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Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Speakers review

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  • Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Speakers
  • Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Speakers
  • Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Speakers
  • Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Speakers
  • Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Speakers

Summary

Our Score:

9

There’s no doubting that flat screen TVs have really taken off in a big way this year. The chances are that for most people who are buying a new TV, it will be LCD or Plasma rather than a bulky CRT. But when it comes to entertainment, having a big screen is only part of the equation – some would argue only 50 per cent.

The other half is audio. The vast majority of people are quite content to simply use the built-in speakers in the TV. However, on some TVs, such as a couple of the budget ones we tested here, the quality of the audio output is less than stellar. Even for TVs where the sound quality is excellent, the best you’ll get is stereo. Certainly, some TVs offer pseudo surround modes but it's still no substitute for a decent surround system, that can really bring alive DVDs, or even watching sport.

There are two major reasons why many people simply aren’t interested in surround sound. Firstly, it’s perceived as expensive – and with a least five speakers, a sub-woofer and an amplifier to buy, it can be. Then there’s simply the hassle. Having rear speakers means having to route speaker cable across the room, which can often be awkward and inconvenient.

Along comes Logitech then with a set of surround speakers that aims to solve both these issues in one go. The Logitech Z-5450s are a set of 5.1 speakers that offer an impressive sounding 315 watts of RMS power, but with a distinct feature. The rear speakers are wireless.

Actually, that’s not strictly true. While the front speakers are connected by physical cable to the amplifier built into the sub-woofer cabinet, the rear speakers receive their input signals wirelessly. However, they do still have a wire attached – power. With no connection to the amp, the speakers have to receive their power from somewhere so each has to be plugged into a wall socket. However, this is still an easier way of getting those rear speakers into place than having to trail speaker cable across the room.

Dave

April 24, 2013, 12:19 pm

I have had this system for some years now and it is fantastic in every way .The sound is perfect whether watching movies or listening to music.The sub woofer on full shacks the house with no distortion to the sound quality.This seems to be quite a rare system but a great purchase (approx £260.00 when i bought it in 2006/7).

Kianouch

December 31, 2013, 9:05 am

Great system for a while. However, currently, both my rear speakers are out of order and Logitech has no spare parts.

Dave

December 31, 2013, 10:56 am

Might be worth a look on e-bay try this Logitech speakers rear wireless only x2 Z5450 5.1 THX Certified.

Wizz

January 14, 2014, 11:39 am

Logitech support sucks, it is essentially a zero. I lost the connecting block that converts the rca outputs to three way components cables (green, black, brown) they will not sell this component and no one else does either - this means dicing the whole set....absolutely unbelievable, I'll never touch Logitech again, ever.

Peter Reynolds

July 25, 2016, 10:02 am

This system is fantastic and has given me excellent service for 10 years. I'm now looking to replace/upgrade it. Any suggestions?

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