Review: Logitech Z-5500 Digital Speakers
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Reviewed by Ryan McLaughlin on 08/25/2005
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  • hpi589

    i was wondering where u bought your z5500’s.

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  • I got mine from Dell as part of the XPS GEN 5 review.

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  • hpi589

    ok thnx

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  • Logitech CrAzY

    Does the Logitech Z-5500 come with a wall mounting kit? šŸ™‚

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  • Logitech CrAzY

    And another Question Could u tell me how to plug my xbox into the Speakers???? šŸ™‚

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    • ^_^

      there should be an optical cable that connects to the speakers and to the xbox

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    • backtrap

      It’s easy, if you have a monitor, connect the xbox to the monitor thru HDMI cable at both ends and the system to the monitos audio socket. (it’s good if u have an optical socket on the monitor itself)

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  • The speakers do not need a seperate wall mounting kit. The base of every speaker, except the center, can be rotated so that it will mount on a wall. I don’t think it came with any hardware like screws but those are cheap and can be found at any hardware store.

    To answer your second question. You can plug the Xbox into the speakers using a Digital optical connection. You will need to purchase the Xbox High Definition AV Pack which makes the Xbox compatible.

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  • impetuouslist

    Although the SoundTouch Control has a socket on its right hand side for headphones, why is it that when I use my headphones that my music is downmixed to such a point that I have to have the volume turned up to almost Boost Level 1?

    I have connected my KOSS PRO/4X headphones into my Audigy 2ZS sound card to check to see if they are working o.k. and they are perfect, yet, when I connect them into the SoundTouch Control headphone socked, they are terrible. I have spoken to Logitech about this and they said that there may be a problem with the SoundTouch Control, I don’t think there is it is brand new. I have visited at least five different forums today and this one question has been asked about the headphone feature. Nobody has been given an answer.

    I would be obliged if someone could answer my question for me because I need to use the headphones for the remastering of my vinyl records and I have to be able to remove the pops, clicks and scratches, so I must use headphones for the final editing of my recordings.

    Thank you,

    Imp.

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  • Sorry for not responding sooner. I was not able to set up my Z-5500 until I had finished my office. Now that it is setup I tried out the headphones. I can confirm that I also have to turn the volume almost all the way up to be able to hear things clearly. If I unplug the headphones then the speakers are really loud. Because we are both experiencing the same thing I think it is likely a design flaw rather then an isolated problem with either of our SoundTouch Control centers.

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  • impetuouslist

    O.K. first turn your sound down and plug your headphones into the SoundTouch Control unit. I have been experimenting and found that if you go into the EAX area and then into the CMSS section and drag the slider on the right hand side of the screen down to the middle (fiddle around a bit yourself) you will hear a major difference through your headphones. Logitech default settings in this section have the arrow setting up near the front speaker, you don’t want this, you want to be able to hear what appears to be ALL of the speakers. So, in other words, you want some sort of surround sound coming through your headphone and to achieve this you set the arrow in the middle and that way you will hear the front and back speakers. I hope this helps.

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  • I’m sorry I must be missing something. You mention an EAX area and a CMSS section, I don’t know where those are. Also, you mention sliders. Are you refering to sofware or are you still talking about the SoundTouch Control unit?

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  • impetuouslist

    I know it’s sometimes difficult trouble shooting over the internet, but I’ll go through this step by step. To answer your question, I was referring to using the software and making some minor changes to it.

    Because Logitech DOWNMIX music so that it can play through your headphones via the sound control they don’t exactly explain everything.

    You have to make some minor adjustments to your sound software. What you have to do is the following: click on the START button (bottom left of your screen) then ALL PROGRAMS, navigate to the Creative button (assuming you are using Creative software for your sound card, like I am). A drop down menu will show up (mine is Sound Blaster Audigy 2zs). Another drop down menu will show up and this has a whole heap of items on that menu, one of them is EAX Console – CLICK THAT.

    Now you have a big box on your screen. On the top bar you will see the following tabs: Effects Karaoke CMSS3D Clean Up.

    Click on one of the radio buttons on the left (there are 3 of them) and they are labeled CMSS, CMSS2 (which is the 3D up mix) and Stereo Surround Sound. Over to the right you will see a diagram representing 4 speakers and the words ‘Stereo focus’, there is a button in the middle of that box and you can slide that up and down. DRAG it to the middle (you will see 0% at the top and the figure will change to 50% (as you drag it to the middle) and 100% at the bottom)).

    I’m not sure if it’s the 1st, 2nd or 3rd radio button i.e. CMSS, CMSS2 or the Stereo Surround Sound, but it’s one of them that you have to choose. You will now hear a better quality of sound coming out of your head phones, (MAKE SURE YOU DON’T HAVE THE VOLUME UP TOO LOUD).

    If you need any more information please let me know and I’ll try and assist you again.

    Imp.

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  • Paul

    Speaker mounts are of a terrible design. Each is identical and can only rotate one way. If mounted on the wall, only the right front / left back can be rotated toward the center. Only solution without using a shelf is wedge shaped base on the wall, that creates a fixed angle. In a similar way if you want the centre speaker to sit below an LCD, but pointed down, the mounts must be below, not above and nicely hidden by the screen. Such was their genius that the machine screw/nut design is infilled with glue to prevent easy re-arraingment. I’m pissed.

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  • Oty

    Hello !
    The LCD display has died out (there isn’t any blue light)
    You can read the volume and the other stuff but only whit a source of light….
    Can it be fixed ?
    My english is not soo good.
    Thx.

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    • It sounds like the LCD backlight has burned out. This cannot be fixed without replacing the display and I don’t know where you would get a replacement display.

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