Logitech Z Cinema Surround Sound Speaker Reviewgotdamojo06 - March 18, 2008
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Testing a speaker system is not an exact science. The best way to do it is by comparing what you hear coming from one set to another set. This is what I will be doing, though I will be doing it in a few different ways. I will be testing how the speakers sound in different situations; listening to music, playing a first-person shooter, and watching a DVD movie. I will let you know what I think of the results of each category and then give each speaker system a rating on a 1-10 (10 being best) scale. Let's see how these speakers sound! These speakers will be compared to the Logitech x203 speaker system.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850
- Motherboard: Asus Maximus Extreme
- Video Card: VisionTek HD3850 512MB
- Memory: G. Skill DDR3 1333MHz 2GB (2x1GB)
- Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream 850W Power Supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB
- Optical Drive: Lite-on DVD-RW
- O/S: Windows Vista 32-Bit Ultimate
- Case: Thermaltake Armor Extreme Edition
- Call of Duty 4 (Multiplayer Gaming)
- Foobar 2000 V0.9.5.1 (Music)
- "Lord of War" (DVD Movie)
Most people know that the better your speakers are when playing a computer game, the better chance you have of killing your enemies. The Logitech Z Cinema speakers system have the integrated surround sound in the speakers, which actually makes it feel as though you have been grabbed out of your computer chair and pulled into the game. These speakers give you a whole new feeling of what you are doing inside the game and give you almost life-like reflexes in the game! They give you a better sense of what is going on in the game while sounding great. The x203 speakers are good for playing games, but they lack the ability to produce the surround sound feeling the Z Cinema is capable of. The Z Cinema is also able to produce better sounding foot steps, which allows you to hear your enemy coming up on you before you see him, which is a great advantage in gaming.
I have been using Foobar 2000 to listen to my music for the longest time and it is pretty much the only software I use to listen to my digital audio. So I fired up Foobar and began playing a wide range of music, from country to rap to death metal. I was able to feel every bass note and hear every guitar stroke with the crispness of being at a concert. I have never heard such clean sounding music come out of a pair of computer speakers before. The bass notes are not distorted as they seem to get on other computer speaker setups, nor do the speakers crackle when I turned up the volume to the max. The x203 speakers subwoofer would sound distorted when I turned up the bass all the way and played certain songs with deep bass notes. The Z Cinema on those same songs with the bass turned to the max and the volume to the max would sound just as good as when I had the volume at 1/4 of the way up.
One of my all time favorite movies is Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage. This movie has everything from drugs and guns to money and sex. The movie has some very sound intense scenes that have a lot of things going on, which always seemed to give my old speakers problems, such as too many explosions going off in the background, adding too much bass, while people are shooting and screaming adding a lot of highs, the x203 speakers would begin to distort and sound scratchy. However, with the Z Cinema speakers, I was unable to experience this problem, as the speakers were able to handle all of these scenes with the bass turned all of the way up, as well as with the volume turned up. All of the sounds were coming out sounding very clean and crisp. Not only that, but with the surround sound option enabled, it seemed like I was grabbed from my chair and dragged into the computer screen and into the movie. I could hear everything going on in clean crisp detail from all around me.