Investing in a surround sound system is a must when you want to elevate your TV-watching experience. Finding the right system becomes even more important when there is a cinephile or audiophile in the house. Finding high-end systems is nearly impossible if you have a tighter budget. A quick look at the market reveals some options, such as the Logitech surround sound speakers. Folks seem to be pleased with them, which is why I briefly considered giving them a chance. After further research, though, I decided against them. Here’s why I would avoid Logitech surround sound speakers, and what I recommend instead.
While I love high-end audio, I know I can’t expect cinema-like sound from a budget surround system such as the Logitech Z906 5.1. Sadly, though, most Logitech surround speaker systems will only produce mediocre sound.
In most models, the bass overwhelms treble notes. The problem might not bother you too much if you only care about clear conversation, but it does reduce the audio experience when you’re listening to music, for example.
Finding the right channel configuration without dedicated software can also be challenging. In the absence of adequate configuration, the subwoofer tends to overpower the other speakers, hindering the surround sound idea.
Logitech systems also sometimes struggle with reproducing very high-fidelity audio sources. For instance, when watching movies like Godzilla vs. Kong, Logitech speakers struggle to reproduce certain audio nuances, especially during complex sound environments. The result is a messier, flatter listening experience that can cut down on your enjoyment.
Bluetooth and wireless speakers are all the rage in this day and age. However, the truth is that wired audio systems perform better — which is something to consider if you can’t spend thousands of dollars on a system.
With its wired surround sound speakers, Logitech seems like a good choice. In reality, their wires are thin and flimsy. They don’t offer much help to entry-level speakers, which is likely the reason why the subwoofer tends to overpower the satellites.
Now, I know you could replace the wires yourself, but I prefer buying products that perform as desired straight out of the box. Also, for some folks, having a wired surround sound system could be a downside on its own.
Another reason why I wouldn’t recommend Logitech surround sound speakers is their tendency to overheat. Satellite speakers aren’t usually affected by this problem, but the subwoofer usually gets really hot. When playing at higher volumes, overheating could lead to system shutdowns.
To keep it cooler, you must leave a lot of distance between the back of the subwoofer and whatever is behind it (more than the recommended six inches). This could have a negative impact on placement, especially if your interior design is minimalist.
Another way to keep the subwoofer cooler is with a laptop cooling pad. However, this wouldn’t result in the most aesthetically pleasing layout, and the coolers’ noise can become bothering when streaming music, playing games, or watching movies.
When buying surround sound systems, you must also consider their compatibility both with the device you plan to pair them with (i.e., your TV or computer) and the mounting hardware you might want to use. Logitech’s speakers tend to fall short in both instances.
As far as device compatibility is concerned, Logitech typically uses auxiliary connectivity. This means the speakers work with any device with RCA, digital coaxial input, optical input, 3.5mm jacks, or six-channel direct. Most TVs and computers have at least one such input, so there shouldn’t be major issues. However, if you want to use this system for gaming surround audio and connect it directly to your GPU through a DisplayPort or HDMI output (so that you get higher audio quality), you’re out of luck.
As for the system’s compatibility with mounting hardware, Logitech doesn’t manufacture wall-mounting brackets for its surround sound speakers. There are many “compatible” options out there, but not all work as advertised. Considering that some options are expensive, trial and error could cut a hole in your wallet.
Some may argue that aesthetic considerations shouldn’t matter when choosing surround sound systems. I beg to differ. Unless you can hide the speakers behind some artwork, they’ll become part of your living room’s décor. And if your interior design has been upgraded from the early 2000s, the Logitech surround sound speakers are unlikely to blend in.
I wouldn’t say they are ugly, but Logitech didn’t do much in terms of speaker design upgrades in the past years. The subwoofer is a square box with a large round grille on the front. The satellites are reminiscent of an era when computers were still running on Windows 95.
You shouldn’t expect a stylish display or anything fancy on the controller box either, and the remote control is surprisingly basic. Perhaps this design isn’t all that bad if you’re not exactly tech-savvy. However, if you want a modern system with a streamlined design, there are better options out there.
Lastly, I don’t recommend the Logitech surround sound speakers because they are expensive for what they offer. The Logitech Z906 can set you back around $400, which is too much for a system with so many flaws. In the same price range, you could get a Klipsch Black Reference Theater surround sound system, for example.
As such, I can’t justify buying the Logitech. The alternatives below are excellent options for audiophiles, cinephiles, and gamers on a budget.
Better Alternatives to Logitech Surround Sound Speakers
|Surround Sound Speakers
|Klipsch Black Reference Theater Pack 5.1 Surround Sound System
|It delivers higher audio quality at a similar price range as the Logitech surround sound speakers.
|Yamaha Audio YHT-4950U 4K Ultra HD 5.1-Channel Home Theater System
|Excellent audio quality; it connects with Bluetooth-enabled devices for easy audio streaming.
|Sony HT-S40R 5.1ch Home Theater Soundbar System
|An affordable surround sound system with great audio.
- $399.99Buy on Amazon
- Frequency response for satellite and center channel speakers is 110Hz – 23kHz
- Frequency response for the subwoofer is 38Hz – 120Hz
- 2.4 GHz connectivity
- Digital subwoofer amp is 150W at peak power
- Center speaker is 300W peak, satellites are 200W peak
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- $419.99Buy on Amazon
- Seven piece home theater system with Yamaha receiver
- Yamaha YPAO room optimization
- 4K compatible 5.1-channel stereo
- CINEMA DSP technology with Dolby
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