If you’ve got the power sockets handy then set-up is truly a breeze. As well as the two fronts, two rears and the centre speaker, you get a Control Centre with a cool clear blue LCD display. It has a dial for volume, a power switch that glows red when on standby and blue when on, and five other buttons. You hook this up to the sub-woofer, and the front and centre speakers via spring clips. The wireless rears are labelled specifically Right and Left – as each receives its own directional information.
The sub-woofer is quite huge with a large port in the side and heat fins at the rear. The front is emblazoned with the Logitech logo and the famous THX badge. Once upon a time the THX badge would only be found on equipment costing thousands of pounds and it does seem to have been watered down somewhat to appear on something that’s relatively bargain basement. However, it’s still an indicator that this is a good set of speakers.
Each speaker is set on a fixed stand except for the wide format centre speaker, which can tilt up and down so you can place it either above or below your TV and aim the sound. Each speaker is held on its stand by a screw and if you remove this you can swizzle the speaker round and wall mount them, which is a great option. Logitech doesn’t appear to offer matching tall stands however, which is a shame.
The rear of the control console has a good range of connectivity, with two Optical inputs and one Coaxial. This means you could have say, a Sky+, a games console and a DVD player all hooked up digitally at the same time. There are also three analogue 3.5mm inputs. A switch on the rear enables this to be configured as three separate stereo inputs or as a single 6-channel direct input from a PC sound card.
The supplied remote is functional and not too bad looking. Each option is easily accessible including the useful test button. It could be improved by having a backlight but even in the dark the buttons can be identified in the dark if you remember the arrangement.
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