Logitech Z Cinéma Advanced Surround Sound System--2.1 Speakers
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- System Requirements - Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, or Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- 9-watts RMS x 2 into 16 ohms at 17.4khz Tweeter
- 110-watts RMS into 4 ohms at 45Hz Subwoofer
- Box Content - 2 satellites, 1 subwoofer Speakers, Wireless remote control, USB cable, AC power Cable (each 1.8 m)
- 26-watts RMS x 2 into 4 ohms at 335Hz Midwoofer
- Box Content - 2 satellites, 1 subwoofer Speakers, Wireless remote control, USB cable, AC power Cable (each 1.8 m),
- 110-watts RMS into 4 ohms at 45Hz Subwoofer
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The Logitech Z Cinema Advanced USB Surround Sound System immerses you into SRS TruSurround HD technology. With 2 satellite speakers and a subwoofer, digital sound is delivered every time you play your favorite games, music or watch your movies. It features a unique three-amp design for crystal-clear response. Raise your multimedia applications a notch with the Logitech Z Cinema Advanced USB Surround Sound System.
From the Manufacturer
Trying to enjoy film, TV, gaming, and music on your PC? Tired of mediocre PC audio? The Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System accurately reproduces dialogue, film soundtracks, explosive gaming audio, and subtle ambient sound.
SRS® TruSurround HD™ delivers an immersive surround-sound experience with just two satellite speakers and a subwoofer.
- Windows® XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition, or Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition
- USB port
- CD-ROM drive
- 256 MB RAM
- 20 MB available hard disk space
- Total power: 180 watts RMS
- Subwoofer: 110 watts RMS (into 4 ohms, @ 45Hz)
- Midwoofer: 26 watts RMS x 2 (into 4 ohms, @ 335Hz)
- Tweeter: 9 watts RMS x 2 (into 16 ohms, @ 17.4khz)
- Speaker dimensions: (H x W x D, mm)
- Satellites: 250.4 mm x 115 mm x 112.4 mm
- Subwoofer: 292.4 mm x 290.6 mm x 413.9 mm
Note: Windows® Media Center required for full functionality.
- Speakers: 2 satellites, 1 subwoofer
- Wireless remote control (batteries included)
- Cables (each 6-foot): USB cable, AC power cable
- CD-ROM with Logitech® Z Cinéma software
- User’s guide
- 2-year limited hardware warranty
Top customer reviews
A few months ago, I purchased the Z-2300 set up which I love, but the only thing that I had a change of heart on was the fact that they are not surround sound. My son and I watch movies on my PC and decided I wanted to get a 5.1 set up instead.
After looking around and reading the reviews on the Z Cinema, I thought... "these are perfect since they have great reviews, supposedly sound great, and have two speakers; for my set up and having little room, these would be perfect!"
I also looked at the Z-5500 set up but passed on those because of the huge sub and the 5 satellites that as indicated, would not have the room for.
So, I order them, wait for them to arrive with great anticipation. after 3 days, the system arrives and suddenly find myself transform from a 40 year old professional to a 4 year old on Christmas morning. All excited, I take them out of the box and hook up the sub, speakers, and also install the software that was very easy to install on my computer.
OK, here I am, looking at my speaker set up which I gotta tell you, is a nice looking set up with simulated stainless trim and gloss black fascia on both the speakers and the sub. Remote was very well laid out and easy to use.
At this point I take a deep breath and log into Rhapsody.. I pull up a song and press play to listen to the song. I had the volume at about a 1/4 way up and nothing... at this point I think that I have the set up wrong since I cannot hear anything until suddenly, I listen closer to find out that... YUP... THE THINGS WERE ON!! At a 1/4 volume, I can barely hear them. I then turned them up 1/2 way and now you can hear them, but NOTHING like the power of my Z-2300 set up.. I then adjusted the EQ on the player, little better but let me tell you, I was so disappointed at the power of this set up.
Now, I put in a movie and long story short, in order to hear it at a level where I consider it to be "theater like" or loud enough that you can feel the action, I had to turn the thing up ALL THE WAY... and still was not enough...
The bass at the highest setting was barely there... what a disappointment. Needless to say, I shipped them back today for a refund..
Now I know what you are thinking, that I connected them wrong but no, I am the kind of person that follows directions step by step and then re-check and everything was connected correctly.
I think the reason I was left wanting more is that I am used to my Z2300 set up and as far as power, the 2300's blow the Z-Cinemas away.
Also and a final note.. I read a lot of reviews on the Z2300 and Z5500 where there are no tweeters, just a polished aluminum phase plug or "mid driver" that has no mid range and the highs are of poor quality.. sound "canny" but let me tell you, when I listened to the Z Cinema speakers, with a tweeter and mid range driver, they sounded mediocre at best. Sounded like they had no depth at all...
In summary, the Z Cinema look great, they are easy to set up and the software is easy to install. The remote is great and is easy to use but that's all the positives of this speaker set up. The sound quality is mediocre and the bass is almost non-existing (compared to the cheaper z-2300's)
If you want powerful bass and big sound for both you music AND movies, stay away from these speakers as you will be disappointed.
If you want to replace your $10 speaker set up that came with your computer and do not have very high expectations, then you will like this set up..
I'm going to jump right into tweaking the speakers before I go into the actual review, so here's it as follows:
Let me tell you how to get the most out of these speakers, since many have commented about lack of power and the like. This will require some minor system/computer tweaking, so follow along if you wish. For overall improvement on performance, download the AC3 Filter and CODEC. This will allow you to tweak the max power output to the speakers (for most uses). Increase the Master Volume, and the individuals and EQ however one wishes. These speakers have much more power that they can safely use; don't be hindered by Windows. They get loud enough to fill our living room/house with sound. However, keep in mind these are still computer speakers. Of course they don't compare to a $300 reciever plus $1500 JBLs. However, for most cases aside from huge house parties, these deliver just fine for me. They are kept in a media alcove where sound can also bounce to the rest of the room, so that helps. Make sure that the AC3 CODEC is used for whatever sound is needed, MCE adjusts as follows.
If used with Media Center (MCE), as intended, MCE uses its OWN CODEC for most items. It will require editing the registry to remove the MCE CODEC. Google it, as I performed it on Win7 RC, make sure to backup changes of course. A minor pain, but so worth it when you can use the AC3 CODEC in MCE. I simply deleted the reg key that referenced the MCE CODEC. After that, smooth sailing through calm seas. Watching movies actually turn up to an enjoyable/experience volume.
For the "surround" features, let me just say that's a whole 'nother set of tweaking, so I say leave it off. My personal opinion is that it's not worth it in ANY speaker, definitely never use it for music; splitting frequencies and splitting power is not what I would consider progress in the speaker/music realm, but hey if it suits you, go right ahead.
So, after those minor tweaks, you are left with a great set of speakers, easily worth the $110-150 you probably paid for them through Amazon. The speakers look quite sleak, as others have commented. There is no manual volume adjust, so never lose the remote, and I could see how that would be a pain if used as desktop speakers.
The remote is amazing, if it just had a button for TV power, I would probably marry that remote. I love the scroll wheel for volume personally, it looks so nice and high-tech. As others have noted, the connectors are out of this world for the speakers, not sure who came up with those. So no, no exchanging speakers in any moderately sane manner. I love the USB connection, removes an additional cord for the IR.
The speakers are rather heavy as others have pointed out; this is by far a good thing, minus the shipping costs. The speakers sound is lacking a little in the Mid-Bass range, but so are about 99% of all computer speakers. Personally, I doubt it's the speakers, and probably the Freq Pass Filters they use, and constantly cut out that range, so its easier on the speakers. Nobody ever wants to add an additional speaker for that range, but what ya gonna do? Really only noticeable in Rock/some Classical settings. Here's my sound reviews:
Techno(ish)/Pop - Cascada - Sounds absolutely amazing. These speakers have the perfect ranges for this type of music. A nice punchy low of the sub, and good highs and mids.
Rock/Metal - As I Lay Dying, AFI and Haste the Day - Sounds good, but this is where the lack of Mid-Bass will be most noticeable. Most bass-drums used in rock are right in this range, so you're stuck missing half the sound of this crucial instrument. Even the mids sound a little weak, making the overall sound a little sterile/boxy, quite common in computer speakers and satellites. Still, they sound decent, better than most computer speakers.
Beats/Hip-Hop - 3OH!3 & Young Jeezy - Once again, due to the use of artificial instruments, the lows and highs are exaggerated, which is precisely where these speakers shine. So, I'd say these are excellent for this music, but could always use more power for house-parties.
OK so I'm sure I could say more, but overall I'd say these are 9.5/10 for the price paid (emphasis there). These are niche speakers, and suited my use 100%.
For games, I can't really recommend these. It's really a hit or miss. Some games sound great, others sound terrible. The software is frustrating too because you have to manually set the display settings to not show up when you adjust the volume. If you don't, and you try to adjust the volume during gameplay, it will kick you back to the desktop.
As others have stated, you have to use the remote to adjust the volume because there are no knobs on the actual speakers. Quality wise, the remote is on par with the speakers itself. I don't use my computer as a home theater system though, so I don't need to use it except for adjusting the volume.
If you have a separate sound card, as I do, there seems to be a little conflict too. I can set the sound to come from these speakers, but when I boot into a game it somehow switches the audio over to my sound card and the audio comes though my headphones.
As for the simulated surround sound, it does feel little more robust when you've got the SRS surround sound on, but as for gaming it doesn't really help you spot your enemies. I have a 5.1 surround headset and I can really tell where enemies are located based on sound alone, but I can't with these. However, I did enjoy the bullets flying by sounds.
My last little issue with them is that they do not power down with the computer, you have to turn them off manually, which of course has to be done with the remote.