"Solid performance with CRISP sound"4.5 starson by GSMetal
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.