Product Type: Logitech in PC Speakers
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Amazing set for its price range!
Logitech Z 506
Member Name: dramatikbeats
Logitech Z 506
Advantages: Good sound for the price, easy to setup, looks pretty good, headphone jack included
Disadvantages: Issues with certain motherboards, low buzzing depending on where it's plugged in
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 :)
Summary: For £60 you cannot complain.....It performs exceptionally good.