Logitech Z Cinéma Surround Sound System
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-11-2008
Provided by: Logitech

The Z Cinéma pieces are protected by molded plastic shells and include the main amplifier/subwoofer cabinet, two satellite speakers with dual mids and tweeters, wireless remote with two AA batteries, user manual, quick setup guide, software CD and cables to connect all the parts together. The speaker cabinets are gloss black with silver trim and the remote is coordinated in the same color scheme. The satellite speakers are roughly 10" tall by 5" wide and 5" deep and weigh approximately three pounds each. The subwoofer uses an 8" speaker in a ported box measuring about 1' by 1' square and about 1˝' deep.

The quick start guide gives you all the information you need to get the Z Cinéma wired up correctly and connected to your computer. The user manual goes into more detail about the configuration and control of the system and software. Both include well-written instructions with diagrams and screenshots to help match the text to the appropriate hardware/software. The remote has quite an array of buttons that can be fully utilized in Windows XP Media Center to give you complete control over multimedia applications. According to Logitech, it will also work in Vista Home Premium or Ultimate, however it will not have all the functionality of Media Center.

The satellite speakers have bass reflex ports on the rear, just like the subwoofer. There is also a threaded hole for stand or wall mount. The cables are hard-wired to the back and each is about 6' long. On the right side of the right speaker are input/output jacks, so any standard headphone or line-in device such as a portable MP3 player should work. The satellites are plugged into the rear of the subwoofer enclosure and the connectors are two completely different types, so it is impossible to get the speakers reversed. The left side uses a type of twin RCA component plug, whereas the right side has a 15-pin D-sub. The right satellite is the one that houses the receiver for the remote and the LED indicators so it makes sense that it would require a connection for data transmission. There is a large heatsink for the internal amplifier and a USB type B jack for the connection to the PC. A 6' type A to B cable is included.

Continue ahead to setup and testing.

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