Pros Fidelity, versatility, Finish
Cons Imaging loose, rather large
Summary I bought these speakers from OcUK three weeks ago, to replace my Logitech Z-560's, the amp of which having just expired after two years' use, having read extensively on the Internet about the impressive performance on offer at the price.
On opening the massive box ( I am a national champion powerlifter, and this git was still no joke ) and connecting the system ( as others have said, easy as pie ), I was very impressed with the presentation of the system - minimalist lines, understated and subtle. The size of the control unit surprised me - bigger than the satellites at about 7 inches high. Very nice.
On firing the system up, after making sure everything was working, calibrating the soundfield and sorting speaker positioning, I began to play through some of my MP3 collection - mainly electronic, with a lot of prog, tribal, techno, psytrance, with some acoustic rock, and a little soul, choral and classical thrown into the mix.
I was immediately struck by the overdose of midbass at standard speaker settings - a problem shared with my previous system. However, unlike the 560's, this unit allows full, individual control of speaker levels, including the sub, with attenuation to 0 being possible. Setting the sub to 2 bars of 20 produced a FAR more balanced sound, with a full and tight bass sound, with a precise midrange delivery, and open,detailed highs, without being too bright. Note that my setup is nearfield, with no speaker being more than 1 metre from my head - in a larger room, the highs would probably be less impressive, with the one driver setup not really being suitable.
Sasha's Airdrawndagger sounded as enrapturing on this system as anything I have heard - the subtlety of the sound far exceeds my expectations, with dramatic dynamics sitting side by side with an enveloping soundstage and beautiful reproduction. On the lower setting, the sub was musical and smooth - however, the fullrange tweeters cross over at the mid 100 hz range, giving away the sub's location, although the sounds blended perfectly, given correct levels.
At high levels, the sub gives awesome dynamics, perfect for home cinema, or pissing off the neighbors, with a 32 Hz test tone still responding strongly enough to vibrate draws open and make the walls visibly resonate. However, it loses the musical quality that makes it so entertaining at more reasonable settings, with some port whistle and, at daft levels, clipping and mild resonance.
The sub's response rolls off slowly after about 60 Hz, according to my ears on a test tone sweep - however, output was still audible at default settings and half volume down to around 30 Hz. Below that, the resonant frequency of the driver manifested itself, with a 24 Hz tone sounding no lower. I would estimate the quoted 33 Hz response bound at around -10 db, in my smallish room. My 10 year old son could hear output at 19 kHz, although I myself could hear nothing above 17 kHz,almost certainly down to my ears and not the speakers. This is impressive, from a phase plug speaker - response from 160 to 19 kHz, with no obvious flat spots or rolloff from a sweep.
In home theater, these speakers delivered the depth and quality already touched on, with the LOTR:FOTR intro scene giving some real gut-churning LF sweeps and rumbles, although this required turning the sub level up. Dialogue is clear and well placed by the centre channel, with surround effects being reasonably well reproduced. Imaging was precise, as would be expected, but somewhat narrow, altough this is conceivably down to speaker placement. Adjustment is provided when decoding, but even maximum stage width still was less than ideal as far as I was concerned: however, this is a minor issue.
The piece de resistance was the analog sound quality, when feeding phono input from my turntables via a mixer into the direct jack input.
Quality through complex classical passages was breathtaking, for the price and purpose intended. The musical reproduction of the satellites was surprisingly good: smooth, open, and detailed, as with the digital media. Vocals, woodwind, and strings were all near perfect, without a harsh, monitor - like edge I disliked in the GigaWorks 750's. The crossover spoiled an otherwise strong performance when it came to brass, organs, pianos, and deep male voices - however, the quality was not compromised by this, and at the cost, it is a remarkably imposing system.
Overall, I would put these little speakers ahead of the Klipsch Ultras, with a more musical and less monitor - alike sound, far more flexibility and functionality with the decoder and upmixing control unit. That places them firmly at the head of their class, beating such offerings as Creative's GigaWorks 750's, and holding their own musically with far more expensive systems.
At the price they are being offered, I can recommend these speakers wholeheartedly to anyone who wants a versatile system, with input and decoding typical of a home theater system, but which is still musically impressive, whilst looking good and being relatively easy on space.
Pros Good bass, sufficient quality, sufficient power.
Cons Sound not clear, very much muffled : no treble!. Expensive for the quality.
Summary After reading the many favorable reviews on Logitech Z-5500 on the Internet, I bought one set. Logitech announces that these speakers are multi-purpose, and I was planning to set-up a music center, with the self-amplifying speakers attached to a tuner and a dvd-player. To my surprise, the highly rated speaker system turned out a very bad sound when music is played: the sound was strongly shifted towards bass, lacking treble sounds, so that the sound from my popular music was very much muffled! I tried many music pieces I was familiar with: the sound had good strong bass, but the high notes (treble sounds) were absent, so that the sound was not clear, was muffled, and sounds that shound ring and chime (like high toned guitar, piano and violin sounds) were also totally muffled. The resulting musical quality was totally unacceptable to the careful listener. The subwoofer level adjustment on the speaker set was not of use for changing the tone of the sound produced: with this control,the sound went from slight bass, with no treble, to very strong bass, again with no treble. And there is no other bass/treble control or equalizer on this expensive unit. Then I tried the soundcard equalizer. After reducing the bass tones and increasing the mid-tones moderately and the high tones (treble) fully, things returned to normal. The speakers then produced good sound. Yet I was planning to use these speakers with a tuner and a dvd-player set which do not have bass-treble controls of their own (typical of these components), so the speakers were useless to me! I contacted Logitech telling them the problem and asking some specific questions, like the speaker impedances. They, summarily, told me that whatever Logitech wanted to say about the product is on web pages and brochures and they cannot answer any other questions!(Neither it seemed, that they did care my having problems with their product). Since Logitech did not answer any of my questions, I was unable to decide whether this problem is singular: a production error for this particular unit, or whether is typical of all speakers. Summarily, I am now after a court order for the speaker system to be returned, since retailers do not accept returns in Turkey. (I wish to point out that Z-5500 is sold for more than 600 US dollars in Turkey, including taxes). I wish to express my deep disappointment with the people who reviewed Z-5500 so favorably, with the Logitech Company, and with the Z-5500 itself. My rating of this system is 3/10 (poor). The hardware is there, but the necessary adjustments (the expertise, the thought part, an understanding of quality in sound reproduction, I should say?) are not.Updated
In this review I have described the experience that I had with the z-5500 system I have bought, in an effort to make others decide more easily what this system is like. Since I have written the review, I received many comments, whose sincerity I do not doubt, saying that the Z-5500 is a good system and that there must have been something wrong with my system. I have also followed the literature on Z-5500's. I am now made to believe that the problems I have described in the Z-5500 do exist, but in a rather slight form, and not as strongly as I had experienced them. The problems I have described terefore seems to be particular to the unit I have tested, a production error, and not general for the Z-5500's. This was a possibility I had indicated in the review. Unfortunately, Logitech did not answer my questions that could have clarified the situation.Please be aware that the review may not be general for the Z-5500 system, and many others find it to be a good system.
Pros Crisp, loud, simple, good surround sound
Cons Sub almost too powerful
Summary Just bought the z-5500's, had resigned myself to the hard wired speaker option. I would have got the 680's (as they used exposed wire connections) but I wanted the most recent speakers.
Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and discovered that the wiring for speakers now uses exposed wire, not the RCA hardwired option that is still in the specs and has been mentioned previously here.
I'm in Australia and rang Logitech tech support to see what they knew. They said they'd heard about it but hadn't actually seen any of the upgraded sets. They hadn't even heard anything from Logitech head office about it.
Anyway, very happy with this surprise!
Oh, and the speakers themselves are extremely impressive. No regrets about making this purchase!!
The sub is almost too strong (can always reduce lower the strength), I've got a solid timber desk and I'm worried about the bass rumbling it apart (seriously)!
Pros Extremely deep bass, great mid-range, and good high frequencies. Brings DVD's, Games, and almost all music to life...
Cons You cannot get full 5.1 experience without a 5.1 sound card....
Summary OK... so I am 15 years old. I got a job almost a year ago, and this is the first item on my wishlist that I picked up. I ordered it from TigerDirect, and only spent $289 on it, waited a week to get it, and found it was well worth it. I had it up and running within the first 15 minutes of opening it, sat myself in the center of all the speakers, and put in the Matrix. I skipped straight to the infamous Lobby Shooting Spree, and was immersed in the middle of what felt like a real shooting spree. I could hear bullets flying by my head, and i could feel every squeeze of the trigger. I set up my sound card's EQ to an almost universal setting, for games, movies, and music... which took a while, but brought out the true power of the system. I had all of my family look at (or listen to) it. My neighbors, not only aside or across from me, but even a block and more away have heard it... and everyone has had great comments about it. Even one of the richest people I know, who just recently put a $6000 surround system (Polk Audio) with a $7000 Plasma (Pioneer) was impressed with this, somewhat cheap system, and asked me where he could by one for his living room! Bottom Line... This system is amazing. The comments made on the high-frequencies sounding muffled were posted by people who did not know how to properly operate this system. My brother, who is 8 can even turn down the sub level to a point where the highs are definately less than muffled... and everything is in perfect balance. And I am not being rude or arrogant by saying this... but if my 8 year old brother can make Green Day sound great on this system.. just using the simple volume controls provided in the control unit there is something with todays consumers and users.
"Doesn't Dissapoint"on by fbxcore
Pros Powerful, affordable, hardware decoding ability, optical/coax inputs, build quality, wall mountable good remote, aesthetically pleasing, POWERFUL bass, DTS, replaceable wiring, LOUD
Cons Mids are a bit lacking, satellites aren't quite on par with the sub
Summary Before I go into this I want to let it be known that I got the revised series of the speakers that use the home theater style clamp wire inputs, not the ones that are permanently attached.
Anyways, I went to fedex to pick up this package and it was pretty beastly. Got home and had some friends over and we installed it all fairly quickly with no hitches. Beware you need a good place to put the sub, where it will not be prone to shaking too many objects (i.e. desks with many drawers, file cabinets, etc..) It's huge as well and it's a good idea to give it decent ventilation for the warmer times of the year.
The first thing I noticed was the bass power of this system, it's pretty ridiculous. The port on the sub can practically double as an air ventilation system. Many people say that the sub gets really loose and sloppy but I haven't really had this problem, as long as you know how to EQ things correctly and adjust all of the levels you should be okay.
Either way this thing gets a 10/10 for the sub/bass
Next come the satellites. The most apparent dislike I have for this system is that the midtones can't really keep up with the bass and the highs, so that's a con in that area. Logitech should have gone with a different setup over the integrated tweeter cones. Other than that the satellites are pretty solidly built and as long as you have a decent output source (you'll be needing a fairly good sound card to get the best of these) your music should sound pretty good. I've noticed this system is EXCELLENT at playing ambient/classical and that sort of thing. Imaging is quite good.
Satellites get a 7.5/10 with all of the negative coming from the mid problems, but it's not a factor that would make me not want this system.
Next comes the control unit. It's pretty slick looking and has a display that your eyes will like. On top of that it has the optical/coax inputs which will be utilized when I get my new sound card in so i can use the hardware DTS decode option. It's well designed and laid out and you can control a lot from it. Same goes for the remote, it's very straightforward and you can pretty much control every aspect of the system from it.
Only hitch I have is that the control unit cable could be a bit longer, but it's not that much of a problem for me
Control unit gets a 9.5/10
Overall I'm very happy with the system. I'm hoping for a slight improvement when I get a new sound card in with an optical out and DTS Connect support and replace the speaker cables with monster cable, but either way with this system you can't go wrong for the money. I haven't had any of the popping problems that some people talk of.
Highly recommended, hope this could be of some help.