Those who follow PC speakers closely would surely know about Logitech’s Z-5500 speakers and how much everyone loves them. They are indeed one of the best 5.1 PC speakers we have come across. The Z-5450, the one we are reviewing, are a slightly less powerful version of the Z-5500. What sets the Z-5450 apart from its predecessors are its rear wireless satellites. Let’s see if they sound as good as they look.
The system consists of a subwoofer with the amplifier integrated into the same box, a decoder/control unit and five satellites. The total system power is 315 watts which is good enough for a room or a mid-sized living room. The subwoofer is powered at a whooping 116 watts RMS, the front satellites at 38 watts each, the center at 42 watts and the rear wireless sets at 40.5 watts.
The biggest problem one faces with 5.1 speakers is the wiring. The front and center satellites and the subwoofer are generally placed in close proximity to each other. So their wiring can be easily managed by clubbing them together. But for the two rear channel speakers, one has to run the wires to the rear of your room, something which your mum or your better half will certainly not appreciate. And just for that, the Z-5450’s have wireless rear satellites. The rear satellites are not exactly wireless, they individually need to be plugged to an AC outlet.
Updated 18 May, 2013, 5:40 pm IST
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