Pros They're a decent deal for the price ($100)
Cons Subwoofer drowns out everything else
Summary About a year ago, my ancient, 1st generation Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 sound system died on me. Since then, I’ve been getting by with a pair of Microsoft DSS 80 speakers that I’ve had for about 7 years. When I saw that Logitech was offering a $50 rebate with the purchase of their z5300 speakers, I decided to give them a try.
In my years as a computer nerd, I’ve owned quite a few PC speakers. Additionally, I’ve put together a few car stereo systems, and have owned a few home entertainment surround sound systems. Despite this, I AM NOT an expert at audio technology or audio quality. However, I still like to think that I know what sounds “good.”
After unpacking the speakers, I immediately noticed that the speaker wires are soldered into the speaker, and that the lengths are rather short. It is possible to go to Radio Shack and pick up some female-to-female RCA connectors, or for the DIYers, splice new wire into the existing wire. However, I’d rather just have the option to completely swap out speaker cables.
In my opinion, the system has too much low-end bass. I enjoy sharp, crisp, defined bass, qualities that the z5300’s subwoofer most definitely does not have. At default settings, the bass blocks out most of the sound coming from the speakers. With the sub turned down, finally making the music audible, another problem crops up: the system completely lacks any mid-level sound.
I would not recommend this system to audiophiles.
I would recommend this system to those that love booming bass or are on a budget. You probably can’t find a better system for $100 (after rebate). However, if you’ve got the money to spend, I’d definitely get something else.
Pros Great sound, Rich sound, Great Price.
Cons No Optical input, Cables are to short, WAY TO SHORT
Summary I've been looking for a 5.1 set of speakers for some time, but the ones that I looked at for under $100 sounded like you were in a tin can. The ones that were $250+ sounded amazing, but I couldn't bring myself to pay $250+ for a set of speakers. When I found the Z3000e I fell in love. The sound is rich and full..and even when I turn the volume to max the speaks didn't crack. The only cons are that there is no optical input, and the cables that come with the speaks are WAY to short. Other than that you can't get a better set of speakers for under $200.
Pros Sound Quality, Remote Control Functions, Ease of Operation, Initial Setup
Cons Wire Length, Remote Control Display, Input Type Switcher Location
Summary These speakers are the midrange segment of the Logitech computer audio line and are an excellent purchase. The system should satisfy most users who are listening to music and other activites. However, I would not suggest this system for a home theatre. The sound quality is excellent and unless you are using these for a home theatre or extremely high end audio purposes, there is no problem. The remote control is a handy device and is simple to use, it has various controls and settings available. In addition, the system is easy to operate and setup time was minimal, no hassle or confusion. That being said, there are a few minor drawbacks. The length of the wires (especially for the rear speakers) should be longer, but you can easily purchase extenders for this purpose. Also, to switch between 2.1, 5.1 and other input sources, you have to go to the back of the subwoofer, which is a hassle. However, if you're using the speakers for one device and one input source (as most people are), then this is not a problem. The final issue (and this is dependent on the person, so it isn't too major) is that it would be nice to have the remote control upstanding or something. All in all, I am very satisfied with this speaker system and would suggest it as an excellent purchase, it rivals some of the more expensive systems out there and is the flagship of its range.
Pros Price $100. Plenty of bass. Clean treble. Quality phase plug satellite speakers with removable covers. Nice powered subwoofer. Well suited for small rooms.
Cons Not really suited for music as the mid-range is a little weak and bass muddy.
Summary I've had this system for 5 years and counting and couldn't be happier. I've only ever used it for TV and blu-ray/dvd movies plus the occasional cd. Using a small digital to analog converter box really improved the sound once I switched over to HDTV. I've accidentally dropped the satellite speakers more times than I care to admit and haven't damaged them ever. The amplifier remains solid with plenty of life left.
Pros amazing sound quality
Cons short wires sub handles bad under pressure
Summary my opinion towards this stereo system is that it is simply amazing. i have done research on placing speakers correctly and i took a good 2 hours placing them. one con i have is that the sub does not handle well under deep bass and that it over powers the mids.