Bass box

Logitech's new Z5500 speakers are ideal for those wanting a well featured and big sounding speaker system for a new DVD player, PC or game console.

Sure, $749 does sound expensive for a set of computer speakers, but these are capable of pumping out up to 505w (watts) of continuous power through five 3in wall-mountable satellites and a large (10in) sub-woofer. The sub itself is responsible for 188 of those watts, while the satellites provide 69w each. We found these to be more than adequately loud for an average size room and we liked the fact that you could also adjust centre, surround and sub-woofer volumes individually. The Z5500s are perfectly suited to game playing and movie watching although sharp listeners may find output to be a little flat and sometimes overpowered by the bass: nothing a little equalising can't fix though. Movies and games with DTS soundtracks are catered for by the built-in DTS decoder and movies with ordinary sound can be enhanced by the Z5500's Dolby Prologic II mode, too.

Connectivity can be via analog stereo connections for 5.1 sound, or through coaxial or optical digital connections.

We tested each arrangement and had no problems switching between them using the well laid-out control panel. Considering a separate DTS capable receiver and a good set of 5.1 speakers could cost you well over $1000, this package is definitely worth a look.

Logitech Z-5500 THX Digital

Price: $749 Vendor: Logitech Phone: (02) 9972 3711 URL:

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