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Nice, I'm running the z-5300e setup, with 280 watts RMS (500 peak).

Who was the guy who was hating on logitech a while back.. I think it was in this thread. We argued about THX certification(he said it doesn't mean shit, blah blah). Well I have personally not seen a shitty pair of THX speakers.

I was wanting to quote him and tell you all how stupid you are for using logitech speakers, since there are 1000 dollar offerings made of "rosewood" cabinets and the most expensive tube amps money can buy.

Just kidding of course.
 

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i just return my z5500 R038 model and got a exchange and now have a R028, no more boost 22 and no more messd up center channel
 
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A little birdie told me this thread wasn't postable because it was so old. Time to bring this back from the dead!
 

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Hi there,nice to have found this forum,very helpfull for me.I would like to ask a few questions if that would be fine,cause i seem to be confused from what i was able to read through the net about the speakers and how to connect them to my pc.

So my first wuestion is: what's the best way to connect them, digitally or analogue?

1. Many guys in other fora suggest that because the DAC of a decent soundcard such as Xonar d2x or x-fi etc are of better quality than the speaker's DAC it is adviced that you hook them up analogue,thus taking advantage of the card's possibillities. After reading what most of you guys have posted here i understand that you propose the opposite.So is there a definite conclusion on this debate or what??

2. I mainly use my pc setup for movies,music and some gaming.So my next question is this.I want to take advantage of the 5.1 dts effect these cards can bring to gaming and was planning to connect them analogue,but what will happen with movies this way? If the source(blu ray disc for example) is pre-encoded in dts,will it be transfered via analogue connection?? Or the only way to have dts,dd while watching a movie is through digital connection?

3. If Dts source can be transfered via analogue connection am i right to assume that a transition from the onboard to a dedicated soundcard is well worth it?

4. If Dts can't be carried through analogue,the only reason to purchase a separate soundcard would be the 5.1 DTS effect over gaming correct?? I mean will i notice any sound quality difference from my speakers if i hook them up digitally to an expensive xonar let's say than if i would connect them digitally to my onboard sound?

5. and last(sorry to have tired you)

Aside from the dts,dd thing, did you guys notice any difference in the sound quality of your music between the two kind of connections?? I am talking for standart stereo mp3 sound. Is 2 channel sound more clear and crisp through digital or analogue?? Or you couldn;t tell the difference


Thank you for your time,and i would really appreciate it if someone could give me some definite answers cause everybody seems to have his own mind over this dillema( dig. vs an.)

Again,many of your previous posts have been very helpful
 

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as i said in the PM to you:

1. i find digital sounds better to me (onboard realtek), leaving the analogue ports free for my headphones. test it yourself.

2. the DD and DTS encoding of high end cards (and some onboard these days) merely converts a 5.1 stream into digital. by default, digital is only stereo. if the movie is in DD or DTS, it gets decoded by your software player back into analogue and you get full 5.1

3. no it cant. it has to be converted to analogue first. DAC = digital analogue converter, which is exactly what happens here.

4.no, you dont see a difference over digital, assuming you have some kind of encoding. my onboard has DD encoding, and it has no audible difference to my auzentech (freeing my auzen for my headphones)

5. no real difference here at all. to me that implies that the DAC in my soundcard and in my speakers are of fairly even quality. i did notice less background hiss however, as my electrical wiring here isnt the best. Comparing analogue quality with my headphones and the Z55's there is a clear, large difference... with the digital connections, there is not.
 
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Ok, the time has come!

When I was last in this thread there were a lot of haters, I know these aren't the best speakers out there. This club is for those who own the 5500's and want to talk about them with their fellow users. Please keep the hate to a min, thanks.;)

I got these z-5500's from my wife for my b-day back in December and I have been running them in the living room for movies. Well I've been recently getting back into gaming so it's time to move these badboys into the computer room.:rockout:

Ok this is my room layout and I can't decide on which setup would yield the best results. So I am asking your guys opinion? (see pics below)

Setup 1:



[BSetup 2:[/B]



My room is very oddly shaped so I am limited as to where I can mount the rear speakers. My issue setup#1 is that the left and right rear speakers would be really close together and furthest away from me. I love the idea in setup#2 because I can mount them closer to me and further apart, but mounting the speakers on the ceiling is going to be a bigger pain in the ass. What you you guys recommend?

Current front setup:



Here is the rear side of the room to better understand the topic:



Still rotating the sub around to find the best sound....

 

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I like setup #2 the best as well.
With the subbie, try to keep it about 1-2 inches off the floor, preferably with some spiked feet (to stop the sound energy from being zapped away into the concrete, or whatever your floor might be) - and roughly a foot away from the wall. Also, try to keep the orientation the same as your monitor - this way the sound will suffer the least reflection, from your viewing point :)
 
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I like setup #2 the best as well.
With the subbie, try to keep it about 1-2 inches off the floor, preferably with some spiked feet (to stop the sound energy from being zapped away into the concrete, or whatever your floor might be) - and roughly a foot away from the wall. Also, try to keep the orientation the same as your monitor - this way the sound will suffer the least reflection, from your viewing point :)
hmmm that is interesting info, do you think I should have the port facing the wall (the way it is now) or flip the sub so port is facing out and speaker facing me?
 
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Just leave the orientation as Logitech meant it to be, which.. quickly looking at the pic, means speaker forward, yes :)
Generally, the most ideal location is directly underneath your monitor (not with your monitor resting on it, but underneath the desk, directly below the monitor).
:)

EDIT: I see you can't really do that in your situation.
Leave it facing forward though :)
Also.. that looks like carpet, so about 2 inches off the floor with spiked feet should do the trick nicely ;)
 
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I want a z-5500!! guys please tell me if its worth buying one that costs NZ$400?
 

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I want a z-5500!! guys please tell me if its worth buying one that costs NZ$400?
a bit expensive, but they're still quite decent speakers. how much would a complete home theater system cost over there?
 
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Hey, has anyone who owns these managed to send the control pod away and get it replaces due to back light issues successfully?

I am thinking of doing so, but I wont bother if Logitech are going to charge me £££ to do so.
 
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IIRC, they don't let you RMA just the pod, and you have to RMA (and pay to ship) the whole set. I could be entirely wrong on this, though.
 

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in the USA they let you send the pod, according to a few TPU'ers. here in Au i had to mail the whole thing back to the people i bought it off (logitech wouldnt let me send it to them)
 
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Is there a place to still buy these new in the U.S. ?
I was going to buy the Z-906 but by the sounds of it the Z-5500 are better.
 
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I just scored a set of these from a fellow TPU member!!! I will update with some pictures once I get the placement correct and cleaned up. Danish, add me to the owners list please! :)

I have wanted a set of the Z5500's forever and finally, finally had the chance and the funds. :rockout::rockout::rockout:
 
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IIRC, they don't let you RMA just the pod, and you have to RMA (and pay to ship) the whole set. I could be entirely wrong on this, though.
Just saw this reply, forgot that I posted that.

Thanks, I might so a home repair job then if gets really bad. So far the back light LEDs have gone on the left and only 2 left on the right. And one keeps flickering. Hopefully it'll die and then I wont care.
 

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Thanks Danish!!!!!!! Man, I am rocking out some AC-DC at the moment at about 3/4 volume:laugh::laugh::laugh:

Jesus these f**kers flat rock out!!!!:respect::respect::respect:

And have a good sound card and optical cable coming :)
 
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Just remember that using Optical with the Z-5500s will pass all encoding jobs to the speaker pod itself, essentially bypassing your sound card. You can sometimes use Dolby Digital Live to allow your sound card to do the encoding, and the Z-5500s will play what the sound card tells them to.