I wasnt sure if I should when I ordered these speakers, £240 odd pounds is a lot to spend on a set of pc speakers, but as mine blew up it was a necessity (thats what I told myself anyway). When I got the box I was amazed, they didnt look that big in the picture. Then when I got them out and quickly set them up on the floor I knew where my money had gone.
I wont go into much detail on the technical specs but the RMS is 505 watts with a max of 1000 watts!!! Thats a lot of power, the break out box is the hub of all the inputs with the speakers them selves bi-wired into amp on the back of the sub. The box has so many features, with 4 inputs in total. 2 being digital, optical and coaxial and the other 2 being analogue, one 6 channel and 1 aux for things like mp3 players etc. There is also a stereo head phone connector in case you have other people living in the same street.
There is one knob, for volume, and a range of other buttons. These are used to switch between modes and inputs. With pre sets for optimum surround sound for movies and music. All of the controls can also been controlled via a small remote control, which although a bit boring in looks is extremely useful and has very good range.
Ive tried most types of music, movies and games with these speakers and they have never faulted once. They are THX certified so surround sound from a DVD sounds so crisp and clean. They also make games like doom 3 really shine. The last set of surround speakers I had were quite cheap and it was often difficult to tell where a sound was coming from, but now with the z-680s its very scary walking down a hall wall and hearing something scuttle behind you.
These speakers are by far the best I have ever seen from any of my friends set ups, they can even rival most low end hi-fi set ups. They may seem pricey but if your pc is the main hub of all your entertainment then they are a definite must.