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Logitech Z5500 Digital PC Multimedia Home Theatre Speaker System - 505 Watt (Total)

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  • 500-watt RMS, THX®-certified, integrated hardware decoding for true 5.1 digital sound
  • Built-in hardware decoding for Dolby® Digital & DTS® - the only way to get true 5.1 digital sound from PlayStation® 2, Xbox®, and most DVD players
  • 25.4 cm (10) high-excursion subwoofer driver with flared bass port pounds out powerful distortion-free bass
  • Support for 96 kHz / 24 bit digital audio streams for studio-quality sound
  • Revolutionary driver technology: polished aluminium phase plug satellites combine two drivers into one: the clarity of a tweeter with the richness and fullness of a separate mid-range
  • Dolby® Pro Logic II creates realistic 5.1 surround sound from stereo music, movies & games
  • Connect to multiple sources: simultaneously connect 6 audio sources including PCs, video game consoles, and DVD, CD & portable music players
  • 6 channel direct input can be used as 3 separate stereo inputs
  • Digital equalisation actively adjusts frequency response in real time for the cleanest, most accurate sound reproduction
  • Innovative satellite design: Cloth grilles are removable for a pro-audio look
  • Pedestals rotate for easy wall mounting or desk placement
  • Centre channel can be mounted on wall, above or below monitor
  • Wireless remote control: great for use with home theatres and video game consoles
  • Windows® or Macintosh®
  • 2-year guarantee
  • Full product support
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Technical Details
Item Weight25 Kg
Product Dimensions705 x 595 x 945 cm
Item model number966196
Voltage240 volts
Wattage500 watts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 66,604 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight25 Kg
Date First Available1 Jan. 2001


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Box Contains

  • Logitech Z-5500 Speakers (4xSatellites, 1xCentre Channel, 1xSubwoofer)
  • 6-channel direct cable
  • Digital SoundTouch control center
  • Wireless remote control, batteries included
  • User's manual
  • 2 year limited warranty

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    There's no denying how great this system looks and how fantastic it sounds. Any of the other reviews will tell you that.
    I didn't buy this to compliment my desktop pc. I bought it to be central to my bedroom home cinema experience.
    With that purpose in mind, there are a few things to mindful of before parting with your hard earned cash, but it's worth pointing out that these same niggles could be true of almost all 'desktop sound systems' if you try to use them as a 'small scale' home cinema system.
    Firstly, as you would have read before, the sub is huge. I considered this before buying, but it's only when you get it out of the box you can truly appreciate how huge. You then have the dilemma of where to put it.
    You are restricted in your choices by the fact that the sub must be at least 60cm away from other electrical equipment to avoid interference/damage but can be no more than 2 metres away from the Sound Touch control centre (the box with the volume knob on).
    This also then gives you the potential problem of where to site the Sound Touch control centre.
    The satellite speakers seem to be very directional. That is to say, if you point them directly at you, you get pin sharp crystal clear sound with plenty of top end. If they're not pointing directly at you, you do loose a bit of clarity and top end. This is only noticeable however if you keep comparing the two. I don't have them pointing directly at me and I am still very happy with the sound.
    This brings me on to the next consideration.
    The speakers are wall mountable, but you cannot angle them point to where you want. You are stuck with where they want to point. This clearly highlights my point above even more.
    A final word of caution is this...
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    This is a fine sound system. You'll see from reviews that from time to time the fuse located in the subwoofer will blow. I see from the reviews, that some folks think the system is dead or faulty. Don't worry about this - any decent sized system - whether it's "consumer audio" or the bass system in a pro kit for live performance - has an easily accessible fuse. Why so easily accessible? Because they blow, often, if you power up with the volume up (hear that 'thump'?). Buy a pack of fuses (e.g. Maplin - they are about 20p each - get 10 - you want 20mm A/S 2A - order code GL62S). Then, look after the thing: when done, turn down the volume of the sytem to zero, before turning off the power. That way, when you turn it on again, it stays alive. Why isn't this in the instruction leaflet? And if you forgot to do that volume down before powering off thing (again), use one of your fuses from the pack! I think the system is very good value - particularly as a partner to - say - an xbox streaming media for home cinema type purposes. Great detail, excellent bass - I guess you'd have to spend 5 times more to hear a real difference in quality. Remarkable.
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    I took delivery of my Z5500's today. Having read other people's reviews, I was expecting them to large. However, they are huge. The control unit is over 20cm tall and is now dominating my desk.

    Setup was reasonably straight forward, and I had them working with the analogue input very easily. However, getting the speakers to use the digital connection on my soundcard was quite tricky and counter-intuitive. I have a SoundBlaster 5.1 Digital card. This is how to connect them:

    1) Buy a 3.5mm to Coax connector (£1.99) and a coax cable (2 metres should be plenty, depending on where you want the control unit in relation to your PC)

    2) Connect the coax cable into the back of the control unit and the 'Digital Out' jack on the soundcard.

    3) Go into the 'Creative Surround Mixer' and select "Digital Output Only", Disable "AC-3 Decode" (you want the speakers to do the decoding) and then select "2 speakers" (Weird, I know. But it works)

    4) In your DVD software (e.g. Windows Media Player, Power DVD, etc) you need to select SPDIF

    Now the soundcard should pass the signal straight through to the Logitech Z5500's for processing and you should get true 5.1 sound.

    Anyway, back to the speakers....

    I watched 'Master & Commander - Far Side of the World' to test them out. Wow! Dolby Digital is crystal clear, loud and totally distortion free. There are loads of different audio settings - music and TV sound great using 'Coax Stereo x 2' (this setting uses the sub, front and rear speakers to playback 2 channel audio).

    If you're planning on using these speakers to play games, please be aware that you'll have to use the analogue connectors unless your soundcard is capable of Dolby Digital Live (no Creative soundcards can do DDL).

    These speakers are amazing. I think they're easily worth the money and I can't imagine wanting to replace them.

    Buy them, you won't regret it.
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    I bought these a couple of weeks back. the courier driver looked a little strained as he brought these to the doorstep.

    The weight of around 25KG wasn't so much a problem, but taking a look at the subwooofer it was a little bit of a shock seeing how sizeable it is. It measures 17"x13"x13". At least it will suit being positioned pretty well anywhere in the room in an average sized room.

    Upon setting the unit up in around 20 minutes and connecting the optical port to an Xbox 360, I feel the size and weight of the unit pale away into insignificence. The sound is simply awesome for a £200 unit. I can't make comparisons with a devoted separates system, but I can compare this with any of the systems to be heard in the average UK retailers. It's far superior. The base from the sub can be as subtle or as pronounced as you like.

    Waiting a day or so for my neighbours to leave their house, i turned this up to around half volume. what an experience! Sound is well seperated from all of the speakers and it seems no matter what's thrown at it, be it connecting a dvd player, games console, pc, mp3 player or other device the levels can be adjusted in many ways to achieve the sound you want.

    2 days into my experience with this unit, the control panel broke. It started blowing the fuse in the back of the sub, then finally packed up altogether. sorely dissapointed, I phoned Logitech UK with the problem. A little wait on their support line before I got a rather helpful guy to explain the problem to. He decided that it indeed was a fault on the unit and then offered to replace the whole system. It arrived from Holland within 2 days and fingers crossed has been fine since.

    All in all, logitech have found a life long customer for their excellent service and if they continue to produce products like this at these affordable prices they deserve it!
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