"MY EXPERIENCE: DEFINITELY NOT FOR MUSIC!"1.5 starson by paris18
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.