FTC power: 505 watts RMS
Sub-woofer: 188 watts RMS (into 8 ohms, @ 100Hz, @ 10% THD)
Left/Right: 62 watts RMS x 2 (into 8 ohms, @ 1khz, @ 10% THD)
Center: 69 watts RMS (into 8 ohms, @ 1kHz, @ 10% THD)
Rear Left & Right: 62 watts RMS x 2 (into 8 ohms, @ 1kHz, @ 10% THD)
Total Peak power: 1010 watts
Maximum SPL: >115 dB
Frequency response: 33 Hz — 20 kHz
Amplifier: Ultra-linear, high-capacity analog
Signal to noise ratio: >93.5 dB, typical 100
Input impedance: 8,000 ohms
This is a great speaker set, it can get fairly loud without any boost settings, and looks great. The bass is huge, it has been said it is as big as an ottoman, you should get the picture...
The smaller speakers are very heavy for their size, so they are harder to knock over and such, and the bass probably weighs 30-40lbs, which makes it something to move around...
The control pod it also nice and hefty, and is a little taller than the side and rear speakers. The buttons and adjuster is very nice on the control pod, it is pretty well laid out.
Has plenty of connection options, you can hook up your HDTV via the digital connection, thats a nice option.
I was a little disappointed at first at this system, as it didn't seem to be able to get "that much" louder than my previous G51 150w Logitech 5.1 system. I had them both connected to a great Asus Xonar sound card, and boosted everything and fine tuned it in the Xonar control panel in Windows. It just didn't get much louder at max volume than the G51, and I was especially disappointed at the subwoofer, it wasn't too much louder than the G51s, the G51s' sub can really be loud!
I finally figured out that it has some special boost settings built into the control pod!
There are two different boost settings, each go to 11, so put together you get a boost of 22db over the regular maximum volume. Each boost is a sound increase of 1db.
To get the first boost you keep turning the volume control knob, it takes about a half-turn then you see the screen display the boost numbers.
Once you have boosted that, you can further boost the system by holding the mute button and turning the volume knob about a half-turn, then you will see the other 11 boosts being added to the volume you had.
So you can use a little boost with the mute button all the time if you wanted, I find that useful if you are using a laptop or an CD player input where you don't have a control panel to boost the speakers, it keeps them as loud as if they were plugged into a professional PC setup...
There are some more interesting little features that the control pod has that you might not know about, just google it!
I'm really enjoying the speakers now, the little speakers are ear-splittingly impressive, they can get really really high pitched sounds very loud, and the bass is well matched to them.
The bass in my experienced cannot be boosted too far above the center, side, and surround speakers, so to get a lot of volume out of the bass everything has to be turned up a lot, and the little speakers are extremely loud.
Great system, it'll take a lot of beating, and has enough power with the boost for anybody that isn't totally deaf. It will shake your walls and play the tunes clearly while doing so.
The bass's cooling fins get really hot after being used for a while, be careful when turning it up a lot, I would probably put a fan on it to keep the heat off...
Great system, definitely recommend it to anybody that has room, wants clarity and power for about $200-$300.
I understand that the Z-2300s are basically the same system with the same bass(actually an 8" version of this bass, same wattage) so for about $150, that'd be a great system for a lot of power, and the bass would definitely be very powerful with the two little speakers.
For those who are hard pressed to find a 5.1 Digital system for their Powermacs and Mac Pro Towers without the use of sound cards, this is the only system to get because of 1 feature this baby has-AUDIO OPTICAL DIGITAL INPUT/OUTPUT. This is the saving grace for the G5 and believe me, I was hard pressed to find an audio card that I can have so I can enjoy what the PC people have. Yes, M-AUDIO has their Revolution 5.1 and 7.1 which are not supported by most game developers and are presently discontinued with limited support.
With the Logitech Z-5500 you don't ANY BUS card upgrades to achieve 5.1 surround sound quality. This is also the best investment in the event you want to upgrade to a new MAC G5 without the use of an audio card that may be outdated for any future systems.
On top of the Logitech Z-5500 being versatile for both systems (which is an intelligent move for Logitech), OPTICAL DIGITAL gives the cleanest sound available for your system and the fun part is that you only need one connection to your MAC. You know what they say, "less is more" and the less fuss you need to connect the better. Outside of the sub-woofer being almost the size of a mini-fridge, it gives bass that most music lovers, particularly for the Hip-Hop, House Music, and Techno fans.
If your not an audio pro but want something near what the pro's use, invest in the Logitech Z-5500. It's worth it.
I bought this system to replace a dead Gigaworks 7.1 surround sound system for my new gaming PC. It has a Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion card in it. I still have my old rig which has a Sound-Blaster Audigy 2 ZS I tried this speaker system with both computers and got the same result.
I tried all the connection types from each PC to the control panel with this set- direct connect, s/pdif coax, and optical. While there were differences, no amount of tone control or equalizer adjustment could help make it sound good.
To sum up this system, it has good bass- strong and punchy without being muddy. The rest of the speakers sound exactly like what they are- small speakers in plastic enclosures. The sound is cheap. At anything but low volume the enclosures resonate. There seems to be a notch of the audio range missing between the sub's bass and what the other speakers are reproducing. Music is almost unlistenable at any but the lowest volume.
All the reviews of this Z5500 system I read were positive with the only pan being the bass could be overpowering. I didn't find any real problem with the bass. The software that came with my sound card can adjust cutoff frequency and a bit of tweaking made it OK.
After hearing this set I wondered what what the reviewers who praised this system were listening to. I doubt they had any listening experience other than ear-buds, mediocre car audio, or boom-boxes prior to hearing this set. I have always had high quality audio systems for the past 40 plus years and this ain't that!
The only good things I can say about this are the bass, the control panel, and the nicely arranged, easy to use remote. The control panel is nicely laid out. The display is easy to read. It accepts 3 different selectable input sources- digital coax S/PDIF, digital optical, and analog direct with the orange, green, and black connectored cable. I have both my new gaming PC and my retired but still being used PC connected to it. I switch inputs to select which PC audio I hear. The one concern is I read a lot of complaints about the control panel failing after a short time.
To improve the sound I replaced all the surround speakers with larger ones, vintage bookshelf sized Kenwoods, K&Ns, and an Onkyo center. It made a stunning difference in the sound quality which proves the amps are good- just the speakers themselves are lacking. Still, for the money this set cost I should not have had to replace them. My old 7.1 Gigaworks system was great sounding with similar sized speakers.
I cannot recommend this system in good faith to anybody who cares about sound QUALITY. Loud does not equate to good sound as many seem to think just like putting a loud muffler on a car does not turn it into a racer. I wish I knew of something else I could recommend instead that is for computer, but there isn't much available. I looked. It must be a small market because there are few 5.1/7.1 PC speaker systems out there. I think a modestly priced traditional home theater surround sound system would be preferable. There are a number of them priced about the same as this speaker set that include everything. With the right cables it would be simple enough to do.
I spent over $6,000.00 on my new gaming computer and wanted it to sound as good as it plays. Before it died I had a great sounding speaker set on my PC so I know it's possible. I use a lot of Logitech's other products and love them, but this set misses the mark.
The LT Z-5500 have been not used as computer speakers, but rather as a surround system for my brother's room. When he has the THX certified sound enabled, blasting in his room while he watches a movie or plays a PS3 game, I feel it in my room next door and even downstairs. In addition, he can easily hook up his iPod to it for great bass and a high quality music system. Furthermore, it is easily moved from place to place. What I mean is that he can bring down the Z-5500 downstairs to a larger screen and watch or play games with ease. The woofer has a good weight to it, but overall the wire setup is simple-black to one side, red to the other. I would suggest an optical, or fiber optics, cable so you can get the full sound effects that are capable with a movie/game. However, be sure that your receiver, computer, or TV has a optical line in before you waste the money on a fiber optic cable. Overall, I give this a five star review because the price is very good for the quality of speaker sound you are hearing in return. There are many higher quality speakers out there, but they also cost a lot more. So keep all this in the back of your head when you decided on buying speakers--price and quality. Thank you!