Here is a complete review of Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System that you can use with your home entertainment setup or connect it to your computer for a superior audio listening experience.
When you think of the main components of a home theatre setup, what do you think of? The first thing that probably comes to your mind is a television or projector. After that? Surround sound. A surround sound setup is a great way to feel immersed in your media.
Here over at iOSHacker, we’re big fans of Ultimate Ears’ speakers. They produce excellent sound from their array of Bluetooth speakers. When I saw that their parent company, Logitech, had TV surround sound systems available for sale, I wanted to get my hands and ears on them.
Now, before I continue with the review, I should make it clear that I am no audiophile. I am certainly an average consumer when it comes to sound. If you are looking for a detailed breakdown of the sound quality, this isn’t the review for you. Sound setups can get expensive very quickly, especially with fancy features like Dolby Atmos. If you’re more of a casual user, this review may be more to your liking.
The Logitech Z906 is a 5.1 surround sound system. That means it includes 5 speakers (3 in the front, 2 in the rear) and a subwoofer for bass. That’s what you’ll find in the box, along with the remote and lots of wires. Setting up the speakers is simple. On the back are clearly labeled ports for each speaker. Connecting them doesn’t take very long, but what will probably eat up much of your time is managing the cords around your room and furniture so they don’t stand out.
In terms of input, there’s 2 digital optical inputs, 1 digital coaxial, 3.5mm headphone jack, and RCA. Besides having video input such as HDMI, this should fit your audio needs. Depending on your setup, you can choose to have each of your different entertainment devices connected to a different input, or like me, who simply plugged the TV audio output into it. For my use, I generally used it for sound playback while watching movies or playing games. I would play music occasionally from them with AirPlay to an Apple TV. It’s important to note that while it has a lot of different connectivity options, it does not offer any wireless options built-in, unlike the Logitech Z606.
One of the things I really like was the control console. From here, you can select from different inputs, change the surround sound effect, mute the sound, and fine tune the output of the speakers. In the middle of the console is a large dial that you can use the adjust the volume. While the dial is physical, it controls the volume digitally. This means you can endlessly turn it either left or right, and the volume level will be displayed with the ring of orange LEDs around the dial. This makes it easy to control the volume with the included remote, since there’s no conflict of volume level. The remote does the job well, although I found myself sticking to my Logitech Harmony Elite remote.
Now, in terms of sound, the Z906 is THX, Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Certified, and can reach 1000 Watts at peak power. Yes, this system can get LOUD. I would never need to crank the volume anywhere close to 80%. Most of the times I watched TV, I kept the volume anywhere between 30%-50%. Quickly switching between the speakers from my TV and the Z906, I found that when they were around the same volume, the TV speakers sounded a bit distorted, especially with high notes. The Z906 sounded clear, and had more fulfilling bass.
If there’s something you want to adjust with the sound, such as turning down the bass or increasing the volume of the rear speakers, it’s super simple! On the right side of the volume control are lights that represent each part of the speaker set up. Pressing the button underneath lets you light up different part. So if you want to crank the bass, just press the button until the subwoofer lights up, then use the volume dial to adjust the output.
My one complaint with the lights is how they respond to sound. I have the speakers accepting output from my TV via a digital optical. If there is a sound after being quiet, the lights on the controller will light up. It also takes a split second for the sound to kick in, which slightly affects the sound navigating the Apple TV UI. I don’t know if this is the fault of the speakers or a limitation of digital optical, as I did not have these issues when I used RCA.
The Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System runs for a penny shy of $400 from Logitech’s official website, although it can currently be had for as low as $299.99 from Amazon. If you’re looking for a great surround sound system to go along with your TV and don’t mind the lack of wireless connectivity, the Z906 is an excellent choice.
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