Monday, January 7th 2008

Logitech at CES 2008

Logitech is also trying to make some attention at CES. For starters there's a brand new Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution keyboard and mouse combo that features the award-winning Logitech MX Revolution cordless laser mouse, a dynamic keyboard display and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Logitech is also displaying the stylish Z Cinéma Advanced Surround Sound System which connects through a USB port. The Z Cinéma 2.1 consists of two-way satellite speakers (26 watts RMS x 2) and an 8-inch subwoofer (110 watts RMS). Using hybrid Class D and Class AB amplifiers plus SRS TruSurround HD, Logitech claims that the system can reproduce true surround-sound without the need for rear speakers. More to come are the new Logitech diNovo Mini palm-sized keyboard with media remote and ClickPad and the Harmony One advanced universal remote control. Please visit Logitech for more information and current item pricing.

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~Technological Technocrat~
the speaker config is very interesting - so in a way is functioning like an external soundcard which roxx0rs

I have something similar to that - altec lansing XT1 speakers (ok so they aint 5.1 or 7.1) they go thru the USB & I bought them mainly for use with my laptop as the speakers on my laptop suck so bad, no bass, no mids & enough tinn'y that would make the tin man from the wizard of oz proud.

im guessing with such a set up power draw from the USB is going to be pretty phenominal so adding a hole where you can stick an eternal power brick for louder sound maybe possible if they havent implicated it already.

what i want to know is how this USB setup compares to an internal sound card + speakers.

will be any good as say an XFi + speakers?
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Those speakers do look interesting, just the amplifier alone is something to note. However I am curious to see why companies don't run some special "benchmarks" to show output at X volume, frequency response, distortion and such.

Because as a hardcore music fan, I have seen many speakers in the past that have some sort of fancy technology and such built in, but the (speakers) drivers just don't cut it. No equalizer is gonna fix a bad driver.

FreedomEclipse: While I do not know for sure, and perhaps someone could clarify. But I don't think such speakers could run off of USB alone, of such supposed wattages. I would guess by USB they mean USB sound input. In theory the sound should be "cleaner" and more detailed, as less data is lost compared to the standard 3.5 mm jack.

Having said that, is there an actual NOTICEABLE difference in sound from speakers such as these? In a recording studio with pro equipment, but in a messy room with many obstacles and non-flat response speakers? (Hence my wanting for some sort of response benchmark).

Perhaps TPU could request a review?

But the remote that comes with the speakers looks interesting, I would love to see that remote's functions (how complex could it possibly be?)

and more importantly, how expensive will it be? I notice they don't tell you much about the prices @ CES! :laugh:
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