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Computer Speakers item created by , May 5, 2010
Pros - Connects to so much so easily
Cons - none
Love the 10 inch subwoofer and this system is easy to use and easy to connect. i love it
Pros - Support DTS and Dolby Digital PL II, THX Certified, Digital Coax and Optical inputs, provides excellent bass and clarity for all but the pickiest user
Cons - May lack some mid-range, cannot replace speakers despite the use of standard speaker wire due to built-in crossover
These speakers were the first purchase I made of higher quality audio equipment in any regard. I mated these speakers up with an M-Audio Revolution 5.1 sound card ($100) and a Digital Coax cable and have had a fantastic experience ever since when using my computer. I paid $280 for mine about 5 years ago and the price has held firm and actually gone up to around $300+ at most online retailers. These speakers offer receiver level processing cabability and are neatly bundled into a control pod that looks pretty cool. The included remote is simple and quite handy to operate the speakers - you have clearly labeled effects to use (Stereo, Stereo x2, PLII Movie, and PLII Music) - each with adjustable settings that are remembered for each effect that you use.
These speakers put to shame most HTIB systems you could buy for under $1,000. The subwoofer is a 10" long throw driver with 188 watts RMS power, each satellite is 62 watts RMS and the center channel is 69 watts RMS - coming to a total of 505 watts RMS. The subwoofer is capable of shaking the walls and maintaining a respectable balance as well - it cannot hit true lows as a dedicated home audio subwoofer can but it goes very low and for most people this subwoofer will be very satisfying. Games and movies alike sound fantastic on these speakers. I also listen to music on them and am quite pleased with their sound. They are not perfect but at this price they rival many higher cost solutions.
I have a dedicated home theater system using a Denon AVR-4802 THX receiver and at the moment a pair of Celestion Ditton 300 speakers and a 12" Eosone subwoofer and while I notice a larger dynamic range and soundstage with them, the Logitech Z-5500s are still a pleasure to listen to and were a mere fraction of the price of my home theater setup. In computer speakers they are bar none the King of Speakers and they oust many HTIB systems costing twice their price. Whether you're a budding audiophile or a seasoned veteran - I think everyone can appreciate the great value the Z-5500 speakers offer. Give these speakers a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Pros - Value, digital inputs
Cons - Sound is better than average but not audiophile
Great system back in the day. Sound quality is quite good especially for movies where detail isn't the primary focus. Bass is punchy and surprisingly tight. Given the number of used receivers and speakers out there some good budget options can probably be found on kijiji or craigslist. Audioengine offers much better sound quality but fewer features in terms of input quality and of course lacks the 5.1.
Pros - Digital inputs, durability and great sound.
Cons - Despite THX certification, sound quality could be better.
In 2005 when surround systems (decent ones) were going to $1,000 I believed this was the deal to beat. Five years later...I still believe this is true. While it may not be an audiophile system..the sound is great, bass is plentiful..no let's say the bass is better than you ever expected it to be. for roughly $250.00 online..you will not find a system with digital inputs which work great with the cable box, XBOX consoles or PC music.
I am not crazy about the audio inputs (non-digital) which are just 1/8 connectors, LCD display not clear from a distance, no HDMI (which I do not care for), the remote is not lighted. I did compare it to the Klipsch, BOSE, Sony solutions which did not have all of the features Logitech has put together...
Take it for what it is a simple effective solution for watching TV and playing games via surround sound without breaking the bank. For high end applications; I have my high end headphones and stereo system. Hope this helps...
Pros - Detailed, powerful, variety of connections for a computer speaker system
Cons - Questionable wire provided, maximum distance of 6ft. from control unit to subwoofer.
Ive owned these speakers for a long time now, and I really like them. I purchased them on ebay (new) at an incredible price. There was no way I was going to pass this up. I love the styling of these speakers.
The audio quality is good, er... very good. Not incredible, but definitely better than most of the stuff out there for computers. These were one of the first high end purchases I made, and opened the door for me to explore new music. They have scaled pretty well as I have gotten into higher end audio, and I still enjoy using these speakers. They make everything sound pretty good. The bass can be a little bit sloppy sometimes, but its very good (and powerful) overall. These are killer speakers for movies, they have digital inputs(coaxial and optical) and have dolby digital and dts functionality. They can also decode 96/24 digital inputs. If necessary, it is possible to send surround sound through L/R, SL/SR, and C/SW mini jacks.
Now a few of the drawbacks of this system. The control unit has to be used within 6ft of the subwoofer, but that really only creates minor logistical issues. The control unit has some menus that are a little bit strange, and some settings are not available for certain inputs.