Wednesday, March 9th 2011

Hear Every Detail: Logitech Unveils Theater-Quality Surround Sound Speakers

So you can hear every detail in your movies, games and music, today Logitech unveiled the Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906. Delivering 500 watts (RMS) of power, the Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are THX Certified, creating a theater-quality audio experience in your living room.

“We’re delighted to offer consumers a successor to the highly acclaimed Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System,” said Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit. “The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are the logical evolution of surround sound speakers, and we’re confident they will become an indispensable part of the living room.”
Powerful Audio — 500 Watt, THX-Certified Speakers
The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers offer 500 watts (RMS) of power, delivering thunderous audio that can shake your house. Logitech’s newest speakers have met strict performance standards to achieve THX certification — so you can be sure that your entertainment will sound the way it was meant to.

For your Dolby digital or DTS encoded soundtracks, onboard 5.1 digital decoding enables detailed surround sound — from the roar of the crowd to the footsteps right behind you. If you love house-shaking bass, the ported, side-firing subwoofer delivers 165 watts of pure, distortion-free bass. And the Logitech Surround Sound Speakers convert two-channel stereo into an immersive surround sound experience.

Designed for the Living Room — Connect Up to Six Audio Devices
The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 not only sound good, they are designed to fit into your existing living room setup. You can connect up to six audio devices simultaneously — including your TV, DVD, DVR, Blu-Ray player, Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii, iPod and even your PC or Mac laptop. And with its easy-to-read display and easy-to-stack design, the control console looks good with your home-entertainment system.

For your convenience, a wireless remote lets you control your listening experience without ever getting off the couch. And, wall-mountable satellites turn any room into a home theater.

Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in March 2011 for a suggested retail price of $349.99 (U.S.). Visit www.logitech.com or our blog for more information.
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129 Comments on Hear Every Detail: Logitech Unveils Theater-Quality Surround Sound Speakers

#1
Mussels
Moderprator
replacements indeed, these arent an upgrade. they just replaced the prone to failure control pod.


they really needed a version with HDMI inputs.
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#2
Cold Storm
Battosai
Mussels said:
replacements indeed, these arent an upgrade. they just replaced the prone to failure control pod.


they really needed a version with HDMI inputs.
There you go.. that would make life better. I mean, the "trade in" program is the only reason I think about getting these.. I've been half tempted to sell mine to go receiver and speakers..
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Mussels
Moderprator
oh and to the people with their X540's...

i own a set of those as well. they have NOTHING on the z5500's (and therefore, these) in terms of sound quality.
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#4
raptori
why there are no more (out of the box) 7.1 speakers
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#5
Cold Storm
Battosai
raptori said:
why there are no more (out of the box) 7.1 speakers
That is a good thought..
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#6
Wile E
Power User
More overpriced Logitech garbage. I'll buy an Onkyo HTIB for that price, and enjoy something that actually has some fidelity.
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#7
Mussels
Moderprator
Cold Storm said:
That is a good thought..
because the most popular entertainment (DVD and games consoles) mostly only support 5.1


i'm sure 7.1 will kick off more when HDMI setups continue.



Wile E: overpriced? sure. garbage? no. most people like to be able to buy something decent without needing a degree and years of experience in a field to know what to buy. this will satisfy a hell of a lot of people.
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Wile E
Power User
Mussels said:
because the most popular entertainment (DVD and games consoles) mostly only support 5.1


i'm sure 7.1 will kick off more when HDMI setups continue.



Wile E: overpriced? sure. garbage? no. most people like to be able to buy something decent without needing a degree and years of experience in a field to know what to buy. this will satisfy a hell of a lot of people.
I just told you what to buy. Onkyo home theatre in a box. Any of them. Example: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003BEDQR6/?tag=tec06d-20

And these are garbage. They have the fidelity of a 10 year old emerson boom box with a subwoofer added for effect.
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Mussels
Moderprator
Wile E said:
I just told you what to buy. Onkyo home theatre in a box. Any of them. Example: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003BEDQR6/?tag=tec06d-20

And these are garbage. They have the fidelity of a 10 year old emerson boom box with a subwoofer added for effect.
yeah, find me those for sale in australia, at competing prices. you likely wont be able to.
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Wile E
Power User
Don't know where to shop for stuff there, but even if the HTIB is more expensive, so what? Save up your money and get something even better.

Or save your money period, and just buy an elcheapo 5.1 set from that doesn't have the digital inputs and control box, and just use analog outs from a use Audigy or Xonar or something. Equal fidelity for even less cash.

There really is no excuse to buying this stuff. It just encourages them to continually push out sub-standard, premium priced products. Just like Bose.
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Jack Doph
Wile E said:
Don't know where to shop for stuff there, but even if the HTIB is more expensive, so what? Save up your money and get something even better.

Or save your money period, and just buy an elcheapo 5.1 set from that doesn't have the digital inputs and control box, and just use analog outs from a use Audigy or Xonar or something. Equal fidelity for even less cash.

There really is no excuse to buying this stuff. It just encourages them to continually push out sub-standard, premium priced products. Just like Bose.
Well.. the thing is that this caters to a specific market.
The vast majority of PC users have no need for, or even an idea about, true audio fidelity as such, nor does it really matter.
When comparing apples to apples, Logitech has done quite a good job for what's on offer.
Of course home Hi-Fi will be better, but at what price point do you wish to compare?
A friend of mine in the USA spend HUGE amounts of money on getting the best he could get at the time, including speakers with a nearly linear response from 20-20000Hz.
Things is.. those speakers alone cost him US$250K each.. (yes.. he's a rich bastard!).
However.. his system clarity was defeated by a $250 Technics amp, mated to a $500 pair of Beyerdynamic headphones.
It's horses for courses really ;)

EDIT: Mussels: JB HiFi sells some of these Onkyo setups. More specialised audio places can probably give you a better range of these products ;)
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Wile E
Power User
Jack Doph said:
Well.. the thing is that this caters to a specific market.
The vast majority of PC users have no need for, or even an idea about, true audio fidelity as such, nor does it really matter.
When comparing apples to apples, Logitech has done quite a good job for what's on offer.
Of course home Hi-Fi will be better, but at what price point do you wish to compare?
A friend of mine in the USA spend HUGE amounts of money on getting the best he could get at the time, including speakers with a nearly linear response from 20-20000Hz.
Things is.. those speakers alone cost him US$250K each.. (yes.. he's a rich bastard!).
However.. his system clarity was defeated by a $250 Technics amp, mated to a $500 pair of Beyerdynamic headphones.
It's horses for courses really ;)

EDIT: Mussels: JB HiFi sells some of these Onkyo setups. More specialised audio places can probably give you a better range of these products ;)
Those that don't need fidelity, can just buy the cheaper alternative I mentioned above.
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#14
Jack Doph
Wile E said:
Those that don't need fidelity, can just buy the cheaper alternative I mentioned above.
I hear ya mate.
What I simply mean is that these speakers, regardless of what we might think about them, are actually quite good for what they are and offer gamers and movie-watchers alike quite a good audio experience ;)
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Wile E
Power User
Jack Doph said:
I hear ya mate.
What I simply mean is that these speakers, regardless of what we might think about them, are actually quite good for what they are and offer gamers and movie-watchers alike quite a good audio experience ;)
That's where I disagree. They are terribly overpriced for what they are, therefore, making them a poor purchase. People can have a great (not just good) experience for the same price, or they can have the same just plain old good experience for much less.

Now, if these were in the $200 or less (preferably $175 or less) category, you wouldn't hear much complaint out of me.

You have to factor in price to determine how good they are.
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#16
BumbleBee
I don't think Logitech speakers are good for anything.
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#17
Jack Doph
Wile E said:
That's where I disagree. They are terribly overpriced for what they are, therefore, making them a poor purchase. People can have a great (not just good) experience for the same price, or they can have the same just plain old good experience for much less.

Now, if these were in the $200 or less (preferably $175 or less) category, you wouldn't hear much complaint out of me.

You have to factor in price to determine how good they are.
Well.. if the frequency response of this new set is equal to the Z5500, then they're not all that dissimilar to the Onkyo example you gave, at a very similar price-point.
Yes.. the Onkyo would be better overall, but so it should be, as they cater to the home HiFi market ;)
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#18
MikeMurphy
BumbleBee said:
I don't think Logitech speakers are good for anything.
Then have something in common.
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#19
Jack Doph
BumbleBee said:
I don't think Logitech speakers are good for anything.
Why not?
I'm the first to arc-up about PC sound systems being less than great, but for the market they cater to, they're quite good - they're just not audiophile quality, but then they don't need to be.
Audiophiles would ignore this market segment completely ;)
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#20
BumbleBee
Jack Doph said:
Why not?
I'm the first to arc-up about PC sound systems being less than great, but for the market they cater to, they're quite good - they're just not audiophile quality, but then they don't need to be.
Audiophiles would ignore this market segment completely ;)
I don't like the design, construction or quality of Logitech speakers. I have owned a couple sets in the past (G51, X540, Z5500 and Z680). I think a 2.0 set like the M-Audio Studiophile AV40 is a better choice and more practical for PC.
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#21
Jack Doph
BumbleBee said:
I don't like the design, construction or quality of Logitech speakers. I have owned a couple sets in the past (G51, X540, Z5500 and Z680). I think a 2.0 set like the M-Audio Studiophile AV40 is a better choice and more practical for PC.
Ah, point taken :)
I must admit that the Z2300 set I had was quite alright for games/movies.
Of course, for music creation it was rubbish, but again, so are all the PC speaker sets out there.
Again.. for an audiophile (or music creators/manipulators), PC speaker-sets just don't cut it, but they're not part of this group to begin with.
For the majority of PC users, this current set of Logitech speakers (or almost any brand really) will suffice just nicely :)
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#22
Mussels
Moderprator
yeah these arent made for music creation, or even music. they're gamers speakers, and they cater to gaming PC's and current gaming consoles.

just because you can get something that suits your tastes better at the same price, doesnt mean its better for everyone, or that this is junk.

i cant use most high end speakers due to room - i had to use coat hangars and zip ties to wall mount mine, since i have no floor or desk space and i cannot drill holes or attach anything permanently to the walls... so tell me, whats better? logitechs i can use, or bookshelfs i cant?
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#23
Jack Doph
Mussels said:
yeah these arent made for music creation, or even music. they're gamers speakers, and they cater to gaming PC's and current gaming consoles.

just because you can get something that suits your tastes better at the same price, doesnt mean its better for everyone, or that this is junk.

i cant use most high end speakers due to room - i had to use coat hangars and zip ties to wall mount mine, since i have no floor or desk space and i cannot drill holes or attach anything permanently to the walls... so tell me, whats better? logitechs i can use, or bookshelfs i cant?
I could be a smart-arse and say "use headphones!", but I won't.
:p

Duly noted and agreed.
Horses for courses :)
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Mussels
Moderprator
Jack Doph said:
I could be a smart-arse and say "use headphones!", but I won't.
:p

Duly noted and agreed.
Horses for courses :)
i have the headphones too :D


it just annoys me to see people bashing something intended for a different market. These are not high end speakers you dedicate an entire room to, these are for gamers packing speakers into their bedroom.
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Jack Doph
Mussels said:
i have the headphones too :D


it just annoys me to see people bashing something intended for a different market. These are not high end speakers you dedicate an entire room to, these are for gamers packing speakers into their bedroom.
Nod.
Apparently, audiophiles are a picky bunch ;)
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