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Hey guys,

Its not like I need a 5.1 system right now, but I was just looking around and found an ad on classified for Logitech Z5500 ( USED one of course ). The price asked was 150 USD. I have only heard good things about Z5500 in past 10 years. But as this has been decade old system now, is it still worth it to buy at this price?
 
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That is quite an old speakers set. Although I have several sets, the one I use everyday the backlight of the control pod has gone out, which is pretty common. I would skip that especially you can get a used set on eBay for less than that. The newer z906 routinely goes on sale on Amazon for $200. Or alternatively just get a set of good bookshelf speakers and proper amp.
 
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Where did You see Z5500 for sale for less than $150? All I see on ebay is that lowest price is $379 for pre-owned set! Besides, I have read that Z906's bass is not the impressive compared to Z5500. But it has newer connectors for modern equipment.
 
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Are you in a hurry to get one? Because if you are looking to buy “at the moment” you won’t get the best deal. If you lurk on eBay or set up alert you just wait for someone to sell a set.

How much bass do you need? Are you trying to rock the neighbors? :) I have a set of z906 in my office and it is plenty bass. Frankly most people say that but can’t tell the difference. If you want the best pc speakers you go with Klipsch pro media. The 5.1 are no longer being made and have issues with the amp dying. The 2.1 are still being made and they are as good as you can get, at the price below $150. Why do you need surround sound? You know you need the room to set them up properly right?
 

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I still have my z5500 set (used in the shed for parties), as long as you're happy to use analog sources they're still quite amazing.

The coax/optical has issues for PC gaming use, even if you have real time encoding (which almost no one does) due to the bass not being passed to the sub.
 
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No no, I m not in hurry or anything. In fact I don't even use any speakers right now. The one I have right now is Creative T6060 which is just suck so I have put them on shelf for long time. I only use headphones ( Audio Technica ATH-50x with ASUS Xonar Essence STX ). This is just that I stumbled upon this ad on classified and its tempted to let go because this is the lowest price I have seen in my country for this speakers, even for used one!

I have never personally heard Z5500 or Z906. I don't even like 5.1 that much. Klipsch is not available in India ( and imported ProMedia costs around $450 USD here ). So, I have very limited options in hand.

I still have my z5500 set (used in the shed for parties), as long as you're happy to use analog sources they're still quite amazing.

The coax/optical has issues for PC gaming use, even if you have real time encoding (which almost no one does) due to the bass not being passed to the sub.
Thats nice! I actually use my headphones for all purpose for now, and it has analog 3.5mm connector. I have no problem with it. Is there significant difference between Analog and Digital output?
 
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But as this has been decade old system now, is it still worth it to buy at this price?
Would depend lot also on how much it's been used.
For example power supply and other filtering capacitors might be not in best shape anymore.
And those looks awfully lot like Su'scons, which are mid level caps at best.


Thats nice! I actually use my headphones for all purpose for now, and it has analog 3.5mm connector. I have no problem with it. Is there significant difference between Analog and Digital output?
High end sound cards are very likely to have better D/A converters than these kind speakers and more affordable AVRs.
Anyway if you're after better gaming immersion good open headphones would do lot in that.
 
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Those are legendary, might be worth a buy but you have to make sure it works properly.
 
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For sound quality, there isn't much difference between analog and digital that I can notice.

Is there no BestBuy in India? The 2.1 Logitech here pretty good (I have one in my living room) but the 2.1 ProMedia is better. The ProMedia goes on sale from time to time here in US for about $130.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/klipsc...-system-3-piece-black/4924200.p?skuId=4924200
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/logitech-z623-2-1-speaker-system-3-piece-black/1231979.p?skuId=1231979

Otherwise, same speakers from Amazon India -
https://www.amazon.in/Logitech-Chan...&qid=1528471879&sr=8-1&keywords=logitech+z623

If you have not done 5.1 setup before, note that you need 2 rear speakers positioned behind you to gain that surround sound "immersion". You will need to run the cables properly. Personally I think 2.1 is the way to go. Easier setup and sound just as good except in some games and movies that support 5.1
 
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I have had these wunderful speakers for 10 years now. One of the best buy i have done in my life. For the money i think sound and komponents are excellente. I mean cheap crap dosent hold for 10 years and still going this strong.

The only deffect on my system is that the control center not always turns on if i press on/off button and at time light flicker. But read this: its my own dam fault. Got my foot stuck in the wire to it and by that got it to hit the floor about 6 years ago and yet it still going strong. Logitech back then dit make a really great speaker system for its price.

but for 150 USD its a high price in my opinion for at system that has 10 year or more on it. Z-5500 where released back in 2005 or 13 years ago. Z-5500 is great but not 150 USD great at 10 years old. Try push the price down if any thing.
 
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Thanks for the opinions guys. Now it looks like getting Z623/625 is better choice. Which is easily available here for around $120 USD.
 
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Thanks for the opinions guys. Now it looks like getting Z623/625 is better choice. Which is easily available here for around $120 USD.
I have the Z623, I picked up last year when my 20 year old Altec Lansing AC45 (4.1) decided to short the volume at max levels, and it still works, kinda.
 
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I still use my z-5500's on a daily basis. Damn decent set for the money.

I have a dedicated set of z-2300's on my back deck for relaxing outside with a few tuneskis....
 

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Still have my Z-5500s here... I think i bought them sometime between 2003-2005. I know its around that time because I was playing BF2 on them and getting a lot of complaints from the family.
 
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The quality tested by time.
For sure it's a still good choice even if you are suggested with more tasty stuff which is produced nowadays.
 
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Still have my set here, about 8 years old now I think :) Works good enough for gaming. It would have been nicer to have some newer connections on it but it's only for the PC, I'm personally not so worried as I'm not producing music so quality isn't so important as such.. Well, within reason... :)

Please let us know when you get the new setup and what it's like :)
 

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The only changes I've made to my z5500s are replacing the satellite speakers with JBL Control ONE bookshelf speakers that I bought off ebay.

I personally thought it was a bit of a waste of time but I still wanted to see if there would be any major difference if I made the change. I think the speakers would do a lot better hooked up to a dedicated AV/HiFi unit
 
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It doesn't matter if speakers are old. My Altec Lansings are like 10+ years old and they work flawlessly. I did fiddle with them a bit with better capacitors and OP-AMP, but there was no real need for that. Z5500 are still very much capable speakers.

I mean, just look at audiophiles who still worship hi-fi speakers from 20, 30 or even more years ago. If speakers are good, age doesn't really matter imo.
 

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Hi all

Saw this thread and felt the need to comment.

I've personally had mine a year after release date, so 2005 ish and coming up to 14 years or so.

It's seen it go through many new PC's and several houses. Wen't from a boy to a man and married - none the less still a geek.

It's now my office speaker system and I've managed to make it Bluetooth compliant for ease of streaming and available to service multiple SPDIF connections - TV, PC, XBOX One and Bluetooth devices.

I can't fault these speakers at all and would never sell it for an "upgrade" - this thing packs a punch and if you need more sound/bass/trebel then you're looking for the wrong speakers quite frankly.

To answer your question $150 this in working order and looked after, it would be a steal. Saying that, not sure where you've found it for $150 as that is cheap even for 10 yr plus tech.

My LCD display light died a death a few years ago, however just bought a replacement LCD screen so let's see how it get's on.

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It doesn't matter if speakers are old. My Altec Lansings are like 10+ years old and they work flawlessly. I did fiddle with them a bit with better capacitors and OP-AMP, but there was no real need for that. Z5500 are still very much capable speakers.

I mean, just look at audiophiles who still worship hi-fi speakers from 20, 30 or even more years ago. If speakers are good, age doesn't really matter imo.
Im late to respond to this comment but I agree... My dad had a set of 2.1 Altec Lansings die on him after what must be close to 10 years of service. He was looking around for some speakers and i hooked him up with a amp for some bookshelf speakers for his birthday till I came across a Yamaha AV Receiver at a price I just couldnt say no to and now he has my Z5500's. I told him how legendary the z5500s were back in the day, cuz if he breaks them then there will be a lot of trouble :p

Im a musician or at least i used to be years ago and the same can be said about vintage speakers/guitar amps. from the 70s or 80s. Whenever one of those goes on ebay or craigslist etc you can be damn sure that there will be people fighting each other to buy it.


Since getting my AV Receiver I feel blessed in a way. Audio from movies just seem to have more life to it. Music is still good. but since i only listen to MP3s rather than FLAC files. MP3s sound more or less the same unless im messing with the sound settings on my AVR
 

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I got my set for $250, so I'm inclined to disagree with its value at 40% higher cost than I paid. I use them via the analog connectors for my PC and optical on my PS3, and the setup works well for as little desk space I lose with the speakers.
 

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I can't remember when I bought mine, but I just can't part with it, even though it's collected dust several times over the years. I don't have the speakers anymore (except the sub, of course), but I just finished hooking it up to some SB6s, and it still sounds great! The best part is that it takes up so little desk space.

Thanks to the updated Realtek driver that I got here I can actually output 5.1 over Toslink to it from my PC.

I should qualify this by stating that I'm not really an audiophile, so treat my opinion FWIW.
 
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