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Highly recommend Logitech Z-5400 Digital Speakers
on 16 June 2006
I got this 5.1 set by Logitech for my birthday having read that they were a decent set of speakers however did not manage to find a review anywhere on the net.
They come in a huge box which weighs around 20kg or so and everything is well packaged in molded polystyrene so damage to components should be minimal during transit.
The build quality of theses speakers is very good and I can say that having previously owned creative's I-trigue 2.1 3300 set which retailed for £50 when I acquired them. Everything is very well made and the control centre is really cool to look at as the power button lights up blue when it's activated and is red when not.
The back-lit screen clearly displays what settings you have on, from direct 6channel audio, two variations on stereo, dolby music and dolby movie.
After unpacking the five satellite speakers you will next notice the huge subwoofer just sitting there in it's protective bag. This thing is crazy huge and looks awesome with a flared port-tube large enough to stick your fist into, heatsinks on the back and a neat Logitech 'THX' badge logo on the front.
The subwoofer surprisingly has no visible grille and is self contained apart from the port tube. The heatsink rose above room temperature and can be surprisingly warm in normal use, it's a good thing it's there I guess.
The digital soundtouch control center plugs into the sub via a quality multi-pin connection that felt very secure upon attachment. The satellites are hooked up simply by holding open the spring clips, inserting the pre-tinned 20AWG cable ends which are colour coded with the clips and releasing the spring clips. The wires are (x2 25' and x3 15')
I hooked up the control centre to my PC using the supplied analogue cable (green, black, yellow) to my audigy 2ZS soundcard.
Needless to say these speakers are awesome and I will say without a doubt there is no way you can be disappointed by their sound clarity and reproduction. I am no audiophile I just listen to music a lot and use my PC for games and occasional films but these blow my previous speakers out of the water then vaporise them:p
Vocals on music sound like they you are hearing them in person, elements to tracks you never even heard before become perfectly audible. The balance on low, mid and highs is great IMO, drums and percussion sounding very clear and precise.
In fact you can overpower your ears while not necessarily noticing due to the fact that the sound will not distort unless you push the system very hard which I have not done yet. You don't realise how loud it is till you try to shout to someone a few feet away and they can't hear you!
Yes the system is kind of 'overkill' for a PC setup but it's nice to have the available headroom and does make really nice sounds. The sub is very powerful and can shake the floor akin to the way low frequencies sound in the cinema. The sub intensity can be adjusted and have found it is never 'boomy' which only cheap speaker sets can produce. When you turn it down it really does turn the bass down. The supplied remote and duracell batteries is a nice touch even though it does look cheap. Personally I don't care and like it, finding myself adjusting the volume from the other side of the room in bed to even using at the desktop:oP
Overall I am very pleased with this purchase and think that it represents good value for money for what you get. The speakers without their grilles look nice in my room and I would recommend these speakers without hesitation to anyone looking for affordable, great-sounding 5.1.
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