With the incomplete demise of my speakers of 8 years, it was time to acquire a new set. My previous set was a Logitech Z-640 and back in the days of when I bought them, they were the best buy for 5.1 surround sound. Today technology has advanced a lot where you can get 5.1 for the cheap, but since I can spend that little extra for that next level of harmonic euphoria I went for the best: the Logitech Z-5500 Digital.
Though when I headed off to the shop to buy them, I was surprised by the size of the box. Before I thought it wasn’t that large but the box itself is just as large as the $1000 box of loot. Except this was about 3 times heavier and carrying this to the car after a day of paintball was quite a task. I could really feel the weight of the $400 that I spent on these speakers.
So opening up the box I came to another surprise at how big the items were inside. Having everything out of the box I totally underestimated the size of everything and was worried about trying to fit the subwoofer and satellite speakers to their respective locations. Firstly lets have a look at the subwoofer.
This thing is MASSIVE. I didn’t think you could get PC subwoofers the size of this. The sheer size was practically 2/3 of the box that it was in. To understand the size think of the size of Alter’s Yagami Hayate box, that is the size of this subwoofer. At the back you have the usual plugs but also something you don’t see on many subwoofers. A heatsink. I imagine that’s where the amplfier is since they can get pretty hot. I know since I have one in my car.
This was also stuck on the top of the subwoofer when I pulled it out of the box. So it currently sits under my desk as a nice large footrest. The problem with it being so large is that it just fits but I now sometimes accidentally kick it. So instead I always just put my feet up and I can also feel the slight heat coming from the heatsink.
Just like the subwoofer, these speakers are quiet large, almost double the size of the Z-640 satellite speakers. The speaker itself, without the legs, are slightly taller than a figma. With the old set, I mainly had to place 5 pieces, but with the Z-5500, there was the control hub which made it the 6th item to place. This required my to move around a few things to find a place for it. Eventually I placed it on the top shelf amongst the DVDs. It’s a good thing this comes with a remote so I don’t have to get up, lol.
It took a while to setup everything mainly because it was tricky removing the old speakers due to the cabling around the room, but even trickier placing in the new wiring for the new system. Once done it was time to test it out and straight away I can tell the difference. I can also start hearing different sounds from the music I play that I don’t normally pick up, but more importantly, I have my surround sound back. Also the thing about having such a system as this, it’s something I will use for the entertainment system for when I have my own place since these can hook up to not just PCs, but consoles and televisions as well.
The only thing now is to configure everything to my liking which will take a little time. Hopefully I can also test out exactly how loud these speakers go, but with 1000 watts of pure pumping audio, I’m sure my neighbours three houses down can hear it clearly. And that’s more power than the stereo system in my car.