Date: October 14th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted By: Logitech
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As with most computer speaker systems on the market, they are very easy to install and setup can be completed within a couple of minutes.
The satellite speakers connections are via composite cables that handle both the power and the audio signal. They are color coordinated for easy installation into the rear of the subwoofer.
So all that is needed to install this system it to plug in the two color coordinated satellite cables, plug in the serial wired remote control connection, plug in the connection to the computer soundcard, power up the system and create local middle aged bass hating enemies. God I love my job.
Total installation time for me, 2 minutes 25 seconds.
PRODUCT BREAKDOWN & OPINION
Just what do I think about this system?
Product Aesthetics (Layman's Term: Product Looks)
Banking on their successful previous Z line aesthetics, Logitech decided to stay with the basic speaker construction of the the Z-680 THX certified surround sound system and basically cut three of the speakers and take the power down a notch. What is left is a rather attractive system which has the looks of its bigger brother without the pricetag.
This system should easy incorporate into newer and older system without becoming an overbearing eyesore.
Product Sound Performance
Whether focusing on the high, mid or low range of frequencies, the Z2200 system is nothing but spectacular. With a lot of competitor's systems, I was having a problem with the bass and higher treble frequencies drowning out the mid range. The sound balance was always off with thumping bass and ear ripping treble tweets contributing to a very unenjoyable audio experience.
With the Z2200, everything is on an even plane with all frequency ranges complimenting each other rather than fighting for supremacy. Throughout the volume range which I tested quite aggressively, no range fading was noted and all that was needed for proper sound was to turn the bass down a bit via the dial on the remote control. Throughout my experience with car, home theater and computer audio systems, this is completely normal for bass distortion reduction.
Overall, I can say nothing but positive things about the sound reproduction using the Z2200 system. The weakness in your computer audio will be the soundcard after this speaker system is installed.
For more information on THX certification the Z2200 went through, please check out THX.com.