Logitech Z-5500 Digital Speakers
Logitech's Z-5500 Digital Speakers may very
well be the ultimate surround sound speakers which boasts a variety of
extraordinary features that not only include premium sound quality but also
convenience and at a recommended retail price of $799AUD, this set is
definitely a true contender for PC's or a home theatre setup.
The appearance of the Z-5500 Digital
Speakers are quite modern and sleek which will suit a variety of homes and offices
thanks its neutral use of silver and black. Best of all, these speakers
can be used on a variety of different devices that include computers,
gaming consoles and a plethora of other devices, provided they have
digital and analog outputs.
- Logitech® Z-5500 Digital: 4
satellites, 1 center channel, 1 subwoofer
- 6-channel direct cable
- Digital SoundTouch™ control center
- Wireless remote control, batteries
- User manual
- 2-year warranty
Supporting 505 Watts of
power, THX Certified 5.1 digital surround sound, the Z-5500 are no
slouch when it comes to performance and needless to say, whether it was
gaming, music or movies, these speakers performed exceptionally well.
Add in a 2-year warranty by Logitech that can easily be installed by
almost anyone and we found the Logitech Z-5500's one of the best value
speakers in quite some time.
Premium Sound Features
Onboard 5.1 Digital Decoding: Hear every detail of your favorite
Dolby® digital and DTS soundtracks.
THX Certified Sound: Settle for nothing less than the THX seal of
approval for master quality.
505 Watts: Turn any room of your house into a powerful theater.
10" Long-throw Subwoofer and Tuned Bass Port: Get 188 watts of
powerful, distortion-free bass.
Aluminum Phase Plug Satellites: Combine the clarity of a tweeter
with the richness and fullness of a separate mid-range.
Digital and Analog Inputs: Add up to 6 components simultaneously.
Digital SoundTouch™ Control Panel: Change volume on all speakers,
set inputs and more.
Wireless Remote: Control up to seven sources, even PCs and video
Wall-Mountable Satellite Speakers: Just rotate the stands to
switch from desktop to wall.
We tested the unit on a variety of devices that included a PC-based
computer, XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and an Apple iPod touch.
Depending on your connection type, the installation is a breeze,
provided you have the correct audio connections.
Although the Z-5500
does come with a standard analog cable, the only gripe that we found
with the speakers is that it did not come with an optical digital audio cable
which we needed to purchase separately. We believe that with a price of
$799AUD, a $20 optica
It should also be noted that the box
that the Z5500 come in
is quite heavy, so you may need an additional person to assist you in
getting the Z-5500 box into your home and there is a warning on the box
stating strong magnetic currents due to the powerful subwoofer. With a
warning like that, you definitely know that you are in for a sound
Logitech Z-5500 Digital Speakers come with five satellite speakers, a
thumping and powerful subwoofer, cabling for the speakers, remote
control and a Digital SoundTouch™ control center.
With the optical digital audio
cable, we simply connected this to our 42" LG Plasma TV which
allowed us to easily swap between the XBox 360, PlayStation and Nintendo
Wii. Once this was connected, we then proceeded to connect the cables to
the five satellite speakers and then position the speakers and the
subwoofer in the correct areas to enhance the surround sound experience.
For those purists, the covers of the speakers are almost removable. It
should also be noted that the cables for the speakers are also quite
long. You can also install the speakers onto the wall or at your desk,
thanks to the moveable bases.
Blu-ray Blu-ray and more Blu-ray!
If these speakers were
designed for a purpose than we could easily say that Blu-ray was in mind
that left us gob smacked when we first heard Star Wars the Clone Wars through the Logitech Z-5500
speakers. The sound quality was outstanding and exceptionally clear and
crisp with no distortion whatsoever. Match that with a true surround
sound experience and this like being at the movies, although in the
comfort of your own lounge room.
Where the speakers do shine is
through the powerful bass of the subwoofer which really assists in the
overall entertainment experience. The Dark Knight was another movie that
shined on Blu-ray thanks to the Z-5500 sound experience and once again made
it felt like you were at the cinemas as you heard every sound as it was
meant to be heard.
Whether it was the majestic musical score, the dialog
or the spectacular sound effects to compliment the equally spectacular
special effects, this is what movies were meant to sound like. The unit
supports a variety of audio formats from DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital, Prologic I and II,
ensuring that the
speakers are quite versatile.
Games were another item
that the Logitech Z-5500 performed remarkably well on all three
consoles, however latest games such as Killzone II and F.E.A.R. II
Project Origin made me feel like I was in gaming heaven as explosions
went off all around me or the sounds of cartridges hitting the floor as I
Definitely one of the most realistic gaming experiences that I
have had the pleasure of playing in quite some time. The use of 5.1
surround sound is what many gamers are generally missing and I can
safely say that the Logitech Z-5500 could easily fill this void.
Music was another aspect that the Logitech Z-5500 handled quite well,
although not as powerful as movies or games, it was still quite
enjoyable. The only drawback is that the bass of the subwoofer which is
sometimes ridiculously powerful that fortunately can be controlled via
the menu system of the Digital SoundTouch™ control center.
Pink blast out her songs or listening to Cold Play's Viva La Vida song almost
had a concert like experience. The volume control of the device can be quite loud, so be warned as your
Neighbours may wish to lodge a
complaint to your local police station due to excessive noise.
Controlling the unit can
either be done through the Digital SoundTouch™ control center or the
mini-remote control that comes with this package and both are quite easy
to navigate. There is even a connection for a headphone via the
headphone port on the Digital SoundTouch™ control center. This device
also boasts the capability of connecting up to six different audio
In terms of power, the
entire system is 505 watts which is quite powerful and this translates
to around 62 watts satellite and 69 watts for the centre speaker with a
whopping 188 watts for the powerful subwoofer.
If your PC supports 5.1
surround sound than these speakers are definitely another contender,
however we are erring on the side of movies and gaming for the Z-5500
Digital Speakers due to the power of the entire system. Although it
sounded great through our PC, it was a little too close for comfort.
This of course is dependent on room size, so we're not just being
In conclusion, the Logitech Z-5500 speakers are a brilliant midrange 5.1
surround sound speaker system that we could recommend to all lovers of
movies, listeners of music or hardcore gamers thanks to the affordable
price and exceptional sound quality.
Although some may say that the
Z-5500 was specifically designed for computing, they work just as well,
if not better on Blu-ray/DVD players and gaming consoles. Including a
variety of outputs and inputs that include analog, optical and coaxial
digital inputs, there's little to complain about the Z-5500 that comes
highly recommended from Impulse Gamer Australia!
Satellites: 3” polished aluminum phase
Subwoofer: 10” high-excursion ported
driver with 6th order bass reflex
Surround sound effects
Dolby® Digital, DTS®, and DTS®, 96/24
Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie and Music
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,
Digital coaxial for DVD or CD players or
PC sound cards (requires coaxial cable,
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
Analog stereo-mini (on side panel of
control center) for portable CD, MP3,or
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)
Peak power: 1010 watts
SPL: >115 dB
Frequency response: 33 Hz — 20 kHz
Amplifier: Ultra-linear, high-capacity
to noise ratio: >93.5 dB, typical 100
impedance: 8,000 ohms