Logitech Z906 review



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Logitech Z906
  • Logitech Z906
  • Logitech Z906 controller
  • Logitech Z906 IO panel
  • Logitech Z906 Speaker


Our Score:



  • Powerful sound
  • Excellent build quality
  • Clever, convenient control console


  • No HD audio decoding or HDMI inputs
  • Design might not suit living room
  • Dedicated home cinema speakers dish out more detail

Key Features

  • Dolby Digital & DTS decoding
  • 500W output
  • 3 x digital audio inputs
  • Supplied desktop control console
  • Stereo 3D, 4.1 & 2.1 modes
  • Manufacturer: Logitech
  • Review Price: £296.96

Although this 5.1-channel home cinema package is primarily intended for use with a PC, it’s equally at home in an AV environment thanks to its generous range of connections and features – particularly its THX certification, which means it satisfies George Lucas’ exacting standards for movie playback. What you get in the box is a set of five compact satellite speakers and a powered subwoofer, which altogether muster a pretty impressive 500W of power – not to be sniffed at from a compact system.Logitech Z906 The identical front and rear satellites sport rather chunky, inelegant bodywork, plus their dark grey finish and meshed grille on the front give them a techy, PC-centric look that some people might not want in their living room, but you can certainly get away with it.

Their build quality is extraordinary – those chunky enclosures make them remarkably sturdy, to the point where you can imagine them walking away unscathed from a fall down the stairs (but we didn’t try that out). We like the way each satellite faces upwards slightly when placed on the tabletop too, and as an added bonus you can wall mount them thanks to the screw holes on the back. You also get a dedicated centre speaker, which is horizontally orientated.

As for the subwoofer, it’s cube-shaped and compact, which shouldn’t pose major problems whether you’re shoving it under a desk or behind the TV, and is styled to match the satellites. It’s a side-firing design with an 8in driver, and is equipped with audio decoders, a 165W amplifier and all of the system’s connections.

Logitech Z906 IO panel

These include three digital audio inputs (two optical and one coaxial), which will come in handy if you want to connect multiple sources simultaneously (a DVD or Blu-ray player, Sky box and games console for instance). There’s also a six-channel direct input for connecting PCs, an analogue stereo input and a 3.5mm input for MP3 players and the like. There’s also a panel of springclip terminals for the supplied speaker wire, and these are also found on the back of each speaker, instead of binding posts. It’s a shame there are no HDMI inputs or HD audio decoding, which would have made this more suitable for use with Blu-ray players and games consoles.


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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