Product Review - Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System--2.1 Speakers
I recently received the Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System through the Amazon Vine program. I thought it'd be a great replacement for my 5+1 surround sound speaker system on my computer, with all those pesky wires on the floor. Although it took me a bit to get it working (user error and issues), I'm quite pleased with the results. Great sound, nice interface, and more more wires to run over with my chair.
The subwoofer is where all of the wiring interface occurs, and that's where I had most of my self-inflicted problems. First off, I plugged it into a dead outlet. That explained why it was taking the USB so long to be recognized. Then I had a bent pin on the connection to one of the two desk speakers. With some gentle pressure, I was able to get that straightened out and the plug connected. I also had to reseat my left speaker connection as it wasn't kicking out any sound. But once I got all that taken care of, I was impressed with the sound and interface.
The system comes with its own remote control that is set up to work both with the speakers and with Windows Media Center. The layout is clear and the buttons are labeled such that there's no guesswork as to what button(s) might be doing what functions. I really like the volume control, which is a rotating ring in the middle of the remote. It's calibrated well, in that you don't get massive volume changes by barely touching it. The on-screen interface isn't quite as nice as the remote, but it's perfectly adequate to run the speakers if you don't want yet one more remote laying around.
The speakers accomplish a "surround sound" effect by positioning the output of the two desk speakers. For me, this is what I enjoy the most. Before, I had the five tweeter and midrange speakers surrounding my desk, and there was no good way to deal with the speaker wires. Now, I just don't have any wires to deal with as I only have the two units on my desk (with the subwoofer underneath). All the great sound with none of the mess.
Bottom line, I'm very impressed with what Logitech has done here. It's a high-quality sound system that avoids the wiring mess. It's another very impressive offering from the company.