Logitech Z906 Speaker System Review - HotHardware

Logitech Z906 Speaker System Review

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It doesn't matter how hard your earphones pound your eardrums with cranium shaking noise, you can't truly call yourself a power user unless you're ticking off the neighbors and scaring the hell out of the dog with a surround sound setup that rattles the walls and punches copious amounts of bass. Without it, you might as well give your man-card away to someone who plans on fulfilling the requirements for membership in an illustrious club that demands everything be over the top.


Logitech's famed Z-5500 system fit the bill, and there are many who consider it to be the king of multimedia speakers. But a king's reign can only last so long before either being usurped, or passing the torch to a successor. In this case, it's the latter, with Logitech's new Z906 speaker system stepping up to the throne as the company's new flagship speaker-set. Like the Z-5500, the Z906 comes ready to tackle your entire entertainment center with enough inputs to accommodate up to six devices at once, including your TV, DVD, DVR, Blu-ray player, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, iPod, and of course your PC or Mac. It has a Class-D amplifier, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS decoding, 500 watts (RMS) of power, and an 8-inch side-firing subwoofer to deliver the kind of thunderous bass you've come to expect from Logitech. But is it worthy of sitting on the throne once occupied by the Z-5500s? Let's turn the dial up and find out!

Logitech Z906 5.1 Speaker System
Specifications & Features
Specifications
  • Frequency response: 35Hz – 20kHz
  • 500 watts (RMS) total power (Subwoofer 165 watts, Satellites 335 watts)
  • Maximum SPL: >110 dBC
  • Signal to Noise ratio, A-weighted: >95dB
Subwoofer:
  • 8-inch high-excursion ported driver (side-firing)
  • 6th-order bass reflex enclosure
  • Class D amplifier
Satellites:
  • 3-inch polished aluminum phase plug drivers
  • 67 watts per satellite
I/O, Controls and Programming
  • Source inputs: Digital Coaxial, Digital Optical (2), 6-channel direct (3 x 3.5mm), Stereo (RCA), and Analog stereo-mini (3.5mm)
  • Supported digital formats: Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Sound
  • Stackable control console with headphone and Aux inputs
Package Contents
  • Subwoofer
  • Satellites (five)
  • Stackable control console
  • Remote control (three AAA batteries included)
  • 18-gauge speaker wires (3 x 15ft, 2 x 25ft)
  • 6-channel direct input cable
  • User documentation

 

Going by the numbers, the Z906 has all the makings of a solid 5.1 setup for the living room or PC / game room. It's capable of pumping out 500 watts (RMS), with 165 watts going to the 8-inch, side-firing subwoofer. But what's really great about the Z906 -- and something we'll cover more closely on the following pages -- is how well it blends into an entertainment center.  The stackable control console is compact and comes with a wireless remote, while the satellites are sleek looking with rubber strips on the bottom instead of speaker stands, making them easy to place.

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Either my neighbors or a cop will be visiting me soon if i had these! :D lol. Nice review. Should include the price in there.

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I have the z5500's and I have had the neighbors and cops visit! Right now I have them set up as a home theater system with my tv, can't complain. The current price is 335 on newegg. Looks like an amazing system, thanks for the write-up Paul. Too bad it's missing the tweets and trueHD. I don't think I'll be upgrading anytime soon my z5500's are still doing great.

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@Inspector $319.99 @ Tigerdirect Stick out tongue In the neighborhood I live in no one would even notice the sound of this system...

Thanks for the review Marco.

Too bad I only have room for a 2.1 setup on my desk... my living room on the other hand has a low end sound system already set up I just need to find myself a decent powered subwoofer as the passive one I have does not cut it.

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I have been in the market for a new set of speakers ever since I caught the ferrets trying to make a den out of my subwoofer it has not sounded the same :(

Thanks for the review.

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@ inspector the article stated  "at a street price around $320".

 

I got a pair of the Z-5500 for a friend and they filled the room pretty good. The key is to pair these up with a good sound card but that goes for any speaker setup.

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I have a z-5500 set with the sound blaster fatality one xfi card and you cant turn volume up past three. I have had these for three years and still don't think nothing could compare to the set. Truly remarkable and they were affordable then,but price has jumped like something stupid! Keep up the great work Logitech!!

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i just don't like how everything is in the back of the subwoofer,, I don't keep a sub near my TV or my rack (in my basement the sub is like 10 feet away from the rack and in my livingroom, the rack is in the basement,, i'd be running super long wires just to make it work.

other than that, you're almost better off going with say the Samsung bluray all in one home theaters (i have ht-c5500,, maybe not as many inputs,, but really if you run the optical from your TV to the unit, you'll get everything that goes to your TV.

Maybe you'll have a bit less power too (RMS side of things), but honestly unless you blast it all the time, you won't really notice. and their front & center speakers are 2 way design. for 350, you get more functionality i think

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MonkeySweat:
I don't keep a sub near my TV or my rack (in my basement the sub is like 10 feet away from the rack and in my livingroom, the rack is in the basement,,

"I see your point, a lot of people have it in a corner far away. I in the other hand , have the sub in the corner of my desk, and since its tagged a Computer Speaker, they figured buyers will have it their peripherals connected  from a very short distance. A also I see less cable clutter on the desk and on the control console. Too bad it doesnt offer Dolby TrueHD and/or DTS-HD Master, I would pay an extra premium for it. Still, this will be my nest set of speakers unles I find the Z5500 for $199 new, that was available around the holidays last year. '

-Optimus

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I don't think that those with the previous Z-5500 are going to be upgrading to these.Thanks for the open and honest review. Too bad that they miss in a few areas for a modest yet worthy addition to a theater setup since music critical listening may be expected as well.I would def notice the absence of the tweeter and miss the 'air and highs. Much more detail and clarity of the sound-stage image would also be missed,and would not compromise that for hard hitting bass and room filling sound.Maybe there will be an updated version of these to recommend, and would expect to see a higher price to deliver that type of performance.

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Sweet setup, I guess it should be at that price!

I just got my Logitech G930's and I am loving it, (except for the Clearwire WiMax conflict)

It would be nice if for this price they would interconnect this system with their other products like the G930's and other Logitech wireless components to all work together?

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