At a Glance
The Good: Easy setupThe Bad: Unimpressive sound
- Frequency response: 35Hz - 20kHz
- Satellites: 5x67 watts per channel (RMS)
- Subwoofer: 165 watts (RMS)
- Inputs: Digital coaxial, digital optical, 6-channel direct, stereo RCA, analog stereo-mini, 3.5mm headphone
- Drivers: 3-inch aluminum drivers in satellites; 8-inch ported driver in subwoofer
- Satellites: 6.5 x 3.25 x 3.5 inches
- Subwoofer: 13 x 11.5 x 11 inches
Setup and Design
The Z906 is Logitech's latest 5.1 speaker system, the successor to the Z-5500 system . It features five matte-black THX-certified speakers that can be placed on a flat surface or mounted on the wall (mounting hardware isn't included), and a side-firing subwoofer.
Setup was simple and took less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Logitech includes some helpful tips to setting up the system, including deciding where you want the speakers to go before you begin to wire them. The rear-channel speakers feature wires measuring 7.6 meters, which was plenty long for my small-office needs, but you may need to extend them if you're going to use the system for a larger living room.
The wires for the front and center speakers measures 4.6 meters.
The Z906 system is also extraordinarily easy to operate. The console keeps things simple and allows you to select the input, change the sound from 3D to 4.1 to 2.1, and alter which speakers you want to use. Likewise, the small IR remote features just seven buttons.
You can simultaneously connect up to six devices to the Z906, such as a TV, DVD player, iPod or gaming system. Only a six-channel direct input cable is included, however.
So much can alter an audio experience -- the size of the room, the placement of the speakers, the material of the walls. In this testing, which was done in room that’s approximately feet by feet, the sound was warm although not overly impressive, especially for a system with a $399 price tag. I had no complaints about the sound, but I wasn’t overly wow-ed either. It was often comparable to many 2.1 systems I’ve tested, but at a higher price.
There was no distortion when the volume was cranked all the way. The sound was warm at high volume levels, but the highs were a bit muddled when it went that loud. At middle volume levels, footsteps in the movies were audible although not especially crisp.
The bass from the subwoofer was solid but not overwhelming.
The Bottom Line
There’s a huge range of 5.1 speaker systems on the market, but it’s not always easy securing a decent system at a affordable price. The Z906 is a good choice for those looking for home-theater-quality sound for their computer setup. The sound quality, while not overwhelming, is still quite immersive for small rooms.