Pros Reasonable price for Specs and features, Good acoustics overall, Excellent wired remote
Cons Love it or hate it satellite asthetics, Just a little weak at max volume
Summary Purchased these speakers to replace an old set of Boston Acoustics. The price point on these made them more attractive on my budget than logitech's more powerful 2300's.
No complaints about everday perfomance, the sound produced by these is cisp and more than adequate for my apartment, however the top end of the volume range is a little weak.
The bass is solid, and with a little tweaking won't overpower the high and mid from the satlellites
The wired remote included looks and feels more substantial than other offerings at this price. The action is smooth, and the thing has weight, more like a real A/V component than the cheap plastic toggles that a lot of other systems had.
Overall, I think I can recommend these to anybody with a smaller apartment or dorm room, or anyone who wants above avgerge quality sound without going into the $150-$200 dollar range.
"Excellent 2.1 set"on by BSDV
Pros Sound clarity, very little distortion
Cons Haven't found any yet...ok, they're not the Z-5500's
Summary Bought these after reading some reviews.
Have listened to the Z-2300, but I wasn't impressed with the midtones and that set is a bit overkill for a small room. For the same reason I didn't go for the Z-5500. I tried really hard to find myself a good excuse to get this set but that would have meant lots of problems with neighbours and in a small room it's massive overkill I think. Specially since I can't think of places to leave the additional speakers.
I use them primarily for gaming, since I got fed up of using headphones all the time, and they're holding up nicely.
Also for music they're quite nice. The bass is for me more then sufficient,excellent clarity, good midtones and hardly any distortion at very high volume levels.
So far I haven't found any cons yet. Can recommend this set to everybody who's looking for a nice 2.1 set.
Pros Nice depth and dimension to sound
Cons I would like to see speaker grilles on the left & right
Summary I bought these to replace my JBL Creature II speakers which were rated high by everybody and their dog but I felt were too 'tinney'.
I was able to snag these Z4's at Circuit City for $99.00 before a $50.00 rebate.
I don't consider myself an audiophile but I know good sound when I hear it and these speakers have really good sound. Over the course of the last several months, I have listened to just about everything and these speakers sound much better than some of the other systems out there including the Z-2300's.
The bass performs very well and I keep it at about the 10 o'clock position since it can thump more than what you want. For the left & right speakers, you can crank up the volume with no distortion.
The big thing for my is that speakers do everything very well without being over the top. Speakers should deliver "depth & dimension" to music and effects and these speakers do just that.
For a test I used the DVD "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" and went right to Joan Osbourne belting out HEAT WAVE, which I believe is the acid test on speakers. The sound was right on the money with the highs sounding full and the mids rich. By the way, if you have a home theater system I would highly recommend this DVD (Bose uses it as a company demo on their speakers)
If you take nothing else away from this review you can count on the speakers delivering a very *TIGHT* CRISP sound - better than speakers costing hundreds more.
Pros Clear sound, good bass, nice design, very handy remote
Cons Lack of high bass / low mids
Summary I'm more the audiophile kind of user, although I wasn't looking for a set of audiophile speakers. I use a 5.1 B&W Series 600 speaker system when listening to music for "listening to music" as opposed to "just background music".
My aim was to get a good speaker system to connect my computer so I'd have a decent listening experience when working on the computer, instead of constantly being irritated by the "bad sound and lack of bass" of my almost 18 year old SONY mini HiFi my PC was connected to...
The Z4 do exactly that, with just a bit of twisting around the soundcard's "Bass boost" control as well as the subwoofer level knob on the Z4's remote, they sound really good, whether I listen to jazz or classical (very clear, impressing for the price), rock, pop or even techno. They could use a bit more rumble, but I was expecting this, as I'm more used to a B&W ASW675 subwoofer going down to 17Hz, but it's definately not fair to try to compare the Z4's to an almost 40x pricier set, is it ?
I might have tried the Z-2300's but I didn't want to put more into the speakers of my PC and the line-in jack on the remote comes quite handy and the Z-2300's don't have that.
I'd really recommend them, I don't regret my choice at all !
If you want more than this, I'd probably tell you to rather go for the Z-2300's, they sure must be good as they're definately better than the already excellent Z4's.
Pros EXCELLENT SOUND, CAN BE TWEAKED USING THE GRAPHIC EQUALIZER IN WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER.
Cons NEEDS A WIRELESS REMOTE. ALL SMALL MICRO SPEAKERS SHOULD BE MADE WITH A SOLID METAL CAST CASING FOR MORE DURABILITY AND BETTER SOUND. PLASTIC IS USELESS, CHEAP AND UGLY.
Summary FOR THEIR GENERAL PURPOSE USE, YOU CAN NOT FIND A BETTER PAIR OF PC SPEAKERS FOR THE PRICE $$$$$$$$,THESE SPEAKERS ALSO LOOK BETTER THAN MOST. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!