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

  • 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.

Recent Reviews

  1. NightFlight
    Great for the money
    Written by NightFlight
    Published Feb 28, 2015
    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.
    1. SeeHear
      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.
      SeeHear, Jun 30, 2015
    2. NightFlight
      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.
      NightFlight, Jul 1, 2015
  2. peperico
    I. Will. Never. Sell.
    Written by peperico
    Published Mar 26, 2014
    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.
    1. GREQ
      Thanks for the in-depth analysis you've given here.
      I especially liked the part about... uhh... the speakers.
      GREQ, Mar 27, 2014
  3. iEar
    Brilliant all rounder
    Written by iEar
    Published Dec 25, 2012
    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!
  4. Paul Graham
    Hard Hitting PC System.
    Written by Paul Graham
    Published May 7, 2012
    Pros - Fantastic for small spaces. Phenomenal Bass. Punchy controlled sound as well as having the ability to sweep nice and low! V.Loud if required!
    Cons - Cable is not the best. Control Pod cable can NOT be extended by using a vga cable. No control over EQ. No line out.
    I'll put a proper review up later when i have more time.
    Very quick notes for now, 
    The reasons behind me buying this were simple, We had just moved back to my parents and thus 99% of my Hi-Fi had to go into storage.
    This presented a compact ( excluding the sub lol ) solution to my need for better sound than standard tv/computer speakers.
    It certainly delivered 2 years ago and still does now!
    The bass this system is capable off is Phenomenal.
    Very versatile on the input side offering both analogue and digital inputs.
    No line or pre-outs however!
    Standard cables aren't fantastic.
    Control pod is nicely thought out.
    EQ settings would have been nice.
    1. GL1TCH3D
      Unfortunately the prices on this system have really skyrocketed... Would it still be worth it at 350$?
      GL1TCH3D, May 7, 2012
    2. Sayajin
      Z-5500 delivered good value even at 450$ but that's five years now.

      Agree this system miss EQ settings but just fine as it is. Quality is great, the model however is discontinued.
      Sayajin, May 7, 2012
    3. GL1TCH3D
      I know. At 200-250 I definitely would have bought this system but a new one would cost upwards 500-700 while used ones go from 350-450...
      GL1TCH3D, May 7, 2012
  5. mattphones
    Big Bang
    Written by mattphones
    Published Aug 26, 2011
    Pros - everything
    Cons - it doesnt make coffee
    Ill keep this short and sweet. I've had mine for four years and it has done every duty in the book that a set of speakers can do. Its been moved back and forth from dorm to dorm, apartment to apartment - all the while ensuring Im kicked out as soon as I arrive. These things rock!
    The small speakers do tend to be outclassed by the bass driver. They get loud, but the dont project very well. This set is best suited for near-field use to medium sized bedrooms. Also, this set is perfectly acceptable as a bedroom surround system, its simply fantastic. I would buy again if this were to die.
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    2. Watsy1958
      $1.298 is totally a scam. When they first came out they were $399 so why the 300% jump in price. I think Amazon just like to jack prices even if the product isn't worth the price there asking..
      Watsy1958, Mar 23, 2014
    3. pb8185
      It's not Amazon, it's a third party reseller, and it's because the item has been discontinued so you can't really find these anywhere anymore.
      pb8185, Sep 13, 2015
    4. Watsy1958
      Your saying the price is jacked for the Logitech Z-5500 is because you can't find them anymore. Well that is so far from the truth you can find new units still on E-bay and kijiji in Canada plus i deal with a local computer store in my 1 horse town and they have a connection if i wanted 5 units id have them in 3 days. 13 months ago i bought mine new for $450.00 these third party resellers you talk about are scam artists and i know if i want 3 or a half dozen units they would find them real fast....to them its all about profit
      Watsy1958, Sep 13, 2015
  6. mwijayak
    Powerfull yet cheap
    Written by mwijayak
    Published Apr 7, 2011
    Pros - Powerfull for movie n game,cheap
    Cons - not good for music
    Yet for entry level Hometheater there is no deal better than this
  7. Lunatique
    Very good for the price
    Written by Lunatique
    Published Feb 18, 2011
    Pros - Variety of digital input formats and Dolby formats, remote, non-fatiguing sound
    Cons - Typical crossover resonance, sub-bass resonance
    When I decided to replace my crappy Creative Inspire P7800 7.1 Surround Speakers System with something a lot better, I was not after high-end surround sound for audio production or crazy audiophile home theater–I only wanted something that sounded fairly good and has a good sub-bass extension, so I can feel all the visceral power of video game action and movies. Even though I'm quite happy with my JVC/Victor SU-DH1 hardware Dolby Headphone virtual surround, no matter how good Dolby Headphone is for creating the illusion of surround sound, it’s still not quite as real as real surround sound (even though the hardware version of Dolby Headphone already sounds far superior to the software version). In general, I think the Z-5500 met those needs very well. Also, since I have a pair of the amazing Klein + Hummel O 300D professional reference studio monitor speakers for doing critical audio work, I didn't need the Z-5500 to be amazing, and I'd only use it for playing games and watching movies, or non-critical listening. For any serious audio work, I'd use the K+H's.
    The small satellites + subwoofer systems all tend to have recessed mid range frequencies due to the inherent physical design and crossover, and the Z-5500 is no exception, but at the same time, the recess in the mid range isn’t nearly as bad as some I have heard in the past, and it’s not something that bothers me too much. There’s also less treble energy than a neutral frequency response, which I don’t mind that much either–I’ll gladly sacrifice some clarity if that means no shrillness–it’s a fair trade-off in my book. I guess that’s what I like about the Z-5500–at the very basic level, it does no harm, as in it does not have excessive shrillness like many audio products do, and in this aspect, it’s even better than some so-called entry-level “pro audio” reference monitors I have heard in the past (they tend to sound way too bright and fatiguing).
    In the bass region, the Z-5500′s subwoofer does have that boomy overhanging resonance from being a ported design that’s always present. Some people might actually like it since they’re used to hearing it in entry to mid-level audio gear and they might think it’s more visceral, but it’s really not a good thing in general because it colors all musical material that way, even ones that shouldn’t have such bass emphasis. This is where the big difference between the O 300D and the Z-5500 becomes apparent–the O 300D is just much better designed since it’s aimed at the high-end professional audio market, and it is a sealed cabinet design that doesn’t suffer from bass port resonance, resulting in much tighter and cleaner bass response.
    Another problem with the Z-5500 is that at 100Hz, the typical problem with crossovers occurs, where it’s in the netherworld between the satellite and the subwoofer and neither is reproducing that frequency range authoritatively. Once going up to 125Hz, the Satellites starts to take over, and going down to 90Hz the subwoofer takes over. This results in a bass frequency response curve that’s not linear and has weird resonance issues right at the crossover frequency.
    Overall, I’m reasonably pleased with how the Z-5500 sounds, since I tend to have low opinion of most consumer electronics–they usually have a very artificial and fatiguing sound with a built-in “disco smiley face” EQ setting that makes the typical uninformed consumers think it sounds good. The Z-5500 doesn’t do that and sounds quite natural. Overall, it’s a lot better than the Altec Lancing ACS-90 and the Creative P7800 subwoofer combo it replaced (I moved that combo to my workout room now). Here’s how the Z-5500 tested with the ARC System in my studio:
    As you can see, it looks surprisingly neutral for a consumer speaker system. In my studio, I found that additional two bars of subwoofer volume tested slightly more neutral in the sub-bass region, as you can see:
    for such a modestly priced system, it performs quite well all the way down to 30hz, which matches the sub-bass capabilities of my O 300D’s (though it doesn’t sound as tight or clean).
    With ARC System correction turned on for both the Z-5500 and the O 300D, they sounded much closer in sonic signature, but the O 300D is more refined and spacious, dimensional, higher resolution, and the bass is tighter and better controlled. Here’s the O 300D’s ARC correction curves:
    Kind of ironic that the O 300D’s pre-correction frequency response in my studio is actually less neutral than the Z-5500, and the Z-5500′s price tag is less than one-tenth of the O 300D’s. But of course this has much to do with the actual speaker placement and the acoustic treatment. Maybe the Z-5500 simply are placed in a more ideal spot in relation to the listening position. I've used the O 300's in other rooms where they sounded pretty damn good even without correction, acoustic treatment, or "proper" placement, so I know the room dimensions, speaker placement, and listening position all have a dramatic effect on the same pair of speakers.
    For casual listening, I would be totally fine with the Z-5500 with the ARC correction turned on, I feel like I don’t even need to turn on the O 300D’s anymore unless it's for critical audio work or focused music appreciation listening sessions. The O 300D’s really is a totally different tier of the market though, so it's not even fair to compare, but since that's my reference point for quality, it's what I have to use to test all my other audio gear. With the O 300D's, I’m getting the best performances in transient response, stereo imaging, soundstage, distortion, control, and resolution. But It’s amazing how much of a difference the ARC System makes with the Z-550 though–it really is one of the best purchases anyone can make for their computer-based sound system.
    The control console for the Z-5500 is easy to use and the remote is handy, but I wish they had separate buttons for effects as well as the inputs on both the remote and the control console, since switching through them tend to be a bit annoying as there’s a delay with each switch you make. But in general I’m happy with this purchase and I think I’ll be content with it for years to come.
    1. Bagheera
      Thanks for the well-written and elaborate review! It's good to see someone who actually knows about professional audio hardware do a review of this set. There are a LOT of hate coming from self-alleged "audiophiles" toward this particular set (I don't see nearly as much hate directed toward Cambridge Soundworks' MegaWorks, or Kplipsch ProMedias, probably because Logitech is more well-known for their computer peripherals while these other companies specialize in speakers), but a quick read through several of the discussion threads (such as the one on Overclocker.net) easily shows that most of these "audiophiles" know absolutely nothing about how audio equipment actually works (for example the stated 10% THD being from the integrated amp when it is at maximum output, and the 200Hz crossover being pretty much a standard for multimedia speakers - not saying such a high crossover is ideal, but one should NEVER compare multimedia speakers with true high grade home cinema sets, that's comparing apples and oranges).
      I have listened to a lot of multimedia speakers and while I would have preferred for the Z-5500's satellites to be true 2-way designs, they don't sound nearly as bad as most haters claim them to be (also, a lot of these haters recommend the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, which I have heard and was NOT impressed by at all! The treble is way too sharp and the bass way too boomy. These people have obviously never heard a neutral sound signature from a nice pair of headphones). A lot of them also claim that the Z-5500 lack mid-range... which is like LOL wut? If anything the Z-5500 could use a bit more sparkle in the treble. It does seem to have some dispersion issues and I find the treble very lacking if the satellites are not pointed directly toward me.
      Bagheera, Jul 23, 2016
    2. Jinzy
      I agree with you a 100% Bagheera mate. It's 2016 and I've referenced Lunatique's post from way back in 2011 a few times over the years when setting up my Z-5500. That my friend is what I call a great, insightful review. I signed up to this forum to first thank you for reviewing it and sharing your knowledge about it with us.
      Also wanted to share how I've set it up on my PC. I'll only focus on the sub-woofer correction which I've done, as I feel it sounds very nice and clean (purely subjective). Reason for only giving the sub correction is that I'm using a pair of F&D SPS-2000 as my main speakers, and their correction wouldn't match the original Z-5500 satellites.
      What you need:
      1. Equalizer APO
      2. Peace, GUI for Equalizer APO
      How to set it all up:
      1. Install both Equalizer APO & Peace GUI in that specific order using their respective instructions. (restart if and when needed)
      2. Use the "configurator" (Open Peace GUI>Settings>Equalize APO's Configurator) to select your desired audio output device on your computer (restart is mandatory to take effect)
      3. Open "Peace" and the set your equalizer frequencies, gains, Q's (below each frequency slider) to the following values;
      Frequency, gain, Q value
      20, 14, 5
      22, 14, 5
      30, 0, 3
      40, 0, 3
      55, 5.5, 4
      77, -6, 3
      100, 3, 3
      125, -2, 3
      160, 1.5, 3
      4. Now save this as a preset and enjoy! P.S. I use the “High-pass filter” in the “Commands” section and set it to 28Hz sometimes for songs with heavy low end bass to avoid distortion. * Note 1 - This is for "Stereo" mode with the sub-woofer level set to standard (halfway point on the controller display) but should be decent for other modes as well. * Note 2 - This will work on any computer which "Equalizer APO" can be installed on.
      Jinzy, Oct 21, 2016
  8. Dogfish63
    Nice System bought on Ebay
    Written by Dogfish63
    Published Jan 23, 2011
    Pros - Great sound options
    Cons - Large Sub
    I have this system hooked to my Gateway pc. I have it run through an Audiotrak Prodigy Cube via USB and toslink to an Oppo player. No problems with backlight so far.
    I can listen to DVD-A's and SACD's with the Oppo and get great 5.1 sound out of this system. Sound from realtek soundcard on pc sounds awesome too. Never figured out how to get 5.1 via Winamp though.
    I have enjoyed this for a few years now. If you can still find it I would highly recommend it if you spend many hours in front of a pc.
  9. Dendie
    Review From PC Gamer's Perspective
    Written by Dendie
    Published Jan 23, 2011
    Pros - Optical input; Punchy bass; Good cable lengths supplied; Remote control; Removable speaker covers.
    Cons - Display backlight failure common; Blue LED for power button dazzlingly bright in a darkened room.

    The Review

    It says it all that after so many years these are still the top of the line in Logitech's PC speaker range. While many will be put off with the high asking price, they are worth every penny, and I don't say that lightly.
    I picked mine up in 2008 on a special offer from Amazon and since then have never even considered upgrading. The convenience of having my PS3 connected over optical and my PC hooked up over 3x3.5mm mini-jacks was my main reason for justifying the expense. Having used them now for a couple of years the full 5.1 audio while gaming has become something it's very hard to play with out - anyone still playing with the speakers built into their TV or monitor, or even the cheap set that came with their PC would be well advised to make the move and upgrade. Games like Left4Dead or Dead Space are completely transformed as the audio cues provided are central to the experience.
    The speakers themselves look fantastic compared to other PC sets. The bases can be rotated to allow wall-mounting and the mesh covers removed if you prefer that look. The subwoofer is really rather large in both diameter and depth and has a large heatsink on the back, so be sure to measure your available space before you order.
    As for the sound, the bass is punchy enough to make playing music an absolute joy - especially anything electronic like LCD Soundsystem or The Prodigy. The speakers can be set to use Dolby Pro Logic II to distribute sound from stereo sources across all speakers and this is particularly good with music. When watching films the centre provides clear dialogue, though it is worth spending a while tweaking the settings to provide the right levels for the shape of your room. By default, I found the surrounds a little quiet, and the bass a little too low for my tastes.
    Something worth bearing in mind are that firstly, many users have experienced issues with the display backlight failing. Mine failed, but Logitech were very good about getting it fixed, so it wasn't too much trouble really. Also, the main fuse, located on the rear of the subwoofer seems to be quite easy to blow, and some users have reported blowing them on a regular basis. I myself have blown one by not switching off the isolator before unplugging the system, but managed to pick up a pack of 10 from Amazon for about £3, so again it wasn't really a major problem. It is worth picking up a pack of fuses at the time of order just in case.

    The Good

    1. The sound is excellent, and easily competes with home cinema systems that are double the price.
    2. Optical input, which is very hard to find on speaker systems for the PC market.
    3. Satisfying large volume control. Looks like more like a hi-fi and less like PC product.
    4. Recognises Dolby, THX and dts encoding.
    5. Mini-Jack inputs can be switched between 3 stereo channels, or single 5.1 input.
    6. Painful volumes can be reached before the sound quality noticably decreases.
    7. Decent customer service.

    The Bad

    1. Backlight on display has been known to fail.
    2. Some report fuses are prone to blowing.


    Really the best set of PC speakers you're likely to find. Pick up a spare pack of fuses just in case though.
  10. JIFF01
    Good value for the monie
    Written by JIFF01
    Published Jan 18, 2011
    Pros - tons of inputs and processing
    Cons - delicate pod, THX certification is a gimmick
    Great speakers for gaming and movies in a small to medium room, definetely this would not replace a dedicated setup for home teather but they have tons of inputs, an awful but handy remote and a extremely delicate pod that as i know now always breaks but at least it keeps working


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