Many of you will associate Logitech with computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and web cameras, but there are a few other product categories that have made them known to home theater enthusiasts as well.
One of them is their universal remotes, with the Harmony series being considered one of the best available, and they have also been known for their quality speakers, which may not be the best money can buy but are still considered a step above most computer speakers on the market today.
However, while designing a home theater surround system for a computer is one thing, making it suitable for both a computer desk and the living room is quite another.
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Logitech wanted to create a more versatile system with the Z906, one that could not only meet the criteria of PC gamers but also stand proud as a normal home theater system under a large TV in a living room or entertainment area, and combine this with a relatively low price and ease of use that would make it profitable even for beginners.
WHY WE LIKE IT – LOGITECH Z906 5.1 REVIEW
A 5.1-channel surround sound system that delivers powerful sound through a series of 6 speakers, with the added benefit of being THX certified.
- THX certified for excellent sound quality Has 6 speakers Perfect price for performance
- Lack of an HDMI port
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LOGITECH Z906 DESIGN, INPUTS AND FEATURES
The Z906 is a THX rated 5.1 channels surround system with 500 watts of RMS power and as such in the package we get 4 identical satellite speakers, 1 horizontal center channel and 1 subwoofer. Also in the package we find the control console and the remote control.
Let’s start with the satellite speakers and center channel. They are relatively small and have a very distinct PC-like design that may look great next to a gaming PC but may turn some people off for their home theater.
It didn’t bother us, but since this is entirely subjective, we’ll leave it at that. Logitech is known for producing high-quality products, so even though the speakers have a plastic shell, they are quite sturdy. They all have a dark grey finish with meshed grilles and stand out when placed on furniture. You can also wall mount them because they have screw holes on the back.
One thing we typically see in similar complete surround systems is the use of proprietary connections, which can be very inconvenient if the included wire is not as long as you would like. In that case, splicing the wires would be required, which we would prefer to avoid at all costs.
Logitech appears to have taken notice and has included simple bare wires in case you want to replace the ones supplied with longer ones. For your information, the wires included 4.6 meters for the fronts and 7.6 meters for the rears.
2. Internal Hardware
Let’s take a look at what makes these speakers tick. Logitech has spent a lot of time and effort making this system look nice, but what about what really matters?
The four satellites and center channel appear to have 3″ polished aluminum phase plug drivers rated at 67 watts per channel (4 ohms at 3.85kHz, at 10 percent THD). The subwoofer, on the other hand, features an 8-inch high-excursion ported driver with a 6th-order bass reflex enclosure and 165 watts (6 ohms, at 52 Hz, at 10% THD) of power from an ultra efficient Class D amplifier.
The combination of the speakers and the subwoofer gives the entire system an RMS power rating of 500 watts, which is incredible for such a small factor system. It also has a frequency range of 35 Hz – 20 KHz, a maximum SPL of 110 dBC, and a signal to noise ratio of 95dB.
As previously stated, the majority of the connections are located on the back of the subwoofer, with a couple of them located on the control console for easy access.
As such, we get a six channel direct input through three 3.5mm ports that can be used to connect the corresponding three ports that we usually find in all desktop computers, an analogue stereo input, two digital optical and one coaxial input that you can use to connect streaming boxes, video games consoles, blu-ray players, TVs and media players, a port to connect the control console, and five sp.
4. Control Options
The control console may include a few buttons for basic functions such as volume, input selection, and stereo effect selection, but for complete control, you’ll need to use the included remote, which is small and straightforward.
The system doesn’t have many functions, which is reflected in the remote, which has three round buttons at the top for powering the unit, input selection, and mute, and four roundish buttons beneath it for volume, stereo effect selection, and speaker level adjustment.
The remote is small, but the buttons are large and have a nice rubber touch to them. The design is nothing special, but it provides everything you need, and you will have no trouble using it even in low-light situations because the small number of buttons makes things simple even when you can’t see very well.
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LOGITECH Z906 PERFORMANCE
With the Z906, speaker placement and setup could not be simpler. There are instructions in the manual on how to place the speakers in your area, and with their relatively small footprint, you’ll have them up and running in no time.
The connections on the back of the subwoofer are simple to understand and locate what needs to be connected. Calibration of all speakers with the included audio test mode may take a little longer.
Because the Z906 lacks an automated system, you must calibrate it yourself, which may be a piece of cake if you’ve done it before but may appear to be a major hassle if you’re new to all of this. But things aren’t as difficult as they appear.
The Z906 will play audible sound from each speaker separately, allowing you to adjust all of the speakers to have equal output. During that time, the corresponding LED light of each speaker on the control console will blink to let you know which one you are adjusting. When you are satisfied that all speakers are in balance, you can exit the calibration by pressing a button. That’s it.
LOGITECH Z906 TESTING INSIGHT
The Subwoofer serves as the central hub for the entire Z906 system. All input and output connections, as well as the system’s single power cable, are routed to the back. As long as the unit isn’t pressed up against a wall, the rear ports are clearly labeled and easy to access.
This design is appealing to us because it simplifies the system (and simplifies setup). In addition, if you’re short on power outlets, that single power cord is a godsend.
The control console matches the aesthetic of the rest of the system, but it’s made of much lighter plastic and is really lightweight. This is not a sleight against its quality of construction, it’s actually a hallmark of clever design, as the console is meant to stack on top of stuff like Blu-ray players or other devices.
LOGITECH Z906 PRICE
With an MSRP of $400, the Z906 isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s practically a steal when compared to the exorbitant prices of a top-of-the-line system. Furthermore, this system is frequently available for less than half of its MSRP, making it an absolute steal at that price.
CONCLUSION: Logitech Z906 Review
The Logitech Z906 is a lovely little 5.1 channel audio system, and it is clear who Logitech is aiming this one at. First and foremost, we liked that it can be used as a PC-centric audio system or as a full-fledged home theater surround system.
This allows them to reach a much larger audience. It performed admirably despite its small size, and the build quality was excellent, as Logitech is known for.
It can be an excellent entry level home theater system because it is remarkably simple to connect and setup, and you can have it running in minutes, which is extremely convenient for those who don’t want to mess with connecting AV receivers, speakers, and calibrating all of these. Finally, the price is very reasonable when you consider you are getting a full 5.1 channel system.
FAQs About Logitech Z906
Is Logitech a good brand for speakers?
Logitech is a well-known brand for a wide range of accessories, and they offer a number of speaker options. The Logitech Z506 offers 5.1 surround sound without costing as much as comparable speaker sets.
Is the Logitech Z906 a good buy?
The Z906 is a deserving successor to the legendary Z-5500. It works well with games and Blu-ray movies, but its poor musical performance, lack of HD-audio support, and lack of HDMI pass-through prevent it from receiving a Kick Ass award.
Is Logitech 5.1 good?
The Logitech Z906 5.1 is one of the most comprehensive surround sound speaker systems on our list. This is due to the fact that its excellent sound quality is provided by not one, but six surround sound speakers. It’s the only THX-certified surround system, making it one of the best home theater systems.
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