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I feared the worst When I saw the box that arrived from Amazon; struggling to imagine 5.1 kit could possibly fit in such a small space. Then I saw the subwoofer; smaller than my old T6100 subwoofer. The satellites didn't look particularly impressive either.
After turning the system on I was a little less worried; oddly the down-firing subwoofer manages to pump out much better bass than the subwoofer it's replacing (or at least as far as I can tell, it's 'fluffing point' seems fairly high) and I can't hear any difference when running the same satellites from the T6100 alongside the Z506's. All is good.
It is worth noting however that this is supposedly an 'upgrade' to the Logitech X540 - a system which has two drivers per satellite - and by the looks of things these drivers are identical. You're getting one instead of two on four of the speakers. Also, the black glossy thing that looks like a tweeter on each Z506 satellites; it's just plastic I'm afraid.
Furthermore, the Z506s have shoddy fabric grills as opposed to X540's metal meshes, no separate wired remote control and no way of wall-mounting. I would definitely not say this is an upgrade from Logitech's previous model; rather a bit of corner-cutting. Bad Logitech!
The Z506s do sound good however. This at least with the subwoofer on. The reality behind the Z506s and pretty much any other 5.1 kit is, that whilst the kit seems like a steal, turn off the bass and you can hear just how cheap the satellites are: tinny with no 'body'.
At £60, these aren't bad, but I'd be hard-pushed to say they're amazing when I got my acoustically-similar T6100s for £40 about 5 years ago.
I bought the Logitech Z506's after years of using horrible desktop speakers and quite frankly these rock for £60.
They are straight forward to setup and have colour coded wires so you know where to plug them in on your PC. Take note of the fact that your PC does need a 5.1 audio card. It does work on stereo sound cards and sounds pretty good, but it is nothing when compared to a proper 5.1 audio card. You'd be better off buying a Asus Xonar DS for £40 to go with these. See the audio card as future proof when you buy £200+ speakers.
The bass on the sub-woofer is nice and clear and has a dial on the back so you can decide how much umph you want the sub to put out. I haven't turned the dial up above 50% since it is more than enough, and I must admit I'm scared of blowing the sub (I don't go past 50% on my 500w speakers in my front room either lol). It can mix stereo sources to surround sound and actually does the job quite well. The speakers really come to life when a properly mixed surround sound film or Tv Show is watched though. It was a joy to watch The Walking Dead, being able to hear the Zombies sneak up on people, just by hearing the footsteps on the rear speakers.
These can also be used on a XBOX 360 or PS3 (I use them with my XBOX 360). Although it requires either machine to be connected via RCA cables (Red/White audio cables). My XBOX 360 was an elite version, which did not come with the native RCA adapter that some XBOX's are bundled with, so I had to break the casing around the VGA cable so I could plug it in to my XBOX and be able to plug in my HDMI cable at the same time (My XBOX is hooked up to my Dell U2312HM Monitor). An easier solution is to buy the RCA xbox adapter off ebay. Here's a video showing how to do it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Atx0gMJQM
Another thing to take note of is that games are upmixed from stereo to surround sound, mimicking the audio to the other speakers. For true surround sound on your games consoles you'll need to buy speakers that work via optical audio. However, games still sound amazing and I must say my KD ratio on MW3 has gone up a lot because of these. I can often hear people running behind me or close by to me a lot easier than before and using the Dead Silence perk has been put to good use thanks to these.
Now for the bad parts. First off, some motherboards fail to recognize the rear speakers. I had to tell my PC that the rear speakers were side speakers before it actually picked them up. They do in actual fact work as rear speakers in films and PC games even though the side speaker option is ticked (Side speakers are actually used in a 7.1 setup). Also, the rear and centre speakers do have a low buzzing noise which is only noticeable when the speakers are put close to your ears. You wouldn't hear the buzzing otherwise (It doesn't get louder if the volume is turned up high for example) but its still a problem nonetheless. This problem can actually be resolved by plugging these speakers into a separate mains socket (I had mine plugged into a 5 socket adapter beforehand).
Despite these minor quirks, and possibly a little fiddle with PC settings for 10-15 minutes, these speakers rock and are perfect for a small frontroom and more than enough for anyone's bedroom. It's loud enough for my neighbours to complain about hearing gunfire at 3am lol and that is with the actual volume dialler at roughly 55%.
If you've got £60 spare and are watching films on tiny desktop speakers, do yourself a favour. Buy these :)
I was looking for a Hi fi system so that I could listen to music in my bedroom because previously I had just been using my Xbox 360 through my Television and the quality was not very good.
To my surprise on Christmas day I opened this Logitech z506 surround sound system and have been very impressed since.
What's in the box
Setellites 48 Watts RBS (2 x 8 W Front, 16 W centre, 2 x 8 W Rear)
1 Supwoofer 27 Watts RMS
75 Watts in total
3.5 mm and six channel direct audio cables (RCA Cables not included)
Colour coded speaker cables
Pros and cons
Easy set up
Very good sound quality
Can easily fill a small to medium sized room with ample sound
Custom bass level
Some of the cables were a little short when testing in my living room
I'm blown away with how amazing these speakers are for the low price. I have got the speakers set up with my Xbox 360 that way I can play video games, watch films and listen to music through the speakers with ease this works perfectly for me as the television in my bedroom is only used for media and I rarely watch television in my room.
It's a good package that you get and really good value for money I feel that these speakers are most suited in small to medium sized rooms, I have tested them out in larger room but feel that the cables did not stretch fair enough away from the television, I could just extend the cables easily but like I said as this sound system mainly used in my bedroom I did not see much point.
The sound quality is good considering how small the speakers are. It uses 3D sound technology instead of real surround sound but the 3D Sound technology gives pretty much the same effect as surround sound. I have noticed when watching films that sometimes sound effects are played on just the right hand side speakers and when the effect is needed it works well.
The subwoofer that is included is the biggest speaker in the set and it gives a total output of 27 watts. There is a controllable knob on the back of the subwoofer which gives you more than enough choice for the level of bass that you will want. For example: I find that when listening to Dance music I have the knob turned onto the highest setting but when watching a film or playing a video game I have the bass setting down low.
When I have the bass setting turned up to the highest level you can feel the bass downstairs and you can certainly ribble a few windows if you wanted to.
What you see is what you get, you get 2 right hand speakers, 2 left hand speakers, one central speaker and a dedicated subwoofer.
I have 2 of them at the either side of my bed and 2 of the others by either side of my television. The central speaker goes just above my television and the bass subwoofer is next to my Xbox 360 on the floor.
I don't see very much of the speakers and when one does stick out, my central one above my television well it's so small that you hardly see it.
If you are looking for value for money then you are in luck these speakers are good value for money and I will recommend them to anyone who wants speakers in a smaller type of room.