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Features and operation

By Danny Phillips



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One of the system’s most appealing features is the control console. This is a small desktop unit that plugs into the back of the subwoofer and allows you to adjust the volume, switch between the various sound modes and adjust the levels for each channel. This is obviously of greater use to those using the Z906 as a desktop PC system, but when using it in a traditional home cinema configuration you can use the supplied remote to control those settings, so either way you’re onto a winner.

The console features a large volume dial in the middle, surrounded by a ring of LEDs that indicate the volume level and flash when in Mute. To the right of the dial is a curious-looking cluster of orange lights that represents the layout of the speakers in a traditional 5.1 setup – the point of this is to show you which channel is selected when adjusting the levels. On the other side of the dial are rows of lights indicating the currently selected input (each one numbered to correspond with the rear panel) and the current sound mode.

Logitech Z906 controller

These modes enhance stereo signals with different effects. They include Stereo 3D, which adds a ‘3D’ surround effect through all speakers; Stereo 4.1, which plays the stereo signal through fronts, rears and sub; and Stereo 2.1, which plays the signal through the fronts and sub. You can, of course, turn them all off and listen to sound in its natural form. Although its connections and decoding fail to cater for HD audio formats like Dolby True HD or DTS HD Master Audio HD, the Z906 can decode regular Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams through the digital inputs.

The speakers boast a frequency range of 35Hz and 20kHz, and each one features a 3in polished aluminium phase plug driver. Once you’ve got over the rather cryptic method of adjusting levels, the system is easy to use. The supplied remote is small and buttons are sparse, but this simple array covers every function – volume, mute, and input, level and sound mode selection.


May 24, 2011, 9:05 pm

Sound quality compared to previous model, Z5500?


May 25, 2011, 5:15 pm

Exactly, I completely agree with stranded. Why isn't the system put into context with some competing products and its previous generation? These might just as well be the same thing with a face lift. The Z5500 seem a bit more stylish and living room friendlier to me though.


May 15, 2013, 4:08 pm

It's the best Speakers I ever got good price, Good quality.
I've spend 1200DDk on another speakers, and the quality Isn't that good then thise then.
I bought Thise Logitech Z906, because my others sucks, and use too much space in my room. Now I have thise Logitech Z906, and
I have never got any Problems. :)


November 14, 2013, 2:51 pm

can they play full volume?

Rodolfo Pomida

December 11, 2013, 3:32 pm


Stretch Mcilkenny

August 28, 2014, 10:37 pm

how do i connect my panasonic smart 3d tv to the z960

Daniel Paiva

September 5, 2014, 5:43 pm

But if I use PowerDVD 14 through analog inputs, I can have decoded DTS-HD and Dolby Digital HD... right?


December 10, 2014, 3:35 pm

Is there any new model coming up in this range ?


August 25, 2015, 8:06 am

I don't know whether Powerdvd could support Dolby Digital HD since I never used it before. Macgo could support this format.


November 23, 2015, 3:20 am

Shouldn't be....1000w is pretty hard to top...if anything check back next year!


April 7, 2016, 9:38 am

I just wanted to wade into this review because I've now got both units side by side. The Masterpiece but poorly manufactured Z5500's and the new Z906 Logitech speaker sets. Sadly the downsizing of the subwoofer cabinet and subwoofer itself does it no favours.

The ZX5500's subwoofer reaches noticeably lower frequencies and NEVER EVER distorted, she just kept soldiering on with some epic excursion and teef smashing bass to boot.

The Z906's in comparison? The bass isn't anywhere near as strong down low and the over-simplification of the controls is absolutely abysmal. Long gone are the days of having a beautifully weighted volume control knob which was both a joy to use and to spin to maximum whenever the moment took you.

On both units I used the Asus Xonar DSX pci-e sound card and an optical connection to the speakers, so be fair on them both, the sound production environment was kept the same by using the same songs at the same volume levels... speaking of levels - I miss 'Music' mode on the Z5500's.

My Z5500's died after nearly 8 years usage.
I can't see the Z906's hanging on as long sadly...

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