Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Speaker System

General Information

Logitech has taken the award-winning Logitech Z-680 speaker system and made it even better. How? By improving everything from the subwoofer to the satellites and adding new innovations like real-time digital sound equalization. The result is the Logitech Z-5500 Digital, a THX-certified, 500-watt 5.1 surround sound speaker system that offers everything you could possibly want and some things you didnt even know you needed. And once you plug in your PC, DVD or music player, or video game console, youll never want to listen to anything else.

Latest reviews

Pros: Strong bottom end. Not high and shrieky like others in the same price range
Cons: Bottom end over-bearing. Crossover point poor. Imaging? NO.
Hey the bang for your buck ratio is great for these. I got them years ago for $500. I've been using them to replace the little tin box in my TV for years. The satellite surrounds are ignored/not installed for me most of the time as I just don't watch much surround sound. Otherwise a great little set. Would really rock on a PC I suppose if you set it up with 5.1 games. I'll have to try it one day.
This system will not replace anything close to a dedicated listening stereo. But a general noise maker? It fits the bill fine.
No Imaging? You must have wired them wrong, or your source is buggy. These things image like crazy!  I have them on my desk, in stereo mode.  There are better speakers, for more money, but these punch way above their weight class/price point.  Their sins are of omission.  Dial the woofer back and take the time to properly place and wire in phase and you'll be really happy with these.
Sorry. I've heard imaging and this ain't it. Maybe I'm picky. I'm the type of guy that believes in component upgrades. I've moved from the objective to the subjective because I've heard the difference in changing out interconnects. Hell, I've heard the difference changing out power cables in some circuits. The fact of the matter is this system is good. Damn good for the money.
I just want to point out that there is a wider world out there.
Pros: Bass. 3d sound. Immersive. Realistic. Powerful. Sexy.
Cons: Uhh...
this was (you cant buy it anymore as new) really the best all-in-one pc 5.1 surround sound system. basta.
Thanks for the in-depth analysis you've given here.
I especially liked the part about... uhh... the speakers.
Pros: plenty of decent sound, big base, so easy to install, very felxible in application
Cons: sub can be a little droney, mid range sound slightly lacking
I got these in 2006 for $460 in Australia.
The main reason for purchasing was to watch movies and play music from an iMac. We ran an Optical cable to the receiver/controller for 99.9% of the signal inputs. They've sat in our lounge/dining space (4m x 8m) and absolutely rocked the place for music at parties, shaken the crockery in the kitchen watching films and then played nicely balanced music at a sane level for background sounds. You can play these at max volume and neither the satellites or sub distort the sound. We've done it for some parties and they just rocked the night. Next day, back to normal. Almost 7 years on they still pump music out, they would on average be used 6-8 hours per day. Music is always on in our house,
They're well built with signs of being well thought out. The speaker stands swivel from table/desk mount to a wall mount with holes for screws and angle the speakers down just nicely. The control unit is discreet, the remote simple to use and really the only tricky part is locating the sub.
There are some really detailed reviews here on these speakers and I'd agree with each comment. Yes mid range is a little weak and sometimes the sub is a little droney if you're listening to some lowish frequency sounds - music or videos. The bass really can punch hard, the sub is a big box, it has the amp in it, switching for power to the processor/brainbox that is limited to 6' from the box by the cable. The instructions are very clear - DON'T USE EXTENSION CORDS. It does create some placement challenges. Buying a 5m optical cable solved some of the problems though.
I guess you could spend megabucks on some brand name sound systems but I don't know if you'd get the return for the extra money spent. I've taken these down, put in another system then a week later put the Logitechs back because they did a better job, took less space up and I missed them!
If you see a set around and want a quite compact satellite speaker system, that punches well above it's price and apparent specs suggest then get these. You won't find mine up for sale!


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